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Movie Ratings and Reviews

The Grand Budapest Hotel
½

Brilliantly filmed and stylish to a fault, Wes Anderson's film flows through each frame with great panache, wit and humour.

The Imitation Game
½

A wondrous account of one man's belief stacked against a wall of cynical doubt. More than the desire to decrypt a complex Nazi code, I believe that Alan Turing's efforts were fuelled by the want to prove himself. More than breaking Enigma, this film centred on a greater enigma, that of Turing's conscience. A broken code at the cost of a shattered man is what remains in the end. Benedict Cumberbatch is brilliant as Turing in probably his best role yet.

Interstellar
Interstellar(2014)

Have you ever tried looking into the future? Imagined the future? Contemplated what it would be like living in the future?
Have you ever placed yourself on this planet at some point 'tomorrow'? 'Tomorrow'; it is different for all of us. Is your 'tomorrow' tomorrow? Or is it a decade from now; maybe a millennium? Are you worried whether you'll make it to work on time? Is that your 'tomorrow', some minutes from now?
When you think of a point 'tomorrow', what do you think about? Is it (clichéd) flying cars and ultra-modern skyscrapers? Humans on mars? An alien invasion? Perhaps simply your office presentation at the end of the week? Whatever you think about, are you a hundred percent certain about the inevitability of your thoughts? If you are, you are fooling yourself by the supposed reality and certainty of 'tomorrow'. You can never be sure of what's going to happen. Maybe cars never will defy gravity, perhaps we'll never make it to mars, aliens might not even exist, and that presentation might as well get cancelled. Being humans, we decide something will happen, want something to happen, hope something might happen. Decision makes for an apparently sure 'tomorrow'; want and hope leave some margin for inconstancy. However the only thing certain about 'tomorrow' is that it is uncertain. All of it.
So does this mean that whatever we think of the future is fiction? Yes it is. Any point after right now is our version of what might happen. It is what our brain decides, wants or hopes. It may or may not happen hence, for the time-being, it is fiction. Combine this with the immense capability of the human mind, and we get infinite prospects for 'tomorrow'. Therein lies the beauty of the future, in the simple fact that it is never right or wrong. Neither is it quantifiable.
Science fiction filmmaking takes advantage of this simple fact. And sometimes a filmmaker goes to a dimension which is illogical and incomprehensible to all but those who understand the uncertainty of the future.
Interstellar. A film by Christopher Nolan, the creator of the science-fiction blockbuster Inception. Inception was innovative, smart and engrossing. It was accessible science fiction, partly because of the fact that it involved the present day world. Any anomalies were passed off as dream sequences so we found it easier to accept and 'believe'. Anyone can dream right (or dream within a dream)? A mistake on our part, considering fiction is a synonym for make-believe. Anyway, the movie was brilliant and Leo DiCaprio pushed it to a whole different level. Interstellar is also science-fiction, but with a lot more science. It envisions an apocalyptic future, wormhole travel, disparate habitable planets, gravity-harnessing, black hole physics, and a whole lot of other mumbo jumbo. And yet that's what science fiction is supposed to be. If the future can be infinitely possible, why can't Interstellar? This film redefines the frontier to which a film can be propelled to. It is seriously flawed, but only till you treat 'tomorrow' as a quantifiable thing. The moment you realise how uncertain and limitless it is, Interstellar will make sense. This is a film where you should neither expect Star Wars' light-sabre duels nor Gravity's today reality. It is a film which will take your conscience to a dimension which will urge you to let your guards down and leave the present behind. And yet it will keep you within reach of the reality of human existence through emotion and humour. Very few filmmakers can achieve what Nolan has. Not everyone can emote their imagination of the future so beautifully or effectively. Alas but what is a puppeteer without his puppets. The cast conjures sentiment, just the way Nolan intends. If you decide to watch this film, don't expect your version of the future. But be sure to experience one of those infinite.

"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

Gone Girl
Gone Girl(2014)
½

Extremely engrossing, smart, and directed with flair, Gone Girl is definitely one of the better films you will watch this year. The plot intensifies exponentially with the later half bursting in a firework of plot-twists so nail-bitingly delicious that they leave you reeling in amazement.

The November Man
½

Cliched, but worth a watch nevertheless, The November Man works because of Pierce Brosnan's compelling performance.

A Walk Among the Tombstones
½

Interesting and suspenseful, A Walk Among the Tombstones benefits from a great performance by Liam Neeson.

The Omen
The Omen(2006)
½

One of the most uninspired and boring films I've seen. A sad excuse for the horror genre.

