From the splash of acid to acidic wit, from a hyperkinetic trial to virtual thrills, from old-fashioned murder to bloody folklore, 2020 movies slapped it all on.
Director Todd Haynes paints a grim picture of corporate malfeasance. It’s not fun, but it’s an important watch.
Writer-director Aaron Sorkin narrates a compelling, entertaining, and terrifying relevant story that shines to become one of 2020’s important movies.
Director John Curran tells a real-life true story that’s a thrilling and tragic reflection of our spun-doctored times.
Director Jagan Shakti keeps his ambitions—and the space mission story arcs—light and digestible. It’s entertaining for sure, but could he have aimed higher?
An intriguing true story brought to screen minus the paranoia and thrum you expect of such an enterprise.
Based on the unbelievably one-sided bloody Battle of Saragarhi, the movie takes an unbelievably long time to get there.
Kangana Ranaut is so movingly magnificent, she earns this review an extra point. In a movie not without flaws, hers is an act that’s packed with sizzling energy and ferociousness; she touches you and stuns you all at the same time. In perhaps what is fitting irony and tribute, the queen’s (Ranilaxmi’s, not Ranaut’s blockbuster movie) fight against patriarchy and society’s campy behavior is what the actress faced in real life to complete this movie, and that’s the negative energy she seems to turn around and harness to blaze ahead in this project.
How do you capture the zest and madness of an actor who lived life on his terms, even if those terms meant hellish conditions for those around him? How do you get the mania onscreen that Marathi stage’s first (and perhaps only) superstar evoked amongst his audience? Director Abhijeet Deshpande and actor Subodh Bhave do a stupendous job in doing all of this and more. In a movie whose title means listing its subject at the end of the credits, it’s a first amongst Indian actors’ biopics.
Director Reema Kagti takes actor Akshay Kumar’s cinematic legacy-building efforts one step further, this time designed to make you stand up for the national anthem. ‘Gold: The Dream that United our Nation’ grips in parts while in others it slips, even as the performances prop it up almost through and through. But the movie’s finest moment is hidden in a fleeting expression at the very end.