Masand Verdict

  • 'Kick' review: It has a mission to reinforce that Salman may be a bad boy but has a heart of gold 3 days ago

    Cast: Salman Khan,Jacqueline Fernandez and Randeep Hooda Director: Sajid Nadiadwala If you look really closely, you'll notice that the new Salman Khan starrer Kick is fashioned as a mirror to his own life. Directed by Sajid Nadiadwala, this is a movie on a mission. A mission to whitewash the actor's controversial personal...
  • 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' review: Whimsical, busy, irresistibly charming, an absolute must-watch 3 days ago

    Cast: Ralph Fiennes, F Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric Director: Wes Anderson Few modern filmmakers can claim to leave as distinct a stamp on their work as Wes Anderson. His cinematic style and visual language is so unique, you recognize it just moments into a film: the brightly colored dollhouse aesthetic of his...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Pizza', 'Begin Again' and 'Amit Sahni Ki List' July 19, 2014

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Pizza', 'Begin Again' and 'Amit Sahni Ki List'. ...
  • 'Begin Again' review: The film is enjoyable while it lasts but not memorable enough July 19, 2014

    Cast: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine Director: John Carney It is hard to repeat or even recreate the innocent charm of a film as terrific as 'Once'- a musical romance between an Irish busker and an immigrant flower-seller that unfolds almost entirely on the streets of Dublin- but this did...
  • 'Amit Sahni Ki List' review: Fresh, enjoyable but falls short due to director's conservative thinking July 19, 2014

    Cast: Vir Das, Vega Tamotia, Kavi Shastri, Natasha Rastogi, Anindita Nayar Director: Ajay Bhuyan 'Amit Sahni Ki List', there's a reason I'm deeply suspicious of Bollywood rom-coms; they tend to start off promisingly but almost always lose direction around the halfway mark. The quirky humor you enjoyed so much vanishes shortly after...
  • 'Pizza' review: This 'pizza' is stale July 19, 2014

    Cast: Akshay Oberoi, Parvathy Omanakuttan, Dipannita Sharma Director: Akshay Akkineni Both thrills and logic are in short supply in 'Pizza', remake of the 2012 Tamil super-hit about a timid pizza delivery boy and the repercussions of his supposed brush with the supernatural. The fault lies not in the fact that director Akshay...
  • 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' review: A blockbuster which offer big thrills July 12, 2014

    Cast: Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Toby Kebbell, Keri Russell Director: Matt Reeves A machine-gun wielding angry ape, charging on horseback, spraying bullets at his human adversaries...it's one of those images that'll likely stay with you long after you've watched 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes', the terrific sequel...
  • 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania' review: With two terrific leads, the film works despite employing every predictable trope July 12, 2014

    Cast: Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Ashutosh Rana and Siddharth Shukla Director: Shashank Khaitan In the very opening credits sequence of 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania', the film's hero, played by Varun Dhawan, is seen getting teary eyed as he catches the umpteenth rerun of 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' on television. Directed by debutant...
  • 'The Fault In Our Stars' review: Smart, caustic, funny, this love story will bring you to tears July 5, 2014

    Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell and Willem Dafoe Director Josh Boone 'The Fault in Our Stars', a love story between two dying teenagers, opens with a voiceover from its leading lady Shailene Woodley, promising that this isn't your typical melodrama that "sugarcoats" the hard bits or...
  • 'Lekar Hum Deewana Dil' review: You will be bored out of your mind July 5, 2014

    Cast: Armaan Jain and Deeksha Seth Director: Arif Ali Remember 'Saathiya', in which Vivek Oberoi and Rani Mukherjee played young sweethearts who elope and marry, only to find themselves constantly bickering and regretting their hasty decision? Now take that film and drain out the crackling chemistry of its leads, wipe out every...
  • 'Bobby Jasoos' review: Film disappoints, but Vidya shines once again July 5, 2014

    Cast: Vidya Balan, Ali Fazal, Supriya Pathak, Rajendra Gupta and Tanvi Azmi Director: Samar Shaikh From a bearded old maulvi in the film's opening scene, to a beggar, a bangle-seller, a giant-bosomed TV show producer, even a buck-toothed and balding palm reader, Vidya Balan assumes multiple disguises for her role as an...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews ' Ek Villain' and ' Transformers: Age of Extinction' June 28, 2014

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Ek Villain' and 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'. ...
  • Now Showing: Rajeev Masand reviews ' Transformers: Age of Extinction' June 28, 2014

    This week on Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews Mark Wahlberg and Joshua Joyce starrer 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'. ...
  • Now Showing: Rajeev Masand reviews ' Ek Villain' June 28, 2014

    This week on Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews Siddharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor starrer 'Ek Villain'. ...
  • 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' review: Despite script holes, hammy acting, it is a step up from the last film June 27, 2014

    Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Joshua Joyce, Harold Attinger, Tessa Yeager Director: Michael Bay More than anything else, you'll wish you'd carried a cushion to watch 'Transformers: Age of Extinction', the noisy fourth entry in Michael Bay's robots-versus-robots film series, which clocks in at a butt-punishing 165 minutes. To be fair, 'Age of Extinction'...
  • 'Ek Villain' review: Moderately fulfilling, the film's real villain is a lousy script June 28, 2014

    Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor and Ritesh Deshmukh Director: Mohit Suri Five minutes into Mohit Suri's 'Ek Villain', and a major character is killed off. Great way to get your attention. The rest of the film is divided between flashbacks of a charming love story, and a somewhat unconvincing revenge mission. ...
  • 'Chef' review: This surprisingly fresh film will have you drooling into your popcorn June 21, 2014