Lucy
Lucy(2014)
½

Scarlett Johansson's sexiness, Morgan Freeman's mere presence, cool CGI effects and cheap sci-fi thrills power this illogical film, which would otherwise probably be shunned by any viewer with an above average IQ.

The Hundred-Foot Journey
½

A charming backdrop and marvellous cast, led by Helen Mirren and Om Puri, make this one delectable culinary journey.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
½

Outstanding special effects galore, this film is a technical achievement. However, it was a pretty standard affair as far as the story was concerned.

The Fault In Our Stars

Beautifully filmed, funny, and sentimental to a fault, 'The Fault In Our Stars' is one of the better romantic films to grace the big screen in recent times. What makes it so is the dearth of excessive drama in favor of wit, humor and genuine emotion.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

When a movie is made just for the sake of making a movie, this is what we get. A pointless script, mindless action, and endless run-time make this film thoroughly contemptible.

Rumor Has It
Rumor Has It(2005)

Light, okay-ish movie for a lazy evening. The cast makes it watchable.

Chef
Chef(2014)
½

There are some movies which simply make you feel good about life. Chef does exactly that. Funny, lively and fresh, this movie - albeit slightly cliched - is an ode to doing what you love.

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow
½

An innovative concept, perfectly timed humor and awesome sci-fi action make 'Edge of Tomorrow' a compelling watch.

Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas(2012)

The actions of one can impact the lives of others for ages to come. Spanning from the mid-nineteenth century to the post-apocalyptic era, this film draws you in with striking visuals and powerful performances. The six stories, albeit seemingly different, are so intricately connected that they are bound to make you marvel at the immensity of Cloud Atlas!

Maleficent
Maleficent(2014)
½

Angelina Jolie is deliciously evil and delightfully engaging as Maleficent. The film is crummy in parts but whenever Jolie takes the screen, she is impeccable.

X-Men: Days of Future Past
½

Electrifying action sequences, stunning visual effects, and an engrossing story-line make this one of the best films to grace the (crowded) superhero genre.

Godzilla
Godzilla(2014)

Even though the premise promised a lot more than Godzilla breathing blue fire, the film is decent enough to be watched once. But that's not saying much.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The disjointed script notwithstanding, the second installment in the Spider-Man reboot manages to command our attention with its extravagant special effects.

Transcendence
½

Any logical mind would find this film unrealistic, but isn't that what science fiction is all about? Surreal and engaging, it's worth a watch even though the narrative might flow a bit too fast.

Non-Stop
Non-Stop(2014)
½

The completely absurd finale notwithstanding, this film is tense, suspenseful and immensely engaging. Enjoyed it a lot!

Nebraska
Nebraska(2013)
½

This beautiful film is so minimalist that it is almost not there, and yet so deep-spirited that in every way it is. The black and white cinematography and simple underlying score help us experience a profoundness that would otherwise be lost in color and noise.

Philomena
Philomena(2013)

A warm and touching story about a mother's hunt for her long lost son. Judi Dench is impeccable, while Steve Coogan complements her perfectly.

Lone Survivor

Even though some scenes may be a tad too graphic and painful to watch, 'Lone Survivor' is emotionally diverse and very engaging. A military action flick based on a true story, it might not exactly be among the ranks of 'Zero Dark Thirty' or 'The Hurt Locker' but it's close.

The Help
The Help(2011)
½

How long can one face oppression? A black woman speaks her mind on what it is like to be a maid in a white household. Touching, hilarious, invoking anger, and giving food for thought: this film is fascinating! And the charming cast, especially Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis, give this film its soul!

Fruitvale Station

Well acted and simply made, this movie hits you hard emotionally.

Notes on a Scandal
½

Underlined by an apposite score, 'Notes on a Scandal' is one of the most brilliant psychological melodramas I've watched. Reading between the lines, it is a character study of a clingy, vindictive and malevolent woman who can go to any length to sustain a 'friendship'. Dame Judi Dench's performance is deliciously insidious and Cate Blanchett is marvelous.

Her
Her(2013)

'Her' immerses us beautifully into the profound emotions of a relationship. This film is unique and Joaquin Phoenix is outstanding.

American Hustle

American Hustle works itself up like a brilliant display of fireworks with an explosive finale. Everything about this film - the cast, the humor, the direction - is near perfect. But Jennifer Lawrence is flawless and made me fall in love with her all over again!

Captain Phillips
½

Tense and gripping, Captain Phillips will keep you on the edge of your seat for a good two hours! Tom Hanks is unbelievably good, especially in the closing scene.

