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  • Asus Zenfone C review: A fair deal at a fair price 2 days ago

    As I write this Asus Zenfone C review on the phone itself, I am quite impressed with the phone's remarkable touch response. Even as an iPhone user, I find the Zenfone's touch response pretty nice. Beginning with the phone's appearance; at a price of Rs 5,999 this phone has a 4.5-inch...
  • 'Whiplash' review: It never lets up or loosens its grip on your attention 6 days ago

    Cast: Miles Teller, JK Simmons, Paul Reiser Director: Damien Chazelle JK Simmons, best remembered for playing impatient Daily Bugle publisher J Jonah Jameson who regularly underpaid Peter Parker for coveted photos of the mysterious web-slinger in Sam Raimi's Spider-man movies, takes bullying to a whole new level in 'Whiplash'. Bald as...
  • 'Wild' review: It proves to be that rare movie about an epic life-changing journey 6 days ago

    Cast: Gaby Hoffmann, Reese Witherspoon Director: Jean-Marc Vallée Too many metaphors are employed to convey the story of Cheryl Strayed, a young woman who sets off on a grueling 1000-mile hike in order to exorcise personal demons, in 'Wild'. Reese Witherspoon plays the protagonist, who's shouldering a massive backpack that symbolizes...
  • 'Qissa' review: It's in tradition of compelling folktale that you can't shake off once you've heard it 6 days ago

    Cast: Irrfan Khan, Tillotama Shome, Tisca Chopra Director: Anup Singh 'Qissa', directed and co-written by Anup Singh, is the haunting tale of a girl who grows up as a boy. The film shows a Partition-displaced Sikh villager Umber Singh (Irrfan Khan), so consumed by his hunger to have a son that...
  • 'Badlapur' review: It keeps you on your toes, curious to see where its twists and turns will lead 6 days ago

    Cast: Varun Dhawan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Yami Gautam Director: Sriram Raghavan The sheer thrill of watching a film and not knowing what will happen next is one of the great pleasures offered by director Sriram Raghavan's unpredictable and deliciously twisted revenge thriller 'Badlapur'. The film stages a chilling battle of wits...
  • 'Whiplash' tweet review: JK Simmons deserves an Oscar for his brilliant performance 6 days ago

    New Delhi: The Oscar nominated movie 'Whiplash' has received rave reviews in the west. The story of an ambitious young drummer and his terrifying teacher is heart melting. Having received 5 nominations at the Oscars 2015, the movie promises to deliver the best of everything one would want...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Roy' February 14, 2015

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews Ranbir Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez and Arjun Rampal starrer 'Roy'. ...
  • 'Anegan' review: Welcome back Karthik! You are in a love story in 2015? Wait. Dhanush is the hero? Who are you in the film then? February 14, 2015

    Film: Anegan Cast: Dhanush, Amyra Dastur, Karthik, Jagan Rating 3.5 What's fascinating about Dhanush is that he doesn't hesitate to experiment with the roles the scripts have to offer. His performances seem to echo - forget how an actor should look, come have a look at what the actor does. Turn of the...
  • 'Temper' review: Whose side are you on? The Good or the Bad? Junior NTR is all of them February 14, 2015

    Film: Temper Cast: NTR, Kajal, Posani Krishna Murali, Prakash Raj. Rating: 2.5 In the very first scene, we see a badly wounded NTR, talking to us, explaining his condition in his usual manner. Slow, understandable cut to flashback. NTR is a police officer working for the criminals. He's on the other side of...
  • 'Roy' review: The film limps lethargically and collapse in a predictable twist ending February 13, 2015

    Director: Vikramjit Singh Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Arjun Rampal It's hard not to become deeply suspicious and cynical about the movie business when you have watched a film like Roy. Is it really enough that Ranbir Kapoor agrees to make an extended cameo, for a producer to pump money into this...
  • 'Temper' review: After Rakhi, this is the best film by Junior NTR February 13, 2015

    Movie Temper Story line: Story takes-off with SI Daya (Junior NTR) narrating his own flashback. Daya is a corrupt police in Hyderabad transferred to Vizag for helping the local goon Valther Vasu (Prakashraj). In no time, Daya and Vasu gel well to loot the city. Here Daya falls in love...
  • 'Roy' tweet review: It is slow, dull; strictly for Ranbir Kapoor's fans February 13, 2015

    Jacqueline Fernandez had recently mentioned in one of her interviews that 'Roy', even though a suspense drama, is a perfect pick for Valentine's Day. As the actress had stated, the film also tells an interesting love story, making it the movie to be watched on a big romantic night!...
  • Hot Spot not to be a part of DRS in the World Cup February 7, 2015

    Bangalore: The International Cricket Council on Saturday (February 7) confirmed that Hot Spot would not be a part of the technology used for the Decision Review System (DRS) in the World Cup 2015 due to shortage of equipment. Addressing the media in Adelaide, Geoff Allardice, the ICC general manager, said that...
  • Khatron Ke Khiladi 6: Updates that you may have missed February 7, 2015

    If there is any show that entertains the viewers with suspense, drama and action all rolled into one, it has to be Khatron Ke Khiladi. From performing most challenging stunts to combating tough tasks and overcoming one's biggest fears, the show features just about everything. And to sustain viewers' interest,...
  • 'I Am Offended' review: It opens mind towards humor and right to free speech February 7, 2015

