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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 PM Narendra Modi (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan If you are a Modi fan, then you are likely to savour this sucrose-fuelled biopic. But if you are a movie fan, then this is no riveting cinema and you may even see red in this saffron-hued utopian tale. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Marwa Hamad Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine -- both relative newcomers -- knocked it out of the park nonetheless. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 De De Pyaar De (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan DDPD may not make you wiser in love, but it's a clear indication that loving or losing someone is one gloriously complicated and messy affair. So, take a plunge with DDPD that doesn't scar you in any way. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Athiran (2019) Mythily Ramachandran Renji Panicker as Nitya's father brings poignant moments. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Shyama Krishna Kumar While Endgame never climbs new comic territory like its predecessors and is more often than not sombre and reflective, it is also narratively unlike any MCU film you've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
2.5/5 Kalank (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan This love tragedy starts with a bang, whimpers along the way and concludes with some ado. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Marwa Hamad Thank you, Shazam!, for breaking through our superhero fatigue when we needed it the most. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Bindu Rai Dumbo 2.0 sets a similar premise to the original, with a few liberties that work in fits and bursts but are largely weighed down by a convoluted narrative. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
To Let (2019) Mythily Ramachandran To-Let is marked with evocative moments, eloquent visuals and standout performances by the lead cast. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
2.5/5 Kesari (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan Kesari is a story of undiluted heroism, but too much goodness can get a tad boring. Watch it if you like chest-thumping films about brave soldiers. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/5 Badla (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan While the climax doesn't knock you off your feet, you will still enjoy the blow-by-blow account of how things escalated to a murder and a cover-up. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Shyama Krishna Kumar Larson and Jackson also share easy-going chemistry that sets the general tone of the film quite early on. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Escape Room (2019) Bindu Rai Robitel does get credit for laying out an impressive set piece acts one and two that make you eager to play this game again. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
2.5/5 Luka Chuppi (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan It's a light-hearted film with a scattered, almost fickle, storyline, bolstered by good performances from a sturdy cast. While you may not put a ring on this one, you can definitely live with it for a couple of hours of your life. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3.5/5 Gully Boy (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan Gully Boy is a rhythmic blast with Singh soaring to superlative highs as an actor. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
2/5 2.0 (2018) Manjusha Radhakrishnan The characters seem tin-like with no steely resolve. Watch this at your own peril. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
2.5/5 Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan If you are a fan of warrior epic that's solely Ranaut's battlefield, this one is for you. Others can safely duck this nationalism-fuelled saga. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
1.5/5 Zero (2018) Manjusha Radhakrishnan All of that would have been forgiven if the second half of the film didn't venture into the ludicrous territory. Singh qualifying to be a Mars-mule in the US was the proverbial last straw. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2019
3.5/5 Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019) Manjusha Radhakrishnan There's something hugely inspirational about watching a band of brave soldiers take down the bad guys. Give this film a sure shot. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
2.5/5 Simmba (2018) Manjusha Radhakrishnan While Simmba is an ode to Bollywood's 'masala' genre, what it gets wrong is the way in which the film tries to manipulate its viewers. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
Varathan (2018) Mythily Ramachandran Backed by excellent performances, stunning visuals and music that complements the narrative, Varathan becomes an intriguing thriller that follows you home. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
2.5/5 Kedarnath (2018) Manjusha Radhakrishnan Kedarnath is perfectly stormy and is good for a one-time watch. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Bindu Rai You may argue that The Nutcracker and the Four Realms hardly adopts a realistic approach to teach children life's pivotal lessons, but sometimes this is just what one needs in a time when the world is all but losing its faith in humanity. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
