Reading Time: 3 minutes The mostly effective ‘Ishq’ takes a seemingly interminably long look at a night of harrowing harassment and then seeks redemption. No matter how that goes, it’s lose-lose for the woman.
Reading Time: 5 minutes The discomfiting yet must-watch ‘Paatal Lok’ takes ‘Chinatown’, Indian societal rot, and other fetid ingredients, and hammers them all to pulp. Best not to hold your popcorn tub in its midst.
Reading Time: 4 minutes In ‘The Two Popes’, resplendent with fine leading performances, director Fernando Meirelles shows what it takes for conflicting minds to meet. A good pizza doesn’t hurt, either.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Bong Joon-ho sets a chilling, darkly comic dystopian thriller that humankind brings upon itself in the year 2031. He was 12 years off.
Reading Time: 3 minutes ‘The Outsider’ is a take on Stephen King’s novel by the same name. And while there’s plenty of chills and horror in quiet doses, it is what that hovers over it in its strangely tenderly terrorizing take that’s become so apt in these strange times: grief and the fear of loss.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Director Bong Joon-ho rips off the societal mask behind a bloody symbiotic relationship that’s thrived for ages. But even as he makes you laugh and cower, parasites on both sides are in for tough times ahead.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari shows Kangana Ranaut need not be on drugs, drunk, or angst-ridden to be effective in her slice-of-life, simple (and simplistic) outing.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Meghna Gulzar’s steady, empathetic commentary on a burning issue that’s stayed far too long beneath the societal skin, singes that very protective layer.
Reading Time: 4 minutes ‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’ is a gloriously entertaining spectacle. History students and crocodile lovers, beware.
Reading Time: 4 minutes The top TV shows of 2019.