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The movie features Will Smith’s digitally created clone tasked with assassinating him.(Paramount Pictures)

Two Will Smiths are not better than one: Rashid Irani reviews Gemini Man

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON OCT 10, 2019 04:49 PM IST
With more emphasis placed on digital de-ageing, Gemini Man lacks a compelling storyline that audiences find engaging.
Set in a nightmarish Gotham City circa the early 1980s, we are right away introduced to wannabe stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix).
Set in a nightmarish Gotham City circa the early 1980s, we are right away introduced to wannabe stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix).

A grin outlook: Rashid Irani reviews Joker

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON OCT 01, 2019 02:56 PM IST
A multi-layered cautionary tale about the perils of living in a divisive, heartless urban jungle, the movie gains momentum midway and descends into a maelstrom of grotesque violence.
The female-centric crime caper unfolds from the vantage point of a newbie dancer played by Constance Wu (right) who performs under the stage name of Destiny.
The female-centric crime caper unfolds from the vantage point of a newbie dancer played by Constance Wu (right) who performs under the stage name of Destiny.

Women at the poles: Rashid Irani reviews Hustlers

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2019 06:20 PM IST
A bittersweet crime drama that packs in refreshing performances
The story follows a Chinese teenager (Chloe Bennet) who encounters a cute, cuddly Yeti on the roof of her Shanghai apartment complex.
The story follows a Chinese teenager (Chloe Bennet) who encounters a cute, cuddly Yeti on the roof of her Shanghai apartment complex.

Creature comforts: Rashid Irani reviews Abominable

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2019 04:59 PM IST
A heartwarming tale of friendship, magic and adventure
Even the rogue scarecrow and the grotesque creature made up of dismembered body parts are more guffaw-inducing than scary.
Even the rogue scarecrow and the grotesque creature made up of dismembered body parts are more guffaw-inducing than scary.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a fright-free dud, says Rashid Irani

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON AUG 09, 2019 02:51 PM IST
A bunch of kids besieged by monsters in a rambling old house... the only surprise is that master filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro would involve himself in such a flop.
Isabele Moner, in the lead role, is full of charm and gusto. A CGI-rendered fox voiced by Benicio Del Toro, and a monkey sidekick, add to the fun.
Isabele Moner, in the lead role, is full of charm and gusto. A CGI-rendered fox voiced by Benicio Del Toro, and a monkey sidekick, add to the fun.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a terrific teen thriller, says Rashid Irani

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON AUG 08, 2019 04:37 PM IST
The live-action film follows Dora, now a high-school teenager, and three of her classmates as they set off to find the legendary city of El Dorado.
This time, Dwayne Johnson and his former British adversary Jason Statham are working together, to keep a deadly virus from falling into the hands of a genetically enhanced terrorist (Idris Elba).
This time, Dwayne Johnson and his former British adversary Jason Statham are working together, to keep a deadly virus from falling into the hands of a genetically enhanced terrorist (Idris Elba).

Even Idris Elba can’t rescue ...Hobbs & Shaw, says Rashid Irani

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON AUG 01, 2019 04:21 PM IST
Fast & Furious 9 is just more of the same tyre-screeching, glass-shattering meaningless mayhem.
The film focuses on a small-time mobster (Liao Fan) and his formidable moll, played by a mesmeric Zhao Tao, who is also the director’s wife and muse.
The film focuses on a small-time mobster (Liao Fan) and his formidable moll, played by a mesmeric Zhao Tao, who is also the director’s wife and muse.

Do not miss Ash is Purest White. It’s a Chinese masterpiece, says Rashid Irani

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2019 04:22 PM IST
A cracker of a tale tracks the people caught in the middle, when centuries of tradition collide with new definitions of progress.
The African savannah comes to life in immersive photorealistic 3D. The menagerie of anthropomorphic animals leaps, speaks and bounds in ways that are a technological marvel.
The African savannah comes to life in immersive photorealistic 3D. The menagerie of anthropomorphic animals leaps, speaks and bounds in ways that are a technological marvel.

