Reviews

  • Akhilesh Yadav writes to Narendra Modi seeking CSAT review 3 days ago

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding his intervention and review of the UPSC Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT) question format. The chief minister has called for a review of the question format as it hurts the prospects of the students belonging from...
  • Honda Mobilio diesel vs Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ZDi: Honda's first MPV has the jaws to bite away a significant chunk from the Ertiga's share of pie 5 days ago

    There are many MPVs out there in the market, more so in the sub-ten-lakh rupee bracket. But there is a new breed that has taken birth - MPVs that are based on small-car platforms, have small engines too, but still promise large space and a car-like driving feel. I like...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Kick', 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' 5 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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...
  • LG G Watch: First impressions review 6 days ago

    Mumbai: While LG's G Watch, the first Android Wear smartwatch, has been available to purchase (through Google Play Store) for Indian users for about a month now, it was early this week only when LG officially announced the launch of the smartwatch in India, alongside the LG G3 India launch....
  • Reviewers pour cold water on Amazon's Kindle Fire smartphone 6 days ago

    Amazon.com's new Fire smartphone features "gimmicks" - such as 3D effects and object scanner - that may not be enough to entice users away from similarly priced Apple iPhones and Samsung's Galaxy S5, reviewers said. Among the features of its first smartphone, Amazon has introduced "Dynamic Perspective", four cameras that track...
  • 'Kick' tweet review: Go with an open mind, don't expect intellectual pontification and you'll have a great time 6 days ago

    With Eid only a few days away, Salman Khan's latest release, 'Kick', is set to hit the theatres today. A directorial debut of film producer Sajid Nadidadwala, 'Kick' also stars Randeep Hooda, Jacqueline Fernandez and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in key roles. Is Salman Khan a superhero or adrenaline junkie? Why does his...
  • Watch: This hilarious review of 'Prem Aggan' explains how the movie had the maximum exercise and innuendos ever! 1 week ago

    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'. ...
  • Kindle Unlimited review: Amazon's ebook rental service is actually limited July 19, 2014

    New York: Amazon's new "unlimited" e-book service lets you read 600,000 books. That sounds like more than you'll ever read, but I found myself struggling to find the books I wanted. It turns out that the library of 600,000 is bit like a small bookstore with a few current titles such...
  • 'Hate Story 2' review: With a flawed script, sluggish plot and illogical twists, the film can't keep you engaged July 19, 2014

    Cast: Jay Bhanushali, Surveen Chawla, Sushant Singh Director: Vishal Pandya Aren't thrillers made with the sole idea to put the viewers on the edge of their seats? Wouldn't you consider intense excitement, the need to build up tension and anticipation of events to happen as some of the basic elements for a...
  • 'Vella Illa Pattathari' review: Dhanush's royal return to commercial zone July 19, 2014

    Film: 'Vella Illa Pattathari'; Cast: Dhanush, Amala Paul, Vivekh, Samuthirakani, Saranya Ponvannan and Surabhi; Director: R. Velraj In one of the scenes in Dhanush's 'Vella Illa Pattathari' (VIP), his 25th film, he lets a large group of henchmen beat him to pulp because his mother once tied a red thread on...
  • '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 July 19, 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...
  • 'Amit Sahni Ki List' tweet review: Predictable in parts but a feel good film July 18, 2014

    We all have lists in life. And we try to put as many ticks on those lists in our lifetime. But is it okay if a person you meet in your life appeals to you but does not really match your list? Funny man Vir Das comes up with his own...
  • 'Hate Story 2' tweet review: This one's strictly for die-hard fans of Surveen Chawla, Jay Bhanushali July 19, 2014

    'Hate Story 2' took just about four days to garner over 4 million views on Youtube for its trailer, which obviously explains the buzz and interest it created. Whether it is the remix version of popular track 'Aaj Phir Tumpe' or the popularity of TV stars Surveen Chawla and Jay...
  • Episode two of 'Yudh' picks up pace but a jumbled screenplay overpowers good performances July 16, 2014

    New Delhi: The second episode of 'Yudh' starring Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role gave a little more insight into the world of businessman Yudhisthir Sikarwar's life. While pilot saw Yudh- as Sikarwar is fondly called by friends and family- being tipped by an unknown man about how the general hospital...
  • Xiaomi Mi 3: First impressions review of the 'Chinese Apple's' Rs 13,999 flagship phone July 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Making its India debut, the fast-rising Chinese handset maker Xiaomi - which is often referred to as Apple of China - announced the launch of its three new handsets, including its flagship smartphone Mi 3, at its event in New Delhi. The Xiaomi Mi 3 is priced at...
  • 'Yudh' first episode review: Slow and obscure, the pilot of Amitabh Bachchan's family drama fails to impress July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: When in 2000, Amitabh Bachchan took on the host's position for Siddhartha Basu's 'Kaun Banega Crorepati', it proved to be a turning point for not just Bachchan but also for Indian television. Bachchan in some way was responsible for heralding a new era in Indian television. Thanks to...
  • 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' review: A blockbuster which offer big thrills July 12, 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...
  • 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' tweet review: Breathtaking special-effects aside, the real star of the film is Andy Serkis as the humane ape July 11, 2014

    This is no monkey business, seriously. The second film in the rebooted series of the franchise inspired by Pierre Boulle's 1963 French novel 'Planet Of The Apes', picks up from where the 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' left us. Directed by Matt Reeves and starring Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman,...
  • 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania' tweet review: With a coherent script, Alia Bhatt-Varun Dhawan's electric chemistry, it turns out to be a fun film July 11, 2014

    The fact that Karan Johar's 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania', which releases today, has been pegged as an ode to Bollywood blockbuster 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayengey', movie buffs are obviously eager to know if Alia Bhatt-Varun Dhawan's romance can capture the hearts of millions and turn into one of the top-grossing...
  • The Rs 5,999 Asus ZenFone 4: First impressions review July 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Asus has pulled a rabbit out of a hat by aggressively pricing their new ZenFone smartphones in the fiercely competitive Indian smartphone market. The company introduced three phones in India - ZenFone 4, 5, and 6. While we have already posted our review of the ZenFone 5 - which...
  • Asus ZenFone 5 review: A good phone at a great price July 9, 2014

    Taiwanese tech major Asus, which has a sizeable presence in the Indian computer market for years, is now poised to test the waters in the burgeoning Indian smartphone market. Asus has introduced its ZenFone range of smartphones - the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5, and ZenFone 6 - in the Indian...
  • Umpires have the final say in England vs India series July 8, 2014

    Nottingham: Something rather strange, by modern standards, will happen when either Australia's Bruce Oxenford or Sri Lanka's Kumar Dharmasena raises his finger in the first Test between England and India. For any batsman seeing the time-honoured signal confirming his dismissal will be unable to challenge the decision, just as the fielding...
  • '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...