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This weekend at the movies

A scene from Anushka Sharma’s ‘Pari’

A scene from Anushka Sharma’s ‘Pari’   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

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Here is a handy guide to all the movies that released this weekend. Read our reviews and take your pick!

With the four South Indian film industries — Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam — going in for a shutdown from March 1, in protest against the Virtual Print Fee charged by the digital services providers, there are fewer options at the theatre this week.

Pari

Prosit Roy’s Pari is the kind of horror that gags and chokes you with an incipient dread. But only up to a point. The setting is a rainy, wet Kolkata; a beautiful inscrutable woman Rukhsana (Anushka Sharma) is being hunted down by a group of cruel men; there are inexplicable unearthly presences; a strange, grotesque cult; its equally cryptic opponents; an evil force whose menace you can’t see but only hear in the rasping sound of his breath and a kind, young man Arnab (Parambrata Chatterjee), possibly the only “normal” one around.

Lady Bird

Lady Bird is an unconventional coming-of-age film. It is nostalgic for something you might not even have experienced. This writer doesn’t recognise Sacramento’s environs, but Lady Bird uses the American town as a metaphor for any young adult's growing pains.

Death Wish

A mild-mannered doctor, Paul Kersey, takes the law into his hands after his wife and daughter are attacked. His wife, Lucy Rose, is killed while daughter Jordan is in coma. Shouldn’t Liam Neeson be doing the honours and growling, “I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill you?” It is however, Bruce Willis, who plays Kersey and till the climax goes about getting vengeance meekly (yes it is an oxymoron).

Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow is yet another example of how Hollywood seeks to validate the greatness of America over other nations. The film, based on Jason Mathews’ book of the same name, is based during a time when another Cold War has gripped the two countries and there’s a mole in the Russian service feeding the US vital information. After ballerina Dominika Egorova’s (Jennifer Lawrence) leg loudly snaps during a performance, the Bolshoi will no longer fund her rent or her ailing mother’s medical expenses.

 

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