Movie Review

  • 'Singham Returns' review: The predictable story tires you out eventually 4 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...
  • '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...
  • 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...
  • Watch: This hilarious review of 'Prem Aggan' explains how the movie had the maximum exercise and innuendos ever! July 24, 2014

    Not everyone has had the esteemed privilege of watching Fardeen Khan's debut movie 'Prem Aggan'. Nobody knew the movie was full of 'exercise', innuendos, and the least acting ever (this we knew) until this extremely hilarious review opened our eyes. YouTube star Kanan Gill shared a review of the movie...
  • 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...
  • '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...
  • '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'. ...
  • '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. ...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Humshakals', 'Chef' June 21, 2014

    This week on Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews Saif Ali Khan and Riteish Deshmukh starrer Humshakal's and Jon Favreau 'Chef'. He also speaks to actors Sidharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor about their forthcoming movie 'Ek Villain'. ...
  • '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;...