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Rating Title/Year Author
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Akhil Arora Wonder Woman 1984 has huge boots to fill. Unfortunately, the sequel gets out of its makers' hands, and no matter what [Gal] Gadot does -- and she can do a lot -- she can't save her next adventure from being a misfire. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
Soul (2020) Akhil Arora Soul has some pretty interesting things to say about the fine line between being passionate and being consumed by it. And how society tends to conflate passion with purpose EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Akhil Arora [On a] deeper level, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is about filmmaking itself. Marianne the artist and Héloïse the model are the director and the actor, respectively, for the painting. It's a movie that plays inside of the movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Little Women (2019) Akhil Arora [Greta Gerwig] brought a filmmaker's perspective to the story of the March sisters, as she put a meta spin on the proceedings that deviated from the source material ... but seemingly honoured who Louisa May Alcott ... was as a person EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Akhil Arora [Eliza] Hittman presents a deeply-moving, gut-wrenching, intimate look at how society not only fails young women - but is purposefully and determinedly stacked up against them. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Hamilton (2020) Akhil Arora Miranda's hip-hop tracks took on a new life on film, bolstered by camera movement, cutaways, and close-ups that aren't possible for a stage production. This helps Jonathan Groff's spit-spewing King George III the most. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Akhil Arora While [Steve] McQueen's [Mangrove] is more internal and terrifying, [Aaron] Sorkin's [film] is self-righteous and grandstanding. But at the end of the day, both are timely given what's going on in the world today EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Soul (2020) Akhil Arora That it's willing to ask such big questions of its characters (and in turn, the audience), and upend the tried-and-tested narrative structure counts for a lot. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Akhil Arora [As] Byrne and Co. belt out songs about loneliness, TV viewing, consumerism, and - in a sequence etched into my brain - police killings, American Utopia becomes something else entirely EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
Kaamyaab (2020) Akhil Arora [Being] in the movies and in front of the spotlight is a daily, lifelong pain that involves humiliation, rejection, and selling your soul. And nowhere is that clearer or more obvious in the film's masterfully staged final scene EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Wolfwalkers (2020) Akhil Arora A wonderful kids adventure and a well-meaning political metaphor rolled into one. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
Mulan (2020) Akhil Arora If it's going to give us these [remakes], Disney may as well start being bolder. Because as it stands, Mulan is a bland feminist fable that dispels some gender stereotypes but fails to do much more. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
Enola Holmes (2020) Akhil Arora [More] Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes than Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock. ... [It] could have imbued [Enola] with more layers and allowed her to be more complex. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
Cargo (2019) Akhil Arora [T]he trouble is that Cargo is unable to scratch beyond the surface. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
Yeh Ballet (2020) Akhil Arora Yeh Ballet is so focused on expanding upon a story several years old, that it's blind to the better one that's unfolding in front of its eyes. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2020
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Akhil Arora In Rogue One, [Gareth] Edwards has made the most realistic of Star Wars than any before -- and with that, also the most mature and grown-up one. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
Chopsticks (2018) Akhil Arora What would be subtext in a smarter film ends up literally being text on an object in Chopsticks' environment, plastered on walls or cars' rear windows. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
Ghost Stories (2020) Akhil Arora [The] varying quality isn't the only problem for Ghost Stories. In fact, the title itself feels wrongly hung on the whole thing. It's a simplification and a facade. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
Guilty (2020) Akhil Arora [All] the good work is undone in the end. [It] implodes in the worst possible way, with a mix of grandstanding and wish fulfilment that renders Guilty unrealistic and illogical. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
Maska (2020) Akhil Arora [If] the title of your movie has no thematic underpinnings to it, it doesn't bode well. ... Maska is a frivolous and farcical joke of a movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
Mrs. Serial Killer (2020) Akhil Arora In its current form, the only acceptable way to view Mrs. Serial Killer is inside an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, where comedians poke fun at B-movies. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai (2020) Akhil Arora Choked doesn't have anything to say about the socio-political ramifications of demonetisation. Instead, it's merely used as a plot device. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
Artemis Fowl (2020) Akhil Arora Artemis Fowl is a rudderless and unfaithful adaptation of a beloved series, one that's been dumped on streaming after being repeatedly delayed. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
