A heartwarming and emotional Sci-Fi Drama.
Scripted by Eric Heisserer based on Story of Your Life, by
short-fiction writer Ted Chiang, Arrival is more or less the
anti-Independence Day.Arrival boldly snubs the standard alien- invasion
vernacular of contemporary movies to explore a mood and language of its
own. It may be a touch too subdued for the mainstream, but the movie
has brains and originality. Adams gives her best performance as a
lonely woman who has to make a decision that will haunt her – though
perhaps in a good way – for the rest of her life. Although Arrival is
about first contact with extraterrestrials, it says more about the
human experience than the creatures from another world. This is a
singularly powerful movie, without question one of 2016’s best. I go
with 4.5/ 5 for Denis Villenueve’s another Directorial masterpiece.
A fragmented thriller soap opera of sex, booze, violence, and post-feminist empathy.
“The Girl on the Train” is grounded in the tranquil house-beautiful of
the Hudson Valley suburbs. But director Tate Taylor (“The Help,” “Get
on Up”), while competent, is no David Fincher. “Girl on the Train”
isn’t likely to haunt its shivering viewers the way the “Gone Girl”
movie did.Blunt,however,makes the ride well worth taking.It’s an
intriguing premise, and Blunt melts into the role like ice in a glass.
She looks lost, ravaged by hopelessness, her voice thickening into
syrup, her character a confused stumble. Blunt, in her best screen
performance to date, gives it a heartbroken center. I go with 4/5 for
‘The Girl on the Train’ for Emily’s one of the finest performance.
The 'Dhaakad' movie of the year and best to end 2016.
Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal is highly gripping and transitions smoothly from being a sports drama to an emotional one. The inspiring tale of Mahavir and his daughters is narrated in such a way that you laugh, cry and at some point even make sure you root for these characters right till the end.The father-daughter relationships between Geeta and Mahavir and Babita and Mahavir are explored extremely well emotionally. Also, how situations change the ties between the two sisters has been tapped into well.DANGAL is a flawless piece of work — it’s captivating, unpredictable, spellbinding, entertaining and never overstays its welcome. I rate 5/5 for ‘Dangal’ and Aamir’s best performance since Lagaan.
Rare masterpiece in Bollywood
‘Neerja’is a biopic on Neerja Bhanot, who saved 359 passengers in the Pan Am Flight 73 from terrorists. Sonam Kapoor gave her career best by portraying a brave lady in the movie. The movie shows the bravery and Courage shown by young lady during tense situation. The movie direction was very good By Ram Madhvani and terrific performance not only by Sonam but also the ones who portrayed the terrorists. Such films are rarely made in Bollywood and it feels good to watch movies based on real life incidents. A great tribute to Neerja Bhanot through this movie. I hope Bollywood keep on making biographic movies like this. A must watch movie for everyone.
What was expected and this I got !!
Cloverfield being a good hit, I was eager to watch thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane. The movie was good at the beginning but lost its path under the ground where the cast was situated. There was very less of horror and no mystery. The movie was somewhat predictable however the cast tried to manage the act. I didn’t like the plot of the film and neither the cinematography. There were very less dialogues and I was in a thinking that I was watching a silent movie. The trailer was promising but the movie disappointed me. The critics liked the movie for its twisted plot, however I think it was predictable and there was no twist in the movie. I wasn’t thinking the movie to be loose. I would give 2/5 for this movie.
Another Classic from Walt Disney
A beautifully crafted story and great direction by Bryan Howard. Zootopia displays a place of peace and harmony among all the animals. Judy Hopps as the lead antagonist was exceptional with support from Wilde, the Fox. It was something creative with a detective- animated movie but it won many hearts. As always everything goes merry for Walt Disney, Zootopia becomes another one in my list of all time favourite animated movies. Walt Disney continues its miracle touch with the types of movies it makes. Overall, it exceeded expectations and will be a great conpetitor for Oscars 2017. It was one of the best movies of 2016.
A decent watch but didn't match the expectation
Unfortunately, Singer’s latest and likely last trip to the X-Men universe has its sights set lower than the altering of history. The movie was not so good match compared to its predecessor Days of Future Past however the actors gets engaged themselves very well (including new starcast, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan). All the thematic interest and character dimension that’s defined the best of this series falls away for a conventional action display. The final battle sequel was not so convincing. Instead of using 3D graphics, Singer used wide shots for every X-man battle. Overall, the movie was not matching its previous films, however Singer manages to still make it watchable.