Dallas Buyers Club
½

Dallas Buyers Club sees Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto waltzing with emotions so gracefully that it's hard to believe that they are simply acting. This is a beautiful film not only because of its cast, but also because it shows that hope and willpower can take us a long way.

12 Years a Slave
½

Brilliantly directed and marvelously acted, 12 Years a Slave gives a raw and brutal insight into one of the most difficult times for human rights in history.

There Will Be Blood

'There Will Be Blood' is the story of a terrible man with narcissistic intentions and a bloodthirsty lust for wealth, portrayed wonderfully by Daniel Day-Lewis.

August: Osage County
½

Even though its storyline may not feel fresh or remarkable, the acting on display is some of the finest. But with veterans like Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts on board, it would be unwise to expect anything less.

Blue Jasmine
Blue Jasmine(2013)

A remarkable, and unmistakably Woody Allen, film! Not only is it tastefully directed, the tour de force by Cate Blanchett cannot be praised enough. A must watch!

The Wolf of Wall Street

Highly engaging and masterfully directed, The Wolf of Wall Street will keep you howling with laughter.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
½

Brilliantly acted and masterfully directed, with a script that touches the right parts of our psyche, this installment in the Hunger Games series was better than I could have hoped for. My only reaction after leaving the theater was "I just have to watch it again!".

Gravity
Gravity(2013)

The exquisite visuals sent me tumbling through that infinite expanse. The marvelous actors drowned me in waves of intense emotion. The outstanding score filled in what would otherwise be a deafening silence. Gravity did what no other film could. I was in space.

Elysium
Elysium(2013)

I love sci-fi so I obviously had to love this film. It may be flawed and cliched in part, but Elysium sure keeps you entertained till the end. Really liked Jodie Foster as the secretary, a role that sees her shed her usually likable image for a cold and ruthless one.

A Beautiful Mind

Amazing performances, an unexpected twist, and a touching story of love; all these make this film very beautiful indeed.

The Tourist
The Tourist(2010)

Beautifully shot and with a pair of extremely good leads, this film worked for me.

Transamerica
Transamerica(2006)
½

This film transcends the boundary of convention. It is beautiful and warm, apart from being funny. And we mustn't forget the outstanding performance by Felicity Huffman!

We're The Millers

'Been there, done that' sort of story, but completely enjoyed it nevertheless! The cast is amazing and the film is hilarious!

Changeling
Changeling(2008)

Angelina Jolie is flawless in this film. It's a different role for her, and she shines! Overall, an emotionally gripping film!

Now You See Me

While it may remain partly unexplained and slightly confusing, we cannot ignore the awe and magic this film conjures. It's all a brilliant and flashy affair, and a riveting one at that!

Hannibal
Hannibal(2001)
½

Mostly boring, and in those few moments the film finally feels worthwhile, the weak script manages to bring it down yet again. Hopkins is good, but he isn't able to stir up the sinisterness like he did in 'The Silence of the Lambs'.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

I didn't really get the scares I sought, nor did I fully grasp the profound message it probably aimed to deliver. I liked this film for the courtroom drama it so effectively is. Anyway, I was expecting this to be a good horror film and it disappoints in that regard.

The Shawshank Redemption

It's the top rated movie on IMDb... and it lives up to that rating! Outstanding film, grips you in every way possible!

Winter's Bone

Jennifer Lawrence shines!

The Conjuring
½

Quite simply the best horror movie I have ever seen! Realistic, well-shot and full of outstanding scares, this film is horror heaven (or perhaps hell?)!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Beautifully shot, heart-warming and mesmerizing film. Loved it!

Erin Brockovich
½

Outstanding and engaging!

The Heat
The Heat(2013)

This has got to be the best comic pairing in recent years. Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock are absolutely hilarious!

World War Z
World War Z(2013)

Some scenes keep you hanging on to the edge of your seat. Overall, a very entertaining entry to this thoroughly showcased genre.

Fast & Furious 6

The infinite runway notwithstanding, Fast & Furious 6 is a slick action film that'll leave fans of the franchise immensely satisfied.

The Great Gatsby
½

A visually spectacular film with a promising start and beautiful cinematography, albeit the ending falls slightly short of expectations.

Star Trek Into Darkness
½

Spectacular visuals coupled with an enthralling story-line make this a film which is better than its predecessor. 'Star Trek Into Darkness' leaves us craving for more space adventure!

Beginners
Beginners(2011)
½

It might be a bit slow and a tad too artful at times, but 'Beginners' is a lovely and warm film about embracing relationships and discovering happiness in them.

