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‘Battle of the Sexes’: Current Volleys

Reading Time: 1 minute Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris opened the movie with a Fox logo from the 70s, just to ensure you

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‘Manmarziyaan’ review: Not Just Love, Actually

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.

‘Bhavesh Joshi Superhero’ review: Second Chances

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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.

‘Ehsan’ review: Fie File Fo Fum

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.

‘Gold’ review: Flagging On and Off

Reading Time: 5 minutes Director Reema Kagti takes actor Akshay Kumar’s cinematic legacy-building efforts one step further, this time designed to make you stand up for the national anthem. ‘Gold: The Dream that United our Nation’ grips in parts while in others it slips, even as the performances prop it up almost through and through. But the movie’s finest moment is hidden in a fleeting expression at the very end.

‘Karwaan’ review: Journey to the Center of Mirth

Reading Time: 5 minutes ‘Karwaan’ is a light-hearted, entertaining look at what constitutes love, life, death, and everything in between. It may meander off the highway for a longish time, but when you have a top-of-the-charts trio of performers, you don’t really mind. And when it does take you to the center of its mirth, it touches you unexpectedly.

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