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‘Sonchiriya’ review: The Die is Caste

Reading Time: 4 minutes Set in the roiling year of Emergency in India, ‘Sonchiriya’ takes a long, steady, unnerving, and deadly look at caste and gender suppression down the barrel of a smoking gun, making it one of 2019’s best.

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ review: Loss and Spectacle

Reading Time: 4 minutes In the final instalment that closes down a sum total of 22 movies, directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo assemble the ravaged lives of the Avengers to deliver a knock-out saga that’s high on spectacle and fan-service, but even higher on the interactions and emotional payload. Loss is immeasurable, be it for the superhero gang or its audience.

‘Kalank’ review: All Sparkle, No Spark

Reading Time: 5 minutes In this period set-piece opulence trumps content in every scene. As a result, director Abhishek Varman stuns you in a highlight sequence, creating a stunning mosaic with colors, dance, drone shots, choreographed dancers who rise from underwater with bows and lit arrows, the story of Dussehra narrated in contrasting plumages. Elsewhere, the actors look for inspiration and get mostly undercooked roles in a story that’s as predictable as the alphabet book. But predictability is the least of ‘Kalank”s problems. It’s in not using the potentially scintillating situations and actors, landing them, instead in an uninspiringly long-drawn tepid affair.

‘Captain Marvel’ review: Get Up, Dust Off

Reading Time: 5 minutes Captain Marvel must be the first superhero who faced vicious, non-alien attacks even before she made her onscreen debut. And in this Anna Boden-Ryan Fleck helmed project, there’s an element of grace and humanness, a struggle to match superhero power with emotions that aren’t always the right guiding compass. It also mirrors all that is wrong in today’s more connected, more polarized world. Even as it entertains and gets in its messaging, the movie has a far bigger battle lying ahead. No, not the ‘ Avengers: Endgame’, but the one awaiting it offscreen.

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