HindustanTimes Thu,24 Jul 2014


Movie review: The Grand Budapest Hotel is good enough to eat

Director Wes Anderson weaves a delightful yet quirky murder mystery. Ralph Fiennes as the flamboyant concierge, who offers special in-room services, is a treat to watch. This one’s a must-watch.

Movie review: Vellai Illa Pattadhari has great theme, poor script

Although Vellai Illa Pattadhari presents a grave social malaise -- that of joblessness among engineering graduates in Tamil Nadu -- the script plays spoilsport. Performances by the lead pair Dhanush or Amala Paul do not lift the movie either.

Movie review of Begin Again: this feel-good romance is for lovers of music

Poignant, enthusiastic and suffused with those sunshine moments, this languid romance is for lovers of music. Keep your expectations low and this one will send you home happy. Watch it for Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley's performances.

Movie review: Hate Story 2 has strong performances, but story lets it down

With a totally predictable story line and extremely illogical twists and turns, Hate Story 2 fails to entertain. Watch the film only if you are a die-hard fan of Sushant or Surveen, because nothing else is really worth the time and money, writes Sweta Kaushal.

Movie review: Pizza 3D outdoes most Bollywood horror flicks

If you're the sort of horror junkie who feeds on Hollywood and Japanese versions (Japan is to horror what Italy is to pizza), don't expect to see something you haven't seen before. But by Bollywood standards, this film easily outdoes most of what passes for horror, writes Sarit Ray.

Movie Review: Begin Again has a fair share of both delights and disappointments

Week after week, major studio behemoths clog up the multiplexes. For a change, here’s an independently produced musical- romance which has a lot going for it - charismatic leads, a couple of catchy tunes and evocative New York locations.

Movie review: Avoid Planes if you are over 10 years of age

Planes: Fire and Rescue is not as much of a film as a merchandise opportunity, but thankfully it comes with a decent script and animation effects. Go for it if you have a kid.

Movie review: Pizza 3D is scary but lacks the element of surprise

Despite lack of star faces and promotions, Akshay Akkineni's directorial debut Pizza 3D has a well-executed plot and effortless performance by Akshay Oberoi. The film is scary and also offers you a few laughs.

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya review: Alia Bhatt holds her own in this ode to DDLJ

Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania is a conscious ode to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Debutant writer-director Shashank Khaitan makes enough bluntly obvious references to ensure that you know this — from the title, to scenes from the film playing on TV sets, to a hero who mouths lines straight out of that script.

Movie review: Watch Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for Andy Serkis

From great special effects to brilliant performances, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has it all. A worthy successor to the first part, it is for viewers who want their entertainment with a twist of intellect.

Movie review: Abhinay is stiff and wooden as Ramanujam

Gnana Rajasekaran's latest film Ramanujan is a nuanced and balanced view of the Indian mathematical prodigy's life in both figures and outside it, especially his mother and wife. Sadly, the film loses out because its lead actor is just not right for the role.

Movie review by Rashid Irani: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a let-down

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is an overblown simian-versus-sapiens spectacle which fails to break through the tried-and-tested action-adventure formula.

Movie review: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya revists DDLJ

Watch Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya for wonderful performances, Ashutosh Rana and smart screenplay. But do remember it's one of the dreamy, larger-than-life and low on logic Bollywood movies, writes Sweta Kaushal.

Movie review: Arima Nambi is a thriller gone haywire

As much as Shankar’s work manages to retain a fair degree of thrill, much of the script is awfully silly. Logic is out, and the story is synonymous with fantasy, writes Gautaman Bhaskaran.

Movie review: Bobby Jasoos is simplistic but positive

Balan has done such films in the past and deserves credit for pulling it off again. The overall story remains simplistic. But it serves its purpose — of shining a light on a community that is underrepresented in Bollywood films, writes Sarit Ray.
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