Luka Chuppi movie review: Light-hearted family fun

Luka Chuppi scores on two fronts — as a light-hearted rom-com and a complete family entertainer. The best part about it is how despite the theme of live-in relationships, the film is accessible for the whole family. Kartik Aaryan brings the house down again after SKTKS (he can now really carry a film on his own), […]

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Alita Battle Angel movie review: Big-screen grandeur at its finest

Just two months into 2019, and we already have the first cinematic extravaganza, demanding the big-screen experience. Alita: BattleAngel is hands down one-of-the-finest sci-fi films ever made, not to mention being a truly creative story that comes to life on screen after eons — not needing the support of comic books or YA novels to […]

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Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga review: A love story that’s as brave as it’s necessary

Imperative and irrefutable, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is necessary viewing for every Indian, both the younger and older generation, and if possible, with your family. That’s not to say the film doesn’t have some issues — the first half has more than a few dull portions, the plot has some loopholes, the […]

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Manikarnika movie review: Kangana Ranaut the actress shines, Kangana Ranaut the Director stumbles

The historical mess, factual discrepancies, sloppy characterization, shoddy direction, and Manish Malhotra-esque fashion ensemble notwithstanding, Manikarnika is still worth a watch for another stellar performance from Kangana Ranaut, who regally and fiercely embodies every aspect of The Queen of Jhansi, and a few goosebump patriotic moments against our colonial oppressors. Alas, the aforementioned moments are […]

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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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