Happy Ending: Happy it ended

From the makers of India’s first ever zombie-comedy comes Happy Ending. Filled with lifeless characters and every cliché in the rom-com handbook, the film soon becomes a wait for Govinda -- the film’...
  • Vanmam: So indifferently made, it’s shocking

    After watching Soodhu Kavvum, I wrote, “Vijay Sethupathi, the poster boy of this cinema, was welcomed in his first scene with cheers and claps usually reserved for mass heroes making their entry. It’...
  • The Equalizer: Just a call away

    What Saif Ali Khan fails to achieve, Denzel Washington does it with relish. He is also repeating himself for an audience who wants to see more of him in the action space, one last time and that last ...
  • Same old and same older

    Just last night I watched bits of Dumb and Dumber to refresh my memory on the two goofballs, Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne (Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels) and their cross country trip in their dog va...
  • Bangaaru Talli: Not for the weak hearted

    Week after week, when one gets to watch films that re-churn staid commercial formula, boredom creeps in and one wonders where the truly absorbing stories are. And then, out of the blue comes a Telugu...
The Equaliser
November 22, 2014

Equaliser: Grisly revenge-porn stretched to interminable lengths

A curious sense of déjà vu envelopes you as you watch Denzel Washington, playing the part of vigilante hero Robert McCall, take on the Russian Mafia in Boston with uber-cool ruthlessness. And it’s... »
Still from movie The Equalizer
November 21, 2014

The Equalizer: Singham goes to Hollywood

Denzel Washington is too cool for his own good. Based on a TV show, The Equalizer has shifted the action from New York where the TV show was set, to Boston. The basic premise remains the sa... »
Still from the movie Rowdy Fellow
November 21, 2014

Rowdy Fellow impresses

When lyricist Krishna Chaitanya announced that he would be directing a movie, it raised much curiosity to see what he would deliver. Fortunately, the lyricist turned director does not disappoint.... »
A still from John Wick
November 15, 2014

John Wick: A stylish shootout saga

Derek Kolstad’s script for John Wick must have been an exercise in brevity: bad-ass thugs kill a retired hitman’s dog and steal his car, hitman takes excessive and very bloody revenge. ... »
Still from Appuchi Gramam
November 14, 2014

Appuchi Gramam movie review

The conceit is gold. A meteor is headed towards earth. It’s the end of the world. At least, it’s the end of Tamil Nadu. The localisation isn’t a surprise. Had the same scenario played out in a Hol... »
THE COOL KIDS A scene from the movie
New Delhi, November 14, 2014

Kill Dil: Swagger on song

The battle of nature versus nurture has been a staple ploy of mainstream Bollywood and this week Shaad Ali returns after a sabbatical with two tramps raised by a ganglord Bhaiyaaji (Govinda). When... »
Faooq Sheikh made his debut in Garam Hawa (1973) as Sikandar, the young idealistic younger son of Salim Mirza (played by Balraj Sahni)
New Delhi, November 14, 2014

Garm Hava review: Feel the Heat

A heart rending tale of a Muslim family that is reduced to a pariah in its own country in the aftermath of the Partition, director M.S. Sathyu conveyed in his first film what many struggle to say... »
A still from Nightcrawler.
November 8, 2014

Nightcrawler: Creature of the night

The appeal of horror, Stephen King noted famously, has always been consistent. Most of us will slow down to look at a car accident, despite the gore. Most of us are fascinated by the macabre and c... »
A still from Arjunin Jai Hind 2.
November 7, 2014

Arjunin Jai Hind 2:  Well, if you liked Jai Hind…

In some parallel dimension we aren’t aware of, there must be theatre chains screening Mysskinin Jai Hind 2 and Mani Ratnamin Jai Hind 2 and Selvaraghavanin Jai... »
Sundeep Kishan, Raashi Khanna and Brahmanandam
November 7, 2014

Joru: Slapstick merry go round

Cast: Sundeep Kishan, Raashi Khanna, Brahmanandam Direction: Kumar Nagendra Genre: Comedy Last year, Kumar Nagendra made his directorial debut with... »

Rang Rasiya: A sketchy portrait

Oru Oorla Rendu Raja: A mess of a message

Gone Girl: Death of a marriage

Fury: The thin red line

Fury: Nature of the beast

Gone Girl: Marriage interrupted

Super Nani: On rewind mode

Karthikeya: Good for a debutant

Sibiraj with Idoh.
November 22, 2014

Naaigal Jaakirathai: An ‘inspired’ film that loses steam midway

It is said that hindsight is always good, an advice that the makers of ‘Naaigal Jaakirathai’ seem to have taken particularly seriously. They seem to go back 25 years to the year 1989 when K-9, a H... »
Still from movie Happy Ending
November 21, 2014

Happy Ending: A light read

Director duo Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.are known to play with genres and their light touches work with actors who don’t come with the baggage of stardom. 99 and Shor in the City are examples of... »
A still from Kill/Dil
November 15, 2014

Kill/Dil: A harmless tribute to escapist entertainers

Every Bollywood filmmaker seems to want to pay tribute to the cinema of the seventies. Shaad Ali is no exception. And Yash Raj Films only seems to be happy producing these full-blown homage films... »
Still from Gnana Kirukkan
November 14, 2014

Gnanakirukkan: Sad lives, in a sad excuse for a movie

If they made T-shirts for down-on-their-luck villagers who inhabit a certain tract of Tamil cinema, this is what the slogan would read: “Life’s a bitch. Then you end up in Chennai.” Eleyadevan’s <... »
Vishnu Manchu and Catherine Tresa
Hyderabad, November 14, 2014

Erra Bus review: Once upon a time

We are given to believe that the urban-rural divide is no longer what it used to be, say, three or four decades ago, unless the rural zone in question is in the middle of nowhere, with no connect t... »
A scene from the movie
New Delhi, November 14, 2014

Beauty And The Beast: Lost in the Jungle

What happens when one starts filling colours in a fairytale with digital painting software. The result is on display in Christophe Gans’s “Beauty And The Beast”. Immersive colour schemes and CGI m... »
November 14, 2014

Thirudan Police works best in the comic bits

Thirudan Police screams identity crisis. Like its hero, it doesn’t quite know what it wants to be. Like a thief pursued by cops, it changes directions unpredictably. It starts off hinting a... »
Akshay Kumar in The Shaukeens
November 8, 2014

The Shaukeens: When a cameo takes over the film

Akshay Kumar has been in many comedies but hasn’t really had as much fun. We have seen actors steal scenes away from stars many times before, but The Shaukeens is the ultimate star’s reveng... »
A still from the movie
November 7, 2014

Brother of Bommali: Watchable fare

Cast: Allari Naresh, Karthika, Monal Gajjar Direction: B. Chinni Music: Shekar Chandra Plot: Siblings help each other in sealing their love s... »
A scene from the movie
November 7, 2014

The Shaukeens: Meet the stalkers

Genre: Comedy Director: Abhishek Sharma Cast: Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, Piyush Mishra, Lisa Hayden, Akshay Kumar Prudery aside, three aging men desp... »

INTERSTELLAR: Light after blight

Interstellar: A wormhole that sucks you in slowly

Roar: Tigers eat humans in acting class

‘Nerungi Vaa Muthamidaathe’ review: Why small is beautiful

Current Theega: Mindless fun

ROAR: Tailing the tiger

Four cousins go on an adventure

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