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'', 'Pet Sematary', 'Watchman' and more: This weekend at the movies

‘Athiran’ review: An enticing movie that falls short of expectations

For a movie set almost entirely inside a mental asylum, it is the incongruity of the location that catches our attention right from the beginning in ‘Athiran’. It is a sprawling British-era mansion located in a secluded spot deep inside the forests, reminiscent of the famed ‘Overlook Hotel’ in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’. More than a location which serves the purpose of a mental asylum, it seems to be one tailor-made to lay out the horror elements which are packed into a movie, which does not belong to the horror genre.

‘Pet Sematary’ review: A graveyard without soul

When you pick a Stephen King book that is already popular among literary horror geeks, make it into a film in the 80s, and release at a time when Hollywood is witnessing a horror renaissance of sorts, it’s only fair to keep your standards high. Pet Sematary misses that mark by a mile.

‘Hellboy’ review: Guts, gore and very little glory

The question has been asked before, why remake something that has not only worked but actually soared? In Hellboy’s case, what should have been a third film in the franchise became a reboot. After monster man Guillermo del Toro (who wrote and directed the 2004 and 2008 films) dropped out of the project, and Ron Perlman who played the original big red guy, followed suit.

‘Watchman’ review: This average thriller has potential at the box office

The Vijay-directed Watchman works to an extent, and has potential at the box-office, despite being stripped of regular commercial ingredients. The first twenty minutes of the film are not only engaging, but also set the tone for the rest of what ensues. Bala (GV Prakash) is in need of some urgent cash to pay off a past loan — he has a moneylender at his heels, literally — and doesn’t know what to do. He has called everyone he knows, but no one will lend him the money. And, he has a deadline: 24 hours.

‘The Tashkent Files’ movie review: History in the time of conspiracies 

The Tashkent Files’ agenda comes clear only in its climax, although it's a no-brainer, as the film keeps referring to the Emergency in as many ways as possible. The filmmaker wishes to be subtle by not taking names (for the most part) and even censoring them in “official documents” but clearly subtlety is not Agnihotri’s forte.

'Chitralahari' review: A few bright moments 

The film’s title alludes to the much-loved Chitralahari television programme of the 80s. As the title credits roll, the writer and director of this film pays homage to that DD programme by playing a medley of songs in the background and stating that, like Chitralahari, the film will look at an assortment of characters and their journeys.  Chitralahari has its moments, but the different thoughts and characters don’t blend into a cohesive narrative. 

 

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