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HindustanTimes Tue,16 Sep 2014

Reviews

Movie review: Identity Card gets too ambitious

Director Rahat Kazmi's Identity Card suffers from a fatal flaw. Merely cobbling together a cast with a string of theatre actors and choosing a 'sensitive' issue is never enough to guarantee a hit. 

Movie review by Rashid Irani: The Expendables 3 is worth a watch

The muscle-bound gang of ageing action icons reunites for the third instalment of the testosterone-charged franchise. Setting out to reassert that age doesn’t matter. The Expendables 3 breaks no new ground, but is marginally more entertaining than its predecessors.

Movie review by Anupama Chopra: Watch Mardaani for Rani Mukerji's performance

Post-interval, the story derails considerably. By the time we get to the climax, we are fully in avenging angel territory. And, just like in Singham Returns last week, the solutions suggested are problematic.

Movie review: Life is Beautiful, but not with overdose of overacting

Apart from the lack of a strong screenplay to build the plot into a sustainable movie, Manoj Amarnani's directorial debut Life is Beautiful has a painful overdose of overacting.

Movie review: Mardaani fails to give any impetus to women empowerment

Now, the filmmakers are concentrating more on realistic stunt scenes, but is this enough to bring mainstream Bollywood at par with foreign action films?

Movie review: Mel Gibson is the saving grace of otherwise disappointing Expendables 3

Sylvester Stallone and his numerous comrades ensure that the film is packed with enough action and firepower. It is the story, screenplay, performances and dialogues which lack muscle.

Movie review: The gut-wrenching narrative of Anjaan is appalling

Undoubtedly, Lingusamy has written Anjaan for Suriya. But the actor's portrayal of a Mumbai don, got me – despite the never-ending series of choreographed fights – yawning much before half of the film was through.

Movie review: Weak script, too much attention on Suriya spoils Anjaan

There are just too many things that don’t work for Anjaan (from a weak script to a sorry support cast), but its biggest problem is director Lingusamy trying too hard to cash in on a winning formula and wasting too much time on Suriya, the star.

Movie review: Singham Returns is enjoyable but plot is a retread

Singham Returns is a potent but problematic ode to the Mumbai policeman. Writer-director Rohit Shetty and leading man Ajay Devgn have created a superhero who, quite literally, packs a punch, writes Anupama Chopra.

Movie review by Rashid Irani: The Giver is easily worth a miss

Although director Phillip Noyce keeps you engrossed in the cautionary tale, The Giver ultimately crumbles under the weight of its pretensions, writes Rashid Irani.

Movie review: Singham Returns isn't as much fun as Singham

The sequel to Rohit Shetty's 2011 hit, Singham, hit theatres on Friday. Singham Returns offers some good action sequences, but does not quite match the humour and fun that Singham offered. Read the complete review.

Movie review: The Giver is no Hunger Games

The presence of Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep in supporting roles will help draw some attention from grown-ups who don't know the book series written by Lois Lowry, but this franchise won't come close to competing with The Hunger Games.

Movie review: The Hundred Foot Journey is all sugar, no spice

You know the feeling when you read the ingredients on a menu and think, oh, that sounds exciting. But when it arrives, it’s underwhelming, and just not an inventive as you’d imagined it’d be. The Hundred Foot Journey – about the fairy-tale-ish career of a chef – is a lot like that.

Movie review: Guardians of the Galaxy is a marvel-lous space opera

The effects-heavy spectacle isn’t merely a soulless exercise and the climax provides a beacon of hope. The Guardians…are slated to reconvene in 2017. In the meantime, go celebrate this year’s funkiest entertainment, writes Rashid Irani.

Movie review: Entertainment is a sitcom with random gags fixed in a story about a dog

The most charitable thing I can say about Entertainment is kutte ka kaam bahut accha hai. The jokes are purposefully mindless, but they come at you at such a furious pace that you are lulled into an exhausted laughter, writes Anupama Chopra.
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