All that the light touches, is gold: Rashid Irani reviews The Lion King

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON JUL 18, 2019 05:27 PM IST
Director Jon Favreau crafts a stunning live-action remake, 25 years after the blockbuster success of the original.
Shoplifters won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Expect the last half hour to be as unexpected as it is devastating.
Shoplifters won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Expect the last half hour to be as unexpected as it is devastating.

Shoplifters is quite simply a masterpiece, says Rashid Irani

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON JUL 03, 2019 08:32 PM IST
Through a tale about an impoverished family that steals to get by, director Kore-eda questions the very notion of parenthood.
After the death of his mentor Tony Stark / Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame, the heartbroken teenage Spider-Man (Tom Holland) decides to take a break from superheroism. But moral responsibility beckons and he must suit up to save mankind.
After the death of his mentor Tony Stark / Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame, the heartbroken teenage Spider-Man (Tom Holland) decides to take a break from superheroism. But moral responsibility beckons and he must suit up to save mankind.

A Marvellous return: Rashid Irani reviews Spider Man - Far From Home

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON JUL 03, 2019 08:24 PM IST
Expect cutting-edge CGI, corny humour and a bunch of familiar faces as well as quite a few freshly minted characters.
The demonic doll gets out of its glass case in the basement and all hell breaks loose for a demonologist couple, their daughter and her friends.
The demonic doll gets out of its glass case in the basement and all hell breaks loose for a demonologist couple, their daughter and her friends.

Oh, the horror: Rashid Irani reviews Annabelle Comes Home

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON JUN 28, 2019 06:51 PM IST
Expect dialogue so stilted, and effects so tacky, that the only scary thing will be the prospect of sitting through the rest of the fiasco as it unfolds.
The movie introduces several new characters. Look out for a spork, a cross between a spoon and a fork, named Forky; and a daredevil motorcycle stunt rider named Duke Caboom.
The movie introduces several new characters. Look out for a spork, a cross between a spoon and a fork, named Forky; and a daredevil motorcycle stunt rider named Duke Caboom.

Welcome back, Woody: Rashid Irani reviews Toy Story 4

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON JUN 20, 2019 08:19 PM IST
Expect great animation, a delightful voice cast and skillful storytelling as the cowboy doll Woody sets out to rekindle his relationship with Bo Peep.
Zain Al Rafeea, 12 at the time of filming and 14 today, is astonishing in the lead role. In a personal happy ending, the actor has since settled in Norway, is going to school and learning to read and write.
Zain Al Rafeea, 12 at the time of filming and 14 today, is astonishing in the lead role. In a personal happy ending, the actor has since settled in Norway, is going to school and learning to read and write.

Film review: Capernaum is simply not to be missed, says Rashid Irani

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON JUN 20, 2019 02:37 PM IST
A real-life Syrian refugee plays a boy so trapped by circumstance that he wishes he’d never been born. This is a film of, and for, our times.
Sophie Turner plays the flame-haired Jean Grey, who slams into a solar flare while on a space mission and is transformed into a malevolent force — the Dark Phoenix.
Sophie Turner plays the flame-haired Jean Grey, who slams into a solar flare while on a space mission and is transformed into a malevolent force — the Dark Phoenix.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is mindless mutant mayhem, says Rashid Irani

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON JUN 05, 2019 02:10 PM IST
With its chaotic plot and cartoonish action scenes, this is a disappointing finale to the X-Men franchise.
In the film’s boldest conceit, some of Elton’s most exultant tunes, including ‘I want love’ to ‘Candle in the wind’ and ‘I’m still standing’, have their contexts touchingly reimagined as they make their way into the narrative.(Paramount Pictures)
In the film’s boldest conceit, some of Elton’s most exultant tunes, including ‘I want love’ to ‘Candle in the wind’ and ‘I’m still standing’, have their contexts touchingly reimagined as they make their way into the narrative.(Paramount Pictures)