2.5/5 Baazaar (2018) Manjusha Radhakrishnan While the thriller set against the concrete jungle of Mumbai isn't particularly memorable, its lead player Kothari has a longer shelf-life. Watch this solely for Khan. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Shyama Krishna Kumar While Redford may look coarse and hardened, the man's still got a twinkle in the eye and an effervescent charisma that will have you swooning before you know it. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
3.5/5 Badhaai Ho (2018) Manjusha Radhakrishnan There's lots to love in this sweet and simple film. The lack of cloying melodrama is such a relief, too. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/5 Helicopter Eela (2018) Manjusha Radhakrishnan While Helicopter Eela won't rock your world, it is a soothing watch. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Marwa Hamad Fused with laugh-out-loud humour, even at the most uncomfortable moments, A Star is Born is driven by a searing authenticity that makes it feel like a biopic. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
'96 (2018) Mythily Ramachandran Kumar's 96 is a classic love story that will be fondly remembered. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/5 Andhadhun (2018) Manjusha Radhakrishnan You have to hand it to director Raghavan for not giving us perfectly sealed endings. He never wraps things up neatly and allows or expects the viewers to do the crazy math. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
The Wife (2017) Bindu Rai The Wife is a bittersweet love story that plays out in the manner of a Shakespearean tragedy in many ways. Whether or not this story is for you is irrelevant when considering the fine acting by the film's lead stars. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
Searching (2018) Shyama Krishna Kumar John Cho delivers a nuanced and masterful performance...Searching largely remains an effective piece of cinema, perhaps even the start of something new. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/5 Sui Dhaaga: Made in India (2018) Manjusha Radhakrishnan Is it simplistic? Definitely. But do you buy it? Most definitely. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
The Angel (2018) Omar Shariff While clearly told from the Israeli perspective, the film is rather sober in the way it conveys the message. And the pace is more Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, less Jason Bourne. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/5 Manmarziyaan (2018) Manjusha Radhakrishnan Put a ring on Manmarziyaan, you won't regret that choice. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
4.5/5 The Predator (2018) Mick O'Reilly Black could have easily gone for gratuitous violence - he didn't. The result is a ripping good yarn that blows the socks off the long list of comic book movies that are too dependent on computer-generated images. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
3.5/5 Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015) Manjusha Radhakrishnan The pace is languid, but doesn't get tiring. Take the plunge and watch this romantic comedy. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/5 Jazbaa (2015) Manjusha Radhakrishnan The wicked climax of Jazbaa makes it a satisfying watch, but not a watertight thriller. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
1.5/5 Banjo (2016) Manjusha Radhakrishnan Banjo, led by Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri, seems to be grappling with an identity crisis. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/5 Badlapur (2015) Manjusha Radhakrishnan This is no mindless gore-fest, as the director and actors do a good job of drawing you into their heads - no matter how warped or twisted. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/5 Tevar (2015) Manjusha Radhakrishnan These are stock characters in Bollywood and even someone as talented as Bajpayee can't redeem it. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
3/5 Gunday (2014) Manjusha Radhakrishnan If you dig those loud '70s capers, Gunday is right up your street. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
Gang of Ghosts (2014) Manjusha Radhakrishnan It is buffoonery at its worst and a comedy that pretends to carry a social message. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
Gulaab Gang (2014) Manjusha Radhakrishnan While the film is largely entertaining, I wish the director had not bowed down to the pressure of turning Gulaab Gang into a typical Bollywood masala film. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
2.25/5 Ungli (2014) Manjusha Radhakrishnan The Ungli gang's vigilantism is never grand until the climax, and by then you may be past caring. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
Alpha (2018) Shyama Krishna Kumar There's something to be said for the simple joys of enjoying wholesome content on an evening out at the cinema, and this is where Alpha delivers. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2018
1.5/5 Paltan (2018) Manjusha Radhakrishnan Paltan is a dangerously bland film with limited action. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2018
The Nun (2018) Bindu Rai The Nun does deliver on its promise with some genuine scares as actress Bonnie Aarons reprises her role as Valak. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
3.5/5 Stree (2018) Manjusha Radhakrishnan Credit has to be given where it is due. Stree was a creative experiment and it worked for most parts. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
2/5 Begum Jaan (2017) Manjusha Radhakrishnan Watch this only if you are fan of Balan. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018