HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014


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.

Movie review: Akshay Kumar's Entertainment is a film you can totally miss

Akshay Kumar's Entertainment, which also stars Tammanah Bhatia, hit theatres on Friday. There  is nothing in this film that is remotely entertaining, except perhaps comedian Krushna Abhishek. That is, only if you like his kind of comedy.

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.
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