Rocketman is moving, fun, and just so Elton John, says Rashid Irani

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 2019 05:54 PM IST
The film traces how a shy piano prodigy named Reginald Dwight became the flamboyant showman, rock star and gay icon. Taron Egerton as Elton is outstanding.
Newcomer Mena Massoud is Aladdin. WIll Smith is the genie. There’s music and dancing. But the thing just never takes off. What should have been a family-friendly entertainer is weighted down by flat characters and slack pacing.
Newcomer Mena Massoud is Aladdin. WIll Smith is the genie. There’s music and dancing. But the thing just never takes off. What should have been a family-friendly entertainer is weighted down by flat characters and slack pacing.

Film review: Aladdin is a dull ride, says Rashid Irani

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON MAY 23, 2019 06:17 PM IST
Director Guy Ritchie deploys his usual arsenal of flashy effects but adds nothing to the story of the thief with the heart of gold.
Keanu Reaves plays John Wick. This time, the hitman has a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty hunters on his trail. But no one seems to have warned them that Wick is prepared for war.
Keanu Reaves plays John Wick. This time, the hitman has a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty hunters on his trail. But no one seems to have warned them that Wick is prepared for war.

John Wick 3 is an action extravaganza, says Rashid Irani

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON MAY 17, 2019 06:24 PM IST
Expect expert fight choreography, plenty of slicing and dicing and comic-book-style killing.
Eventually, the pup even helps the girl choose a suitable life partner. Silly subplots and melodramatic flourishes let the film down. The puppies are adorable throughout, though.
Eventually, the pup even helps the girl choose a suitable life partner. Silly subplots and melodramatic flourishes let the film down. The puppies are adorable throughout, though.

Overwrought, underwhelming: Rashid Irani reviews A Dog’s Journey

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON MAY 16, 2019 02:35 PM IST
A faithful pet is reincarnated over and over so he can watch over his original owner’s grandchild. Not the most compelling tale, not compellingly told.
On her way home, Bella has to stave off starvation and wolf attacks while also ensuring the safety of an orphaned cougar cub.
On her way home, Bella has to stave off starvation and wolf attacks while also ensuring the safety of an orphaned cougar cub.

Review: A Dog’s Way Home is soppy but effective, says Rashid Irani

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2019 06:03 PM IST
After being separated from her owner, Bella sets off on a long, adventurous journey home.
Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes-Tiffin star in this film about the rocky relationship between two youngsters who don’t seem right for each other.
Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes-Tiffin star in this film about the rocky relationship between two youngsters who don’t seem right for each other.

Film review: After is a piece of mushy hogwash, says Rashid Irani

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON MAY 03, 2019 02:42 PM IST
The ploy is hackneyed and goes nowhere; the two leads, while good-looking, share only a tepid chemistry. Give this one a miss.
The Curse of the Weeping Woman is inspired by the 17th century Mexican fable about the ghost of a woman who returns to terrorise children in Los Angeles, in 1973.(Warner Bros)
The Curse of the Weeping Woman is inspired by the 17th century Mexican fable about the ghost of a woman who returns to terrorise children in Los Angeles, in 1973.(Warner Bros)

Review: The Curse of the Weeping Woman is a frightmare, says Rashid Irani

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2019 07:45 PM IST
No shortage of faux-religious symbolism or stock scare tactics. But the menacing moments are delivered prematurely and fail to be effective.
The story of Stella and Will is no masterpiece, but it’s a better film than The Fault in Our Stars.
The story of Stella and Will is no masterpiece, but it’s a better film than The Fault in Our Stars.

