Masand Verdict

  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Bhoothnath Returns', 'Rio 2' 12-04-2014 11:06 AM

    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'. ...
  • 'Rio 2' review: The film is predictable yet undeniably entertaining 11-04-2014 10:34 PM

    Director: Carlos Saldanha "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. Like its 2011 predecessor, it's a charming and cheerful film that...
  • 'Divergent' review: It's surprisingly dull and feels over-familiar 11-04-2014 10:32 PM

    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....
  • 'Bhoothnath Returns' review: The film works as it has a heart 11-04-2014 10:30 PM

    Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Parth Bhalerao, Boman Irani Director: Nitesh Tiwari Its release shrewdly timed just as the nation goes to polls, "Bhoothnath Returns" casts a satirical eye on the messy business of Indian politics and the workings of election campaigns. The twist, of course, is that it's a 60-something-year-old invisible...
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    Rajeev Masand says 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' delivers a bang for your buck. What do you say? Write your review and win prizes. ...
  • 'Main Tera Hero' review: The film is a series of forced contrivances 04-04-2014 10:33 PM

    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 04-04-2014 10:28 PM

    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...
  • Write your review: 'Youngistaan'

    Rajeev Masand says 'Youngistaan' is unnecessarily stretched out. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes ...
  • Write your review: 'O Teri'

    Rajeev Masand says 'O Teri' is too shrill, too convoluted and too dumb. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes ...
  • 'Youngistaan' review: The film is unnecessarily stretched out 28-03-2014 10:40 PM

    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...
  • 'Lakshmi' review: It is weighed down by its 'standard-issue' treatment 22-03-2014 10:29 AM

    Cast: Monali Thakur, Satish Kaushik, Shefali Shetty, Ram Kapoor Director: Nagesh Kukunoor In Lakshmi, writer-director Nagesh Kukunoor takes the unfortunate true story of an underage girl sold off to the flesh trade, and delivers a deliberately disturbing film that's often hard to watch. It's a tricky slope, films about exploitation...
  • 'Ankhon Dekhi' review: It is a flight of fancy 22-03-2014 09:26 AM

    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...
  • Really Tough Movie Quiz (March 21)

    In Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor) offers Avi (Aditya Roy Kapoor) monetary help to save his bar from shutting down. How much money...
  • Write your review: 'Total Siyapaa'

    Rajeev Masand says 'Total Siyapaa' is a premise ripe with comic potential. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes. ...
  • Write your review: 'Queen'

    Rajeev Masand says 'Queen' is that rare, disarming film that has you smiling throughout. What do you say? Write your review and win prizes ...
  • Write your review: 'Gulaab Gang'

    Rajeev Masand says 'Gulaab Gang' is muddled and forgettable. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes. ...
  • 'Queen' review: Rare, disarming film that has you smiling throughout 07-03-2014 10:05 PM

    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...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Highway', 'The Monuments Men' and 'Gulabi gang' 22-02-2014 02:26 PM

    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 21-02-2014 10:43 PM

    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 21-02-2014 10:40 PM

    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 21-02-2014 10:32 PM

    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...
  • 'Her' review: It's about a romance that feels painfully authentic 14-02-2014 11:05 PM

    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 14-02-2014 11:00 PM

    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...
  • 'Hasee Toh Phasee' review: Despite its problems, it's pretty good fun 07-02-2014 10:35 PM

    Cast: Parineeti Chopra, Sidharth Malhotra Director: Vinil Matthew A young man finds himself drawn to his fiancee's sister in the days leading up to his wedding. That ghisa pita formula gets a fresh coat of paint in ad-filmmaker Vinil Matthew's feature debut, 'Hasee Toh Phasee', a not-always-convincing but seldom boring...
  • 'I, Frankenstein' review: The film is silly beyond belief 31-01-2014 10:31 PM

    Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto, Yvonne Strahovski Director: Stuart Beattie The story of Frankenstein's monster has had many incarnations on screen, but perhaps none as clunky as I, Frankenstein, in which the stitched-up soulless creature is presented as a superhero of sorts. Aaron Eckhart stars as mad scientist...
  • 'One By Two' review: The film seldom offers scenarios that are refreshingly original 31-01-2014 10:30 PM

    Cast: Abhay Deol, Preeti Desai, Lillete Dubey, Rati Agnihotri, Preetika Chawla, Geetika Tyagi, Darshan Jariwala Director: Devika Bhagat The two protagonists in One By Two - a software guy (Abhay Deol) and a dancer (Preeti Desai) - don't meet until the very last scene of the film. It's an usual...
  • '12 Years A Slave' review: The film breathes with reality 31-01-2014 10:30 PM

    Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedit Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Lupita Nyong'o, Brad Pitt Director: Steve McQueen There are enough scenes of brutal violence in 12 Years a Slave to make your skin crawl. But few are as disturbing and as genuinely shocking as one in which a black...
  • 'Jai Ho' review: The film is of a man who lets his fists do the talking 24-01-2014 10:30 PM

    Cast: Salman Khan, Daisy Shah, Mohnish Behl, Danny Denzongpa, Tabu, Genelia D'Souza, Mahesh Manjrekar, Nadira Babbar, Ashmit Patel, Aditya Pancholi, Suniel Shetty, Varun Badola, Nauheed Cyrusi, Tulip Joshi Director: Sohail Khan Salman Khan goes into messiah mode as he rescues innocent children from a terrorist outfit, returns a kidnapped baby...
  • 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' review: The film chronicles more or less Mandela's life 24-01-2014 10:11 PM

    Cast: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgorge, Riaad Moosa, Jamie Bartlett, Terry Pheto, Gys de Villiers and Robert Hobbs. Director: Justin Chadwick Very often the problem with movies about great people is that they become such reverential portraits that they rob their subjects of their very humanness. That's certainly true...
  • 'American Hustle' review: It's possibly the most fun you will have at the movies in a long, long time 18-01-2014 11:39 AM

    Cast: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner Director: David O' Russell From the opening minutes of American Hustle, you get a sense of the unconventional tone of this story. There's Christian Bale, unrecognizable as the paunchy owner of a dry-cleaning business, doing an elaborate comb-over by...