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  • 'Singham Returns' review: The predictable story tires you out eventually 5 days ago

    Cast: Ajay Devgan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Amole Gupte Director: Rohit Shetty There isn't one quiet moment in Rohit Shetty's 'Singham Returns'. This sequel is an orgy of relentless action, shrill dialoguebaazi, and eardrum-shattering background music. And yet, buried somewhere under all that noise is a well-meaning - although misguided - story...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Entertainment', 'Guardians of the Galaxy', 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' August 9, 2014

    In this episode, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Entertainment', 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'The Hundred-Foot Journey'. He also talks to actors Ajay Devgn and Kareena Kapoor on their coming film 'Singham Returns'. ...
  • 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' review: This is comfort food for those who like their movies all warm and fuzzy August 9, 2014

    Cast: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon, Juhi Chawla Director: Lasse Hallström The first five minutes or so of 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' are so clunky you'd be forgiven for slumping in your seat despondently, writing off the film as another one of those clueless Hollywood productions determined to...
  • 'Guardians of the Galaxy' review: The film feels fresh and zany, impossibly hard to resist August 9, 2014

    Cast: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper Director: James Gunn Guardians of the Galaxy, based on one of the relatively lesser-known comic books in the Marvel canon, is a very different film from the Iron Man, Thor or Captain America movies. Unlike most superhero films today whose storylines and conflicts are inevitably...
  • 'Entertainment' review: The humour isn't just slapstick , it's also repetitive and lazy August 9, 2014

    Cast: Akshay Kumar, Tamannaah Bhatia and Ritesh Deshmukh Director: Sajid-Farhad Anyone who's ever got a bad review tends to believe that movie critics don't want to enjoy a film. That they go into a movie thinking of new and different ways to shred it to bits. That's not true I can assure...
  • e Lounge: Guardians of the Galaxy star Zoe Saldana shares her excitement on playing Gambora August 2, 2014

    Produced by Marvel Studios and directed by James Gunn, multi-starrer Guardians of the Galaxy is all set to release in the Indian subcontinent on the August 8. In an interview with CNN IBN's in-house film critic Rajeev Masand, Zoe Saldana who plays the role of assassin Gambora, shares her experience...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Lucy', 'Hercules' and '22 Jump Street' August 2, 2014

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Lucy', 'Hercules' and '22 Jump Street'. He also talks to actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui on the negative role played by him in the commercial film 'Kick' opposite Salman Khan. ...
  • Idol Chat: Nawazuddin Siddiqui on his role in the movie 'Kick' August 2, 2014

    CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand speaks to actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui as his movie 'Kick' hits theatres. With his new film he has touched new heights of commercial success. "Playing a bad guy is more fun," said Siddiqui. ...
  • 'Lucy' review: It's a royal mess that one cannot make sense of August 7, 2014

    Cast: Scarlett Johansson Director: Luc Besson Luc Besson, the director of such films as La Femme Nikita, Leon: The Professional and The Fifth Element, knows a thing or two about creating iconic female action heroes. His latest, Lucy, is another stab at a high-concept action movie with a tough chick at its...
  • '22 Jump Street' review: The movie is wildly entertaining, hilarious and cleverly written August 7, 2014

    Cast: Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum Director: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill return as a pair of unlikely, bumbling cops in 22 Jump Street, one of those rare comedy sequels that succeeds in delivering even more laughs than its winning original. Returning directors Phil Lord and Christopher...
  • 'Hercules' review: The film is watchable and occasionally good fun too August 7, 2014

    Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Reece Ritchie, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Joseph Fiennes and John Hurt Director: Brett Ratner Die-hard fans of Gladiator and 300 would do well to stay away from director Brett Ratner's Hercules, a trashy swords-and-sandals saga based on the brawny titular hero of Greek mythology. Ratner possesses neither Ridley Scott's refined...
  • Film Stripped: Critics Rajeev Masand, Deepanjana Pal, Mihir Fadnavis tell us why 'Kick' fails to deliver July 26, 2014

    Three critics in a free-wheeling chat about this week's big new Bollywood release. CNN-IBN's Rajeev Masand and Firstpost.com's Deepanjana Pal and Mihir Fadnavis talk about the new Salman Khan starrer 'Kick' in the inaugural edition of 'Film Stripped'. In coming weeks, the trio will talk about the challenges involved in...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Kick', 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' July 25, 2014

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Kick' and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'. ...
  • 'Kick' review: It has a mission to reinforce that Salman may be a bad boy but has a heart of gold August 7, 2014

    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 August 7, 2014

    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 August 7, 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...
  • e Lounge: In conversation with Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt July 13, 2014

    In an interview to CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand, Bollywood actors Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt talk about their film 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania'. Also, on the show Varun Dhawan talks about his college days. ...
  • Watch: Zoe Saldana talks about her upcoming movie 'Guardians Of The Galaxy July 12, 2014

    'Star trek' and the 'Avatar' actor Zoe Saldana speaks to CNN Ibn entertainment editor Rajeev Masand on her upcoming movie 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'. ...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania', 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' July 12, 2014

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania' and 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'. He also speaks to actor Riteish Deshmukh over the success of 'Ek Villain' and over his upcoming projects. ...
  • 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' review: A blockbuster which offer big thrills August 7, 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...
  • Idol Chat: AR Rahman talks about his music in 'Lekar Hum Deewana Dil' July 5, 2014

    Musician and Indian composer AR Rahman talks about his upcoming film 'Lekar Hum Deewana Dil'. Speaking to CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand he tells how different this film's music has been from the rest. ...
  • '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...
  • e Lounge Unwind: In coversation with AR Rahman July 3, 2014

    In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand, two-times Academy and Grammy award winner AR Rahman talks about 'Lekar Hum Deewana Dil' in which he has composed music. ...
  • 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'. ...