Another poor work inspired by popular game.
The epic battle at the center of “Warcraft” isn’t the clash between humans and orcs. That’s just what takes up roughly two hours of screen time. The true conflict comes from filmmakers trying to tell a story with soul and struggling against the inherent ridiculousness of the movie. Despite the noble effort of director Duncan Jones, who helmed the lower- budget sci-fi wonders “Moon” and “Source Code” , Warcraft just couldn’t save itself from its unconventional and poor story tale.With its meticulously detailed realms built out primarily on soundstages and enhanced via CGI during extensive post-production, “Warcraft” aims for fresh and eye-popping and yet ends up shopworn and rather tacky. I am totally disappointed by Duncan Jones ‘Warcraft’. I would give 1.5/5 for this heartless movie without any soul.
A good Sequel
Independence Day: Resurgence doles out the action and effects work in carefully measured, incremental doses, which give the film a cumulative tension almost despite itself. Even if it’s hokey and jokey, this is a loud, effects-driven piece, with a driving score. For fans of Roland Emmerich disaster movies, it both hits all the marks, while delivering nothing new. Yet in today’s global marketplace, that should be enough to deliver the commercial payload. Roland Emmerich with his always delivering disaster movies (The Day After Tomorrow, 2012,White House Down) delivers another one. I would go with 3.5/5 for this good enough, not so special sequel.
Mix of Horror & Fantasy
From the director of Oculus – a creepy and nerve cracking horror movie, Mike Flanagan decided to become creative and it resulted in Before I Wake. More of a fantasy than a horror, the movie had its few jump scares, but with no strong storyline and mediocre acting, it disappointed where it could have been a good film. Before I Wake has its moments, but it never quite gels into something coherent or greater than the sum of its disparate parts. Rrgardless of the disappointing result, Mike Flanagan should be credited for making a new style of horror gimmick though it didn’t match to his grade. I would go with 2.5/5 for ‘Before I Wake’.
Baar Baar Dekho is an 'Ek Baar Dekho' affair
Baar Baar Dekho is hardly even a bird’s eye view of the new generation’s choices and desires. Its philosophy lacks strength and gloss takes the centre stage right from the beginning.But, if you stop taking it seriously then it may provide you some happy moments in exchange. At the box office, the film’s narrative will appeal only to the selected multiplex audience while the masses will find it difficult to relate to the movie.In all, watch Baar Baar Dekho if you swear by the newer, fitter, leaner, hotter Katrina Kaif and her abs. There’s nothing much to watch otherwise. I would go with 2.5/5 for this great but failed attempt.
See only if you are fan of Raaz franchise
Raaz Reboot has the same old stuff that we have seen a zillions times.Raaz Reboot is mediocre fare and may appeal only to fans of the Raaz franchise.Most of its horror sequences are so random that they evoke laughter instead of fear. That can never be a good proposition for a horror film.Though the film has a few scary scenes, it ends up being a clichéd love story instead of a horror flick. The music by Jeet Ganguly, Sangeet and Sidharthy Haldipur is melodious, especially the title track. However, the movie doesn’t really offer you a solid reason for watching it. I would go with 2/5 for this successor of Raaz franchise and would advise not to watch it and go for ‘PINK’ instead of it.
Slick but unimpressive
Vishal Pandya’s Wajah Tum Ho starts off as a crime thriller, sporadically turns into a song and dance fest and in the end tries to be a suspense story with further twists and turns. With so many confused aspirations, the film becomes a garish hotchpotch. All shortcomings of a film can be forgiven if it manages to entertain. But Wajah Tum Ho’s just isn’t able to cut it on that front. Even the songs Pal pal dilke paas, Mahi ve and Aise na mujhe tum dekho are cheap knock-offs. The movie offers generous helpings of eye candy but little wajah (reason) for recommendation. I would advice everyone not to spend cash especially during Demonetization in India. I give 1.5/5 for this insane mystery thriller.
Rogue One blasts its way into sci-fi relevancy by targeting the spectacle aspect that Star Wars devotees so fervently demand.
