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  • 'American Sniper' review: It is a blunt, uncomfortable and thought-provoking film January 16, 2015

    Cast: Bradley Cooper and Kyle Gallner Director: Clint Eastwood Bradley Cooper's measured performance in Clint Eastwood's American Sniper is one that stays with you. It burrows its way into a faraway corner of your consciousness and just stays there. For days. Cooper plays real-life Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, on whose memoir the...
  • 'Paddington' review: It's warm and full of affection; a film one shouldn't miss January 16, 2015

    Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters Director: Paul King Paddington, like some of the best children's films, is clever, funny, and likely to appeal as much to adults. Based on the popular children's books by Michael Bond, the film, about a small talking bear with a Marmalade habit, is in equal...
  • 'The theory of everything' review: The movie is worth a watch for the performances January 16, 2015

    Cast: Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones Director: James Marsh The Theory of Everything is an ordinary film about an extraordinary life. Director James Marsh takes a conventional approach to telling the complex life story of brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking, one of the most fascinating figures in modern history. The film's strength is...
  • 'I' review: There's a lesson in I for makers of masala movies January 16, 2015

    Cast: Vikram and Amy Jackson Director: Shankar The highly anticipated romantic thriller I from visionary Tamil director Shankar is a work of staggering ambition, somewhat weighed down by the filmmaker's own indulgence. Clocking in at a butt-numbing three hours and six minutes, the film works off a busy story that's centered on...
  • 'Alone' review: No more than two decent scares in this criminally uninspired film January 16, 2015

    Cast: Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover Director: Bhushan Patel Buried somewhere beneath all the shrieks and scares in the ominously titled horror film Alone is a black comedy straining to reveal itself. Think about it: one half of a pair of conjoined twins demands to be surgically cut off from her...
  • Ali Fazal: I wish I had done the role offered in 'Homeland' January 14, 2015

    Mumbai: Actor Ali Fazal, who participated in a drag race Aamby Valley City to promote 'Furious 7', is confident that he won't disappoint his fans with his appearance in the upcoming Hollywood action thriller movie. The new film in the popular 'Fast & Furious' franchise is all set for release April...
  • 'Taken 3' review: The film wastes your time and money January 9, 2015

    Cast: Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Famke Janssen, and Maggie Grace Director: Olivier Megaton In a recent interview while promoting the film, Liam Neeson said: "It would be insulting if someone got taken in Taken 3." Evidently the 62-year-old star of the money-grabbing action franchise is aware of just how ridiculous these...
  • 'Big Eyes' review: It's a film that keeps you riveted through its drama January 9, 2015

    Cast: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Jon Polito, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, and Terence Stamp Director: Tim Burton There's barely a trace of Tim Burton's signature elements in 'Big Eyes' - no Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter, no Gothic stylings, no creepy monsters - and yet, this true-life story about...
  • 'Tevar' review: It's an exhausting film January 9, 2015

    Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Manoj Bajpai Director: Amit Ravindernath Sharma 'Tevar', starring Arjun Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha, is an exhausting film. The kind that leaves you feeling like you've just run the marathon... but with none of the satisfaction, or the sense of achievement that comes with reaching the...
  • 'Unbroken' review: The film is respectable, competently directed, performed January 2, 2015

    Cast: Jack O'Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson Director: Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie's second film as director, Unbroken, is based on the amazing true-life story of former Olympic runner Louis Zamperini who spent two-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war during World War II. The film has enough plot to fill three full-length...
  • 'PK' review: It's a courageous film that sticks to Hirani's well-oiled formula December 19, 2014

    Director: Rajkumar Hirani Cast: Aamir Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Anushka Sharma Two films may be too few to base a theory on, but it does appear that in Aamir Khan and Rajkumar Hirani, Bollywood has found an actor/director pair committed to telling brave, relevant stories, the sort rarely tackled in mainstream popular...
  • Jessica Alba: I don't care about being a celebrity December 13, 2014

    London: Actress Jessica Alba says she does not care about her celebrity status. The 33-year-old 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' star said she would not mind if her celebrity status was ripped away from her one day because the actress feels she transformed into the person she is meant...
  • 'The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies' review: The film has awe, spectacle and some nice light-hearted moments December 12, 2014

    Director: Peter Jackson Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage It's hard not to be overcome with nostalgia while watching The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the last chapter in Peter Jackson's trilogy of The Lord of the Rings prequels, and the presumed end to his massively successful journey through...
  • 'Bhopal: A prayer for rain' review: There is a sense of drama in the final moments December 5, 2014

    Director: Ravi Kumar Cast: Mischa Barton, Martin Sheen, Warren Anderson, Rajpal Yadav This month, it will be exactly 30 years since the Bhopal gas tragedy, the world's biggest industrial disaster. In September, Warren Anderson died, without ever having faced trial in India for his role in the horrific catastrophe. Anderson was the...
  • 'Action Jackson' review: The film is an orgy of bloody fight scenes December 5, 2014

    Director: Prabhudheva Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Yami Gautam It takes a special kind of talent to make a film as awful as Action Jackson, so it should come as no surprise that it's been directed by Prabhudheva, the man who inflicted on us all kinds of pain that we otherwise refer...
  • 'Sulemani Keeda' review: The film is refreshingly authentic in its portrayal of friendship December 5, 2014

