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Rating Title/Year Author
1.5/5 Shakeela (2020) Manjusha Radhakrishnan Soul-crushingly boring and frustrating. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
2.5/5 Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari (2020) Manjusha Radhakrishnan A good skimming of certain twists would have made this comedy sharper. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
3/5 () Manjusha Radhakrishnan The movie's climax may also seem a bit hurried and choppy, but the journey until there is eventful and deeply satisfying. Make sure to make this your weekend watch. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
3.5/5 C U Soon (2020) Manjusha Radhakrishnan C U Soon is a riveting Malayalam thriller that subverts the usual tropes attached to an entertaining film. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
Tenet (2020) Marwa Hamad It's exhilarating, mind-bending and the score is to die for. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/5 Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl (2020) Manjusha Radhakrishnan The biopic, which claims to have been liberally dramatised, is an engaging one-time watch. Just like its leading lady, it's easy on the eyes and never yanks you to an uncomfortable space. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
4/5 The Sunset Limited (2011) Farah Andrews It's lucky these two actors are so dang watchable. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Sufiyum Sujatayum (2020) Mythily Ramachandran Marked with terrific performances and visuals, this love story remains true to its genre... EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
3.5/5 Bulbbul (2020) Manjusha Radhakrishnan Produced by Anushka Sharma, this supernatural thriller has the right spirit and soul... EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
() Mythily Ramachandran The narrative lacks depth, with the back stories of the characters never flushed out... EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
3/5 Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai (2020) Manjusha Radhakrishnan Whatever your political affiliation or take on demonetisation, there's a lot of pleasure to be found in this engaging film about lousy lives bolstered by illegal money. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
3/5 Piku (2015) Manjusha Radhakrishnan Watch Piku if you are in the mood to watch a movie that's all heart. There are no larger-than-life heroes, dramatic transformations or neatly-tied endings. Still, Piku works its magic because it steers clear from the usual trappings. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2020
3.5/5 Angrezi Medium (2020) Manjusha Radhakrishnan While the comedy has its shining moments, it's sporadic. Watch this film if you are keen to watch Khan in top form along with a handful of actors who know their craft. Had the movie shed its proverbial lard, it would have been a cracker of a film. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2020
Bloodshot (2020) Shyama Krishna Kumar All in all, despite its flaws, director David S F Wilson's film offers a glimmer of something new and unpredictable in a genre that's begging to be injected with some new blood. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2020
1.5/5 Baaghi 3 (2020) Manjusha Radhakrishnan Unless you want to tear your hair out in frustration at the cinemas, duck this crazy cinematic missile. It's a misfire from the word go. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Bheeshma (2020) Nagarjuna Rao So the best advice is to leave your thinking cap at home and enjoy the film for what it is - a laugh-a-minute riot. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
Karthik Calling Karthik (2010) Manjusha Radhakrishnan The feat of winding a love-story around a mysterious telephone call for more than two hours is no easy task, but the debutante director Ritesh Sidhwani manages to engage. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
Nadigaiyar Thilagam (Tamil) (2018) Mythily Ramachandran Keerthy Suresh completely owns her character and delivers a powerful performance. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
2/5 Bhoot: Part One: The Haunted Ship (2020) Manjusha Radhakrishnan It's high on eerie atmospherics, but low on genuine scares... EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
Mariyam Mukku (2015) Mythily Ramachandran Despite a predictable story, Mariyam Mukku, is an enjoyable entertainer that you can watch with your family. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Nee-Na (2015) Mythily Ramachandran Nee-Na is an emotion-laden narrative that also packs in a positive message about the benefits of de-addiction. It's a mature love story where adults sort out issues in the most practical way. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
The Crow's Egg (2014) Mythily Ramachandran Without a star cast or exotic locations, here is a director who dared to present a simple story, without trapping himself in the regular mould of Tamil cinema. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Chandrettan Evideya (2015) Mythily Ramachandran There is good humour woven around certain situations, and is amusing. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Bhaskar the Rascal (2015) Mythily Ramachandran What keeps the story going is the performance of the two child actors, Master Sanoop and Baby Anikha. They are not just lovable but show great potential. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Chirakodinja Kinavukal (2015) Mythily Ramachandran Though amusing and entertaining, Chirakodinja Kinavugal is a one-time watch. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Loham (2015) Mythily Ramachandran Mohanlal in his inimitable style draws a chuckle now and then, but beyond that there is nothing to rave about. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
