Verdict

  • 'Daawat-e-Ishq' review: The film is unmistakably bland Yesterday

    Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Parineeti Chopra Director: Habib Faisal Texture is everything, and writer-director Habib Faisal is in on that secret. From the car-purchasing ambition of a middle-class school teacher's family in Do Dooni Chaar, to the rapidly expanding business plans of a pair of hardworking Janakpuri entrepreneurs in Band Baaja Baaraat...
  • 'Khoobsurat' review: For those seeking comfort in the familiar, it's a pretty satisfying watch Yesterday

    Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Fawad Khan and Ratna Pathak Director: Shashanka Ghosh The Disney logo at the start of Khoobsurat is a telling sign of what to expect from the film. This isn't so much a remake of the Hrishikesh Mukherjee-directed comedy starring Rekha, as it is a squeaky-clean chick-flick from the Mouse...
  • Baby registered in Brazil with two mothers and a father 1 week ago

    Brasilia: A judge in Brazil has ordered a baby be registered as born with two mothers and a father, a first in the South American country. The novel step had been requested both by the baby's biological father and mother, and the biological mother's female partner. Judge Rafael Pagnon Cunha...
  • 'Creature 3D' review: The film fails spectacularly in getting the basics right September 13, 2014

    Cast: Bipasha Basu, Imran Abbas Naqvi Director: Vikram Bhatt Steven Spielberg famously explained that his decision to reveal as little of the shark as he possibly could, until one was two-thirds into Jaws, helped escalate the audience's tension. After all, what really scares you is the stuff you can't see. Director Vikram...
  • 'Finding Fanny' review: Film starts off slowly but draws you into its drama September 13, 2014

    Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Kapur, Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor Director: Homi Adajania Five restless Goans, a ratty ol' Dodge, and an unfortunate cat...that's all the ingredients director Homi Adajania employs to whip up the lighthearted soufflé that is Finding Fanny. Sprinkled liberally with uproarious humor, the film makes some rather...
  • Judge to announce final verdict in the Oscar Pistorius case today September 12, 2014

    The trial of blade runner Oscar Pistorius will resume on Friday. On Thursday Oscar was not found guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by the judge Thokozile Masipa as she rendered part of her verdict. Oscar still faces a culpable homicide conviction and a maximum sentence of fifteen years...
  • Oscar Pistorious girlfriend's murder trail verdict to be delivered today September 11, 2014

    South African athlete Oscar Pistorious girlfriend's murder trail will come to an end on Thursday. The judge is expected to deliver her verdict on the case. If Oscar is found guilty of the charge of premeditated murder, he could be jailed for 25 years. ...
  • Watch: Looking forward to September 9 SC judgement on coal blocks allocation, says Piyush Goyal September 8, 2014

    Power Minister Piyush Goyal expressed confidence even in the case of an adverse judgement delivered by the Supreme court in case it decided to de-allocate all 218 coal blocks. Goyal said that it would only lead to a short-term disruption of power, adding that the government was working towards providing...
  • BPO employee gangrape: Court to pronounce verdict on September 22 September 8, 2014

    New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday reserved its verdict for September 22 in the sensational abduction and gangrape case of a 30-year-old BPO executive from the northeast in Dhaula Kuan in 2010. Additional sessions judge Virender Bhat reserved the judgement after the final arguments were concluded in the case. Shamshad alias...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Mary Kom' September 6, 2014

    In this episode of 'Now Showing', CNN IBN Movies Editor Rajeev Masand reviews Priyanka Chopra-starrer Mary Kom. ...
  • 'Mary Kom' review: The film is watchable, but never great like it should've been September 8, 2014

    Cast: Priyanka Chopra Director: Omung Kumar In one scene in Mary Kom, Priyanka Chopra, playing the titular boxer, has just received a letter in the mail with promising news. Too excited to wait till her husband is out of the shower, she relays the information to him even as he cranks open...
  • 'Raja Natwarlal' review: Interesting story told predictably, it leaves you bored out of your mind August 30, 2014

    Star Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Humaima Mallick, Kay Kay, Paresh Rawal, Deepak Tijori, Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub Director: Kunal Deshmukh I can think of a few things one could do to bide 2 hours and 20 minutes. Like catch reruns of Modern Family on television, speed-read the new Chetan Bhagat bestseller so you don't...
  • 'Step Up: All In' review: Too much plot and less dancing defeats the film's very purpose August 30, 2014

    Cast: Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, and Adam G Sevani Director: Trish Sie With Step Up: All In, we've arrived at the fifth installment in the dance-movie franchise, although - let's face it - they really keep making the same movie over and over again. Sure the faces change, and they move...
  • 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' review: Bland, unimaginative, this film needn't have been made August 30, 2014

    Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, and William Fichtner Director: Jonathan Liebesman The question you'll likely ponder after watching the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is this: Who exactly is it meant for? The 30-something-year-olds who might be nostalgic about reconnecting with characters from their youth? Or kids themselves, unfamiliar...
  • 'Katiyabaaz' review: The film is a slice of life that will resonate with you August 23, 2014

    Cast: Ritu Maheshwari, Loha Singh Director: Deepti Kakkar, Fahad Mustafa When we go the movies, we long for a good story to unfold. It is a rare thing then to come away with the image of one unforgettable character. Katiyabaaz, an excellent documentary on the tangled power struggles in Kanpur in the...
  • 'The Expendables 3' review: With big names, the film is one noisy bore August 23, 2014

    Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li Director: Patrick Hughes The most impressive stunt in The Expendables 3 is stuffing so many former A-listers in the same frame. After all, how often do you see a film starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarznegger, Mel Gibson, Harisson Ford, Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas? Sadly,...
  • 'Mardaani' review: Reasonably short and minus songs, the film is consistently watchable August 23, 2014

    Cast: Rani Mukherjee, Jisshu Sengupta Director: Pradeep Sarkar As movie cops go, Mardaani's Shivani Shivaji Roy, played by Rani Mukerji, feels closer in spirit to Aamir Khan's straight-talking Ajay Rathod from Sarfarosh over larger-than-life supermen Chulbul Pandey or Bajirao Singham. This mostly gritty thriller directed by Pradeep Sarkar opens nicely and coasts...
  • 'Singham Returns' review: The predictable story tires you out eventually August 15, 2014

    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...
  • '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...
  • '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...
  • '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...