MASAND MOVIE REVIEWS

  • 'Gone Girl' review: A gripping, handsomely mounted film 7 hours 24 minutes ago

    Director: David Fincher Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris It's hard to think of a director better suited to bring Gillian Flynn's deliciously twisty bestseller to the screen than David Fincher. Having gravitated consistently towards deeply cynical stories, he has explored the more unsettling elements of human nature with a...
  • 'What If' review: It's a pleasing watch with many charming moments October 17, 2014

    Cast: Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan Directed by: Michael Dowse Twenty-five years since writer Nora Ephron and director Rob Reiner got us to ponder over that inevitable question - Can men and women ever just be friends without sex getting in the way? - comes What If. This enjoyable although far-from-groundbreaking...
  • 'Sonali Cable' review: The film has got its moments, but they're few and far between October 17, 2014

    Cast: Rhea Chakraborty and Ali Fazal Directed by: Charudutt Acharya Leaping across rooftops (think Spider-man, but without the web-slinging abilities) to fix snapped wires and connections, linking the neighborhood through a maze of criss-crossing overhead cables, Sonali Tandel (Rhea Chakraborty), the protagonist of Sonali Cable, is a hard-working, self-made entrepreneur whose local...
  • 'Annabelle' review: A spine-tingling horror movie despite an unconvincing climax October 10, 2014

    Director: John R Leonitti Cast: Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard The idea of an evil doll as a trigger for a horror story has been adequately exploited in Child's Play and its many Chucky sequels. In Annabelle the creepy possessed doll from last year's The Conjuring gets its own origin story. ...
  • 'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami' review: Well-intentioned message movie about the value of honesty October 10, 2014

    Director: Ravindra Gautam Cast: Anupam Kher, Neha Dhupia Buried beneath the farcical humor, melodramatic performances and manipulative tear-jerking in Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami is a well-intentioned message movie about the value of honesty. The film is positioned as a satire about politics and corruption, and Rahil Qazi's script makes veiled references to...
  • 'Bang Bang' review: The film isn't unwatchable but certainly tests your patience October 2, 2014

    Director: Siddharth Anand Cast: Katrina Kaif, Hrithik Roshan Bang Bang has two gorgeous leads, some eye-popping stunt scenes, a slew of beautiful locales, and pretty hummable music. It would take an especially awful script and a truly incompetent director to deliver an unwatchable film out of those ingredients. Within the first ten minutes...
  • 'Haider' review: Solid, well-acted movie that deserves your time October 2, 2014

    Director: Vishal Bhardwaj Cast: Tabu, Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Kay Kay Menon, Kay Kay Menon There's a sweeping, operatic quality to Haider, director Vishal Bhardwaj's robust staging of Hamlet against the troubled landscape of Kashmir at the peak of militancy in the mid-nineties. The ongoing insurgency, which has pitted militants and separatists...
  • 'DaawateIshq' review: The film is unmistakably bland September 19, 2014

    Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Parineeti Chopra Director: Habib Faisal Texture is everything, and writerdirector Habib Faisal is in on that secret. From the carpurchasing ambition of a middleclass 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 September 19, 2014

    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 Mukherjeedirected comedy starring Rekha, as it is a squeakyclean chickflick from the Mouse...
  • 'Creature 3D' review: The film fails spectacularly in getting the basics right September 12, 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 twothirds 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 12, 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 souffl that is Finding Fanny. Sprinkled liberally with uproarious humor, the film makes some rather...
  • 'Mary Kom' review: The film is watchable, but never great like it should've been September 5, 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...
  • 'Step Up: All In' review: Too much plot and less dancing defeats the film's very purpose August 29, 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 dancemovie 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 29, 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 30somethingyearolds 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 22, 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 22, 2014

    Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li Director: Patrick Hughes The most impressive stunt in The Expendables 3 is stuffing so many former Alisters 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 22, 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 straighttalking Ajay Rathod from Sarfarosh over largerthanlife 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 eardrumshattering background music. And yet, buried somewhere under all that noise is a wellmeaning although misguided story...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Entertainment', 'Guardians of the Galaxy', 'The HundredFoot Journey' August 9, 2014

    In this episode, CNNIBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Entertainment', 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'The HundredFoot Journey'. He also talks to actors Ajay Devgn and Kareena Kapoor on their coming film 'Singham Returns'. ...
  • 'The HundredFoot Journey' review: This is comfort food for those who like their movies all warm and fuzzy August 8, 2014

    Cast: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon, Juhi Chawla Director: Lasse Hallstrm The first five minutes or so of 'The HundredFoot 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 8, 2014

    Cast: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper Director: James Gunn Guardians of the Galaxy, based on one of the relatively lesserknown 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 8, 2014

    Cast: Akshay Kumar, Tamannaah Bhatia and Ritesh Deshmukh Director: SajidFarhad 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 1, 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 1, 2014

    Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Reece Ritchie, Ingrid Bols Berdal, Joseph Fiennes and John Hurt Director: Brett Ratner Diehard fans of Gladiator and 300 would do well to stay away from director Brett Ratner's Hercules, a trashy swordsandsandals 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 July 25, 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 mustwatch July 25, 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...
  • 'Begin Again' review: The film is enjoyable while it lasts but not memorable enough July 18, 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 flowerseller 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 18, 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 romcoms; 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 18, 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 superhit 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 July 11, 2014

    Cast: Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Toby Kebbell, Keri Russell Director: Matt Reeves A machinegun 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...