HindustanTimes Sat,20 Dec 2014


Movie review by Anupama Chopra: Happy New Year is a slog

Happy New Year exists for one purpose — to entertain. And, Farah Khan has proved that she is more than capable of giving us a good time. But in Happy New Year, the desire to entertain overshadows everything else.

Movie review: Originality? What's that, ask Farah Khan in Happy New Year

You cannot miss Shah Rukh Khan's film Happy New Year's obvious resemblance to Hollywood's Ocean's 11 series. But it's Farah Khan's baby, and therefore it has the mandatory 'formula' and all those old Bollywood references.

Movie review: Poojai an all-hero show, does great disservice to heroine, villain

Gopalakrishnan's Poojai like his films Saamy and Singam is a commercial entertainer. Only there is meaningless action with jeeps flying as if there were toys with a kid at the other end, romance that rarely makes sense and with hardly any semblance of a story.

Movie review: Kaththi's masala moments will keep Vijay's fans glued to the screen

Kaththi is quite like Ramana. But because it is a commercial film, Murugadoss smartly uses the double role format. So when one Vijay is out of the screen, the other takes centre stage. And of course, it is far more glamourous.

Movie review by Rashid Irani: What If is a winning diversion

Adapted from the 2003 play, Toothpaste and Cigars, this film marches bravely into Woody Allen and Nora Ephron territory. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, it asks if two people with obvious chemistry can maintain a low-key friends-only relationship without physical intimacy.

Movie review: Sonali Cable runs out of ideas

Rhea Chakraborty-Ali Fazal-starrer Sonali Cable about a feisty female cable operator threatened by an evil multinational is so amateurish that scenes intended to shock and sadden actually make you laugh, writes Sarit Ray.

Movie review: Despite Cameron Diaz, you don't want to watch this Sex Tape

With such likable stars as Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel in the lead, Sex Tape could have been the perfect romantic comedy about love and lust. Instead, it comes across as a limp film venture stretches incredulity to the point of breaking.

Movie review: Dracula Untold is just the rehash of the old Dracula story

The trailers of Dracula Untold filled the audience with the anticipation that it may reveal some inconvenient truths about the Son of Devil, Dracula, but what the film dished out was nothing better than a rehash of the same 14th century Transylvania story.

Movie review: Watch The Judge for Robert Downey Jr's acting intensity

Despite its sloppy script, The Judge is gripping and engaging. We will thank Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall for that. Their sterling performances and man-o-man encounters are the highlights of this film.

Movie review: Sonali Cable has briliant script but fizzles out in execution

Anupam Kher, Rhea Chakroborty and Ali Fazal's Sonali Cable, which hits theatres on Friday, stands out of the clutter in the beginning courtesy its brilliant script. Sadly, sustaining  the tempo proves to be a big task for the makers and the film fizzles out tamely soon after.

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.
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