Why Cheat India movie review: An education in our education system’s dirty secrets

Both from a script and narrative point-of-view, Why Cheat India has quite a few things going for it, and quite a few that don’t. But what it does accomplish is painting a brutally disturbing picture of its subject matter, exposing the disgusting truth of the unholy nexus of elements eating away at our country’s education […]

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The Lift Boy movie review: Simplicity done effectively

Writer-Director Jonathan Augustin’s Hinglish film, The Lift Boy, is one of the most naturally portrayed and organically felt coming-of-age dramas to emerge from Indian cinema in a long time, full of warmth, maturity, simplicity, laidback humor, and sentiments just done right. Revolving around an impoverished 20-something aimless youth, stuck in the wrong field of education, […]

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Bombairiya movie review: Mysteriously confused

Bombairiya comes across as a very confused film from the outset, trying to say too much, but conveying too little. Moreover, the novelty and smarts it attempts to show off aren’t really all that novel nor smart as such topsy-turvy mysteries with ambiguous narrative arcs, shady characters, and multiple twists have been done by everyone […]

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Uri movie review: A war masterpiece plus a stirring tribute

Besides being gut-wrenching, emotionally stirring, and deeply invigorating, Uri is also quite simply a masterpiece of the war genre, shot with high-caliber cinematography, performed brilliantly by the ensemble cast, and directed with surgical precision by debutant Aditya Dhar. The film is extremely well researched, packs a punch right where it matters, and engulfs you with […]

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Power review: A crime show that’s potent but not quite powerful

Power, the crime show from CBS about a famous night-club owner who leads a double life as a drug kingpin but years to build a legitimate business empire at the same time, has several stock elements that should make for a riveting dramatic take on what could be best-described as a swanky, hip version of […]

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Bumblebee movie review: A fun amalgamation of old-world charm and modern-day thrills

The old-school flavor of Bumblebee’s robots-meet-humans plot is a refreshing throwback to family-adventure yarns of the 80s and 90s, where a bunch of kids/teenagers (sometimes with adults in tow) come across something fantastical with which they form an emotional bond and experience an adventure of a lifetime a la E.T., The Neverending Story, The Goonies, […]

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Simmba movie review: The very definition of a paisa-vasool massy entertainer

Simmba is as kadak as chatpata missal pav, as dhamekadaar as fiery dal tadka, and as damdaar as delicious dum biryani. Comedy, drama, dialogues, music, action, emotion — everything is at the topmost peak of ‘dynamic, dhaasu, masala entertainment’. Furthermore, the stirring, intense turn that the film takes post interval proves that Director Rohit Shetty […]

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Zero movie review: Bauua Singh’s show all the way

Bauua Singh is a character that will remain etched in audience’s hearts and minds forever, with SRK delivering one-of-his-career-best performances, right up there with his work in Darr, Swades, CDI, Baazigar, KHKN, DDLJ, and MNIK. Zero does have its ups and downs though — a thoroughly entertaining first half gets derailed to an extent by […]

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Kedarnath movie review: Sara Ali Khan barely saves this sinking ship

Kedarnath is saddled with a plot that’s done to death, and what’s worse is that Director Abhishek Kapoor (who’s also one of the writers) and cowriter Kanika Dhillon seem to have adamantly refused to inject any novelty or semblance of uniqueness into the storytelling and presentation. Sushant Singh Rajput, too, fails to rise above a […]

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The Possession of Hannah Grace review: Derivative but diabolically delightful

Short, simple, straightforward, but effectively scary — The Possession of Hannah Grace offers further proof that regardless how many times an idea or basic premise is repeated, it can still work, provided the writer and Director have the vision and conviction to juice the narrative into something different, interesting, exciting, and most importantly, entertaining. On […]

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