• I have always wanted superhero films to go beyond the usual tactics of heroes saving the world (and not just the USA) and make a little sense while at it, which is exactly what Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity Wars manages to do, albeit with some sudden melodrama. TN.

    June 01, 19
  • Other than the cultural significance, the excellent cast, and a truly resplendent production setup, Marvel’s Black Panther is just one of the averagely scripted and poorly action-directed superhero films in the MCU, the type of lowbrow story that existed before its genre-bending Phase 3. TN.

    May 29, 19
  • A lot is going on in Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission Impossible: Fallout as Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team go around in circles to keep you hooked till the last second before doing what you already know they will. TN.

    May 27, 19
  • John Wick: Chapter 2 is a great customization of the John Wick template that they used in 2014 plus some more high-octane action, an even stronger and powerful Keanu Reeves, and a bit more words from his mouth. TN.

    May 25, 19
  • There is more than a neat and rich gentlemanly dressing up in Chad Stahelski’s John Wick than I could handle, making it almost impossible for me to avoid another viewing. TN.

    May 25, 19
  • Taika Waititi’s indie style is all over the place in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok but I still cannot fathom the point of forced, untimely humor that all these MCU films are feeding their scripts with and then boasting about it even as the whole story takes on a little sensible turn after a dozen or so textbook plotlines. TN.

    May 25, 19
  • Save for the 5-second performance of Will Smith that you may miss if you don’t pay attention to the half a dozen opposite-of-glee songs in Student of the Year 2 and a few one-liner jokes by the breakout star Harsh Beniwal (whom I would like to see as the lead if they ever make Student of the Year 3), this one here will tickle your fantasies that are best left untickled. Do something better with you time if you don’t want to go window cloth shopping. TN.

    May 12, 19
  • Saif Ali Khan is absolutely earth shattering in Baazaar (Stock Market) where he plays an unscrupulous businessmen who gambles in the stock markets along with newbie Rohan Vinod Mehra who is absolutely incompetent as his protege stockbroker looking to make it big in the millennium city. TN.

    May 01, 19
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming is an enjoyable flick to watch with enough humor (sometimes with a wrong timing), good context in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and some great visuals, save for the commonplace storyline that was last seen in all Spider-Man movies and comics. TN.

    April 21, 19
  • Other than being turned off by the poor humor timing, Doctor Strange presents ample entertainment as its arrogant protagonist quickly transforms into a likeable human being with superpowers and even more quickly learns the skills that he aspires to learn. TN.

    April 20, 19
  • Director Laxman Utekar gets a lot of things right in Luka Chuppi (Hide and Seek), a comedy drama that only gets better as you consume the narrative of a young couple as they try out the infamous life-in lifestyle for a few weeks before deciding to exchange vows. The conflict in the film, which is set in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, strikes a severe resemblance with real-life happenings in the state and elsewhere in India where live-in relationships are considered against the Hindu nationalist culture, Muslims are not shook hands with because they do not support the construction of Ram Mandir, and romance is generally seen as a sin. I enjoyed watching the narrative where writer Rohan Shankar referenced these real-life issues all too often to make the slightly exaggerated plot interesting. Of course, there are a few unrealistic threads sewn into this drama, but for a film that promises to keep you entertained with abundant humor, Luka Chuppi scores big. Everyone in the cast, notably Kriti Sanon, Karthik Aryan, and Pankaj Tripathi, do a wonderful job and bring out the best in the good writing that has gone into making this film. I sincerely recommend Luka Chuppi as a cool afternoon watch. TN.

    April 16, 19
  • Everyone in Lupt (Vanish) seems to be competing with each other for the worst performance award even as the audience recoil watching this slipshod treatment of a commonplace story that reeks of low production value, unintentionally funny sequences, and plain poor writing. TN.

    April 14, 19
  • Abhishek Dogra’s FryDay is a rehash of all those Govinda films that you have seen in the past as well as those comedy skits that used to air in TV along with oodles of canned laughter that never made you – the real audience – laugh. TN.

    April 06, 19
  • Vidyut Jammwal flexes his muscles and does a bunch of entertaining stunts at the start and the end of Junglee (Wild), a crime drama with a social message about animal (tuskers) and nature conservation that is extremely similar to most films and documentaries about animal and nature conservation. TN.

    April 01, 19
  • Indra Kumar’s Total Dhamaal (Total Festivity) is an exaggerated comedy skit – with startling disappointing tomfoolery by veterans like Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, and Madhuri Dixit – that is so horrendously unbearable to the modern audience that it should be used as a test to detect intelligence in extraterrestrial beings if they ever come visiting. TN.

    March 30, 19
  • Sujoy Ghosh’s Badla is a smart crime thriller that depends heavily on its top two characters’ ability to make poker face, a quality that if you manage to decode will spoil the mood of the film as well as prevent you from enjoying the chilling revelation and the even more chilling actions of these monstrous characters. TN.

    March 30, 19
  • There’s a scene at around the 40th minute in Kesari (Saffron) where a character cracks a joke so awful that it tells you something about the tepid writing that has gone behind the film. A superficial description of a real-life story of bravery and valour set in pre-Independent India, Anurag Singh’s epic historical drama is mediocre in a lot of departments, most notably the production setup. I am also not satisfied with the turn of events in Kesari until it comes to one or two points about war and religious and territorial rivalry, nor was I thrilled to watch Akshay Kumar don the role of a maverick Sikh soldier. However, it did impress me when it subtly referred to the menace of the youth turning into terrorism in the present day world, which is why I regard the film as an average watch. Might be a notch or three better for people from the Sikh community both because of the sporadic language use and history. TN.

    March 28, 19
  • Rohit Shetty’s Simmba is made to appeal to the masses – with an overacting, highly energetic, and corrupt cop (Ranveer Singh) who comes to his senses after a tragedy and pulls up his socks to right his wrongs – using the most absurd narrative for a film you have seen since Golmaal Again (2017) but you already knew that. TN.

    March 25, 19
  • Anand Rai’s Zero is a film – with one of the most ridiculous plot for a Hindi film in whole of 2018 – that brings out the worst in all the people involved in it which further emphasizes the fall of mainstream Bollywood. TN.

    March 22, 19
  • Abhishek Kapoor’s Kedarnath takes a virulent turn from a blooming, soothing romantic story between two people from different religions to a description of a natural calamity but it still manages to keep one hooked and rooting for these characters that are written with genuine compassion. TN.

    March 20, 19