HindustanTimes Fri,19 Dec 2014

Rashid Irani

Vengeance, they hollered

A carefully crafted if clichéd caper comedy, Tower Heist strives to be a lot more than what it really is. It wants to be as breezy as the Ocean’s11 trilogy. What it delivers, though, is altogether a different matter.

On the medium range

The basic plot of this mistaken-identity thriller is hardly original. Adapted from a little-known French page-turner, Unknown borrows plot elements from the films of Alfred Hitchcock, besides the amnesia-addled adventures of the Bourne trilogy.

That touch of class

For once, the upbeat word of mouth of a multiple Academy Award winning film is more than justified. The King’s Speech is an utterly entrancing historical drama that narrates the fascinating but largely unknown story of the man who would become King George VI. Rashid Irani writes.

Just another potBoyler

127 hours
Direction: Danny Boyle
Cast: James Franco, Clemence Poesy
Rating: ** 1/2

Review: The Happening

Shyamalan doesn’t rush the plot, preferring instead to offer incremental bits of information which deliver unnerving chills, writes Rashid Irani.

Review: The Incredible Hulk

Following his movie debut five years ago in Ang Lee’s The Hulk, the gargantuan green-skinned superhero returns in this re-imagining of the classic Marvel comic book character, writes Rashid Irani.

Review: Death Race

Set some four years in the future, Death Race envisions a grim, dystopian world, writes Rashid Irani.

Review: Mirrors

Unintentionally funny at times, the narrative is cluttered with cringe-worthy dialogue as well as an extra-busy background music score, writes Rashid Irani.

Review: Death Race

Set some four years in the future, Death Race envisions a grim, dystopian world. Since the economy has nose-dived, crime is on the upswing, writes Rashid Irani.

Nightmare strikes

We are expected to sympathise with the plight of a New York policeman-turned-security guard. He has to grapple with a malevolent force lurking behind the mirrors of a burned-out department store, writes Rashid Irani.

Review: RockNrolla

Shot on high-definition video, this RockNSteal caper isn’t as slick or speedy as Ritchie’s cult heist flicks Lock, Stock and Smoking Barrel and Snatch, writes Rashid Irani.

Review: Max Payne

Be that as it may, in these times of shocking violence and unimaginable devastation, Max Payne doesn’t exactly make for recommended viewing, writes Rashid Irani.

Review: Burn after reading

It’s sassy, stylish and often darkly hilarious. The Coen brothers follow up their 2007 Oscar triumph No Country for Old Men  (still not been released here) with this farcical thriller set in the corridors of power of Washington DC, writes Rashid Irani.

Review: Transporter 3

The third installment in the unremarkable if popular action series brings back Jason Statham as a tough-as-nails mercenary. Result: Transporter 3 smacks of the slipshod mayhem of the first two collaborations, writes Rashid Irani.

Review: Razzle dazzle : A Journey into dance

Evidently the aim is to hook the pre-teenager with a show biz story revolving around children’s dance troupes. And Australian director Ashton’s low-budget comedy is intermittently successful in its bid to win a niche audience, writes Rashid Irani.
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