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‘Baazaar’ review: Bland Stock Exchange

By on November 6, 2018

Reading Time: 3 minutes Director Gauravv K Chawla and his writing team create a stock market story that’s more stock than shock, letting you and their actors down with the velocity of a plunging economy. If there’s anything here that props up your interest, it’s Saif Ali Khan’s valiant act.

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‘Badhaai Ho’ review: Parental Control

By on October 21, 2018

Reading Time: 5 minutes Director Amit Ravindernath Sharma addresses the issues that hits a family that’s faced with an unexpected pregnancy. Amidst all the guffaws and laughs and tender moments, the movie makes you realize that teenage pregnancies may be scandalous, but they don’t hold a candle to late-in-life deliveries.

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‘Tumbbad’ review: Into the Womb of Avarice

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Audacious, mad, and chillingly terrifying, ‘Tumbbad’ marks a visual treat in Indian horror movies. The trio of Rahi Anil Barve, Adesh Prasad, and Anand Gandhi shower your senses with incessant rain and then use fire to show you the way. By the time you realize you’re deep into the womb of terror, it’s much too late to retreat.

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‘Battle of the Sexes’: Current Volleys

By on October 14, 2018

Reading Time: 1 minute Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris opened the movie with a Fox logo from the 70s, just to ensure you steeped right in to the zeitgeist of that decade. Basing their movie off an incredible tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in real life, the directors kept the sets entertaining and light. […]

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‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’: Soars and Scars

By on October 6, 2018

Reading Time: 1 minute Adapting Ken Kesey’s novel by the same name (the author refusing to watch the movie at all), director Miloš Forman directed a movie that soared and yet scarred you. Injecting the goings-on inside an Oregon psch hospital with hopelessness and adding flashes of hope, the movie isn’t an easy watch. And yet it’s hypnotically classic, dragging […]

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‘Rabbit Hole’: Enduring Loss

By on September 25, 2018

Reading Time: 1 minute Based on his play by the same name, writer David Lindsay-Abaire teamed up with director John Cameron Mitchell to create a heartbreaking and devastating account of a couple who’re run over by an unthinkable tragedy. Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart shone in the darkness, their performances touching and infuriatingly human at the same time. In […]

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‘Manmarziyaan’ review: Not Just Love, Actually

By on September 16, 2018

Reading Time: 5 minutes Director Anurag Kashyap and writer Kanika Dhillon, along with the top-of-charts trio of Tapsee Pannu, Abhishek Bachchan, and Vicky Kaushal, take a roiling look at love in modern times; but not everything’s as innocent or straightforward as it seems. For, getting what you want may just not cut it for you in real-life, and wanting what you get requires much more than passion and high voltage energy. And eventually, making the final choice requires more guile than heart.

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‘Bhavesh Joshi Superhero’ review: Second Chances

By on September 9, 2018

Reading Time: 6 minutes
Thanks to Netflix, director Vikramaditya Motwane’s dark take on what it means to be a superhero in India, gets a deservedly new lease of life. Despite some of its obvious failings, ‘Bhavesh Joshi Superhero’ is grittily superb, where for a change the superhero is as human as the rest of us, and as vulnerable too.

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Sarah’s Key: A Harrowing, Hypnotic Experience

By on August 29, 2018

Reading Time: 1 minute Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner takes Tatiana De Rosnay’s novel and brings onscreen a harrowing and hypnotic experience that begins in Paris, 1942, and then melds into 2010. What starts as a regular shifting into an apartment in the current times opens the closet for a horror in the past that continues to haunt the conscience of […]

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‘Ehsan’ review: Fie File Fo Fum

By on August 26, 2018

Reading Time: 6 minutes In this 1970 outing, director Shiv Kumar makes an unbelievably lame and unintentionally comic contribution to Hindi cinema, combining family drama, a spy caper, and coming up a cropper. Composer Rahul Dev Burman, painting out a silver lining with his score, comes to the heroic (and hero’s) rescue.

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