Bulbbul (2020) Akhil Arora Though Dutt erases the misogynistic and patriarchal overtones of [the] chudail [folklore for] a feminist spin, ... she doesn't add to it in any meaningful manner. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2020
Extraction (2020) Akhil Arora There's no shortage of gunplay, grenades, and hand-to-hand combat on Extraction - but little else. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
Onward (2020) Akhil Arora By Pixar's lofty standards, Onward is more Monsters University (also from Scanlon) than Inside Out. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2020
Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Akhil Arora Sonic's new design is all good, but that's only good enough to sell toys. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Akhil Arora Ultimately, Birds of Prey ends up being a disappointment, for the moments of explosive, violent fun... are more than cancelled out by its expository stumbles. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Akhil Arora It's called The Rise of Skywalker, but if anything, it's a death-knell for the Skywalker saga. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Akhil Arora For what it's worth, Jumanji: The Next Level brings a few additions to the mix that worked well to the tune of nearly a billion dollars last time around. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
Knives Out (2019) Akhil Arora With Knives Out, Johnson throws out a story that Christie would have appreciated, but he makes sure to go that step further to subvert it. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Akhil Arora Its messaging lacks the emotional resonance that was at the heart of Frozen, and ultimately, feels half-baked. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
House Arrest (2019) Akhil Arora [I]n the hands of co-directors Shashanka Ghosh (Veere Di Wedding) and novelist Samit Basu, working off a script by Basu, House Arrest eventually falls back on a rushed cliché. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Klaus (2019) Akhil Arora There's plenty of comedy for the Netflix film's target audience (kids) as well, with a collection of sight gags and slapstick humour, which is offset by sarcastic quips and self-aware, darkly comedic lines of dialogue elsewhere. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Akhil Arora The film jumps one from thing to another without any meaningful connective tissue to hold all of it together. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Joker (2019) Akhil Arora It's provocative but sadly, it's also irresponsible in the handling of that material. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Akhil Arora It's a far cry from the franchise's nadir, but it's also a far cry from its zenith. In the end, Hobbs and Shaw is a middling Fast and Furious entry - and that's not worth much at all. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Akhil Arora But if Disney could bother to make the lions look so real, the least they could have done is take inspiration from the real animal world, where female lions are the ones who run the pride. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Akhil Arora Though it's derivative in its approach, Spider-Man: Far From Home lifts itself with the trifecta of on-the-point comic timing... a sprinkling of CGI-heavy set pieces that are nimble and refreshing, and the sheer wackiness of Mysterio being in the MCU. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Akhil Arora For now, thanks to a highly-engaging ride that bursts with full-of-heart performances, asks essential questions, and treats us to exciting entrants and action sequences, Toy Story 4 more than justifies its presence. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
Men in Black: International (2019) Akhil Arora Unfortunately, F. Gary Gray - best known for directing Fast and Furious 8, and The Italian Job - can't catch that lightning in a bottle. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Akhil Arora Ultimately, X-Men: Dark Phoenix is a wholly disappointing and forgetful culmination of this X-Men run, which brought together a fantastic bunch of young actors but then ran out of steam two movies in. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Akhil Arora Unfortunately, Aladdin doesn't make any meaningful effort to depict the Middle Eastern way of life. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Akhil Arora Especially so for a kids' film, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu ought to have made a larger effort to welcome young girls as much as boys. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Akhil Arora Avengers: Endgame will alternately make you shed tears, giddy at the possibilities, excited for what's coming, whoop when you witness it, and nostalgic for the MCU past. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Akhil Arora Despite shortcomings, Shazam! is a fun time at the movies for the most part and easily one of the better outings in the DC stable. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Akhil Arora As it is, Captain Marvel is more a reminder of Marvel's early work (think the first Captain America or Thor) than its more recent output (Black Panther or Infinity War). EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Firebrand (2018) Akhil Arora It's clear from even the film's smallest, quietly feminist moments, in how the female characters have held onto their last names or reclaimed the use of them. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Akhil Arora The Lego Movie 2's greatest strength is how it makes such a studio vehicle feel like an indie project, true to the roots of the homemade Lego movies that started it all. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Soni (2018) Akhil Arora Its willingness to tackle hugely relevant subject matter, paired with an unassuming script that finds space for some darkly comic bits that filter in through everyday exchanges, and a cast that brings it to life in a grounded, believable fashion. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019