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.
Directors Anurag Kashyap and Neeraj Ghaywan keep season 2 predictable in its violence , but darkly unpredictable in its rumination. But ‘Sacred Games 2’ is more about the inevitable decline of humankind and ties it to a ticking bomb that’s a totem for religious manipulation, madness, and the insanity of it all.
Taking seemingly stray incidents across different people’s lives, director Thiagarajan Kumararajan creates an intimate microcosm of the universe, nay, of our galaxy. With a terrific ensemble cast, ‘Super Deluxe’ is a heartfelt and intimate rumination on life, politics, relationships, sex, lust, and life, in a never-ending circle that connects all of its characters and their struggles in the most unexpected ways.
Using a slowly unravelling procedural thriller’s knife’s edge to peel away the layers of caste and gender-based discrimination, director Anubhav Sinha creates a must-watch enterprise.