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Rating Title/Year Author
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
Bumblebee (2018) Akhil Arora Bumblebee does set the Transformers franchise on a promising new path, one that inevitable future instalments - multiple prequels and spin-offs are in development - could do well to learn from. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
Aquaman (2018) Akhil Arora Aquaman is simply too over-stuffed and over-long. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Akhil Arora Into the Spider-Verse takes a wacky comic storyline with an outlandish concept, and transfers it onto the screen in a fascinating and fresh manner. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Akhil Arora [Ralph Breaks the Internet] marries that sensibility with messaging everyone can relate to, and it's not afraid to slightly venture into complex, darker ideas while being family-friendly for the most part. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Akhil Arora There's little sense of what The Crimes of Grindelwald is about, and in trying to serve an ensemble while keeping an eye on the big picture, Rowling fails in crafting a narrative that is engaging, meaningful, or even just enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
First Man (2018) Akhil Arora It's visceral, it's stomach-wrenching, it's brutal and frankly it feels like hell. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
Venom (2018) Akhil Arora Ultimately, Venom is neither here nor there, and its failure to be self-aware makes it feel like a movie from a different superhero era at times. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
The Predator (2018) Akhil Arora The Predator simply isn't worth your time or monetary investment, though it'd make a great pick for the folks over at Mystery Science Theater 3000. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Star Trek Beyond (2016) Akhil Arora Lin brings that sense of fluidity to spaceship battles in Star Trek Beyond. And while it may culminate in something that is typical of summer blockbusters, there's enough fun to be had on the way... EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
Jason Bourne (2016) Akhil Arora But here, buried in PTSD flashbacks, cardboard characters and spite, the film broods and forgets to enjoy itself. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
Suicide Squad (2016) Akhil Arora At its worst, the film wallows around in dark tones and an endless stream of bullets, making it instead resemble Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, for all the wrong reasons. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
Doctor Strange (2016) Akhil Arora Doctor Strange works great as a standalone film, and its visual inventiveness is a breath of fresh air, as most films in the MCU have tended to come from a cookie-cutter approach these days. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Akhil Arora As the audience, we have developed no connection whatsoever with the characters that we are about to see, yet the film is trying evoke memories of a deep past that earned its affection over the course of a decade. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
Assassin's Creed (2016) Akhil Arora Assassin's Creed wastes its talented cast... for a story that's entirely unforgettable, and simply no fun to take in. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) Akhil Arora Move over, Batfleck - this is the Batman all fans deserve. Even if it's ultimately made to benefit the merchandising line of Batman and Lego, it's all excusable for the sheer, exhilarating ride it offers. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
Logan (2017) Akhil Arora [Logan] keeps itself away from another 'saving the world' trope, and crafts a uniquely personal and tragic story that will leave many choked up. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
Kong: Skull Island (2017) Akhil Arora The film's evoking of its anti-war counterparts falls flat, and feels hollow, much like the island itself. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
Ghost in the Shell (2017) Akhil Arora If you want to call your film Ghost in the Shell, but are happy to leave the existential matter behind, it creates a product without much of a soul. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
The Fate of the Furious (2017) Akhil Arora The best way to watch Fast and Furious 8 is to wait for it to hit TV - tune in for the opening, disappear for an hour, and then return for the final third EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Akhil Arora Despite the film's bloated structure, and its tendency to sway and get distracted now and then, Gunn still manages to pack an emotional punch in the end, delivering a character send-off that's bound to bring most viewers to the verge of tears. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
Alien: Covenant (2017) Akhil Arora ... Alien: Covenant feels stuck between making its audience jump in their seats, and trying to stir a debate about our purpose in the universe. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
Wonder Woman (2017) Akhil Arora Wonder Woman is far from a perfect film, but it's brave and smart enough to be granted a well-deserved sequel. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
The Mummy (2017) Akhil Arora Bogged down by unimaginative CGI-laden set-pieces, and lacking any character arcs, it's a limp attempt at capturing the summer-movie market overflowing with contenders... EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Akhil Arora Most of it is indistinguishable from the rest, just as the film itself will eventually blend with your memories of other chapters in the Transformers series. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Akhil Arora The film is about Spider-Man facing what it means to be a hero, and what that entails. But instead of saying it as a fancy dialogue, it shows how great power brings great responsibility. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Akhil Arora War for the Planet of the Apes builds on a central tenet - "apes together strong" - and sends out resonating values that we can all learn something from. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Akhil Arora For a world that brings together the four corners of the universe, it's a shame that we're being told the same empty tale that we've seen a thousand times. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018