To no surprise, Rogue One is a veritable gold-mine of nostalgic riches for Star Wars fans. Recurring characters and classic cameos raise surface-level hairs, but an even deeper connection pulls direct lines from previous Star Wars installations and re-purposes them for added homage.Rogue One: A Star Wars Story suffers from a clunky, too-many-moving-parts introductory period, but once characters are established and battle plans are laid, Gareth Edwards scales epic scenes of interstellar world-torching.It’s more than enough to appease Star Wars fans, but Director Gareth Edwards’ intergalactic firestorm is also good enough to stand as a mainstream success all in its own right. My rating for ‘Rogue One : A Star Wars Story’ is 3.5/5.
'Moana' - Another Classic hit by Walt Disney Animations
Unwilling to fix what ain’t broke, Disney hews pretty closely to its usual narrative structure in “Moana,” while at the same time further expanding its geographical boundaries far from the original Germanic fairy tales that provided the studio’s stories for so many decades. Rather than revel in the South Seas kitsch that gave us the Enchanted Tiki Room, this adventure pays fitting tribute to both the natural beauty and the creation myths of the Pacific Islands. If we’re looking at the journey and not the destination, “Moana” is thoroughly entertaining if never completely groundbreaking. Moana does what is needed for a good Disney film. With outstanding Visual effects and good musical score, Moana will definitely make its nomination in Best Animated Picture in Oscars. I go with 4/5 for beautifully made Walt Disney creation ‘Moana’.
A great Sequel
‘The Conjuring 2’ is a perfect example of what more sequels should be. It is a perfectly executed horror sequel and Director James Wan effectively explores themes of vision,belief and faith. The family drama is very effective and Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are efficient in their roles. The film doesn’t provide anything new in horror genre, but its set pieces are often impressive even though it rely on jump scares. ‘The Conjuring 2’ has good story & suspense to have appeal on all kinds of horror fans. Unlike Sinister 2, it sticks to the basics and efficiently delivers a solid horror film. I give 4/5 for this efficiently made horror sequel by James Wan.
Very good than expected
The third installment of rebooted Star Trek series offers a strong comeback of the starcast. J.J Abrams was replaced by Justin Lin as the director and it created some disappointment for Abrams fans. Taking over the directing chair from reboot mastermind J J Abrams, Lin delivers some exciting space battle action staged against spectacular digitally-enhanced sets. Justin Lin was good enough to manage the story with very good VFx effects. It is one of the best Sci-fi movies watched in 2016. One of the chief strength of the Star Trek Beyond is that it remains its appealing young cast, who approach their iconic characters with respect. I go with 4.5/5 for this Sci-fi action flick.
A poor remake
Director David Yates, who inherited the beloved Harry Potter characters and brought that series home in its final four entries, makes the wise decision to direct Tarzan remake, however The Legend of Tarzan ends up being a garbled, clunky production that tries to please everyone and ends up pleasing no one. Alexander Skarsgard is more abs than actor as the ape man. In the end, though, it’s really just some pretty pictures, and some computer- generated animals. It was a huge disappointment and will bomb at the box office due to no extraordinary responses from viewers. I would go with 2/5 for this poorly remade movie of a famous character in our early childhood.
Good enough but not great
The most awaited movie of the year arrived with great expectations among the audience and speaking truly, I was just enough satisfied to watch Suicide Squad. The cast do their best to flesh out the characters, and Ayer seems to enjoy finding songs for the film’s soundtrack, but the action scenes were not so remarkable. The biggest problem with the movie is that, despite all the villains, the main antagonist — wisely hidden in the advertising — was not so appealing and ridiculous. Fans will probably appreciate “Suicide Squad” for trying something different — and it gets bonus points for diversity — but the weaker characters and generally weak plot keep it from being one of the better comic book movies. I would go with 3/5 as it was not excellent but good enough to watch with new idea of villains fighting villains.
Watch it for Akshay Kumar
Despite its multiple flaws, Rustom can be watched for Akshay Kumar, whose action/comic brilliance often overshadows his acting prowess. He reminds you to value the honest officers who serve our country with dignity and valour. He makes you want to support the man who probably did the right thing the wrong way. Akshay proved yet again he can play range of diverse roles with brilliance. Rustom was based on real life story of K.M Nanavati who killed her wife’s lover and was one of the most sensational court cases in India. Rustom has its flaws, but was overshadowed by Akshay’s performance. With good soundtrack and brilliant acting, Rustom is one of the best movies of Akshay Kumar. I go with 3.5/5 for ‘Rustom’.