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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.

Jal brings out the best of Purab Kohli

A pertinent issue, a simple story and excellent treatment makes Girish Malik's directorial debut Jal a gem of a film. There is no attempt to sound intellectual, yet the film touches your heart.

Movie review by Anupama Chopra: O Teri is Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro reduced to noise and nonsense

It’s Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro reduced to noise and nonsense. Anupam Kher and Vijay Raaz ham. Pulkit Samrat follows in their footsteps. Bilal Amrohi displays little talent. Eventually all that registered was Mandira Bedi’s noodle-strap blouses.

Movie review by Anupama Chopra: Youngistaan is brain-dead and insufferable

Every other year or so, Vashu produces a film in which Jackky stars. These vanity projects have been uniformly mediocre, but their fifth film together, Youngistaan, sets a new standard of ridiculous.

Movie review: Harman Baweja, Sunny Deol's Dishkiyaoon doesn't make for a gripping thriller

An action movie must have pace. If a movie doesn't have it, then it has lost the race. Does the rhyming sound silly? Then skip Dishkiyaoon: it's all about silly, rhyming dialogues.

Movie review: Santosh Sivan's Inam is melancholic, but remarkable

Although the plot is wafer thin, Sivan’s script includes an array of anecdotes to keep the movie moving. If there is a flip side to Inam, it lies in its utter melancholy. Despite, Sivan’s efforts to inject a bit of joy through songs and wit, the film refuses to rise above excruciating sorrow.

Movie review by Rashid Irani: Russell Crowe is the show-stopper in Noah

Noah, directed by the flashy technocrat Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), takes the disaster genre route. Here then is the mother of all save the world movies, or at least the good and virtuous part of it, seen through the prism of a chapter of the Bible that’s often been retold as an entertainer for kids.

Movie review: Noah stands out for its visual ingenuity, Crowe's moral heft

Noah, a biblical blockbuster, a disaster movie, an intense family drama, part sci-fi film and an action flick. There's one thing Noah is not, for a moment: dull. So the movie is utterly worth your time — all 138 minutes of it.

Movie review: Nymphomaniac is a cinematic orgy

Lars von Trier's four-hour Nymphomaniac, which is being released in two volumes, is a sexual odyssey that could be described as thoughtful, provocative, ridiculous, comically deranged, electrically composed, occasionally beautiful, unforgettable and terrible.

Movie review: Youngistaan is as much a political drama as a romantic comedy

You have to hand it to this film for making an effort to be 'headline-ish' without toppling over with the temperament of topicality. This is a genre that Bollywood never really explored so far. Unlike Prakash Jha's Raajneeti, Youngistaan doesn't take itself too seriously.

Movie review: O Teri is pretty much Jai Ho without Salman Khan's star power

Salman Khan has gone all out to promote his sister's home production O Teri. The Bilal Amrohi-Pulkit Samrat-starrer is not a total paisa-vasool film, but entertains you in bits and pieces.
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