Inglourious Basterds
½

Brilliant film! Loved each and every moment of it!

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
½

It may be predictable at times, but the amazing capture of emotions and the fine acting make it a wonderful film to watch.

Argo
Argo(2012)

A brilliantly crafted and worthy follow-up to his previous directorial venture, The Town, Argo reaffirms the fact that Ben Affleck really knows his stuff as a director!

Django Unchained
½

Woah! What a film! The wild, wild West indeed! And hats off to Christoph Waltz for his fine and funny portrayal of Dr. Schultz!

Oblivion
Oblivion(2013)

With outstanding visuals, an engaging storyline and some great twists, 'Oblivion' is a hardcore sci-fi film meant for loyal fans of the genre only. It is visually similar to the 2012 film 'Prometheus'.

Oz the Great and Powerful

A decent movie with good visual effects, but for kids only.

Olympus Has Fallen

A predictable story, but some really slick action!

Zero Dark Thirty

Teeming with suspense and brilliant in every plausible sense, Zero Dark Thirty is a masterpiece in filmmaking. And Kathryn Bigelow proves that she is a director to be reckoned with.

Project X
Project X(2012)

The impossible-party that every guy wants to host.

Million Dollar Baby

Beautiful film but extremely emotional. The performances are superb.

Crazy Heart
Crazy Heart(2009)

The story of an ageing alcoholic singer and how he redeems himself. Mesmerizing performance by Jeff Bridges.

Silver Linings Playbook

A sweet movie with its heart in the right place, Silver Linings Playbook shows that we just need that one right person who accepts us as we are. Excellent performances by the cast members.

Looper
Looper(2012)

A great sci-fi film that, apart from its futuristic content, also explores a certain aspect of human emotion and morality.

Skyfall
Skyfall(2012)

A different take on 007 altogether, this slick film features great performances, much more emotion, and action that is subtler than Bond convention.

The Beaver
The Beaver(2011)

A man who suffers from extreme depression takes the help of a puppet and emerges, against his family and all other odds, victorious.

The Impossible

This tragic and heart-wrenching movie shows how a family clung on to hope, even though all was seemingly lost.

Jack Reacher
Jack Reacher(2012)

Engaging plot. Tom Cruise fans, and almost everyone else, will enjoy the slick film.

Midnight in Paris

With a lovely background score and charming cinematography, this film is beautiful and enchanting.

The Rum Diary

It feels like a good movie with good direction and nice performances but, at the end, you are somewhat disappointed because of the obscurity.

Hotel Rwanda
Hotel Rwanda(2004)

A thought-provoking film which narrates the events of a massacre which took place in Rwanda while the West lived happily behind a veil of ignorance and selfishness. Strikingly similar to the story of Schindler's List.

Gone Baby Gone

Ben Affleck's directorial debut, although not as gripping as his later works, is a film to reckon with. Good performances all around and a great script add to it's excellence.

We Need to Talk About Kevin

The movie is eerie and weird. Kevin's overtly evil persona will shock while Eva's (Tilda Swinton's) outstanding performance will amaze.

Life of Pi
Life of Pi(2012)
½

A visual masterpiece, Life of Pi transports you into a mystic state of serenity. There is a profound meaning to this film that most of us cannot hope to understand, so we must make do by marveling at it's glory.

Hope Springs
Hope Springs(2012)
½

A lovely film about overcoming monotony and fulfilling expectations from an otherwise stale marriage.

Monster
Monster(2004)

Beautifully made and so heart-wrenching, this movie is a masterpiece! Charlize Theron's magnificent portrayal is not merely acting, it is a flawless embodiment. Bravo!

The Hunger Games
½

Very thrilling, albeit invoking anger at the brutality, this film is fantastic! Watch out for Stanley Tucci's role which, though understated, is amazing!

The Cabin in the Woods
½

This is the strangest film I have seen! And it totally works! What starts as a seemingly typical 'Wrong Turn' affair turns into a mind-boggling labyrinth of twists! You CANNOT predict this movie at any point! Superb!

Snow White and the Huntsman
½

The evil queen was more beautiful than Snow White... weird!

The Dictator
The Dictator(2012)

Decent comedy but Borat was so much better.

The Last King of Scotland
½

The movie starts humane and progresses on to sheer brutal. The film may not go down well with the weak at heart, especially the later half. Nevertheless, Forest Whitaker is perfect in his portrayal of the insidious Ugandan dictator, Amin.

The Dark Knight Rises
½

What a superb film! Amazing! The excellent cast! The sexy action sequences! A movie which leaves you craving for more! Nolan completely outdoes himself!

