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Dear Zindagi
Dear Zindagi (2016)
3 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

It is a nice change to see a subdued, non-histrionic Shah Rukh Khan shine in a non-masala Bollywood coming-of-age-drama. He actually takes the backseat to the energetic lead performance by Alia Bhatt. Additional strong points: subtle direction (by "English Vinglish"'s Gauri Shinde), fine cast, beautiful cinematography, and superb soundtrack by the always great Amit Trivedi. Just the script could have been a little more consistent. Its colourful characters are drawn too one-dimensionally.

Elle (2016)
6 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Tortured souls engaging in sadistic games, engrossingly directed by Paul Verhoeven. Isabelle Huppert shines!

Sultan (2016)
6 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Country boy takes up wrestling to get the girl, problems ensue, and he tries to fix them. Engaging albeit predictable 170 minute romantic action drama and sports saga with all the necessary formulaic Bollywood blockbuster ingredients put to good use. Salman Khan is great in an unusual non-Superman role, Anushka Sharma's performance as an emancipated and ambitious wrestling state champion is remarkable as well. Excellent cinematography, exciting action scenes, and fine song & dance extravaganzas in the first half add to the fun.

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
6 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This 2 hour 40 minute extravaganza certainly won't convert any non-Bollywood fans. But if you are into silliness, hamming, implausible plot twists, spectacularly lavish sets and bombastic song & dance numbers, you'll enjoy this return to the old-school Bollywood formula. Contemporary India rarely had such a vintage look. Salman Khan (in a dual role), Sonam Kapoor and Anupam Kher give standout performances.

Permanent Midnight
11 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Dark comedy about a $5000-a-week TV writer with a $6000-a-week heroin habit. Painful to watch, with a surprisingly great performance by Ben Stiller. I heard about this 1998 movie through the Los Angeles episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Tony meets Jerry Stahl whose autobiography the script is based on.