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Firstpost is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Anna M.M. Vetticad, Bedatri D. Choudhury, Poulomi Das, Prahlad Srihari, Siddhant Adlakha, Tanul Thakur, Udita Jhunjhunwala
Rating Title/Year Author
Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Prahlad Srihari Kumandra is coloured with the arts, myths and cultures of various Southeast Asian countries. But it's a love letter to the region more interested in summarising them through a Hollywood lens, rather than depicting an authentic version of any one country. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
Shirley (2020) Prahlad Srihari [Josephine Decker] displays a mastery of the medium in a story that defies easy and precise articulation. Her portrait of the creative process as an atmospheric thriller is subversively spooky in a way Shirley herself would approve. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
3.5/5 Drishyam 2 (2021) Anna M.M. Vetticad That cynicism was misplaced. Jeethu Joseph has dunnit. He really has. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
2/5 The Girl on the Train (2020) Anna M.M. Vetticad Parineeti Chopra's sincere performance is derailed by lacklustre storytelling. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
I Care a Lot (2020) Prahlad Srihari Marla and Roman are different faces of the same coin. One hides in plain sight, the other works from the shadows. It is a reflection of our reality where the criminal has turned corporate and the corporate criminal. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
Breaking News in Yuba County (2021) Prahlad Srihari Aiming to serve a satire of American fixation on celebrity, it misses its target by some distance as it gratingly seesaws between Fargoisms and farce. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
1.75/5 Lucifer (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad There is so much that could have been done with this intriguingly frank and realistic theory on the essentialness of evil... What we get instead is Lucifer's transparent ambition that overwhelms everything else in this enterprise. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
1/5 Lahore Confidential (2021) Anna M.M. Vetticad A ham-handed spy flick from the man who once gave us Fanaa ... [Kunal Kohli's Lahore Confidential] is too tepid to even be infuriating. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
At the Ready (2021) Prahlad Srihari A thought-provoking inquiry into the generational changing-of-the-guard in law enforcement - and all the qualms that came with it - under Trump's reign. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) Prahlad Srihari In a study of Black history erasure, Questlove captures a time that has so far lived only in the memories of festival attendees... Tapping into the zeitgeist and turning their gaze inward, these musicians gave voice to a new Black consciousness. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
The Sparks Brothers (2021) Prahlad Srihari Wright's film is marked by the same virtues that embodied Sparks themselves: it's a shape-shifting beast with a winning sense of humour. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
Cusp (2021) Prahlad Srihari Hill and Bethencourt chronicle the lives of these young girls so organically and tenderly that by the end they have empowered them with the kind of intimately realised profiles you wouldn't find in the most sobering of teen dramas. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
Flee (2021) Prahlad Srihari In its abstractions, animation offers the perfect device to piece together the traumatised workings of a fractured consciousness, especially from a distance of 20 years. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
CODA (2021) Prahlad Srihari The story beats of responsibilities vs dreams in the transition from teens to adulthood are pretty boilerplate. But Heder never overplays her hand with ill-judged sentimental excess. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2021
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Prahlad Srihari Shaka King offers a powerful yet intimate look at a man trying to start a revolution and a community under siege in 1960s America. Wanting to inspire and entertain, King manages to reconcile both those ambitions. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2021
The World to Come (2020) Prahlad Srihari Fastvold creates an atmosphere that feeds on the alienation that besets even strong, intelligent women, especially when trapped in "holy matrimony" without any support system or social contact outside of it. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2021
Pleasure (2021) Prahlad Srihari A full-frontal provocation that demystifies pornography...what starts off as a harrowing peek into the industry turns into a damning portrayal of the cycle of abuse. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2021
El Planeta (2021) Prahlad Srihari In the thoughtful depiction of daily rituals are more revealing implications about the hardships of working in a gig economy. Ulman's carefree direction allows for a sense of improvisational fluidity that renders the conversations natural and relatable. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2021
Malcolm & Marie (2021) Prahlad Srihari In a film with a lot of talk about authenticity, it is hard to overlook the artificial eloquence of the dialogue, and the contrivance that is Malcolm and Marie's dispute. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
Strawberry Mansion (2021) Prahlad Srihari Prioritising set design over storytelling in the second half, it's ultimately undone by a wild shift into so many surreal interludes that the satire loses its focus and function. It's like snacking on strawberry candies: delicious but empty calories. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) Prahlad Srihari We're All Going to the World's Fair redefines body horror for the Creepypasta generation. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
Eight for Silver (2021) Prahlad Srihari It's nothing that will have the horror fan howling because it's a lot more bark, than bite. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Prahlad Srihari It is exactly the kind of haute trash you would expect from a Sion Sono-Nicolas Cage collaboration. To paint the movie in words is like trying to instil it with meaning and coherence to which it doesn't really aspire. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