Five Feet Apart is schmaltzy but moving, says Rashid Irani

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2019 06:15 PM IST
Two terminally ill teenagers fall in love within the confines of a hospital, in a predictable but bittersweet romance.
The reboot pits the anti-hero Hellboy (played by David Harbour) against a medieval sorceress (Milla Jovovich) bent on obliterating humankind. That’s about all the storyline you’re given.
The reboot pits the anti-hero Hellboy (played by David Harbour) against a medieval sorceress (Milla Jovovich) bent on obliterating humankind. That’s about all the storyline you’re given.

Movie review: Hellboy is a total misfire, says Rashid Irani

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2019 09:30 PM IST
There are no thrills, no emotional core. Just an excess of subplots and gore.
The characterisation is, without exception, one-dimensional; the performances, mediocre.
The characterisation is, without exception, one-dimensional; the performances, mediocre.

Film review: Pet Sematary is a King-sized letdown, says Rashid Irani

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON APR 12, 2019 03:56 PM IST
This film squanders the spooky premise of Stephen King’s tale, relying instead on cheap scare tactics and a shrill soundtrack.
Florence Pugh as the young wrester Paige just effortlessly steals the show.
Florence Pugh as the young wrester Paige just effortlessly steals the show.

Get in the ring. Fighting With My Family is fun, says Rashid Irani

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2019 02:58 PM IST
A young wrestler is picked for a WWE training programme, but her brother is not. How they navigate this makes for a surprisingly engaging tale.
The plot revolves around a 14-year-old foster child (Asher Angel) who is magically transformed into an invincible adult every time he shouts the word Shazam.
The plot revolves around a 14-year-old foster child (Asher Angel) who is magically transformed into an invincible adult every time he shouts the word Shazam.

Film review: Shazam! is surprisingly good, says Rashid Irani

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2019 02:10 PM IST
DC Films is on a roll. Their latest is funny, cheeky and as enjoyable as Wonder Woman was.
Audiences expecting familiar jump-scares will soon realise they have wandered into the wrong film. Writer-director Jordan Peele depends instead on a mood-drenched atmosphere and a subtle use of screen space.
Audiences expecting familiar jump-scares will soon realise they have wandered into the wrong film. Writer-director Jordan Peele depends instead on a mood-drenched atmosphere and a subtle use of screen space.

Us the movie is a terrific, meta frightmare, says Rashid Irani

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON MAR 29, 2019 06:43 PM IST
A young family on holiday finds themselves facing four demonic strangers who look exactly like them. This psychological horror-thriller will haunts you long after it’s over.
The backdrops are rendered with state-of-the-art photo-realism. But that’s about the only thing director Dean DeBlois gets right. The plot is thin, the characters flat. …The Hidden World is, at best, marginally diverting.
The backdrops are rendered with state-of-the-art photo-realism. But that’s about the only thing director Dean DeBlois gets right. The plot is thin, the characters flat. …The Hidden World is, at best, marginally diverting.

A tiresome threquel: Rashid Irani reviews How to Train Your Dragon 3

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
UPDATED ON MAR 21, 2019 06:33 PM IST
As the viking boy Hiccup and his fire-breathing pal fight a vicious dragon-hunter, all you’re left feeling is an uncomfortable sense of déjà vu.
The principal characters are somewhat bland. Even the girl’s relationship with her parents comes across as tepid. But this is made up for by a talented supporting voice cast that includes Mila Kunis as a warthog, John Oliver as a porcupine and Ken Hudson Campbell as a sheepish blue bear.
The principal characters are somewhat bland. Even the girl’s relationship with her parents comes across as tepid. But this is made up for by a talented supporting voice cast that includes Mila Kunis as a warthog, John Oliver as a porcupine and Ken Hudson Campbell as a sheepish blue bear.

Fun for the little ones: Rashid Irani reviews Wonder Park

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON MAR 14, 2019 04:32 PM IST
A 12-year-old must save the wonderland she created, with help from her animal friends. It’s a lush production, but accompanying grown-ups are likely to spend the 90-minute runtime in slumberland.
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