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Lucy: A no-brainer

The premise that underlies director Luc Besson’s philosophical exploration in Lucy is an interesting one. What wondrous achievemen...»

White House Down: The plot misfires

Put Bruce Willis here instead of Channing Tatum and what you get is Die Hard at the White House. Absolutely no changes required t...»

Turbo races ahead

It’s become quite the trend for animation flicks to pick unlikely critters as their heroes — rats, ants, bugs — and the newest, littlest...»

Moonrise Kingdom: Wes side story

Wes Anderson does not make living-breathing films. What he crafts — and I use that word in the artisanal, bespoke sense — are meticulous...»

To Rome With Love: Back to Allentown

Like clockwork, Woody Allen winds up a film every year, and with each film, we’re left wondering if — Annie Hall and its Oscars no...»

The Campaign: Election problems

Will Ferrell, with his demeanour of instant disreputability (he looks like an overgrown kid planning his next raid on the cookie jar), i...»

The Expendables 2 - Lethal weapons

Which film could one point to as the progenitor of The Expendables? Considering the blood-spattered, shoot-‘em-up nature of the p...»

The Bourne Legacy - Clone ranger

The Bourne Identity opened with a body suspended in the Mediterranean, motionlessly afloat, like an embryo in amniotic brine. The...»

Total Recall: Fishy memory chips

We’re informed, at the opening of Total Recall, that it’s a time when living space is earth’s most valuable resource. Wait a minute. Thi...»

Did Webb have to tangle with Spidey?

The Amazing Spider-Man (English)Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Irrfan Khan »

The Amazing Spider-Man: Webbing vows

So once again Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is delivered to his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field), nipped in the neck...»

You go, Gael!

Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) is a Scottish princess whose most prominent feature is a carrot-coloured cascade of curls, and she’s...»

Brave: A magical tale

Enthralling all the way ! »

Piranha 3DD - Where's the bite?

The original Piranha in 1978 was a spoof of Steven Spielberg's Jaws. The sequel in 1981, Piranha II: The Spawning”...»

Rock of Ages - Let's get rocked

The title of Adam Shankman's new musical may be something of a misnomer if you were born in the 1970s and grew up with the thoroughly di...»

Prometheus - The fire still burns in this all-round treat

Why oh why was director Ridley Scott leery of calling Prometheus a prequel to his Alien? The 1979 film, which is essential...»

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted - Time-pass with our favourite castaways

After being shipwrecked in Madagascar and getting to explore their roots in Africa, this time around the fab four — Alex the lion, Glori...»

Prometheus: Prophet of mood

The director of “Alien” and “Blade Runner” returns with his most anticipated movie in years. »

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted - Alex & Co entertain, and how!

It's turning out to be a surprising summer, and not just because of the mercury rising. Summer release film franchises are not only displ...»

Prometheus - Spaced out in space

Is Prometheus a first (or a fifth) cousin to the film that put its director, Ridley Scott, on the map? The answer is tucked away i...»

What a witch!

We just saw, in Tarsem Singh's flamboyantly mounted Mirror Mirror, a revisionist update of the Snow White story, and now we have...»

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Eastern premises

Dame Judi Dench, as that imperious name suggests, is who you call upon to glower on screen, to peer down from her perch at mere mortals. »

The Lorax - Tree's company

There are very few films made today that qualify for clean, healthy entertainment for children. Especially if you have to take a five-ye...»

The Avengers: The dirty half-dozen

Joss Whedon's The Avengers — not to be confused with Jeremiah Chechik's film of the same name, where Ralph Fiennes wielded an umb...»

The carnage of innocence

For a while, The Hunger Games appears to be little more than the bustling answer to a question no one thought to ask: What would i...»

The spies who loved me

Tuck (Tom Hardy) is single. He has a young son he looks in on, as time permits, but what he really wants is someone to look at in the mor...»

There's life on Mars!

Though “John Carter” predates Edgar Rice Burroughs' “Tarzan”, he took 100 years to come on screen. The wait is worth it as this origin fi...»

The Iron Lady: You can watch it for Meryl

The Oscars this year seem to be dominated by biopics. If Michelle Williams got her nomination for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in My...»

See what rush hour acting does to the best of us

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (English)Cast: Nicolas Cage, Johnny Whitworth, Fergus Riordan, Ciarán Hinds, Violante P...»

War Horse: Gone with the whinny

Seen from one end, War Horse is quintessential Spielberg, a greatest-hits package from the most successful filmmaker of all time. »

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island - Classics come together

The best thing about Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is it took me to the bookcase to hunt for my copies of Jules Verne who, as...»

Strong Oscar contender

Movie: The Descendants Cast: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy GreerA complex drama involving money, family,...»

Clooney does it again

How does George Clooney do this? In Michael Clayton, Up in the Air and now The Descendants and many in between, he plays t...»

Just another thriller

Looking at Mark Wahlberg glowering from the poster, Kate Beckinsale looking harassed and the metallic tones of the artwork gave a fair i...»

Joyful ride

Movie: Arthur Christmas Cast: Bill Mighty, James McAvoy »

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Tailor-made to appeal

When we were young and foolish and devouring the sex-and-sadism laden adventures of James Bond, we were told by the la di dah, cultured...»

