‘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.

‘Pad Man’ review: Sanitary Nappings

Director R. Balki addresses a very serious, important, and critical social issue about female health and hygiene. But where he ought to have lacerated, he pads it up.

‘Phantom Thread’ review: Genius, Interrupted

Director Paul Thomas Anderson weaves a tapestry of love, human frailties, and darkness that's headlined by an immaculate performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

‘Padmaavat’ review: The Grand Parade of Packaging

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali creates a stunning spectacle that envelopes your aural senses. But, when it comes to the story telling...

‘Mukkabaaz’ review: A Punch Too Long

Director Kashyap can be unflinching in his take on life, and it is when he makes you flinch. He keeps the movie’s look rustic and bare-boned, thriving on the lack of pelf of its setting and its characters, and the production design is starkly evocative. It is when Kashyap and his cinematographic team take you inside the belly of these households and keep you there is when you are stirred and shaken in equal measure.

‘The Post’ review: Pressing Issues

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 and fall in love with. It’s also on-the-dot timely, considering how both of Spielberg’s favorites have been in … Continue reading ‘The Post’ review: Pressing Issues

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

Director 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.

2017: Ten Best Performances

The ten best performances in 2017 that touched, moved, stunned, and made us think.