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  • Watch: Rajeev Masand reviews 'Super Nani', 'Gone Girl' January 12, 1411

    In this week's episode of 'Now Showing', Rajeev Masand reviews two movies 'Super Nani' and 'Gone Girl'. ...
  • 'Super Nani' review: Its earnestness will appeal anyone who likes to be spoon-fed moral science lessons -946809034 minutes ago

    Cast: Rekha, Sharman Joshi, Randhir Kapoor Director: Indra Kumar If I had a swig of Scotch for each time someone tells Rekha that she belongs in the kitchen, I'd be very drunk watching Super Nani. Come to think of it, that just might be the ideal condition under which to take in...
  • 'Gone Girl' review: A gripping, handsomely mounted film -1010975434 minutes ago

    Director: David Fincher Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris It's hard to think of a director better suited to bring Gillian Flynn's deliciously twisty bestseller to the screen than David Fincher. Having gravitated consistently towards deeply cynical stories, he has explored the more unsettling elements of human nature with a...
  • 'Happy New Year' review: If indulgences were trimmed, this might have been a more enjoyable film 1 week ago

    Director: Farah Khan Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Vivaan Shah, Sonu Sood You'll find yourself chuckling and cringing alternately while watching Happy New Year, in which director Farah Khan skillfully sets up a heist plot against an international dance competition scenario. It's a curious premise, and Farah...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'What If', 'The Judge', 'Sex Tape' and 'Sonali Cable' October 18, 2014

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN IBN Movies Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'What If', 'The Judge', 'Sex Tape' and 'Sonali Cable'....
  • 'What If' review: It's a pleasing watch with many charming moments October 17, 2014

    Cast: Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan Directed by: Michael Dowse Twenty-five years since writer Nora Ephron and director Rob Reiner got us to ponder over that inevitable question - Can men and women ever just be friends without sex getting in the way? - comes What If. This enjoyable although far-from-groundbreaking...
  • 'The Judge' review: It's a simple story crammed with too many subplots and distractions October 17, 2014

    Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio Director: David Dobkin 'The Judge', produced by and starring Robert Downey Jr, is the kind of bloated film that might have benefited from a few judicious rewrites. It's a simple enough story crammed with too many subplots and distractions that...
  • 'Sex Tape' review: Overlong and unnecessary, the film will give you a headache October 17, 2014

    Director: Jake Kasdan Cast:Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz, Rob Corddry Only weeks ago a bunch of female celebrities, including Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, woke up to discover that their phones had been hacked and their most private pictures leaked on the Internet. Not surprisingly, a common reaction from those who commented on the...
  • 'Sonali Cable' review: The film has got its moments, but they're few and far between October 17, 2014

    Cast: Rhea Chakraborty and Ali Fazal Directed by: Charudutt Acharya Leaping across rooftops (think Spider-man, but without the web-slinging abilities) to fix snapped wires and connections, linking the neighborhood through a maze of criss-crossing overhead cables, Sonali Tandel (Rhea Chakraborty), the protagonist of Sonali Cable, is a hard-working, self-made entrepreneur whose local...
  • 'Annabelle' review: A spine-tingling horror movie despite an unconvincing climax November 12, 1410

    Director: John R Leonitti Cast: Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard The idea of an evil doll as a trigger for a horror story has been adequately exploited in Child's Play and its many Chucky sequels. In Annabelle the creepy possessed doll from last year's The Conjuring gets its own origin story. ...
  • 'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami' review: Well-intentioned message movie about the value of honesty November 12, 1410

    Director: Ravindra Gautam Cast: Anupam Kher, Neha Dhupia Buried beneath the farcical humor, melodramatic performances and manipulative tear-jerking in Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami is a well-intentioned message movie about the value of honesty. The film is positioned as a satire about politics and corruption, and Rahil Qazi's script makes veiled references to...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Haider' and 'Bang Bang' October 4, 2014

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN IBN Movies Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Haider' and 'Bang Bang'. He also talks to Tamil superstar Vikram about the role he plays in his upcoming movie 'I'. ...
  • 'Bang Bang' review: The film isn't unwatchable but certainly tests your patience -469382794 minutes ago

    Director: Siddharth Anand Cast: Katrina Kaif, Hrithik Roshan Bang Bang has two gorgeous leads, some eye-popping stunt scenes, a slew of beautiful locales, and pretty hummable music. It would take an especially awful script and a truly incompetent director to deliver an unwatchable film out of those ingredients. Within the first ten minutes...
  • 'Haider' review: Solid, well-acted movie that deserves your time -437826634 minutes ago

    Director: Vishal Bhardwaj Cast: Tabu, Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Kay Kay Menon, Kay Kay Menon There's a sweeping, operatic quality to Haider, director Vishal Bhardwaj's robust staging of Hamlet against the troubled landscape of Kashmir at the peak of militancy in the mid-nineties. The ongoing insurgency, which has pitted militants and separatists...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Two night stand' and 'Deliver us from evil' September 27, 2014

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN IBN Movies Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Two Night Stand' and 'Deliver Us From Evil'. He also talks to 'Bang Bang' stars Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif about their experience while filming the movie....
  • 'Deliver Us From Evil' review: Some interesting themes at play but not explored with inventiveness September 26, 2014

