HindustanTimes Sat,01 Nov 2014


Movie review: Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami has some sterling performances

Debutant director Ravindra Gautam handles the inflammatory material with care. He seems to know what we all pretend to not know. That corruption is not a beast from outerspace. It exists within all of us.

Movie review: The evil doll is back with Anabelle

A none-too-exciting prequel to last year’s overrated The Conjuring, Annabelle plunders elements from its genre predecessors including the Child’s Play series featuring that demonic doll, writes Rashid Irani.

Movie review: Annabelle, the 'haunted' doll, will not scare The Conjuring fans

Annabelle is one of those films you keep on top of your weekend must-watch list, thinking you'd need a full Sunday to recover from the horror fest, only to leave the theatre wondering whatever happened to those jitters. This prequel is not even half as scary as The Conjuring.

Tamil movie review: Yaan is very predictable

Yaan gives you the feeling that here's a film that was solely made to entice audiences with stunning visuals. The good news is that it succeeds at that, but the bad news is that great visuals don't make up for sloppy writing and execution.

Movie review: Haider is a rare Bollywood gem you shouldn't miss

Vishal Bhardwaj's Haider goes where Bollywood rarely treads. The movie is based on William Shakespeare's Hamlet goes beyond clichés on Kashmir and its characters aren't trying to be entertaining.

Movie review: Hrithik Roshan's Bang Bang is as mindless as playing air guitar

Bang Bang is one such film, where the lead actor looks engrossed and too careful about creating a brand image. He believes whatever he is doing is going to be applauded by the audience.

Movie review by Anupama Chopra: Haider is deeply stirring

There is much in Haider that deserves a standing ovation. Let’s start with the courage of director Vishal Bhardwaj. Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most difficult and ambiguous texts. It’s also his longest - it takes over four hours to deliver.

Movie review: Inherent Vice takes a hazy trip back to 1970 counterculture LA

Inherent Vice, director Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel that debuted at the New York Film Festival on Saturday is a hazy, drug-fueled trip back to 1970 Los Angeles with its hippies, hustlers and a persistent sleuth.

Movie Review: Chucky need not worry about Annabelle

With a cast of unknowns substituting for such estimable performers as Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga from The Conjuring, it's as if they thought the doll alone could carry the movie, but Annabelle is no Chucky.

Movie review: 3 AM is a slick scare fest

3 AM doesn't rely on too many external props to wean us in its favour. It stays true to the horror genre without buckling under the pressure of perpetuating terror. The frights flow naturally.

Tamil movie review: Karthi, so good in Paruthi Veeran is completed wasted in Madras

A weak plot, a beaten-to-death storyline and uninspiring performances by the lead pair make Madras a dull affair. In the end, the film is but another work about gang wars and political rivalry, offering nothing new.

Movie review by Rashid Irani: Two Night Stand is twice as trivial

In the insufferably dull Two Night Stand a couple of verbally combative strangers are stuck with each other after a one-night stand. Devoid of romance or comedy, the outcome is an ordeal to sit through despite the brief 85 minutes running time.

Tamil movie review: Jeeva lays bare the politics in cricket

Jeeva is a tribute to all the passionate cricket players who have failed without ever getting an opportunity to prove their mettle. The film is gripping with a moving second half. However, it fails to inspire the way Nagesh Kukunoor's Iqbal did.

Movie review: A random mix of violence, Desi Kattey isn't going anywhere

Anand Kumar's Desi Kattey, which hit theatres on Friday, didn't raise our hope much with its trailer or pre-release promotions. Disappointingly, the film is even worse than what we expected!

Movie review: Jahnu Barua's Ajeyo gives man's indefatigable spirit a new meaning

Assamese filmmaker Jahnu Barua's film is not about war or peace. Neither is it strictly a revolutionary film. At its heart, Ajeyo is one of those sane voices we yearn to hear when confronted with the society's ills.
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