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‘Baazaar’ review: Bland Stock Exchange

By on November 6, 2018

Reading Time: 3 minutes Director Gauravv K Chawla and his writing team create a stock market story that’s more stock than shock, letting you and their actors down with the velocity of a plunging economy. If there’s anything here that props up your interest, it’s Saif Ali Khan’s valiant act.

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‘Badhaai Ho’ review: Parental Control

By on October 21, 2018

Reading Time: 5 minutes Director Amit Ravindernath Sharma addresses the issues that hits a family that’s faced with an unexpected pregnancy. Amidst all the guffaws and laughs and tender moments, the movie makes you realize that teenage pregnancies may be scandalous, but they don’t hold a candle to late-in-life deliveries.

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‘Tumbbad’ review: Into the Womb of Avarice

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Audacious, mad, and chillingly terrifying, ‘Tumbbad’ marks a visual treat in Indian horror movies. The trio of Rahi Anil Barve, Adesh Prasad, and Anand Gandhi shower your senses with incessant rain and then use fire to show you the way. By the time you realize you’re deep into the womb of terror, it’s much too late to retreat.

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‘Andhadhun’ review: Run, Rabbit Run

By on October 18, 2018

Reading Time: 5 minutes Director Sriram Raghavan with his team of writers comes up with a devilishly clever and sharp entertainer that’s full of twists, jumps, guffaws, and references galore. As with any satisfying thriller, it’s when it throws you off most unexpectedly that you give out a sigh most evil.

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‘Battle of the Sexes’: Current Volleys

By on October 14, 2018

Reading Time: 1 minute Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris opened the movie with a Fox logo from the 70s, just to ensure you steeped right in to the zeitgeist of that decade. Basing their movie off an incredible tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in real life, the directors kept the sets entertaining and light. […]

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‘Memories’ review: Total Recall

By on October 7, 2018

Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Jeethu Joseph, in this 2013 outing, writes and directs a tightly paced mystery, invoking memories from traumatic pasts that intertwine and knot into a murderous present. While the clues reveal themselves in layers and the suspects are never in clear sight, your biggest worry is: will the lead character—played by Prithviraj with an intensity that flows underneath and mixes freely with alcohol—unravel before the mystery does?

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‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’: Soars and Scars

By on October 6, 2018

Reading Time: 1 minute Adapting Ken Kesey’s novel by the same name (the author refusing to watch the movie at all), director Miloš Forman directed a movie that soared and yet scarred you. Injecting the goings-on inside an Oregon psch hospital with hopelessness and adding flashes of hope, the movie isn’t an easy watch. And yet it’s hypnotically classic, dragging […]

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Comedy | Movie Review | Romance

‘Love Per Square Foot’ review: Condominium Pandemonium

By on September 30, 2018

Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Anand Tiwari, using a breezy story-telling rom-com format, shows us that life in a megapolis is an everyday struggle to find one’s own living space. That, love will find a way to come into your life but it’s your impossible task to find a living space for it.

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‘Rabbit Hole’: Enduring Loss

By on September 25, 2018

Reading Time: 1 minute Based on his play by the same name, writer David Lindsay-Abaire teamed up with director John Cameron Mitchell to create a heartbreaking and devastating account of a couple who’re run over by an unthinkable tragedy. Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart shone in the darkness, their performances touching and infuriatingly human at the same time. In […]

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‘Manmarziyaan’ review: Not Just Love, Actually

By on September 16, 2018

Reading Time: 5 minutes Director Anurag Kashyap and writer Kanika Dhillon, along with the top-of-charts trio of Tapsee Pannu, Abhishek Bachchan, and Vicky Kaushal, take a roiling look at love in modern times; but not everything’s as innocent or straightforward as it seems. For, getting what you want may just not cut it for you in real-life, and wanting what you get requires much more than passion and high voltage energy. And eventually, making the final choice requires more guile than heart.

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