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Movie review by Rashid Irani: Johnny Depp goes dystopian in Transcendence

Despite its love story underpinnings, Transcendence is strangely devoid of emotion. While there’s no denying Pfister’s visual pizzazz, it’s the script with its confusing dramatics and tedious techno jargon which is a let-down.

Movie review: Rio 2 fails to take wing

This sequel to the highly successful Rio (2011) tries to fly too high and ends up flailing and floundering. Thankfully, there is music to do the rescue act, say critics.

Movie review: Divergent is not powerful enough

Neil Burger's Divergent is an action movie that promises to be a sci-fi adventure ride, but fails to keep up. Starring Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet, the movie is unable to justify the title and its selling line altogether.

Movie review: Johnny Depp disappoints in Transcendence

Transcendence is ambitious and begins with a rich, if preposterous, storyline. However, soon clichés kick in and intelligence goes right out of this film on artificial intelligence. A listless Depp doesn't help either, write critics.

Malaysia, Indonesia ban biblical epic 'Noah'

Malaysia and Indonesia have banned the biblical epic "Noah," joining other Muslim nations that forbid the Hollywood movie for its visual depiction of the prophet.

Movie review: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts' August: Osage County lacks heart

This film is all about powerful performances by a bunch of really talented actors. However, its jaded storyline and overcooked dialogues make you realise that this play adaptation was meant just for stage, say critics.

Movie review: 300 Rise of an Empire is an action-soaked drama

Rise of an Empire is no 300. However, if plausibility is not a concern with you then this action-soaked sequel is a beautiful and bloody way to pass the time, say critics.

Movie review: Need for Speed hits a few roadbumps

Fast cars and boys have been known to be drawn to each other like a charm. Add to that a movie based on a video game franchise and you have a promise of the thrills of a game in a real-world setting. Or do you?

Movie review: the Muppets re-team with mixed results

A strange sense of doom hangs over the rebooted Muppets, and it's not from the Swedish chef's cooking. Muppets Most Wanted fails to whip up the kind of furry frenzy that makes the Muppets special.

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: 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 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.

12 Years a Slave makes Oscar history, maximum awards for Gravity

Harrowing historical drama 12 Years a Slave was crowned best picture Oscar while Matthew McConaughey got the best actor. Cate Blanchett won best actress for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. WINNERS LIST

Movie review: there's nothing plastic about The Lego Movie

Probably the funniest animation movie in some time, The Lego Movie may have pictures which are computer-generated and which deal with interlocking plastic blocks, but they are going to move you.

Movie review: watch Saving Mr Banks for Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson

A Walt Disney film about Walt Disney, Saving Mr Banks presents the war of wits between the entertainer and Mary Poppins author PL Travers. What makes the film memorable are Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson's performances.
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