HindustanTimes Fri,18 Apr 2014


Movie review: Johnny Depp's Transcendence is not intelligent enough

Transcendence is ambitious and begins with a rich, if preposterous, storyline. However, soon clichés kick in and intelligence goes right out of this film on artificial intelligence. A listless Depp doesn't help either, write critics.

Movie review: skip 2 States, read the novel instead

So you liked Chetan Bhagat's novel 2 States or simply love Alia/Arjun and want to watch their chemistry on-screen? But is this Abhishek Varman's directorial debut worth your time and money? Not really.

Movie review: In Mahanagar, Satyajit Ray documents a social dilemma

In black-and-white and looking superb as if it has just popped out of the cans, Mahanagar documents with brilliant sensitivity a changing Calcutta of the mid-1950s The film's digitally restored version opens on April 18 in eight cities.

Movie review: Despite a novel subject, Naan Sigappu Manithan fails to deliver

The film falls into the same pit that so many other Indian movies do. The director Thiru, who also penned the script, messes up the narrative by crowding it with silly songs and sillier situations/locales and needless subtexts.

Movie review by Rashid Irani: Oculus is high on horror

Oculus builds a palpable sense of dread right from the beginning. the film is low on special effects but high on horror and intrigue, writes Rashid Irani.

Movie review by Anupama Chopra: Bhootnath makes a spirited comeback

Bhootnath is worth watching for its feel good political message, and Parth Bhalerao, who plays Akhrot, the street-smart Dharavi kid who befriends a ghost, writes Anupama Chopra.

Movie review: Divergent is not powerful enough

Neil Burger's Divergent is an action movie that promises to be a sci-fi adventure ride, but fails to keep up. Starring Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet, the movie is unable to justify the title and its selling line altogether.

Movie review: Rio 2 fails to take wing

This sequel to the highly successful Rio (2011) tries to fly too high and ends up flailing and floundering. Thankfully, there is music to do the rescue act, say critics.

Movie review: Bhoothnath Returns will remind you of Rajkumar Hirani's films

Amitabh Bacchan-Parth Bhalero-starrer Bhoothnath Returns is a must watch for kids - not because it is a kids' film, but because it sends out a much-needed lesson in a very subtle and entertaining manner.

Movie review of Jal: mainstream cinema peddles nonsense, this is a step in the other direction

What should have been a short, sharp film loses clarity over 120 mins. Jal is about the acute water crisis in arid Kutch, and the administrational apathy towards its inhabitants. The film, then, could have made for powerful satire, or a moving story of human suffering.

Movie review: Maan Karate is a messed-up bout

Tamil film Maan Karate has an interesting plot, but the way it is scripted and narrated is illogical. Five IT professionals go on a vacation, and while one of them, a girl, swims underwater, she meets a sage who later grants them a wish.

Movie review by Rashid Irani: Captain America is Marvel-lous? Hardly!

There’s plenty of in-your-face pyrotechnics but precious little fun or excitement. The viewer is constantly assailed by jingoistic posturing. Expectedly, socio-political issues such as civil liberties take a back seat to blockbuster trappings.

Movie review by Anupama Chopra: Main Tera Hero is fools’ paradise

The camera caresses the two heroines as much as it does Varun’s six-pack abs, but overall Main Tera Hero lacks the usual David Dhawan punch, writes Anupama Chopra.

Movie Review: Captain America changes the superhero universe

Taut car chases, awesome action scenes and an emotional bandwidth we have not seen earlier in films from the Marvel universe, Captain America delivers what it promises: wholesome superhero fun.

Movie review: Main Tera Hero is a must-watch for Bollywood masala lovers

David Dhawan's Main Tera Hero, starring Varun Dhawan, Ileana D'Cruz and Nargis Fakhri is recommended for Bollywood masala lovers, David Dhawan fans, suckers for any kind of comedy and pure vellas. Here're five things that make it work as an entertainer.
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