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‘The Company Men’ review: Life’s Highs and Layoffs

Reading Time: 3 minutes Debutante director John Wells, also writing and producing this human corporate experience, touches all the right emotions and upheavals in this downsized economy drama.

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‘Delhi Crime’ review: Never Gets Better

Reading Time: 5 minutes Writer-director Richie Mehta stalks the investigative team of Delhi’s blood-curdling crime and comes up with a harrowing but must-watch series. With a top-notch cast delivering solid performances, ‘Delhi Crime’ brings to fore the real-life struggle of police officers as they balance their personal hurdles and come to terms with a crime so heinous. And yet, the most disquieting moments come after the case is solved.

‘Kalank’ review: All Sparkle, No Spark

Reading Time: 5 minutes In this period set-piece opulence trumps content in every scene. As a result, director Abhishek Varman stuns you in a highlight sequence, creating a stunning mosaic with colors, dance, drone shots, choreographed dancers who rise from underwater with bows and lit arrows, the story of Dussehra narrated in contrasting plumages. Elsewhere, the actors look for inspiration and get mostly undercooked roles in a story that’s as predictable as the alphabet book. But predictability is the least of ‘Kalank”s problems. It’s in not using the potentially scintillating situations and actors, landing them, instead in an uninspiringly long-drawn tepid affair.

‘Badla’ review: The Story’s in the Details

Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Sujoy Ghosh lays out a detailed, conversational thriller that’s high on the quality of ingredients, even if the flavors are all too familiar and predictable. But the point of ‘Badla’ isn’t to surprise you as much as it is to make you pay attention and revel in the atmosphere. Plus, of course the top notch acting that rivets, diverts, and then delivers a climactic scene that’s more heartbreaking triumph than a twist.

‘Gully Boy’ review: Joan of Story Arc

Reading Time: 5 minutes In a movie that runs for a considerable length of time, director Zoya Akhtar creates story arcs that rivet you and stay with you long after you’ve left the cinema hall. And she’s supported by a stunning casting coup. Every one of her actor seamlessly flows into the director’s vision of rebellion and flight of ambition, even if their runway’s paved with hopelessness.

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