Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe
Director: Zack Snyder
What I missed more than anything else in 'Man of Steel' is the old-school humour and charm of the 1978 Superman film, starring Christopher Reeve, that many of us grew up watching. The new reboot, directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan, is a mostly somber affair - which shouldn't really be surprising if you think about it, given that neither is known for his lightness of touch. Both, in fact, take their comic book culture very seriously. So don't expect a quick dash into the phone booth, or a cat that needs rescuing from a tree. No! Our hero doesn't even put on the suit until well over an hour into the movie.
The film's overlong prologue sees Superman's father Jor-El (Russell Crowe) face off against General Zod (Michael Shannon) on Krypton. Their planet is on the verge of destruction, and Jor-El dispatches his infant son Kal-El to Earth, narrowly avoiding the clutches of Zod, who vows revenge even as he takes Jor-El's life. Far from dazzling us with its Avatar like beasts and otherworldly production design, this early sequence is weighed down by some incoherent babble about a Kryptonian codex....more
11:40 PM, Jun 14, 2013
Cast: Pulkit Sharma, Varun Sharma, Richa Chadda Director: Mrigdeep Singh Lamba Four slackers in Delhi seeking fast cash make a deal with a ruthless don. But when things go wrong, as they inevitably do, they must pay the price for it. That familiar premise gets a fresh coat of paint in 'Fukrey', with co-writer and director Mrighdeep Singh Lamba putting a new spin on some old clichs. Yet, while individual...
11:38 PM, Jun 14, 2013
Rajeev Masand says 'Man of Steel' is worth a watch. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes.
11:36 PM, Jun 14, 2013
Rajeev Masand says 'Fukrey' is a moderately entertaining film. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes.
11:32 PM, Jun 14, 2013
Rajeev Masand says 'Atfer Earth' feels unending and uninspired. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes.
10:47 PM, Jun 07, 2013
Rajeev Masand says 'Yamla Pagla Deewana 2' is overlong and repetitive. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes.
10:46 PM, Jun 07, 2013
Cast: Will Smith, Jaden Smith Director: M Night Shyamalan Clearly intended as a vanity project to showcase his 14-year-old son Jaden's action-hero skills, 'After Earth', conceived and produced by Will Smith, is part-sci-fi, part cautionary tale, yet always a snooze-fest. It doesn't help that director M Night Shyamalan, far out of his comfort zone of twisty thrillers, sucks the film dry of any potential for humor, and delivers what is...
10:34 PM, Jun 07, 2013
Cast: Dharmendra, Bobby Deol, Sunny Deol, Anupam Kher, Neha Sharma Director: Sangeeth Sivan It's not even a key moment in the film, but the image of Dharmendra and an orangutan riding a scooter, swaying joyously to the tune of 'Yeh dosti hum nahin todenge', is a fair representation of the standard of comedy in 'Yamla Pagla Deewana 2'. This intentionally harebrained sequel sees the Deols reprise their characters from the...
10:30 PM, Jun 07, 2013
Rajeev Masand reviews Ranveer Kapoor, Deepika Padukone starrer 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' and 'The Hangover Part III' ...
04:28 PM, Jun 01, 2013
Cast: Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, John Goodman, Ken Jeong Director: Todd Phillips There's no way any fan of the first 'Hangover' film can honestly claim that 'The Hangover Part III' is as much fun. There are a few good laughs to be found in the new film, but it's not nearly as outrageous as the 2009 original. In an effort perhaps to please all those who...
11:13 PM, May 31, 2013
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin, Aditya Roy Kapur, Madhuri Dixit Director: Ayan Mukerji How much you enjoy 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' depends entirely on how much you've missed the typical Karan Johar formula. 'Wake Up Sid' director Ayan Mukerji takes us on a familiar journey through holiday romances, family conundrums, and big fat Indian weddings. It's predictable every step of the way, but Mukerji has a superb cast...
11:08 PM, May 31, 2013
Rajeev Masand says 'The Hangover Part III' is a twist-filled storyline that ensures that you're seldom bored. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes.
11:03 PM, May 31, 2013
Rajeev Masand says 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' is the right film for those seeking mush. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes.
11:03 PM, May 31, 2013
Rajeev Masand says 'Star Trek - Into Darkness' won't bore you if you are willing to suspend disbelief. What do you think? Write your own review and win prizes.
11:46 PM, May 10, 2013
Rajeev Masand says 'Gippi' is one of those movies whose good idea gets lost during execution. What do you think? Write your own review and win prizes.
11:46 PM, May 10, 2013
Rajeev Masand says 'Go Goa Gone' is good until it all goes nowhere in the end. What do you think? Write your own review and win prizes.
11:46 PM, May 10, 2013
Cast: Chris Pine, Karl Urban, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana Director: JJ Abrams Even if, like me, you weren't a fan of the Star Trek universe, or were mostly unfamiliar with its 40-year-old legacy, you'd have to admit that JJ Abrams' 2009 reboot was a fresh and accessible stand-alone sci-fi adventure. The sequel, 'Star Trek: Into Darkness', directed again by Abrams, is cut from the same cloth. So although there are...
11:37 PM, May 10, 2013
Cast: Riya Vij, Taaha Shah Director: Sonam Nair School can be a difficult place if you're overweight, awkward, not particularly bright, or clumsy on the sports field. Gurpreet Kaur, the 14-year-old protagonist of Gippi (Riya Vij), ticks all the boxes. She's routinely taunted by the mean girl in class, ignored by all the popular kids, and can barely squeeze into her uniform. An unlikely friendship with the school jock (Taaha...
11:35 PM, May 10, 2013
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das, Anand Tiwari Directors: Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru 'Go Goa Gone' has been advertised as India's first zom-com, or a comedy about zombies. The film, starring Kunal Khemu, Vir Das, and Anand Tiwari as three best friends stranded on an island infested with flesh-eating zombies, works like magic when directors Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru focus on their three leads and the...
11:29 PM, May 10, 2013
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel Director: Andrew Niccol When an alien enters the body of a nice teenage girl, her original spirit refuses to leave, her head now crowded with two voices that want different things, including two boys who aren't particularly fond of each other. Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight books, recycles the same love triangle formula, only replacing vampires and werewolves with a sci-fi spin....
10:51 PM, Apr 19, 2013