Tabul is an unexpected pleasure, and lifts Golmaal Again. This a series which looks like it’s never going to end, and Shetty has the formula pat after all these iterations. I do hope Tabu becomes a fixture in the future Golmaals.
You don't go to watch a Ravi Teja film, which is directed by Anil Ravipudi, expecting a Nayakan. It's only fair that we judge his latest offering, Raja The Great, by the standards of mindless entertainers.
Chennaiyil Oru Naal 2 movie review: Everything about Chennaiyil Oru Naal 2 screams half-heartedness. The film meanders through each plot point without much clarity. The film is shoddily shot that gives an amateurish effect. With an already slow screenplay, the excessive use of slow-motion further dampens the pace.
Meyaadha Maan movie review: Meyaadha Maan characters speak a language of raw, imperfect honesty that is endearing. We have our ‘Idhayam Murali’ (Vaibhav Reddy) who is a stage performer. (The professions our Kollywood heroes pursue these days are definitely becoming more interesting: A fireman, A funeral organiser and now a stage singer.)
Mersal movie review: Atlee has not just exploited Vijay's stardom to deliver a flamboyant crowd-pleaser (which he did in Theri already) but has fleshed out an interesting script that plays up the best onscreen traits of the actor.
Aamir Khan shows up as the out-of-flavour musician Shakti Kumaarr, all tight animal-printed Ts and crotch-hugging jeans, and while his I’m-so-irresistible strutting schtick starts off funny, you wish he had more to do.
Ranchi Diaries movie review: Sattwik Mohanty's directorial comes off as a random assemblage of scenes-- in forests (that’s where the ‘Naxals’ live), a large mansion (that’s where the bad guy stays), police chowkis, and a crumbling building which is meant to house a bank.
Blade Runner 2049 movie review: You will walk away impressed from 2049, mesmerised by its reimagining of Earth, delivered by the multiple Oscar-nominee cinematographer Roger Deakins. But you probably won't care much for this cold, radioactive, and fairly heartless, Earth.
Chef movie review: Saif Ali Khan's film has some interesting flavours. But 'Chef' feels derivative, and is a late coming of age tale of Peter-Pan-like adults. And that's got to do with the uneven writing. It is a good-looking film, with good-looking people only.
A bold attempt, Bejoy Nambiar-Dulquer Salmaan's Solo works at places and fails to translate the grandeur in thought on to the screen continuously. The film is, however, visually enticing with a lot of small references painstakingly woven into the tales. Here's our review.
Tu Hai Mera Sunday movie review: Arjun (Barun Sobti) is a charmer who has chucked the fast track corporate maze to explore other ways, and whose chance encounter with a shaky old man (Shiv Subramanyam) and his attractive daughter Kavi (Shahana Goswami) gets this thing rolling.
Victoria and Abdul movie review: Unfortunately, as told by this film, through Ali Fazal whose Abdul is as two-dimensional as a cardboard, with as little insight into the man transported into an alien world, Victoria and Abdul plays out exactly like a fantasy.
Karuppan movie review: While Vijay Sethupathi is back with yet another good performance, Bobby Simhaa’s portrayal of Kathir deserves more laurels. Also thanks to director Panneer Selvam, we have a formidable heroine in the story. Here’s our review.
Ramaleela movie review: The curiosity to find similarities between the film and Dileep's real life, can keep you more engaged than the story unfolding on the big screen. Many characters written by director Arun Gopy is hard to buy even for a second.
American Made movie review: In American Made, Barry Seal, played by Tom Cruise, is a hot-shot young pilot, who smuggles Cuban cigars on the side, sometime in the 1970s. The CIA spots him, hires him to take pictures of Central America's Communist battlefields, flying really low and really risky.
CRD movie review: CRD’ is a strange mix of fact (tyrannical theatre gurus, natch) and fiction (several other elements within), real and not-real, or plain shimmering illusion. The film is refreshing in its willingness to go down paths less trodden.
Hara Hara Mahadevaki movie review: For a movie that has several comedians, Hara Hara Mahadevaki surprisingly fails with humour. The movie which was promoted as an adult comedy is liberally peppered with puns and innuendos. However, they don’t go beyond the usual ‘snake’ puns and ‘size’ jokes.