    Cast: Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez and Olivia Munn Director: Scott Derrickson "Deliver Us From Evil" is supposedly inspired by true events, although you'll be hard pressed to guess what portions in this fairly routine demonic-possession film could possibly be rooted in reality. Director Scott Derrickson employs all the usual clichés of...
  • 'Two Night Stand' review: It's cutesy and inoffensive but also entirely forgettable September 26, 2014

    Cast: Miles Teller, Analeigh Tipton and Jessica Szohr Director: Max Nichols Some movies are perfectly watchable, just not compelling enough to make a trip to the cinema for. "Two Night Stand" is one of those films. It's your standard rom-com, featuring pleasant enough actors and a premise that sounds promising. But an...
  • 'DaawateIshq' review: The film is unmistakably bland September 20, 2014

    Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Parineeti Chopra Director: Habib Faisal Texture is everything, and writerdirector Habib Faisal is in on that secret. From the carpurchasing ambition of a middleclass school teacher's family in Do Dooni Chaar, to the rapidly expanding business plans of a pair of hardworking Janakpuri entrepreneurs in Band Baaja Baaraat...
  • 'Khoobsurat' review: For those seeking comfort in the familiar, it's a pretty satisfying watch September 20, 2014

    Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Fawad Khan and Ratna Pathak Director: Shashanka Ghosh The Disney logo at the start of Khoobsurat is a telling sign of what to expect from the film. This isn't so much a remake of the Hrishikesh Mukherjeedirected comedy starring Rekha, as it is a squeakyclean chickflick from the Mouse...
  • 'Creature 3D' review: The film fails spectacularly in getting the basics right September 13, 2014

    Cast: Bipasha Basu, Imran Abbas Naqvi Director: Vikram Bhatt Steven Spielberg famously explained that his decision to reveal as little of the shark as he possibly could, until one was twothirds into Jaws, helped escalate the audience's tension. After all, what really scares you is the stuff you can't see. Director Vikram...
  • 'Finding Fanny' review: Film starts off slowly but draws you into its drama September 13, 2014

    Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Kapur, Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor Director: Homi Adajania Five restless Goans, a ratty ol' Dodge, and an unfortunate cat...that's all the ingredients director Homi Adajania employs to whip up the lighthearted souffl that is Finding Fanny. Sprinkled liberally with uproarious humor, the film makes some rather...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Mary Kom' September 6, 2014

    In this episode of 'Now Showing', CNN IBN Movies Editor Rajeev Masand reviews Priyanka Choprastarrer Mary Kom. ...
  • 'Mary Kom' review: The film is watchable, but never great like it should've been September 8, 2014

    Cast: Priyanka Chopra Director: Omung Kumar In one scene in Mary Kom, Priyanka Chopra, playing the titular boxer, has just received a letter in the mail with promising news. Too excited to wait till her husband is out of the shower, she relays the information to him even as he cranks open...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Raja Natwarlal', 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles', 'Step Up: All In' August 30, 2014

    In this episode on Now Showing, CNNIBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Raja Natwarlal', 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles', 'Step Up: All In'. Also on the show, Masand talks to Bollywood actress Tabu on her upcoming film 'Haider'. ...
  • 'Raja Natwarlal' review: Interesting story told predictably, it leaves you bored out of your mind August 30, 2014

    Star Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Humaima Mallick, Kay Kay, Paresh Rawal, Deepak Tijori, Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub Director: Kunal Deshmukh I can think of a few things one could do to bide 2 hours and 20 minutes. Like catch reruns of Modern Family on television, speedread the new Chetan Bhagat bestseller so you don't...
  • 'Step Up: All In' review: Too much plot and less dancing defeats the film's very purpose August 30, 2014

    Cast: Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, and Adam G Sevani Director: Trish Sie With Step Up: All In, we've arrived at the fifth installment in the dancemovie franchise, although let's face it they really keep making the same movie over and over again. Sure the faces change, and they move...
  • 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' review: Bland, unimaginative, this film needn't have been made August 30, 2014

    Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, and William Fichtner Director: Jonathan Liebesman The question you'll likely ponder after watching the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is this: Who exactly is it meant for? The 30somethingyearolds who might be nostalgic about reconnecting with characters from their youth? Or kids themselves, unfamiliar...
  • 'Katiyabaaz' review: The film is a slice of life that will resonate with you August 23, 2014

    Cast: Ritu Maheshwari, Loha Singh Director: Deepti Kakkar, Fahad Mustafa When we go the movies, we long for a good story to unfold. It is a rare thing then to come away with the image of one unforgettable character. Katiyabaaz, an excellent documentary on the tangled power struggles in Kanpur in the...
  • 'The Expendables 3' review: With big names, the film is one noisy bore August 23, 2014

    Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li Director: Patrick Hughes The most impressive stunt in The Expendables 3 is stuffing so many former Alisters in the same frame. After all, how often do you see a film starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarznegger, Mel Gibson, Harisson Ford, Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas? Sadly,...
  • 'Mardaani' review: Reasonably short and minus songs, the film is consistently watchable August 23, 2014

    Cast: Rani Mukherjee, Jisshu Sengupta Director: Pradeep Sarkar As movie cops go, Mardaani's Shivani Shivaji Roy, played by Rani Mukerji, feels closer in spirit to Aamir Khan's straighttalking Ajay Rathod from Sarfarosh over largerthanlife supermen Chulbul Pandey or Bajirao Singham. This mostly gritty thriller directed by Pradeep Sarkar opens nicely and coasts...