The Darkest Hour - Not a bad movie, after all

The poster advertising the film mentioned the trailers of Ice Age 4 and Titanic in 3D. That did not seem to bode well. Con...»

Sherlock Holmes: A game of shadows - The game's afoot again

Movie: Sherlock Holmes: A game of shadows Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law “Who did it?” is the ultim...»

Mission: accomplished!

Movie: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Ny...»

Heist bidder

The sumptuous fourth instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise wants us to know that it knows we know what to expect. The di...»

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 - Best of the lot

Movie: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Cast: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner T...»

Clock, stock and barrel

When In Time begins, the screen glows a phosphorescent green, like a Cousteau documentary with night-time shots of coral reefs and...»

No Diary without Depp

Based on Hunter S. Thompson's novel of the same name, The Rum Diary is a likeable film — for its locations (Puerto Rico) and the l...»

Super Awesome - Super 8

Movie: Super 8 Cast: Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka and Kyle Chandler Director J.J Abrams' “Super 8”, p...»

Drive: A taut thriller

BIG SCREENMovie: DriveCast: Ryan Gosling, Albert Brooks, Carey MulliganNobody can uncover, wha...»

The slow and the furious

Nicolas Winding Refn isn't kidding about that middle name. His narrative style is as meanderingly arty as a narrative style can get, whic...»

Super 8 - Back to the past

Like many of us, director JJ Abrams is a fan of the early Steven Spielberg, but unlike many of us, he has fashioned a feature-length fan...»

Spend it like Beckham

What a pleasant surprise that this film backed by Akshay Kumar isn't really from the Bollywood stable. There's absolutely nothing Bollywo...»

The kid who knew too much

As the Hitchcockian man-on-the-run thrillers of the 1950s ran headlong into the clammy Cold War paranoia of the 1960s, a new sub-genre...»

Contagion - A bug's life

In the all-star disaster movies of the 1970s, the A-list stars looked like A-list stars. They were beautiful people trapped in beastly s...»

‘Herge admired Spielberg's work'

Alain Baran, a close friend and associate of Tintin creator Herge, talks about the many avatars of the intrepid boy reporter, including his »

Immortals: Modern take on Theseus

The year 2000 was supposed to be our year in Hollywood. It was the year of Shekhar Kapur with his extraordinary Elizabeth, M. Nig...»

The Adventures of Tintin: Raiders of the Lost Barque

Steven Spielberg's motive behind The Adventures of Tintin reveals itself as an exuberant burst of nostalgia. What is the boyish r...»

Tower Heist: Money matters

Who would have guessed that a comedy caper with its finger on the pulse of the times could be put together by Brett Ratner? Tower Hei...»

Puss in Boots - Fun from the word go

In Shrek 2 (2004), Donkey told Puss in Boots that the position of annoying talking animal was already taken. So even though Puss...»

Arthur Christmas: Toys to the world

Arthur Christmas, the new animated feature from Aardman, the studio famous for its stop-motion pictures such as Chicken Run »

Underworld: Awakening — Awakening puts you to sleep

Kate Beckinsale is back in her vampire avatar to resurrect this never-ending bloody battle involving two immortal species. But like most...»

Coriolanus: Contemporary touch to a classic

As literature students, we have all read Shakespeare's “big four,” the tragedies, “Hamlet”, “Macbeth,” “King Lear” and “Othello”. Watchi...»

Good Night, Good Morning: A phone call says it all

There is a particular pleasure to watching a movie made by a trained journalist: you know the crediting will be impeccable, you know Bil...»

The Woman in Black: “Horror” Potter

The Woman in Black follows gothic horror conventions so closely that you might be forgiven to think there is a millennial shocker...»

Safe House: The comfort of clichés

What time did you read this review? If an interrogator, tomorrow, buttonholed you with this question, you might reply, “While having lun...»

Moneyball: Heavy on baseball jargon

This movie is up for six Oscars, including Best Picture, Actor for Brad Pitt and supporting actor for Jonah Hill. Unlike Jerry Maguir...»

The Artist: The silence of the hams

Michel Hazanavicius, the puckish creator of The Artist, opens his film with tongue folded firmly in cheek. We, the audience for »

My Week with Marilyn: The prince and the showgirl

Last week we saw Harry Potter all grown up as Daniel Radcliffe played the part of the grieving haunted widower in The Woman in Black<...»

Wrath of the Titans: Too much of a bad thing

There are a couple of pluses in The Wrath of the Titans. One is the concept that gods need our prayers to exist. It is just beyon...»

Safe: Fast and furious

Wikipedia describes Safe as an action film directed by Boaz Yakin and starring Jason Statham and that really says all there is to...»

Hugo: The way we whirr

Martin Scorsese's Hugo is the story of the titular orphan (the gravely composed Asa Butterfield) beset by a life-altering mystery...»

The Dark Knight Rises: Gloom and doom

At the end of its two hours-45 minute running time, all you can do is heave a sigh of relief that this is the concluding chapter of Chri...»


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