‘Aruvi’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ reviews: A Flood and an Explosion

Why the Tamil movie, "Aruvi", and the Hollywood blockbuster "Wonder Woman" are so different and yet have so much more in common than you'd think.

‘Black Panther’ review: A Vibrant Marvel

Director Ryan Coogler helms a superhero movie that's an unqualified triumph across all departments.

‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ review: Does Whatever a Teen Can

In my school days, I always wanted to be a comic book hero. No, I didn’t want comics based on my life, but be one of the heroes from the comics I so desperately devoured in a state of dervish during the summer holidays. Not for me Phantom (didn’t quite fancy his life until Diana … Continue reading ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ review: Does Whatever a Teen Can

‘Tubelight’ review: Flickering Barnacles

There I was, as usual coming out of the Friday show, same theatre, this time from director Kabir Khan’s latest outing Tubelight (here, an Indian usage coined to describe a dimwit, and not a documentary on the fluorescent equipment) wondering what strong beverage to quaff, and also about what made the director remake the 2015 … Continue reading ‘Tubelight’ review: Flickering Barnacles

‘The Mummy’ review: From Bandages to Dark Ages

If you were a cook – no, this isn’t a career advice column – and you come across a rather impressive recipe penned by your favorite aunt or loving grandmother or any such rare, benevolent species in your family, what would you do? You would, in all probability, light up the gas stove, and get … Continue reading ‘The Mummy’ review: From Bandages to Dark Ages

‘Noor’ review: Hollow Ma’am

You’re facing what is possibly the biggest crisis of your life. You’re at your wit’s end, wondering how on earth you’ll ever resolve it. No, your boyfriend hasn’t given you the thumbs down. And no, your first date didn’t end up with you slobbering all over your mains. It’s much worse than this and anything … Continue reading ‘Noor’ review: Hollow Ma’am

‘Force 2’ review: Biceptic and Triceptic

ACP Yashvardhan (John Abraham) enters into the frame for the first time in director Abhinay Deo’s Force 2 in a crisp, sparkling white shirt and cargoes, and the audience in the cinema hall hoots and whistles in joy. That’s the last time that shirt retains its lineage to Snow White, and is eventually dwarfed by … Continue reading ‘Force 2’ review: Biceptic and Triceptic

‘Dr. Strange’ review: Marvel at the Universe

If I were to pose a universal question to you - namely, What is that one entity who, all human beings, regardless of race, religion, or economic status, take for granted? – what would your answer be? No, it’s not that aunt who knits away sweaters for ungrateful nieces and nephews; nor is it that … Continue reading ‘Dr. Strange’ review: Marvel at the Universe

‘Shivaay’ review: High Anxiety, Extended Version

For the second time in as many weeks, I’ll invoke the parent in you – and this time, it’s because director Ajay Devgn - venturing behind the camera for the second time – doesn’t give you any choice. For, Shivaay is all about a single parent and his daughter, and the former’s travails (a mild … Continue reading ‘Shivaay’ review: High Anxiety, Extended Version

‘Madaari’ review: The Nation’s Wont to Know

THIS Friday, director Nishikant Kamat spun out his latest effort, Madaari in the theaters. With screenplay by Ritesh Shah and written by Shailaja Kejriwal, this socio-political thriller piqued me, actor Irrfan co-producing this venture being just one of the reasons; my interest in Nishikant Kamat’s oeuvre being another pre-eminent one. Imagine my surprise when, even … Continue reading ‘Madaari’ review: The Nation’s Wont to Know