Director Rob Minkoff holds a bag full of twists, mysteries, and crude comic. In other words, a mixed bag.
Debut director Honey Trehan lays out his movie on a multi-hued slow burn track that, as long as it stays on it, singes and haunts.
‘Breathe: Into the Shadows’ takes an elaborate, weary, textbook approach to the serial-killer genre. You’ll be excused for yawning.
Director Cory Finley spins a tight tale about a true-life embezzlement scandal that throws light on an education system that encourages top rankings for schools at a price no one knows they’re paying. Or do they? Oh yeah, and Hugh Jackman shines in a layered act.
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.
‘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.
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Martin Scorsese takes a languid, mellow, and poignant look at a life that was all powerful and raging bull in the past and now hovers within a knowing sigh. It could well be about each one of us and each of our countries, right now.
‘Jallikattu’ is an unyielding and unnerving cinematic epitaph for mankind. The womankind may just make it, though.
Director Ben Stiller keeps the simmer on in his superbly crafted mini-series, keeping the tension and drama at high tensile, even as he zooms into the minds of his protagonists to understand what makes them do what they do to lay out this complex true-life story.