    Director: Amit Masurkar Cast: Naveen Kasturia, Mayank Tewari, Aditi Vasudev There's not much by way of a groundbreaking plot in debutant writer-director Amit Masurkar's Sulemani Keeda, but this tale of two struggling screenwriters seeking a break in Bollywood feels surprisingly astute. Anyone who's spent an evening hanging out at one of Versova's...
  • Watch: Masand reviews 'Ungli', 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay', 'Penguins of Madagascar' November 29, 2014

    In this episode, CNN-IBN Movies Editor Rajeev Masand reviews movies, 'Ungli', 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' and 'Penguins of Madagascar'. ...
  • 'Penguins of Madagascar' review: The movie feels surprisingly underwhelming November 28, 2014

    Director: Eric Darnell, Simon J Smith Cast: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights Despite their sidekick status in the three Madagascar movies the quartet of wisecracking penguins became such stars by virtue of their comic antics, it was only a matter of time before some smart-alec studio executive came up with the...
  • 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' review: The movie leaves with more question marks than full-stops November 28, 2014

    Director: Francis Lawrence Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth Not very much happens in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. The studio's decision to make two films from the final book in Suzanne Collins' bestselling trilogy may have made sense from a business point of view - hey, it worked...
  • 'Ungli' review: The movie moves along predictably with a lazy screenplay November 28, 2014

    Director: Renzil D'Silva Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Sanjay Dutt There's some good old fashioned earnestness at the core of writer-director Rensil D'silva's Ungli, but the film is so steeped in naiveté and trades in such simplistic solutions, it's as if you're listening to a Class V moral science lesson. Best...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Happy Ending', 'Dumb And Dumber To' November 22, 2014

    CNN-IBN Movies Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Happy Ending' and 'Dumb And Dumber To' in this episode of Now Showing. ...
  • 'Dumb and Dumber To' review: Film is overdependent on old gags November 21, 2014

    Director: Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels As many as six writers are credited with putting Dumb and Dumber To on the screen, and still there's no mistaking that stench of desperation and creative exhaustion that the film so badly reeks of. Sure I found myself laughing intermittently...
  • 'Happy Ending' review: A film that wants to be many things all at once November 21, 2014

    Director: Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Ileana, Kalki Koechlin, Ranvir Shorey Happy Ending, directed by Go Goa Gone's Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, is a neatly packaged piece of fluff pretending to be smarter than it actually is. This is cotton candy trying to pass off as caviar....
  • 'Garm Hava' review: It's a slice of our history that we can't ignore November 14, 2014

    Cast: Balraj Sahni, Farooq Shaikh, Dinanath Zutshi, Badar Begum, Geeta Siddharth, Shaukat Kaifi, AK Hangal Director: MS Sathyu MS Sathyu's 'Garm Hava' remains a potent and evocative study of the ramifications of Partition on the lives of ordinary, innocent people. Relevant even today, 41 years after it first released in 1973, the...
  • 'Boyhood' review: It's an emotionally affecting film with a big beating heart November 14, 2014

    Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke Director: Richard Linklater Life, as they say, is in the little details. Scrawling graffiti on the wall, poring over a lingerie catalogue, standing up to the bully in the school bathroom, going camping with dad, drinking beer for the first time. You get...
  • 'Kill Dil' review: It's not an unwatchable film November 14, 2014

    Cast: Govinda, Ranveer Singh, Ali Zafar, Parineeti Chopra Director: Shaad Ali 'Kill Dil', directed by Shaad Ali, starts off promisingly despite its hackneyed plot. The film stars Ranveer Singh as Dev, and Ali Zafar as Tutu; they're a pair of hardened shooters who work for Bhaiyaji, a grizzled don played by Govinda....
  • 'Nightcrawler' review: The film works best as a slick suspenseful thriller November 7, 2014

    Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton Director: Dan Gilroy There's a creepy, spine-chilling intensity to Jake Gyllenhaal's performance in 'Nightcrawler' that's hard to shake off even hours after you've watched the film. Literally transforming himself physically to look bug-eyed, pale, and wiry thin Gyllenhaal becomes Louis Bloom, an awkward...
  • 'Big Hero 6' review: You'll be chuckling throughout, and 95 minutes will fly by November 7, 2014

    Cast: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr, Génesis Rodríguez, TJ Miller, Daniel Henney, Maya Rudolph Director: Don Hall and Chris Williams It's virtually impossible to resist the charm of 'Big Hero 6', the new film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, at whose center is the touching relationship between...
  • 'Interstellar' review: A film that demands not just to be seen, but experienced November 7, 2014

    Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn Director: Christopher Nolan There is something to admire in virtually every frame of Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'. This is a film of soaring ambition, intimate and epic in equal measure; a bold cosmic adventure with plenty wide-eye moments. But it's...
  • 'The Shaukeens' review: A film not worth the price of a ticket November 7, 2014

    Cast: Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, Piyush Mishra and Lisa Haydon Director: Abhishek Sharma 'The Shaukeens', directed by Tere Bin Laden's Abhishek Sharma and written by Tigmanshu Dhulia, is really two films for the price of one. But sadly neither is worth the price of a ticket. You have the part based...