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'The Gunman' - shoots off-target

Friday, 27 March 2015 15:05
Film: "The Gunman"; Director: Pierre Morel; Cast: Sean Penn, Jasmine Trinca, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone, Idris Elba and Mark Rylance; Rating: **1/2Drafted as a thriller with a love triangle thrown in, "The Gunman" is the tale of an ex-assassin in…

'Run All Night' - This one's worth running after

Friday, 27 March 2015 14:59
Film: "Run All Night"; Cast: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman, Robert Boyd Holbrook, Genesis Rodriguez, Common, Vincent D'Onofrio, Holt McCallany and Beau Knapp; Director: Jaume Collet-Serra; Rating: ***"One night is all I am asking for," a father pleading to…

'Kallappadam' a meta film with good intentions

Saturday, 21 March 2015 16:43
Film: "Kallappadam"; Cast: J. Vadivel, K, Gaugin, Santhosh, Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli and Naren; Director: J. Vadivel; Rating: ***Closely following in the footsteps of meta films such as "Jigarthanda" and "Kathai Thiraikkathai Vasanam Iyakkam", comes debutante J. Vadivel's "Kallappadam", another honest…

'Hunterrr' - disarmingly frank sex comedy

Friday, 20 March 2015 11:49
Film: "Hunterrr"; Cast: Gulshan Devaiah, Radhika Apte, Sai Tamhankar and Veera Saxena; Writer-Director: Harshvardhan Kulkarni; Rating: ***(3 stars)The hero of Harshvardhan Kulkarni's quirky tale of a sex addict is so unabashedly cheesy he could be a new recruit at your…

'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' - only second best

Friday, 20 March 2015 11:30
Film: "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"; Cast: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Richard Gere, Tina Desai, Lillete Dubey, Shazad Latif, Cellia Imrie and Ronald Pickup; Director: John Madden; Rating: **This typical indie masala film is a…

'Cinderella' - a fairytale full of life's lessons

Friday, 20 March 2015 11:20
Film: "Cinderella"; Cast: Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter, Nonso Anozie, Stellan Skarsgard, Sophie McShera, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi, Ben Chaplin, Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon and Eloise Webb; Director: Kenneth Branagh; Rating: ***Disney's live-action film "Cinderella", crafted…

'NH10' - dramatic telling of an urban fable

Friday, 13 March 2015 11:35
Film: "NH10"; Cast: Anushka Sharma, Neil Bhoopalam, Darshan Kumaar, Deepti Naval; Director: Navdeep Singh; Rating: ****When was the last time you were scared, really scared, while watching a film? Forget the creaky gates, flapping windows and banshee wails of the…

Nikhil Advani excited to direct Saurabh Shukla

Thursday, 12 March 2015 15:14
Mumbai : Filmmaker Nikhil Advani is looking forward to direct actor-filmmaker Saurabh Shukla in “Katti Batti”.“Today I get to direct one of my favorite actors. Welcome to #KattiBatti @saurabhshukla_s,” Advani tweeted Thursday.The upcoming movie also stars Imran Khan and Kangana…

'Badmaashiyan' - come, smile a while

Thursday, 05 March 2015 13:45
Film: "Badmaashiyan"; Cast: Suzanna Mukherjee, Sidhant Gupta, Karan Mehra, Sharib Hashmi; Director: Amit Khanna; Rating: ***A well-intended sawach-aur-saaf-suthri comedy "Badmaashiyan" is a curiously content-driven rom-com with one of the most consistently wicked female protagonists I've seen in recent cinema from…

'Coffee Bloom' awfully pretentious

Thursday, 05 March 2015 13:26
Film: "Coffee Bloom"; Cast: Arjun Mathur, Sugandha Garg, Mohan Kapoor; Director: Manu Warrier; Rating: **Debutant director Manu Warrier's feature is a baffling bewildering exasperating mound of undecipherable drama, built into a triangle that on paper, must have seemed very mean,…