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‘Soorma’ review: Love, Actually

By on July 15, 2018

Reading Time: 5 minutesDirector Shaad Ali makes some unusual choices in the way he depicts the real-life story of hockey player Sandeep Singh. Which also means that he pulls punches where he ought to have bruised, dulling some of the grit and glossing over the darker details of a struggle that must’ve been nerve-and-mind wracking . But with some glorious performances, “Soorma” tugs at your heart when you least expect it.

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‘Sanju’ review: A Question Mark of a Choice

By on June 30, 2018

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn “Sanju”, director Rajkumar Hirani uses a carte blanche of clean chit to justify his choices of portraying actor Sanjay Dutt’s tumultuous life phases. That may make for good friendship, but not necessarily engaging cinema. But it is Ranbir Kapoor who, with a performance that’s nothing short of a stunning tour de force, makes this movie worth a dekko.

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‘The Post’ review: Pressing Issues

By on January 14, 2018

Reading Time: 7 minutesLife is a Cinema Hall rating: (This rating is only a snapshot. The details are in the words.) It’s obvious that director Steven Spielberg admires the fourth estate and women. His latest outing, The Post, his ode to both, resounds much like a beautifully printed coffee table tribute, one that you can’t help but admire […]

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‘All the Money in the World’ review: Getty Disturbing Images

By on January 7, 2018

Reading Time: 5 minutesDirector Scott and cinematographer Dariusz Wolski paint the screen with tones of tension, shades of noir, and ratchet up the heartbeat that much more. But the best lighting and atmospherics is when Getty is onscreen, the shades dark, temporally lonely, and enveloped in an impermeable wrap of green-bags and isolation. Actor Christopher Plummer lends an air of imperiousness that’s impenetrable and sometimes unfathomable – and you know he’s hiding an uneasy past all through for his character. That somehow, tragically, also justifies his own manic obsessiveness with money, estate, paintings, and deals.

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‘Daddy’ review: A Life of Why

By on September 10, 2017

Reading Time: 4 minutesDirector Ashim Ahluwalia’s Daddy unwaveringly and unequivocally fails on all counts, leaving you stunned at the enterprise and its unhappy achievement. Which is a bit of a surprise, really. For, based on Mumbai’s underworld gangster, Arun Gawli, you’d have thought the man’s life story and his rise and fall would have automatically made for some spiffy and crackling material onscreen.

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‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ review: Batsman Returns

By on May 28, 2017

Reading Time: 5 minutesAs director James Erskine sat down to write the script for Sachin: A Billion Dreams, one can only imagine him grappling with the quintessentially existential questions that must haunt anyone who sets out to make a docu-drama on a much-loved, much-adored, and much-revered personality – what’s to be the POV for this feature? How much […]

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‘Hidden Figures’ review: A Calculated Success

By on February 18, 2017

Reading Time: 6 minutesImagine you are a woman. (If you actually are, you can safely skip this part.) Imagine, also, that you’re a woman who belongs to a race, religion, or caste, that’s discriminated against. Imagine that you’re sharp, intelligent, and ambitious. Imagine that you’re strait-jacketed by the forces of discrimination at work and in the society, your […]

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‘The Founder’ review: One Stake, Well Done

By on January 22, 2017

Reading Time: 6 minutes“What we expect from you is honesty, integrity, and team work, making sure you don’t do anything wrong or violate this company’s values,” said he, munching insistently and intently on his paan masala, his brown-stained teeth a messy giveaway of the years of masticated drumming they’d been subjected to. He being the manager in the […]

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