Film Companion

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Rating Title/Year Author
Super 30 (2019) Rahul Desai Super 30 is all over the place, and not in the "misunderstood genius who needs a mentor" sort of way... EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Kalki (2019) Karthik Keramalu Kalki didn't exactly leave me with an awful aftertaste. It is, unquestionably, an enjoyable fare. But I wish it were a wholesome action movie that didn't have to try too hard to land. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
Article 15 (2019) Baradwaj Rangan For Article 15 to fully unleash its power, Nishad needed to be more than just a bit player. He is one of many characters who are outlined but not meaningfully fleshed out, and therefore appear tokenistic. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
Unda (2019) Vishal Menon Mammotty's character redefines the idea of manliness in this display of weakness. Which is what's most remarkable about this film. It subverts every cliché that comes with the cop film genre and turns it on its head. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
Noblemen (2018) Rahul Desai Noblemen is located in a world that is not limited by the literature it interprets. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Article 15 (2019) Rahul Desai A remarkable film which cuts deeper and darker into Uttar Pradesh, a State (and a state) that best reflects the nation's mass rhetoric. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Article 15 (2019) Anupama Chopra Subtlety is not his strong point, but director Anubhav Sinha has a talent for staging drama. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Kabir Singh (2019) Rahul Desai We spend so long cringing at the protagonist's attitude that by the time we are supposed to have a change of heart for him, he is beyond redemption... EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Sucharita Tyagi If you need some happiness in your life this weekend, Toy Story 4 is the movie to watch...to infinity and beyond, etc. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Kesari (2019) Sucharita Tyagi Just a whole lot of killing, slashing and humans cutting up humans. Yes, the cinematography soars, but the violence is so much, so prolonged, and begins to give you a headache. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Kalank (2019) Sucharita Tyagi So much happening in this one movie, all of it in excruciating slow-motion for an inexplicable reason... EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Student of the Year 2 (2019) Sucharita Tyagi Not even the flamboyance of the set-up or the sprawling sets, but the problem is that you feel cheated in investing in the characters. A letdown. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Sucharita Tyagi The effort and detail that went into this world...still, you are treated to a million shots of Keanu Reeves reloading a million guns, and not enough about him as a human... EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Sucharita Tyagi Fun, colorful, pure and joyful...as a country, we need this movie right now. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
PM Narendra Modi (2019) Sucharita Tyagi Regardless of what side of the political spectrum you are on, I highly doubt anyone needs this movie in their life. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Sucharita Tyagi Sophie Turner as Jean Grey is weirdly frigid...as a stand-alone motion picture, Dark Phoenix has very little to offer. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Sucharita Tyagi It's a strange mismatch of a movie... EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Game Over (2019) Baradwaj Rangan Game Over is a bona fide original. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Game Over (2019) Anupama Chopra To steal a line from Shakespeare, Game Over is a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing. These two deserved a better film. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
Bharat (2019) Baradwaj Rangan At one point, Bharat launches into the national anthem in its entirety and some of the people around me began to stand up. Bharat is the kind of film you'd expect Akshay Kumar to make. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Bharat (2019) Rahul Desai The only thing it gets right is the choice of source material... EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Bharat (2019) Anupama Chopra The South Korean film on which this is based in a masterclass in melodrama, while this is bloated and inconsistent... EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Sucharita Tyagi [The movie] overcompensates for not enough Godzilla. The fights are very cool, I have to admit, combined with the best special effects money can buy...but what makes it very difficult to sit through is just how loud it is. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Anupama Chopra There is nothing timid about the storytelling. Which is exactly how it should be, because this is the life of an extraordinary singer and showman. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Chopsticks (2018) Anupama Chopra The humor inherent in the situations flattens out quickly as the film lurches from one preposterous scene to another... EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
India's Most Wanted (2019) Rahul Desai Director Raj Kumar Gupta does the impossible - he makes suspense look boring and convoluted and painfully monotonous. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
De De Pyaar De (2019) Rahul Desai The truth is that 3DP (on a good day, this would stand for Deepika Padukone being third in a guestlist) isn't a very thoughtful "social comedy." EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Student of the Year 2 (2019) Baradwaj Rangan It isn't just the clothes that look like they've been flown in from Milan. It's the whole movie. Couture Couture Hota Hai. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
Student of the Year 2 (2019) Rahul Desai The math is simple. I love the movies, but is it too much to ask for the movies to love me back? EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Student of the Year 2 (2019) Anupama Chopra The narrative is painfully simplistic - it's all about class conflict but the rich are lonely and curdled while the middle-class folks are loving and supportive.... EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Ravening (2019) Anupama Chopra It's inventive, provocative and truly genre-defying. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
Blank (2019) Rahul Desai Soapy craft and writing aside, the problem lies in the film's facile politics. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
Blank (2019) Anupama Chopra When you decide on a title like Blank, you must make sure that your film is exactly the opposite. Otherwise you unwittingly end up providing ammunition for critics and viewers. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
4/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Anupama Chopra Avengers: Endgame makes you keenly aware of the passage of this time. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3.5/5 Kavaludaari (2019) Karthik Keramalu I must say that Hemanth has used Nag's talent in both his movies excellently. The septuagenarian-actor, under his lenses, reaches for greater powers. For this, he must be given gentle pats on the back. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
1/5 Kalank (2019) Rahul Desai Kalank ends up impersonating one of those tragically dated Lucknowi nawabs that sees "character," rather than impending disaster, in the cracks of their dilapidated mansion walls. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/5 Kalank (2019) Anupama Chopra The film is an operatic fantasy filled with staggering sets, swirling fabric and heartache, but to enjoy it, you must wholly suspend disbelief. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
1/5 The Tashkent Files (2019) Rahul Desai The problem here isn't the director's leaning or his point-of-view. It's the way he chooses to camouflage it - that is, the way he chooses to quasi-intellectualize his storytelling skills in order to hide his rather simplistic sense of reasoning. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 Majili (2019) Sankeertana Varma Majili is a love triangle, of sorts, that burns at all ends. It's impossible to be unpredictable with an ending that needs to be happy, but Shiva manages to succeed. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 Romeo Akbar Walter (2019) Rahul Desai RAW never really examines its main character's obvious identity crisis and his conflict of faith - partly due to the actor's limited abilities, but mostly due to the mood of our times. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Sucharita Tyagi Shazam! is a fun time at the movies, and it tells an interesting story in a very enjoyable manner. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 Romeo Akbar Walter (2019) Anupama Chopra The film is too drab. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Sucharita Tyagi Mildly excited at best. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3.5/5 Shazam! (2019) Anupama Chopra Clearly, not all heroes wear capes...it runs a tad too long...but the film delivers laughs and emotions. A refreshingly goofy superhero movie. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
1.5/5 Notebook (2019) Rahul Desai The story might have even been a cutesy take on loneliness and virtual companionship if the writing had bothered to focus on the psychology of the protagonists. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
4/5 Super Deluxe (2019) Baradwaj Rangan This is an utterly unique film, a brave film. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Junglee (2019) Rahul Desai The vapid hero-returns-to-save-sanctuary tale is blind to the biggest elephant in the room: "action star" Vidyut Jammwal still trying to do the acting thing. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/5 Junglee (2019) Anupama Chopra The elephants have gotten more impressive. The rest, not so much. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
0.5/5 Kesari (2019) Rahul Desai The only way Kesari could have done justice to its source material is if it didn't exist. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
2.5/5 Kesari (2019) Anupama Chopra We get bloodshed in slow motion, a few good men fighting until their last breath and a plaintive soundtrack to underline their immense sacrifice. It gets a little exhausting. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019