Varun Dhawan wades fully into both characters, and shows a nimble-footedness here and there. He is better at the broad, physical, crotch-lowering ‘gali ka gunda’, than the straight, subdued fella, and judging by the roars and claps of the mostly youthful crowd at the first-day, first-show, he knows it too.
Spyder movie review: Director AR Murguadoss introduces us to Sudalai (SJ Suryah) with a brutal crime that happens under Shiva's (Mahesh Babu) watch. Murguadoss's main protagonist and antagonist and the conflict between them look inspired from filmmaker Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight.
Kingsman The Golden Circle movie review: With drugs, piano and one kick-ass scene for recreation, at least Elton John is clearly having fun in this Matthew Vaughn directorial.
Haseena Parkar movie review: Shraddha Kapoor manages the young wife-and-mother part well enough, but her transition to the other side is never fully realized: she appears to be speaking her lines to order and the cheek-pads to add flesh to her jowls, and the deliberately heavier voice, is all put on.
Bhoomi movie review: Sanjay Dutt's face is kept in close-up for much of the film, and there is still power in it. This is an actor who can explode off the screen, given the right story. Maybe he needs something better told to vent his anger.
Parava movie review: Dulquer Salmaan, Shane Nigam, Zinil Zainudeen and others have done a great job in this Soubin Shahir directorial debut. Dulquer is seen in an extended cameo in the film produced by Amal Neerad.
Jai Lava Kusa movie review: First and major reason not to give Jai Lava Kusa a miss this weekend is the fact that for the first time fans will get to see Jr NTR play a triple role. Jr NTR has excelled at performing all three roles, while effortlessly switching between Jai, Lava and Kusa showing the stark contract in their characters.
Newton movie review: It’s rare that an Indian film uses dark comedy to make its points so effectively. ‘Newton’ could also, just as easily, have been called A Day In The Life Of The World’s Largest, Most Complex Democracy. Or, The Great Indian Electoral Circus. Rajkummar Rao is enjoying a purple patch.
American Assassin movie review: A better film would have done something with the fact that the man Mitch and Hurley end up fighting is a product of the very system that sets people like them out into the world, to ask no questions and do all the bidding. However, American Assassin has little time for such ruminations
Lucknow Central movie review: It is the supporting cast which is spot on, especially Rajesh Sharma and Deepak Dobriyal. But more than anything else, it is the mawkish sentimentality which overcomes the story-telling.
Simran movie review: Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut drives from the front seat, keeping her feet firmly on the accelerator, and everyone else in the cast follows.
Magalir Mattum movie review: Magalir Mattum is a film about three college friends who meet each other after a long period. Directed by Bramma, the film stars Oorvasi, Bhanupriya, Saranya Ponvannan and Jyothika.
Thupparivaalan movie review: Mysskin's 'Thupparivaalan' is heavily indebted to Sherlock Holmes series in terms of its settings. The director has been unapologetic in borrowing the characters from the world famous detective series and has tried to make them his own.
One Heart: The AR Rahman Concert Film review: The documentary hardly moves away from the stage, where some of the brightest minds in the world of music are at work exploring the various possibilities and delivering more enthralling versions of Rahman's evergreen songs.
IT movie review: What saves the film from collapsing is the acting by the children, who are effortlessly natural, whether they are just being boys or just being scared kids. As the object of their combined admiration, but with horrors of her own Lillis is both boldly aware and heartbreakingly fragile.
Sameer movie review: Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, whom we’ve seen earlier this year in Tubelight, makes a meal of his young college student forced into a difficult situation not of his making.
Poster Boys movie review: Whenever the plot feels like it, it picks up on Sunny Deol’s punchy dialogues from his past films. This really tired device only serves to remind us of a time when Sunny made watchable films.
Daddy movie review: The Arjun Rampal starrer has a thickly-populated circuitous plot, which goes back and forth in time, which comes in the way of a solid crime thriller cum study of the making of a gangster.
Adam Joan movie review: The film helmed by Jinu Abraham starring Prithviraj, Bhavna and Narein looks beautiful on screen. But the picturesque visuals isn’t backed with a story that is as engaging.