The Dark Knight
½

Firstly, that impressive rating is mainly due to the magnificently sinister (and Academy Award winning) portrayal of the Joker by Heath Ledger. Secondly, the movie sincerely rocks on all levels!

The Descendants
½

George Clooney gives an amazing performance! And the way humor is blended with melancholy is beautiful. A wonderful film!

North Country
½

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu
An amazing story of bravery and courage, and the perseverance it takes to achieve justice.

Rabbit Hole
Rabbit Hole(2010)
½

It's hard for a movie to make you feel what is being portrayed onscreen. However Rabbit Hole excels at this. After watching this film, I was reminded of it whenever I was driving. Such a painful, yet beautiful film. A must watch!

Schindler's List

This film is a brilliant account of Nazi-occupied Poland during the second World War. The black and white cinematography is beautiful to behold. The scenes where Nazi soldiers shepherd Jews into concentration camps and cull them mercilessly are heart-wrenching. The girl in red, a vision of color in a world of black, lulls you into a state of deep thought. The contrast between Oskar Schindler's sacrosanct efforts, as the savior of the Jews, and Amon Goeth's diabolical pleasure, in killing them, is enrapturing. Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley do a fantastic job of portraying their respective characters. This film is indeed one of the finest works in the history of cinema!

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)
½

The visuals are fabulous! The plot keeps you hooked! And the performances are at pace with the rest of the film! Sci-fi at it's best!

The Queen
The Queen(2006)
½

I saw this film after Dame Helen Mirren had swept all the major best actress awards for her role. And her magnificent portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II lived up to all my expectations and more. Michael Sheen also does a fantastic job as the newly-instated Prime Minster. Excellent movie!

The Silence of the Lambs
½

From the moment when Clarice starts walking down the corridor to meet the psychiatrist-turned-psychopath, Dr. Hannibal Lector, to the drag dance by Buffalo Bill, every scene weaves into one thrilling, Oscar-winning masterpiece. Some of cinema's finest acting on display by Hopkins and Foster!

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
½

With its gruesome and melodious tidings, and Depp's fascinating performance, this film is a masterpiece.

The Kids Are All Right
½

Two children of a married lesbian couple, born of the same sperm donor, yearn to know their father. The emotional complexities that ensue therefrom form the major part of the story. A unique, and beautifully crafted, film.

Prometheus
Prometheus(2012)
½

The 3D's the best I've ever seen! And the suspense keeps growing unwaveringly till the end!

The King's Speech
½

Watch it for Collin Firth's barrage of obscenities, if not for anything else! A film that's funny, and at the same time shows how the King-to-be overcame his stuttering problem. Outstanding!

The Blind Side
½

Some people may think that this film harbors a teeming web of racist hints. However for me this film was an onscreen depiction of Michael Oher's life, and the role that Leigh Anne Tuohy played in it. Fabulous film!

Black Swan
Black Swan(2010)
½

The war between yin and yang that rages on inside one's self is a nasty thing indeed. That's what this film is about. And Natalie Portman's superior acting is what makes it work.

Avatar
Avatar(2009)
½

The ground-breaking visuals and impressive 3D imagery is the first of it's kind. Add an interesting outta-this-world (literally) story and you have Avatar.

Little Children
½

Beautiful film... it dwells deep into the monotony and melancholy of some people's lives and their actions that emerge there-forth.

Catch Me If You Can
½

This film is one hell of a ride! Gripping and fast-paced, it keeps you hooked on!

The Devil Wears Prada
½

The monstrous boss from hell, Miranda Priestly, versus the unknowing new girl at work, Andy Sachs: this is one pairing that's bound to keep you laughing out loud! Throw in romance, fashion and ambition, and you get 'The Devil Wears Prada'!

The Sixth Sense
½

The ending could not have been more twisted! A movie that starts out creepy, but ends feel-good. Simply superb!

National Treasure
½

I had to give it that rating, just for the sheer fun I had! This is one hell of an impossible adventure!

Crash
Crash(2004)
½

Stories that seemed so detached from each other come to unite as one. Not many movies have been made that are as powerful or moving as this one.

Titanic
Titanic(1997)

The greatest love story of all time, seemed even better in three dimensions.

The Others
The Others(2001)

There are some movies which scare you with fancy props. Some that scare you with loud and extravagant sound effects. However, 'The Others' scares you with the magnificent air of creepiness that it builds up. No over-the-top props or eerie sound effects here. Just sheer patience and a story-line that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. And yes, Nicole Kidman's suberb acting is not to be overlooked! She is the one who makes this movie click!