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HindustanTimes Wed,27 Aug 2014

Reviews

Movie Review: Into the Storm is just a run-o-the-mill disaster movie

Well, no cookies for guessing this one with a tell-all title like Into The Storm. People indeed go 'into the storm'. Some make it out alive while many are crushed, drowned, flung in the air and even burnt (yes, burnt in a storm). Watch only if you are a fan of meaningless disaster movies.

Movie review of Guardians of the Galaxy: This visual extravaganza is sheer fun

One of the funniest movies to come out of the Marvel universe, Guardians of the Galaxy introduces you to a new set of superheroes who are as plucky as they are wacky. A good cast, an interesting story and some really smart dialogues make it a good watch.

Movie review: Despite great performances, The Hundred-Foot Journey is bland

Take a talented British actor (Helen Mirren). Add an Indian tadka (Om Puri). Lather on the picturesque French countryside. Sprinkle liberally with gorgeous food shots, from bubbling, spicy Indian delicacies to French plates of truffles. And then make it corny.

Movie review: Jigarthanda is a failed attempt at showing stylised brutality

Set-in-Madurai Jigarthanda turns out to be a crude copy of sorts – with blood flowing freely, men doused in petrol and burnt alive and with the butcher’s knife used to scoop out the guts, writes Gautaman Bhaskaran.

Movie review: Hercules has eye-popping action

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson plays not quite the mythical Hercules in this revisionist film which is high on thrill factor but low on story. If an entertainer is what you are looking for this weekend, this one's for you. 

Movie review: Jigarthanda is a satirical tale masquerading as a gangster film

Karthik Subbaraj has become adept at conning his audiences. If his debut film Pizza was a con story covered with layers of a horror thriller, Jigarthanda is a satirical tale of a filmmaker wanting to make a gangster film.

Movie Review: Watch Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy for stunning special effects

Lucy is like watching a puppy run into a glass door again and again, bumping it’s head while another door is wide open. You know that it is being stupid and downright dumb, but it is just so beautiful and enthusiastic that you still don’t want it to stop.

Movie review: 22 Jump Street is too rehashed for its own good

The best praise and/or criticism one can offer for this Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum starrer is that it often feels like a playlist of funny viral videos on YouTube being played at a random.

Movie review: Hercules is brisk, breezy fun with fine sword-and-sandals spectacles

The narrative of Hercules brims with a wealth of visual flourishes, courtesy legendary cinematographer Dante Spinotti. Even the capabilities of 3D are optimally utilized.

Movie review by Anupama Chopra: Salman Khan's Kick is all charisma, logic-free story

Kick is an outrageously silly film. It lurches from a thwarted love story to infantile comedy to slick action to shamelessly manipulative melodrama without any attempt at coherence or consistency, writes Anupama Chopra. Kick biggest opener of 2014, earns Rs. 53 crore in 2 days

Movie review by Rashid Irani: The Grand Budapest Hotel is a trip to bountiful

A comic caper tinged with melancholy, Anderson’s eighth feature is mostly set in a fictional East European republic during the early 1930s. In the leads, both Ralph Fiennes and newcomer Tony Revolori deliver sparkling comedic turns. Rashid Irani writes.

Movie review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui overpowers Salman Khan in Kick

Bhai fans, rejoice! For a change, Salman Khan's Kick has much more going for it than just his charisma. It has a story and some brilliant performances. It also has Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Randeep Hooda, Nargis Fakhri and Jacqueline Fernandes. Want more?

Movie review: Watch Thirumanam Enum Nikkah only for Nazriya Nazim

Aneesh's Thirumanam Enum Nikkah has a story and script that seem to have been penned in the most bizarre style. Except for Nazriya Nazim, who is superbly charming as the girl playing both a Muslim and a Hindu, the rest of the cast are no better than caricatures.

Movie review: The Grand Budapest Hotel is a sweet treat

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

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.
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