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'Bangistan' - Comic caper gone awry

Friday, 07 August 2015 16:45
Film: "Bangistan"; Language: Hindi; Cast: Riteish Deshmukh, Pulkit Samrat, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Kumud Mishra and Arya Babbar; Director: Karan Anshuman; Rating: **A purely fiction fantasy, "Bangistan" is a flimsy, sardonic film which may have been crafted with good intentions, but…

'The Vatican Tapes' - Hazy and convoluted

Saturday, 01 August 2015 11:57
Film: "The Vatican Tapes"; Language: English; Cast: Michael Pena, Kathleen Robertson, Dougray Scott, Peter Andersson, Djimon Hounsou, John Patrick Amedori, Olivia Taylor Dudley and Michael Pare; Director: Mark Neveldine; Rating: *1/2"The Vatican Tapes" is an exorcism film about a Miracle…

'Pixels' - lacklustre and disappointing

Friday, 31 July 2015 17:09
Film: "Pixels"; Language: English; Cast: Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Jane Krakowski, Josh Gad, Sean Bean, Brian Cox and Matt Lintz; Director: Chris Columbus; Rating: *Directed by Chris Columbus, "Pixels" is a sci-fi entertainer based on French…

'Southpaw' - Heavyweight on performance

Friday, 31 July 2015 12:44
Film: "Southpaw"; Language: English; Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Oona Laurence, Naomie Harris, Rita Ora, Claire Foley, Beau Knapp, Victor Ortiz, Miguel Gomes and Skylan Brooks; Director: Antoine Fuqua; Rating: ***"Southpaw" is a classic…

'Drishyam' - gripping tale well-told

Thursday, 30 July 2015 17:06
Film: "Drishyam"; Language: Hindi; Cast: Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Shriya Saran, Ishita Dutta, Mrinal Jadhav, Rajat Kapoor and Kamlesh Sawant; Director: Nishikant Kamat; Rating: ****Based on an original story written by Jeethu Joseph, "Drishyam" is a family drama with nail-biting suspense…

Mr. Holmes' must for Sherlock aficionados

Saturday, 25 July 2015 11:11
Film: "Mr. Holmes"; Cast: Sir Ian Mckellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Frances De La Tour; Director: Bill Condon; Rating: ***1/2 (3 and ahalf stars) The premise of "Mr. Holmes" is about regrets and reconciliation…

'Masaan': An emotionally engaging tale

Thursday, 23 July 2015 17:55
Film: "Masaan"; Cast: Sanjay Mishra, Richa Chadda, Vicky Kaushal, Shweta Tripathi, Saurabh Chadhary, Vineet Kumar, Pankaj Tripathi, Nikhil Sahni, Bhagwan Tiwari; Director: Neeraj Ghaywan; Rating: ***1/2An Indo-French co-production, "Masaan" is a poignant tale of two young couples, whose lives are…

'Maari': Dhanush saves a very ordinary film

Saturday, 18 July 2015 11:26
Film: "Maari"; Language: Tamil; Director: Balaji Mohan; Cast: Dhanush, Kajal Aggarwal, Robo Shankar, Vijay Yesudas and Kali Venkat; Rating: **1/2Dhanush plays a local hooligan in "Maari", mostly seen in a dhoti, smoking a cigarette and twirling his moustache. You almost…

'Bajrangi Bhaijaan': Strong message of love, brotherhood

Friday, 17 July 2015 11:56
Film: "Bajrangi Bhaijaan"; Language: Hindi; Cast: Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Harshaali Malhotra, Om Puri; Director: Kabir Khan; Rating: ***1/2"Bajrang Bali ki Kasam," the much-awaited Salman Khan Eid release, "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" is a far cry from the regular…

'I Love NY': This new year is outdated

Saturday, 11 July 2015 17:07
Film: "I Love NY" Language: Hindi Cast: Sunny Deol, Kangana Ranaut, Prem Chopra, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Navin Chowdhry Directors: Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru Rating: **A commitment phobic bachelor, Randhir Singh (Sunny Deol) who is a banker in Chicago, is fed…