() Mythily Ramachandran This is [Nikhila] Vimal's first role as a heroine and she is promising as she turns Kabani, a simple and diffident trainee, into a hip and a confident news presenter. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
() Mythily Ramachandran Despite the length of the film, there is never a dull moment. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Pavada (2016) Mythily Ramachandran The first half moves at a jolly pace around the lives of the two men and their antics, albeit for a bit too long. You wonder where the film is heading. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum (2016) Mythily Ramachandran With an element of suspense thrown in when you least expect it, Shahjahanum Pareekuttiyum definitely entertains. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Kattappanayile Rithwik Roshan (2016) Mythily Ramachandran The first half of the story is fun, peppered with several comic lines and delivered by Salim Kumar and Dharmajan Bolgatty. I particularly loved Kumar's conversations with his hearing-impaired wife. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Kavalai Vendam (2016) Mythily Ramachandran The characters are loosely written and the screenplay does little to make viewers feel for the lead characters' woes, since Deekay spends most of the movie trying to making the audience laugh. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Kaashmora (2016) Mythily Ramachandran Kaashmora is a fun film that juggles between the present and the past taking viewers through moments of laughter and action. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Sakhavu (2017) Mythily Ramachandran It's a serious story told sincerely and matched with good performances. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Cheliya (2017) Mythily Ramachandran So what makes Kaatru Veliyidai a good watch? The terrific performances of Karthi and Hydari, coupled with the excellent cinematography of Ravi Varman. Each frame is sheer poetry. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Take Off (2017) Mythily Ramachandran The onscreen chemistry between Parvathy and [Kunchako] Boban is a delight to watch. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Tiyaan (2017) Mythily Ramachandran Satheesh Kurup's fantastic frames hold up Tiyaan. Stunning shots are many and they keep you in awe. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Role Models (2017) Mythily Ramachandran The script sags under the weight of dull and unconvincing moments. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Kammara Sambavam (2018) Mythily Ramachandran The film belongs to Dileep. He is in top form as Kammaran with three different looks and several layers to his character. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Poomaram (2018) Mythily Ramachandran The ambience is alive with a vibrant energy in every frame. The film's climax is poetry. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
Kaithi (2019) Mythily Ramachandran With its engrossing screenplay, and hinged around a little girl, 'Kaithi' leaves you teary eyed. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
Bigil (2019) Mythily Ramachandran 'Bigil' has everything a Vijay fan looks forward to. From punch lines and a cool attitude to cute romantic moments and dance scenes - and of course big action scenes - 'Bigil' is well packaged. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
Jallikattu (2019) Mythily Ramachandran It's a simple story drawn from life but elevated by its engaging screenplay that is raw and realistic. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
Under World (2019) Mythily Ramachandran The screenplay fails to impress. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
Vellimoonga (2014) Mythily Ramachandran [Biju] Menon carries the film deftly while Mamachen's side-kick Aju Verghese matches him, creating the perfect tango. You will love their chemistry. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
3/5 Malang (2020) Manjusha Radhakrishnan There are enough highs to keep you engaged. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
3.5/5 Jawaani Jaaneman (2020) Manjusha Radhakrishnan Don't be shy to put a ring on this film. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
2/5 Street Dancer 3D (2020) Manjusha Radhakrishnan While the dance moves impress, the Bollywood film loses the plot along the way... EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
2.5/5 Sarileru Nekevvaru (2020) Nagarjuna Rao Sarileru Neekevvaru' proclaims that the story, screenplay and direction is by Anil Ravipudi. But you'll be left wondering where's the story? EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Jai Mummy Di (2020) Manjusha Radhakrishnan While a fistful of jokes in the initial portions of the film land, there isn't enough meat or heft to keep us hooked. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020