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  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Bhoothnath Returns', 'Rio 2' 5 days ago

    Rajeev Masand reviews Amitabh Bachchan-starrer 'Bhoothnath Returns' and 'Rio 2' in this episode of Now Showing. Watch the video for more reviews and an interview with Anne Hathaway and Andy Garcia on the making of 'Rio 2'. ...
  • 'Divergent' review: It's surprisingly dull and feels over-familiar 6 days ago

    Cast: Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet Director: Neil Burger Name this film. Somewhere in the post-apocalyptic future, a select batch of youngsters is put through life-threatening challenges as part of the rigid designs of a controlling society. But one teenage girl dares to defy the system and rebels against the government....
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Main Tera Hero', 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' April 5, 2014

    This week on Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Main Tera Hero' and 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'. He also talks to legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan about his film 'Bhootnath Returns'. ...
  • 'Main Tera Hero' review: The film is a series of forced contrivances April 4, 2014

    Cast: Varun Dhawan, Ileana D'Cruz, Nargis Fakhri Director : David Dhawan David Dhawan's comedies, the best of them, have been cheerfully low-IQ enterprises, constructed around predictable plot lines involving lookalike protagonists, mistaken identities, cheating husbands, and triangular love stories. When Dhawan was at the top of his game, one or...
  • 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' review: It delivers a bang for your buck April 4, 2014

    Cast: Chris Evans, Samuel L Jackson, Scarlett Johansson Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo The Winter Soldier isn't just a good film; it's a pretty terrific one. Are you surprised? Because I certainly was. Let's face it, Captain America is by far the dullest fella in the Marvel canon, blessed with...
  • 'Youngistaan' review: The film is unnecessarily stretched out March 28, 2014

    Star Cast: Jackky Bhagnani, Neha Sharma, Farooque Shaikh, Boman Irani Director: Syed Ahmad Afzal 'Youngistaan' starts off promisingly as a fish-out-of-water comedy about a carefree, 28-year-old who is thrown into the messy world of politics when, after the death of his father, he's roped in to replace him as Prime...
  • 'O Teri' review: The film is too shrill, too convoluted and too dumb March 28, 2014

    Cast: Pulkit Samrat, Bilal Amrohi, Sarah Jane Dias, Anupam Kher, Vijay Raaz, Mandira Bedi Director: Umesh Bisht It must take a special kind of talent to make a film as incoherent and inept as O Teri. I've seen eight-year-olds put up skits in their building compound that were more engaging...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Ankhon Dekhi' and 'Lakshmi' March 22, 2014

    This week on Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Ankhon Dekhi' and 'Lakshmi'. He also talks to author Nasreen Munni Kabir and actress Waheeda Rehman on the latter's biography. ...
  • 'Ankhon Dekhi' review: It is a flight of fancy March 22, 2014

    Cast: Sanjay Mishra, Rajat Kapoor Director: Rajat Kapoor Life is a medley of experiences, but are you savoring them or do you just go through the motions? Through the wonderfully whimsical Ankhon Dekhi, writer-director Rajat Kapoor shows us how the journey could be more meaningful if we lived life the...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Bewakoofiyaan' and '3 Days To Kill' March 15, 2014

    This week on Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Bewakoofiyaan' and '3 Days To Kill'. He also talks to actor Kangana Ranaut on the success of her recent film 'Queen'. ...
  • '3 Days To Kill' review: The film has a handful of inspired moments March 14, 2014

    Cast: Kevin Costner, Connie Nielson, Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard Director: McG There's a scene in Kevin Costner's new film, '3 Days To Kill', in which he rescues his teenage daughter from a bunch of boys trying to get fresh with her in the restroom of a nightclub. The image of...
  • 'Bewakoofiyaan' review: The film is lightweight, not lighthearted, with a dead duck script March 14, 2014

    Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Sonam Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Director: Nupur Asthana Buried somewhere beneath all the fluff in director Nupur Asthana's 'Bewakoofiyaan' is the kernel of an interesting idea - love in the time of recession. Set in the very believable world of upwardly mobile 20-something-year-olds, the film reflects a generation...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Queen', 'Gulaab Gang' and 'Total Siyapaa' March 8, 2014

    This week, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Queen', 'Gulaab Gang' and 'Total Siyapaa'. Also on the show, Bollywood actors Sonam Kapoor and Ayushmann Khurrana share their experience on working together in 'Bewakoofiyaan'. ...
  • Idol Chat: I didn't know Ayushmann personally, says sonam March 8, 2014

    Watch Bollywood actors Sonam Kapoor and Ayushmann Khurrana share their experience on working together in 'Bewakoofiyaan'. ...
  • 'Gulaab Gang' review: The film is muddled and forgettable March 7, 2014

    Cast: Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla Director: Soumik Sen In a key scene from Gulaab Gang, Madhuri Dixit's Rajjo leads a group of women dressed in pink saris and wielding lathis, sickles and axes to descend upon a band of thugs who're smuggling their village ration. Leaping through the air and...
  • 'Queen' review: Rare, disarming film that has you smiling throughout March 7, 2014

    Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Rajkumar Rao Director: Vikas Bahl There's a moment towards the end of Queen when our heroine Rani (Kangana Ranaut) sways on the edge of slipping back into her old life. She hesitates, the moment passes, and you feel Rani's sheer sense of liberation as she turns her...
  • Idol Chat: Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla on working together in 'Gulabi Gang' March 1, 2014

    Watch actresses Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla share their experience on working together in 'Gulabi Gang'. Also on the show, Madhuri sings a beautiful song from the film. ...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Shaadi Ke Side Effects', 'Nebraska' and 'Dallas Buyers Club' March 1, 2014

    This week, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Shaadi Ke Side Effects', 'Nebraska' and 'Dallas Buyers Club'. Also on the show, actresses Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla talk about their upcoming film Gulabi Gang. ...
  • 'Dallas Buyers Club' review: It is a poignant yet inspiring film February 28, 2014

    Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner Director: Jean-Marc Valley Matthew McConaughey has hardly given us reason to think of him as someone tipped to win an acting Oscar. But the star of such syrupy rom-coms as 'The Wedding Planner', 'How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days' and 'Failure...
  • 'Nebraska' review: It's a quietly moving film that'll stay with you February 28, 2014

    Cast: Bruce Dern, June Squibb, Will Forte Director: Alexander Payne 'Nebraska', directed by Alexander Payne, is one of my favorites of this year's Best Picture Oscar nominees. It's the kind of movie we don't often see at the cinemas because it's utterly simple, and because it's about real people who're...
  • 'Shaadi Ke Side Effects' review: It is predictable but hopelessly fun February 28, 2014

    Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Vidya Balan, Purab Kohli, Ila Arun, Ram Kapoor Director: Saket Chaudhury Early on in 'Shaadi Ke Side Effects', Sid (Farhan Akhtar) reveals his secret to avoiding confrontations with his wife Trisha (Vidya Balan): "When I'm in the wrong, I say sorry. When she's in the wrong, I...
  • Idol Chat: George Clooney talks about his directorial venture 'The Monuments Men' February 22, 2014

    This week on Now Showing, Rajeev Masand speaks to Director George Clooney on his directorial venture 'The Monuments Men'. The movie sees a band of ageing art experts venture to the front lines of World War II to recover important works of art stolen by the Nazis. It's a fascinating...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Highway', 'The Monuments Men' and 'Gulabi gang' February 22, 2014

    This week, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Highway', The Monuments Men' and 'Gulabi Gang'. Also on the show is a conversation with the director of 'The Monuments Men' George Clooney. ...
  • 'Gulabi Gang' review: It reminds the vulnerability of women in rural India February 21, 2014

    Director: Nishtha Jain Dressed in pink sarees and wielding lathis to dispense justice, the Gulabi Gang, a vigilante group of women in Bundelkhand in Northern India, have fascinated filmmakers ever since the group was founded in 2006 by Sampat Pal. Nishtha Jain's Gulabi Gang comes on the heels of British...
  • 'The Monuments Men' review: It requires nerves of steel to get through February 21, 2014

    Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban Director: George Clooney The Monuments Men, co-written and directed by George Clooney, sees a band of ageing art experts venture to the front lines of World War II to recover important works of...
  • 'Highway' review: It will tire you out well before it's over February 21, 2014

    Star Cast: Alia Bhatt, Randeep Hooda Director: Imtiaz Ali At one point in writer-director Imtiaz Ali's Highway, Alia Bhatt's character Veera, who has been kidnapped and taken hostage in the back of a truck, pops in an English music CD and begins gyrating to a tune in the middle of...
  • Now Showing: Rajeev Masand reviews 'Gunday', 'Her' February 15, 2014

    This week, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Gunday' and 'Her'. He also speaks to 'Shaadi Ke Side Effects' stars Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan. ...
  • 'Her' review: It's about a romance that feels painfully authentic February 14, 2014

    Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Scarlett Johansson Director: Spike Jonze Joaquin Phoenix plays a lonely introvert who falls in love with the voice in his computer in Her, written and directed by Being John Malkovich helmer Spike Jonze. The film's curious premise reminded me immediately...
  • 'Gunday' review: It's certainly a case of potential squandered February 14, 2014

    Cast: Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Irrfan, Saurabh Shukla, Pankaj Tripathi, Manu Rishi Director: Ali Abbas Zafar The nostalgia that Gunday evokes is unmistakably 70s Bollywood. From its best-friends-versus-the-world premise to clap-trap dialogues delivered with clenched teeth and flared nostrils, to the messy hand-to-hand fight scenes...the ingredients are certainly...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Hasee Toh Phasee', 'The Lego Movie', 'Saving Mr Banks' and 'Lone Survivor' February 8, 2014

    CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Hasee Toh Phasee', 'The Lego Movie', 'Saving Mr Banks' and 'Lone Survivor'. He also spoke to Bollywood directors Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap. ...

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'Rio 2' review: The film is predictable yet undeniably entertaining

"Rio 2" has neither the wit of "The Lego Movie", nor the classic appeal of "Frozen", yet it's a perfectly enjoyable sequel, bright and beautiful to look at, and set to a clutch of terrific tunes.