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  • 'While We're Young' review: A funny, sometimes bittersweet, and occasionally brutal look at ageing Yesterday

    Director: Noah Baumbach Cast: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, and Amanda Seyfried There's a distinct Woody Allen-esque vibe to writer-director Noah Baumbach's charming comedy 'While We're Young', which takes a funny, sometimes bittersweet, and occasionally brutal look at the inevitable reality that is ageing. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are Josh...
  • 'Gabbar is Back' review: It leaves you with the feeling of being pounded on head repeatedly Yesterday

    Director: Radhakrishna Jagarlamudi (Krish) Cast: Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Shruti Haasan, and Chitrangda Singh To everyone who thinks that movie critics have the best jobs in the world, I'd like to say only this - 'Gabbar is Back'. Sure, getting paid to watch movies for a living beats the hell out of...
  • 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' review: This is a bigger, louder and more action-packed sequel April 24, 2015

    It was never going to be easy to top the last film, so perhaps we shouldn't be too surprised that Avengers: Age of Ultron is something of a letdown. In 2012's The Avengers, Joss Whedon, writer and director, and lifelong fan of Marvel comics, shrewdly delivered a film that threw...
  • e Lounge: In conversation with the stars of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' April 23, 2015

    In this episode Rajeev Masand talks to stars Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo on their upcoming movie 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'. ...
  • Rajeev Masand in conversation with stars of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' April 22, 2015

    Rajeev Masand in conversation with Scarlett Johannson and Mark Ruffulo on their upcoming movie 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'. The stars talk about the big superhero franchise. ...
  • Between Takes: Mani Ratnam talks about 'Ok Kanmani' April 18, 2015

    Speaking excursively to CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand, filmmaker Mani Ratnam talks about his new Tamil release 'Ok Kanmani'. ...
  • Now Showing: Rajeev Masand reviews 'Mr X', 'Margarita with a straw', and 'Court' April 18, 2015

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN-IBN's Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Mr X', 'Margarita with a straw', and 'Court'. He also talks to filmmaker Mani Ratnam on his upcoming Tamil film 'Ok Kanmani'. ...
  • 'Court' review: The film is a biting commentary on society April 17, 2015

    If you haven't had a brush with the Indian legal system, you may picture courts with lawyers who breathe fire and brimstone, yelling "Milord!", "Tareeq pe tareeq!" or "This whole trial is out of order!" 28-year-old director Chaitanya Tamhane's National Award-winning Marathi film Court is the antithesis of the typical...
  • 'Mr X' review: It is a singularly humourless film April 17, 2015

    Emraan Hashmi is a young man who can turn invisible at will. Just think of all the cheeky possibilities that premise could throw up. Alas, it's not the route director Vikram Bhatt goes down in Mr X, a singularly humorless film that's sorely lacking in thrills, a coherent plot, and...
  • 'Margarita With A Straw' review: The film is unafraid to explore touchy themes like female desire and sexual drive of disabled people April 17, 2015

    Powered by a staggering performance from Kalki Koechlin as a 19-year-old with cerebral palsy, Margarita with a Straw is that rare Indian film that mostly eschews melodrama to give us an honest, sensitive portrait of disability, and the sexual awakening of an Indian teenager. Co-writer and director Shonali Bose tells...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy', 'Furious 7' April 4, 2015

    CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy' and 'Furious 7'. He also talks to director Sujoy Ghosh on the making of chilling scene in 'Kahaani'. ...
  • 'Furious 7' review: It has emotional depth with a touching finale April 3, 2015

    Directed: James Wan Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham For a while now, the 'Fast & Furious' films have made it clear that rules of logic, physics, or even gravity have little place in their universe. It's...
  • 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy' review: A film that deserves to be watched April 3, 2015

    Director: Dibakar Banerjee Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Anand Tiwari, Swastika Mukherjee 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy', directed by Dibakar Banerjee, is a moody thriller set in 1943 Calcutta that unravels at an unhurried pace. Loosely adapted from Bengali crime fiction writer Saradindu Bandopadhyay's enduring literary series, the film is intended as the origin story...
  • 'The Gunman' review: It attempts to blend social conscience with a revenge-themed plot but ends up getting muddled March 27, 2015

    Cast: Sean Penn, Jasmine Trinca, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone, Idris Elba, Mark Rylance Director: Pierre Morel Sean Penn's new film 'The Gunman' could well serve as an audition tape for the two-time Oscar-winning actor to merit a role in the next Expendables movie. At 54, Penn appears to be in the best...
  • Now Showing: Rajeev Masand reviews 'Hunterrr', 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel', and 'Cinderella' March 21, 2015

    In this episode of 'Now Showing', CNN-IBN's Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews Hashvardhan Kulkarni's 'Hunterrr' and two Hollywood releases 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel', and 'Cinderella'. ...
  • 'Cinderella' review: Kenneth Branagh delivers a full carnival-style orgy of colorful gowns, pirouetting princesses March 20, 2015