    Cast: Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey, Jr. Director: Jon Favreau There's not a lot by way of story in Iron Man director Jon Favreau's 'Chef', but this is nonetheless a pleasant comedy that'll have you drooling into your popcorn, then rushing...
  • 'Humshakals' review: A ruptured appendix will hurt less than this singularly unfunny film June 21, 2014

    Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Ram Kapoor, Tamannaah Bhatia, Bipasha Basu, Esha Gupta Director: Sajid Khan Years ago when I was in my twenties, I woke up one night with an unbearable pain that was later diagnosed as a kidney stone. The damn thing had lodged itself somewhere in my intestines,...
  • 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' review: It is that rare sequel which forges ahead with new ideas June 14, 2014

    Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill Director: Dean DeBlois There's a lot going on in 'How To Train Your Dragon 2', which picks up five years after the events of the earlier film. No longer a threat to the people of Berk, dragons and humans now live...
  • 'Fugly' review: The film is neither thrilling nor stirring June 14, 2014

    Cast: Jimmy Shergill, Mohit Marwah, Kiara Advani, Vijender Singh and Arfi Lamba Director: Kabir Sadanand "Yeh Fugly Fugly kya hai?" goes the title song of director Kabir Sadanand's muddled film. It's also a question you ask yourself repeatedly as you leave the cinema after a viewing, still baffled by the wildly inconsistent...
  • 'Grace of Monaco' review: The film looks gorgeous but is a plodding bore June 14, 2014

    Cast: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Milo Ventimiglia, Derek Jacobi and Paz Vega Director: Olivier Dahan 'Grace of Monaco' stars Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman as Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly, who left Hollywood to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco in the 1950s. Kidman is a fine choice to play Grace;...
  • 'Edge of Tomorrow' review: It's a refreshingly smart sci-fi action film that's more than just special effects June 7, 2014

    Cast: Tom Cruise Director: Doug Liman The idea that one must relive the most difficult day of one's life over and over again doesn't sound like much fun, does it? Yet it makes for a terrific movie premise, as is clear from the new Tom Cruise starrer, Edge of Tomorrow. Directed by...
  • 'Holiday' review: There is a consistent slickness in action scenes and occasional suspense too June 7, 2014

    Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Govinda Director: AR Murgadoss In an important scene in Holiday, Akshay Kumar, playing a military secret agent, assembles a squad of eleven army men, and together they follow around a band of terrorists through the crowded city, tracking their every move. Akshay and his team keep a...
  • 'The Raid 2' review: It delivers thrilling scenes of pulse-racing violence with relish and energy May 31, 2014

    Cast: Arifin Putra, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad, Tio Pakusadewo, Oka Antara, and Cecep A Rahman Director: Gareth Evans 'The Raid 2', like its 2011 predecessor, is not everyone's cup of tea. That film about a squad of Jakarta cops who fight for their lives against a seemingly never-ending stream of heavily...
  • 'Maleficent' review: It is beset with an overly busy plot, abrupt changes in tone May 30, 2014

    Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Imelda Staunton Director: Robert Stromberg Putting a revisionist spin on one of its own animated hits, Disney places the wicked witch front and centre in Maleficent, revealing the real reason she put a curse on the innocent princess in Sleeping Beauty. Decked out in flowing...
  • 'Citylights' review: Not a bad film by any measure, but it does feel repetitive and long May 31, 2014

    Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Patraleka and Manav Kaul Director: Hansal Mehta Deepak Singh, the character Rajkummar Rao plays in Hansal Mehta's 'Citylights' is one you recognize immediately. The small-town poverty-stricken Indian, desperate to make a better life for his family. The hopeful migrant who shows up in the big city, determined to change...
  • 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' review: There's a popcorn blockbuster quality to this emotional drama May 31, 2014

    Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart and Halle Berry Director: Bryan Singer It was never going to be easy to top Matthew Vaughn's crackling 2011 prequel 'X-Men: First Class', which rejuvenated the flailing X-Men movie series with a clever 60s-set origin story. But Bryan Singer, returning...
  • 'Kochadaiiyaan' review: This is kindergarten storytelling with noisy set pieces thrown in to hold your attention when the narrative doesn't May 31, 2014

    Cast: Rajinikanth, Deepika Padukone, Jackie Shroff and Nasser Director: Soundarya Rajinikanth Kochadaiiyaan, starring 64-year-old Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, isn't likely to be mentioned in the same breath as James Cameron's Avatar or Steven Spielberg's Tintin film, although it was achieved using the same performance capture technology. The animation in Kochadaiiyaan is embarrassingly amateurish,...
  • 'Heropanti' review: Tiger Shroff is likeable and earnest but he deserved a better debut than this clunky film May 31, 2014

    Cast: Tiger Shroff, Kriti Sanon, Prakash Raj, Vikram Singh Director: Sabbir Khan In a not-particularly-significant moment in Heropanti, the film's leading lady is transfixed to her television set watching Maine Pyar Kiya. Ironically that love story from 1989, also featuring newcomers, still feels fresher and more sincere than many films made today,...
  • 'Million Dollar Arm' review: The film is solidly staged, inhabited with richly-drawn characters May 10, 2014

    Cast: Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma, Lake Bell and Alan Arkin Director: Craig Gillespie It's hard to the resist the charms of a film as decidedly feel-good as 'Million Dollar Arm', even if does hit every note and plot turn with brazen predictability. Based on the real-life efforts of...