A Glitch in the Matrix (2020) Prahlad Srihari Operating from a place of non-judgmental curiosity, Ascher plays a patient listener. But he might have benefited from the occasional grilling of these proponents with contrasting viewpoints, so it doesn't just feel like a convention for solipsists. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
The Pink Cloud (2021) Prahlad Srihari Watching Giovana and Yago come to terms with oppressive boredom and inertia relates to our own troubles over the past year. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
Knocking (2021) Prahlad Srihari When we question Molly's sanity, Kempff is proving her point about the gendered phenomenon that is gaslighting, and the horror of not believing women. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
How It Ends (2021) Prahlad Srihari The film's strained attempt at hilarity out of a hopeless situation becomes so tiresome, you can't help but shrug at some of its myopic insights and sunny nihilism. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
In The Earth (2021) Prahlad Srihari Man and nature, art and science, sci-fi and occult horror intersect in relationships, from conflict to co-existence. In their intersection are deeper, if not entirely tangible, ideas with a life-imitates-art-imitates-life urgency. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
In the Same Breath (2021) Prahlad Srihari Nanfu Wang lets the men and women of Wuhan regain some narrative control, allowing them to relay their experiences before, during and after the 76-day lockdown to uncover the truth beyond the propaganda. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
Misbehaviour (2020) Prahlad Srihari The film is a little too well-behaved for a subject meant to be inflammatory and characters understandably angry. Embracing British properness in a broad approach to the era ultimately does a disservice to the stories of these gutsy women. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
The White Tiger (2021) Poulomi Das The White Tiger pokes its needles deep, revealing that in an unbalanced society, it's easier to take away options from the oppressed than it is to give them rights. The class struggle in the film is then, both personal and political. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
2.5/5 Kilometers and Kilometers (2020) Anna M.M. Vetticad Tovino [Thomas] rules the film from start to finish and is its primary saving grace. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
Vir Das: Outside in - The Lockdown Special (2020) Poulomi Das It is funnier when it is not trying to be profound. But it is also impossible to completely disregard these 50 minutes as a time-capsule of the restlessness that the whole world collectively experienced back in March. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
2.5/5 Tiger Zinda Hai (2017) Anna M.M. Vetticad Salman [Khan and] Katrina [Kaif] deliver fun with equal parts swag, silliness and schmaltz. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
2/5 Penguin Bloom (2020) Poulomi Das The characterization in Penguin Bloom feels too generic for its own good -- there's a curious distance that the film maintains while prodding at their inner lives. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
Kavi Uddheshichathu...? (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad ...the most appalling, misplaced contemporary bow to The Mahabharat since Yudhishthir bet Draupadi away in a game of dice. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
Aanandam (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad Aanandam got me into a forgiving mood, perhaps because it is such a relief to see a Malayalam film in which when a man loves a woman, he does not harass her... EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
1.5/5 Zero (2018) Anna M.M. Vetticad Thank the cosmos for Bollywood's dimpled wonder, his charisma and enthusiasm undiminished by his 53 years, because without him, Zero has little going for it. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
2.5/5 Kattappanayile Rithwik Roshan (2016) Anna M.M. Vetticad ...a stinging indictment of Kerala's white colour preference [from a team that] have not entirely been able to get past their own social conditioning. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
3.5/5 Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum (2017) Anna M.M. Vetticad The conversations between characters seem so believable and the flow of occurrences so authentic that Thondimuthalum genuinely feels like a reality show. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
4.5/5 The Great Indian Kitchen (2021) Anna M.M. Vetticad It could have been called Portrait of a Wife as Cook, Cleaner, All-round Housemaid and Sex Slave, but that would not fully capture what this extraordinary film conveys. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
3.5/5 Anjaam Pathiraa (2020) Anna M.M. Vetticad A brave, sensitive thriller with a startling, heart-rending back story. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
Virus Hunters (2020) Poulomi Das It does a solid job of grounding its storytelling in research and statistics that doesn't alienate the audience under the garb of educating them. That also makes up for the filmmaking that often fumbles. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
2.5/5 The White Tiger (2021) Anna M.M. Vetticad Pallid, superficial and made with one eye on the Western gaze, the other on the Hindutva mob. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
3.5/5 Tribhanga: Tedhi Medhi Crazy (2021) Anna M.M. Vetticad Tribhanga is an entertaining, thoughtful, well-acted female bonding flick, as unconventional as the three women whose stories it tells... EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
1.5/5 Oru Yamandan Premakadha (2019) Anna M.M. Vetticad His Royal Cuteness Dulquer Salmaan gets a script that is just so...meh EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2021
2.75/5 Varane Avashyamund (2020) Anna M.M. Vetticad Shobana, Dulquer, a sedate Suresh Gopi and a sweet story - what's not to like? EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2021
4/5 Sexy Durga (2017) Anna M.M. Vetticad A chilling exposé of patriarchy's woman-as-goddess trope EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
2.5/5 Shakuntala Devi: Human Computer (2020) Anna M.M. Vetticad Vidya Balan looks the part of Shakuntala Devi, but [the director and writer] come off as observers who never manage to enter her head. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
1.5/5 Street Lights (2018) Anna M.M. Vetticad When [Mammootty's character] is around, we are treated to some stylised camerawork dwelling on him, but it is not obsessive ... EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021