    Director: Kenneth Branagh Cast: Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi, Helena Bonham Carter Encouraged no doubt by the enormous success of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, and Maleficent, the revisionist take on Sleeping Beauty that starred Angelina Jolie as the misunderstood witch, Disney gives another one...
  • 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' review: It packs in more than it can comfortably handle in its two-hour running time March 20, 2015

    Director: John Madden Cast: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup, David Strathairn, Richard Gere You have to hand it to them; they didn't lie when they titled it 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'. This sequel to 2012's surprise hit, about a group of...
  • 'Hunterrr' review: It's promising but ultimately disappointing March 20, 2015

    Director: Hashvardhan Kulkarni Cast: Gulshan Devaiah, Radhika Apte More than a few young men will likely recognize themselves in snatches from the growing up years of Mandar Ponkshe, the protagonist of 'Hunterrr'. Skipping class to sneak into an adult film, gathering with friends outside a girls' school during lunch break, brushing up...
  • e Lounge: Dibakar Banerjee, Sushant Singh Rajput on their upcoming film 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshi' March 20, 2015

    Dibakar Banerjee and Sushant Singh Rajput talk about their upcoming film 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshi' which is set to release on April 3. ...
  • Now Showing: Rajeev Masand reviews 'NH10', 'Focus' and 'Chappie' March 14, 2015

    On this show of Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand review 'NH10', 'Focus' and 'Chappie'. Also on the show actor Ayushmaan Khurrana on his movies and success. ...
  • 'Chappie' review: It's derivative not fun March 13, 2015

    Director: Neill Blomkamp Cast: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Watkin Tudor Jones, Yolandi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman 'District 9' and 'Elysium' director Neill Blomkamp's latest film 'Chappie' has a distinctly recycled feel to it. I spent most of the film's running time picking out all the references to other...
  • 'Focus' review: A large part of the film you have a good time March 13, 2015

    Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro Will Smith's greatest strength as a movie star has always been his consummate charm, even if it did fail him in his last starring role, in the deathly dull sci-fi stinker After Earth. Thankfully, Big Willie brings his A-game to...
  • 'NH10' review: It's often terrifying on this highway, but you'll be glad you were there for the ride March 13, 2015

    Director: Navdeep Singh Cast: Anushka Sharma, Neil Bhoopalam 'NH10', directed by Navdeep Singh, is about a road trip that goes horribly wrong when a young married couple crosses paths with a gang of ruthless killers on the national highway. It's a standard genre movie on the surface, and Singh does a...
  • e Lounge Unwind: In conversation with actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui March 8, 2015

    On this episode of 'e-Lounge Unwind', Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui talks about his journey to stardom. Siddiqui talks about being true to his craft and on getting appreciation from the press. ...
  • Against The Sun' review: Little to admire in a film that is handsomely mounted but lazily scripted March 7, 2015

    Director: Brian Falk Cast: Garret Dillahunt, Tom Felton, Jake Abel 'Against the Sun' is the latest entry in the 'ocean survival movie' genre, which includes such superior films as 'Life of Pi', the Robert Redford starrer 'All is Lost', and even the recent Angelina Jolie-directed biopic 'Unbroken'. Based on a true-life...
  • 'Coffee Bloom' review: A weak brew having ingredients of a good drama March 7, 2015

    Director: Manu Warrier Cast: Arjun Mathur, Sugandha Garg, Mohan Kapur It's not often that a man gets closure in his life and in relationships through coffee, but Dev Anand Cariappa, the tortured protagonist of 'Coffee Bloom' somehow manages this feat. Directed by debutante Manu Warrier, the film is set in the plantations...
  • Now Showing: Rajeev Masand reviews 'Ab Tak Chhappan 2', 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha', and 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' February 28, 2015

    On this show of Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand review Ejaz Gulab directed 'Ab Tak Chhappan 2', Sharat Kataria directed 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha', and a Hollywood movie 'Kingsman: The Secret Service'. Also on the show Badlapur's director Sriram Raghavan takes on 'The Shawshank Redemption'. ...
  • 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' review: The film is a spectacle of cartoon violence and irreverent humor February 27, 2015

    Director: Matthew Vaughn Cast: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson Kingsman: The Secret Service is a spectacle of cartoon violence and irreverent humor; it's exactly the sort of wildly entertaining experience that we go to the movies for. This cheeky send-up of classic James Bond films cements director Matthew Vaughn's reputation...
  • 'Ab Tak Chhappan 2' review: The film is an entirely pointless sequel February 27, 2015

    Director: Ejaz Gulab Cast: Vikram Gokhale, Govind Namdeo, Gul Panag, Nana Patekar, Ashutosh Rana Ab Tak Chhappan 2 is an entirely pointless sequel, a film that has frankly no business to exist. It has neither plot nor relevance, and even at a running time of 1 hour and 41 minutes, it feels...
  • 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' review: It's a charming film that you really shouldn't miss February 27, 2015

    Director: Sharat Kataria Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanjay Mishra, Bhumi Pednekar, Vidushi Mehra The title Dum Laga Ke Haisha has a nice ring to it. These words, commonly chanted when doing any kind of physically strenuous work, evoke an affectionate nostalgia for a time gone by a time before mobile phones took over...