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'Mr X' will make you run to the nearest trauma centre

Saturday, 18 April 2015 10:42
Film: Mr X, Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Amyra Dastur, Arunodoy Singh, Director: Vikram Bhatt, Rating: * 1/2 (one and a half stars)So... how bad is it? That's the question which, those lucky enough not to sit through this newest and perhaps…

'The Water Diviner' - A masterpiece sans 'X' factor

Thursday, 16 April 2015 11:49
Film: "The Water Diviner"; Cast: Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz, Jai Courtney, Ryan Corr, James Fraser, Ben O'Toole, Isabel Lucas, Dan Wyllie, Jacqueline Mckenzie and Dylan Georgiades; Director: Russell Crowe; Rating: ***Dedicated to the memory of all…

Margarita With A Straw -- a moving tale of a special life

Thursday, 16 April 2015 10:59
Film- "Margarita With A Straw"; Cast: Kalki Koechlin, Revathy, Sayani Gupta;Writer and Director: Shonali Bose (and Nilesh Maniyar); Rating: *****At the end of this exquisitely designed film I wasn't sure whether I had just watched a film about a very…

'Court' - Truth finds its voice

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 13:56
Film: "Court"; Cast: Vivek Gomber, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Pradeep Joshi and Vira Sathidhar; Director: Chaitanya Tamhane; Rating: ****For many stretches of storytelling, when the silence mingles into the sound of the humdrum, the camera simply stands and stares at the goings-on.It's…

'It Follows' - With good scary moments

Friday, 10 April 2015 12:36
Film: "It Follows"; Cast: Maika Monroe, Jake Weary, Daniel Zovatto, Keir Gilchrist, Lili Sepe, Olivia Luccardi; Director: David Robert Mitchell; Rating: **Unspooling with its own logical fare, "It Follows" is a pretty badly gummed up psychological thriller that is muddled…

'Ek Paheli Leela': A voluptuous fairy tale

Friday, 10 April 2015 11:59
Film: "Ek Paheli Leela"; Cast: Sunny Leone,Mohit Ahlawat, Rajniesh Duggal, Jay Bhanushali, Rahul Dev; Director: Bobby Ahmed ; Rating: *** 1/2 (3 and a half stars)It is interesting to see Sunny Leone's name as a solo credit during the titles…

'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy: Baffling, beguiling, bewitching and provocative

Saturday, 04 April 2015 10:49
Film: "Detective Byomkesh Bakshy"; Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Anand Tiwari, Swastika Mukherjee, Divya Menon, Neeraj Kabi; Director: Dibakar Banerjee; Rating: ****(4 Stars)As layer after layer of intrigue and mystery are peeled off this Chinese puzzle of a movie, you are…

'Nannbenda' - Where are the jokes?

Friday, 03 April 2015 12:21
Film: "Nannbenda"; Cast: Udhayanidhi Stalin, Santhanam, Nayantara, Rajendran, Sherin, Karunakaran and Pooja Ramachandran; Director: Jagadeesh; Rating: **In the opening scene of "Nannbenda", we see Sathya (Udhay) breaking out of a prison, and we're explained why in the flashback. There's a…

'CSK': Good thriller that needed more thrills

Saturday, 28 March 2015 12:35
Film: "CSK"; Cast: Sharran, Vimal, Narayan, Mishal and Jai Quehaeni; Director: Sathiyamoorthy; Rating: ***"CSK" is the kind of thriller that attempts something offbeat but doesn't quite succeed in keeping us on the edge of our seats.The opening moments are impressive…

'Dragon Blade' - A Chinese torture, lost in translation

Friday, 27 March 2015 15:43
Film: "Dragon Blade"; Cast: Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrian Brody, Joey Jozef, Lin Peng, Mika Wang, Choi Si-won, Xiao Yang, Wang Taili, Sammy Hung, Steve Yoo, Vanness Wu, Karena Lam, William Feng Shaofeng, Lorie Pester and Sharni Vinson; Director: Daniel…