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'Pasanga 2' - Too educative to be entertaining

Friday, 25 December 2015 12:37
Film: "Pasanga 2"; Cast: Suriya, Amala Paul, Karthik Kumar, Bindu Madhavi, Vidya Pradeep and Ramdoss; Director: Pandiraj; Rating: **1/2There isn't much to rave about in Suriya's "Pasanga 2", which is fun in parts but otherwise feels like a long-drawn counseling…

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' - A visual magnum opus

Thursday, 24 December 2015 16:30
Film: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"; Director: J.J. Abrams; Cast: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow; Rating: ***1/2The much-hyped and…

'Bajirao Mastani' - A visually captivating masterpiece

Friday, 18 December 2015 14:04
Film: "Bajirao Mastani"; Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali; Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Tanvi Azmi, Mahesh Manjrekar and Milind Soman; Rating: ****Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Bajirao Mastani", based on the novel "Rau" authored by N.S. Inamdar, is a fictionalised romance…

'Secret in Their Eyes'- Powerful story overpowers ambiguity

Thursday, 19 November 2015 17:45
Film: "Secret in Their Eyes"; Director: Billy Ray; Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Dean Norris, Michael Kelly and Zoe Graham; Rating: ***"Secret In Their Eyes" is a suspense-mystery drama that wraps up a murder case and unrequited emotions.…

'The Last Witch Hunter' - Visually attractive but tiresome narration

Thursday, 22 October 2015 12:18
Film: "The Last Witch Hunter" Cast: Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie, Michael Caine, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Julie Engelbrecht Director: Breck Eisner Rating: **Weary, worn out and weather-beaten!That's how "The Last Witch Hunter", an action fantasy, in a complex mythological…

'Black Mass' - An absorbing film lacking emotional core

Friday, 18 September 2015 15:39
Film: "Black Mass" Cast: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Jesse Plemons, Sienna Miller, Dakota Johnson, Rory Cochrane, Kevin Bacon Director: Scott Cooper Rating: **1/2What I like about Johnny Depp is that, with every act of his, he transcends as…

'All Is Well': Trite yet entertaining

Saturday, 22 August 2015 10:31
Film: "All Is Well"; Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Asin, Supriya Pathak, Seema Pahwa, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub; Director: Umesh Shukla; Rating: **1/2"All Is Well" may seemingly start as a film where nothing is going well in the relationships and family…

'Manjhi - The Mountain Man' - Unsung hero's tale magnificently presented

Friday, 21 August 2015 11:25
Film: "Manjhi - The Mountain Man"; Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Pankaj Tripathi, Gaurav Dwivedi, Ashraf Ul Haque, Jagat Rawat and Deepa Sahi; Director: Ketan Mehta; Rating: ***1/2Inspired by a true story, "Manjhi - The Mountain Man" is…

'Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga': Forget story, enjoy the jokes

Friday, 14 August 2015 15:51
Film: "Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga"; Language: Tamil; Cast: Arya, Santhanam, Tamannaah Bhatia, Vidyullekha Raman, Bhanu and Vishal Krishna Reddy; Director: Rajesh M; Rating: ***Friendship and booze are the two elements on which all Rajesh's films rest, including his latest rib-tickling…

'Brothers': Action packed family saga

Friday, 14 August 2015 11:31
Film: "Brothers"; Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra, Jackie Shroff, Jacqueline Fernandez, Shefali Shah, Kiran Kumar, Ashutosh Rana, Raj Zutshi, Kavi Shastri; Director: Karan Malhotra; Rating: ***Touted as the "Maha-Mahabharat" of modern times, "Brothers" is a high octane melodramatic action film…