    Director: Jaideep Varma Throw a stone in India, and chances are that you'll offend somebody. If you're a stand-up comic, this is a way of life - the genre is one of the last bastions of free speech, a fact explored deeply in Jaideep Varma's documentary I Am Offended. But will...
  • 'Wild Card' review: It gets you in trouble with disappointment February 7, 2015

    Director: Simon West Cast: Jason Statham, Michael Angarano, Dominik Garcia-Lorido I can't remember the last time I saw an actor look so bored on screen as Jason Statham in Wild Card. There's resignation in his tired eyes, his one-liners are delivered without punch, and there are just way too many scenes of...
  • 'Shamitabh' review: The promising film comes undone by the curse of the second half February 6, 2015

    Director: R Balki Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush, Akshara Like his previous films "Cheeni Kum" and "Paa", director R Balki's "Shamitabh" is constructed around a terrific, refreshingly original premise. A superstar is born when a talented but mute struggling actor (Dhanush) 'borrows' the booming baritone of an ageing alcoholic drifter (Amitabh Bachchan). Balkiskillfully...
  • 'Yennai Arindhaal' review: Ajith Kumar as the cop, the gangster, the father and the lover will win you over February 6, 2015

    Cast: Ajith Kumar, Arun Vijay, Trisha, Anushka, Vivek, Parvathy Nair, Baby Anikha Director: Gautham Vasudev Menon Rating: 4/5 'Yennai Arindhaal' is a step forward from Gautham Menon's previous decade's cop films 'Kaakha Kaakha' and 'Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu', but first things first, Arun Vijay's performance in this particular film puts his entire filmography to shame....
  • India expected to keep interest rates steady until after budget February 3, 2015

    Mumbai: Having cut its policy interest rate just three weeks ago, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is expected to hold rates steady at a policy review on Tuesday, leaving its next move until after the government presents its annual budget at the end of this month. The timing of the...
  • Game reviews: A new life for old video games February 1, 2015

    Los Angeles: For some video games, what's old is new again. Following last year's re-release of "Halo 2," "The Last of Us" and "Grand Theft Auto V," several other titles - and one hand-held device - are receiving similar resurrections in 2015. A look at recent revivals: - "Grim Fandango Remastered": The...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Birdman', 'Rahasya' and 'Hawaizaada' January 31, 2015

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Birdman', 'Rahasya' and 'Hawaizaada'. ...
  • 'Birdman' review: The film has a delicious script, and characters bring the acidic dialogue to life January 30, 2015

    Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Alejandro González Iñáritu Cast: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton There's a real joy that comes from watching a smart film from listening to crackling dialogue delivered by terrific actors who're at the top of their game. Birdman, co-written and directed by Alejandro González Iñáritu, is easily...
  • 'Rahasya' review: Movie's implausible script quickly ditches real events January 30, 2015

    Director: Manish Gupta Cast: Tisca Chopra, Kay Kay Menon, Ashwini Khalsekar The teenaged daughter of a pair of doctors is found murdered in her room one morning, her throat slit with surgical precision. Not long after, the bloodied corpse of the family servant is discovered in their home too. Evidence seems...
  • 'Hawaizaada' review: The film is jingoistic, melodramatic, naive, and often illogical January 30, 2015

    Director: Vibhu Puri Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Jeffrey Goldberg, Ayushmann Khurrana There isn't much evidence in history books to support the claim that director Vibhu Puri makes in Hawaizaada - that it was a Maharashtrian mulga in 1895, and not the globally acknowledged aviation pioneers, the Wright Brothers, eight years later in 1903,...
  • 'Making India' review: The book is an courageous attempt to explain the modern Indian English literature January 30, 2015

    It is at times good to find a piece like 'Making India' which gives a broad insight from Historical events that lead to the contemporary developments. The Modern Indian history is an outcome of various happenings that took place in 18th and 19 century and Prof Makarand Paranjape, the author...
  • 'Hawaizaada' tweet review: With a slow pace and shaky ending, the film is painfully average January 30, 2015

    New Delhi: Did you know that there's a chance that the famous Wright brothers weren't the first humans to soar the skies? Revolving around the life of a scientist in the late 1800s, Ayushmann Khurrana's new film 'Hawaizaada' takes a look at this intriguing fable. Directed by Vibhu Puri, the film...
  • MasterChef India 4 Review: Not even drama can spice up this bland show January 26, 2015

    When untrained cooks and not-so-successful restaurateurs try to change the tenets of cooking on Television, you are bound to watch every bit. But how do you react when the contestants, who were expected to impress us with their culinary skills, are least interested in whipping up meals and just concerned...
  • Tata Bolt review: The hatchback does have the potential to do well January 25, 2015

    We got to drive the production ready version in Udaipur recently and here's what we think of Tata's latest. Styling While the overall silhouette and stance of the Bolt look familiar, Tata designers have done a good job by working extensively on the existing X11 platform. Every panel is new - this...
  • Microsoft HoloLens review: Unfinished, but shows potential January 24, 2015

    Redmond: Microsoft didn't use skydivers or stunt cyclists to introduce what it hopes will be the next big leap in computing technology. Instead, with its new HoloLens headset, the company is offering real-world examples to show how you might use three-dimensional digital images - or holograms - in daily life. And...
  • 'Dolly Ki Doli' review: The film has improbable scenarios for easy laughs January 23, 2015

    Director: Abhishek Dogra Cast: Sonam Kapoor , Malaika Arora, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub At a crisp 100 minutes, Dolly Ki Doli is likely shorter than your average Indian wedding, which, as it happens, is the setting for much of this film's drama and comedy. Sonam Kapoor plays Dolly, a seasoned con artist...