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‘Andhadhun’ review: Run, Rabbit Run

By on October 18, 2018

Reading Time: 5 minutes Director Sriram Raghavan with his team of writers comes up with a devilishly clever and sharp entertainer that’s full of twists, jumps, guffaws, and references galore. As with any satisfying thriller, it’s when it throws you off most unexpectedly that you give out a sigh most evil.

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‘Memories’ review: Total Recall

By on October 7, 2018

Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Jeethu Joseph, in this 2013 outing, writes and directs a tightly paced mystery, invoking memories from traumatic pasts that intertwine and knot into a murderous present. While the clues reveal themselves in layers and the suspects are never in clear sight, your biggest worry is: will the lead character—played by Prithviraj with an intensity that flows underneath and mixes freely with alcohol—unravel before the mystery does?

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‘Hereditary’ review: Of Blue Genes and the Indian Censor Bored

By on June 24, 2018

Reading Time: 6 minutes Director Ari Aster’s “Hereditary” is a nerve-wracking and terrific addition to the skull cap of horror movies where the unravelling of a family is as mysterious as it is terrifying, and the boiling cauldron of secrets bubbles throughout its length, keeping you worried and anxious. Meanwhile in India, the censor board carries out its own act of dismemberment, unforgivably mutilating the movie beyond repair.

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‘Get Out’ review: Racism Chills

By on June 11, 2018

Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Jordan Peele skewers the dark, all too real face of racism and gentrification in a pulse-pounding thriller. But he also adds delicious layers of horror, terror, comedy, and nail-biting suspense. And yet, the questions “Get Out” raises are even more horrifying than its premise.

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‘Annihilation’ review: A Fate Inescapable

By on May 24, 2018

Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Alex Garland creates psychedelic imagery and stunning visuals to narrate a story that’s mind-bendingly confounding as it is challenging. But no matter what you think of it, this philosophical horror makes you think.

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‘Murder on the Orient Express’ review: Standard Gauge

By on November 26, 2017

Reading Time: 5 minutes The director fails to capture the stifling, terrorizing claustrophobia of the coach, making it look all very simple and straight-forward. Even the top shots inside the carriages that he shoots are more distracting, taking an almost detached view of the goings-on below, you wondering what to make of all the heads you see. With the result, the breathtaking scenery is memorable, the mystery less so. Is that why the denouement, weak by any detective movie standards, takes place outside the train – all the passengers lined up on chairs, as if guests of honor at a valedictory event – instead of inside of the dining car, where the tension in the book and the 1974 movie was unbearable?

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‘13 Reasons Why’ review: An Education Most Harrowing

By on July 30, 2017

Reading Time: 6 minutes You’re shocked at the viciousness of people at people who don’t ‘belong’ in their group. You’re mortified as you see Hannah reach out to help, though not ostensibly so, and at folks who just brush her aside – because they don’t care, or are too busy fighting their own battles – and you ask yourself, how many times did you not read the signs? You’re pushed into cringe-mode as you see hurt, yearn, and hurt fester in a vicious cycle of perpetuating isolation and eventual numbness.

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‘Naam Shabana’ review: Tap (to) see the Power

By on April 2, 2017

Reading Time: 6 minutes Here’s a question that if you answer correctly, will immediately qualify you for an interview with India’s top-secret agency – it (the agency, not the question) is beyond the purview of all the listed, government-sanctioned ones, ostensibly craftier and more effective than all the armed forces put together. Ready? Here goes: You’ve caught the only […]

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‘Teesri Manzil’ review: The Fall and the Rise

By on February 5, 2017

Reading Time: 6 minutes {This review was first published in the inaugural issue of Pancham Times, a publication conceptualized and crystallized into nostalgic reality by the panchammagic group based out of Pune, India. To know more about this group, visit http://panchammagic.org/. You can also follow them on Facebook @panchammagic and on Twitter at @panchammagic.} The fall is as horrifying as an […]

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‘Inferno’ review: Dark Brown Template

By on October 15, 2016

Reading Time: 5 minutes Author Dan Brown cracked the template of success amidst the bosky of financial turkeys he churned out initially. Set stories in a 24-hour template, add dollops of historical scientific documentation, real-life dark societies and their practices, and cults; add to this mix modern technology, the works of venerated Renaissance artists or scientists, a test-tube of […]

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