Reading Time: 3 minutes The mostly effective ‘Ishq’ takes a seemingly interminably long look at a night of harrowing harassment and then seeks redemption. No matter how that goes, it’s lose-lose for the woman.
Reading Time: 5 minutes The discomfiting yet must-watch ‘Paatal Lok’ takes ‘Chinatown’, Indian societal rot, and other fetid ingredients, and hammers them all to pulp. Best not to hold your popcorn tub in its midst.
Reading Time: 3 minutes ‘The Outsider’ is a take on Stephen King’s novel by the same name. And while there’s plenty of chills and horror in quiet doses, it is what that hovers over it in its strangely tenderly terrorizing take that’s become so apt in these strange times: grief and the fear of loss.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Director Bong Joon-ho rips off the societal mask behind a bloody symbiotic relationship that’s thrived for ages. But even as he makes you laugh and cower, parasites on both sides are in for tough times ahead.
Reading Time: 4 minutes The top TV shows of 2019.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Writer-director Jordan Peele uses smoke, mirrors, and blood to keep us unnerved. But it’s what he shows us in the mirror that’s most horrifying.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Directors Anurag Kashyap and Neeraj Ghaywan keep season 2 predictable in its violence , but darkly unpredictable in its rumination. But ‘Sacred Games 2’ is more about the inevitable decline of humankind and ties it to a ticking bomb that’s a totem for religious manipulation, madness, and the insanity of it all.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Nikhil Advani’s latest outing is a nifty thriller in parts, a tepid template in others. He smartly keeps the acting bandwidth requirement for his lead within manageable spectrum, making John Abraham’s intense and stoic act a highlight. But it’s the trauma that real-life cops, soldiers, and women and men whose daily routine involves staring down a barrel, must face, that truly stuns you.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Taking seemingly stray incidents across different people’s lives, director Thiagarajan Kumararajan creates an intimate microcosm of the universe, nay, of our galaxy. With a terrific ensemble cast, ‘Super Deluxe’ is a heartfelt and intimate rumination on life, politics, relationships, sex, lust, and life, in a never-ending circle that connects all of its characters and their struggles in the most unexpected ways.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Director Aashiq Abu contact traces his way into your senses with the slow-rising tension of a virus creating a domino of devastation. And yet, amidst the thrills and (the literal) chills that he creates, ‘Virus’ also installs a picture of hope and courage that’s painted by everyday women and men.