Masand Verdict

  • 'The Fault In Our Stars' review: Smart, caustic, funny, this love story will bring you to tears 04-07-2014 10:38 PM

    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...
  • 'Lekar Hum Deewana Dil' review: You will be bored out of your mind 04-07-2014 10:35 PM

    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...
  • 'Bobby Jasoos' review: Film disappoints, but Vidya shines once again 04-07-2014 10:33 PM

    Cast: Vidya Balan, Ali Fazal, Supriya Pathak, Rajendra Gupta and Tanvi Azmi Director: Samar Shaikh From a bearded old maulvi in the film's opening scene, to a beggar, a bangle-seller, a giant-bosomed TV show producer, even a buck-toothed and balding palm reader, Vidya Balan assumes multiple disguises for her role...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews ' Ek Villain' and ' Transformers: Age of Extinction' 28-06-2014 09:36 PM

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Ek Villain' and 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'. ...
  • Now Showing: Rajeev Masand reviews ' Transformers: Age of Extinction' 28-06-2014 08:57 PM

    This week on Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews Mark Wahlberg and Joshua Joyce starrer 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'. ...
  • Now Showing: Rajeev Masand reviews ' Ek Villain' 28-06-2014 08:02 PM

    This week on Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews Siddharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor starrer 'Ek Villain'. ...
  • Really Tough Movie Quiz- June 27

    In Dhoom 3, Abhishek Bachchan's character ACP Jai Dixit befriends Samar (Aamir Khan) who visits an amusement park on Sundays. What amusement park is this?...
  • 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' review: Despite script holes, hammy acting, it is a step up from the last film 27-06-2014 10:33 PM

    Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Joshua Joyce, Harold Attinger, Tessa Yeager Director: Michael Bay More than anything else, you'll wish you'd carried a cushion to watch 'Transformers: Age of Extinction', the noisy fourth entry in Michael Bay's robots-versus-robots film series, which clocks in at a butt-punishing 165 minutes. To be fair, 'Age...
  • 'Ek Villain' review: Moderately fulfilling, the film's real villain is a lousy script 27-06-2014 10:10 PM

    Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor and Ritesh Deshmukh Director: Mohit Suri Five minutes into Mohit Suri's 'Ek Villain', and a major character is killed off. Great way to get your attention. The rest of the film is divided between flashbacks of a charming love story, and a somewhat unconvincing revenge...
  • Really Tough Movie Quiz- June 20

    In Ram-Leela, Ram (Ranveer Singh) belongs to a family in Ranjaar that sells guns and ammunition. What is the name of their shop? ...
  • 'Chef' review: This surprisingly fresh film will have you drooling into your popcorn 20-06-2014 10:38 PM

    Cast: Jon Favreau, Sofa Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey, Jr. Director: Jon Favreau There's not a lot by way of story in Iron Man director Jon Favreau's 'Chef', but this is nonetheless a pleasant comedy that'll have you drooling into your popcorn,...
  • 'Humshakals' review: A ruptured appendix will hurt less than this singularly unfunny film 20-06-2014 10:34 PM

    Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Ram Kapoor, Tamannaah Bhatia, Bipasha Basu, Esha Gupta Director: Sajid Khan Years ago when I was in my twenties, I woke up one night with an unbearable pain that was later diagnosed as a kidney stone. The damn thing had lodged itself somewhere in...
  • Really Tough Movie Quiz- June 13

    In Bachna Ae Haseeno, Ranbir Kapoor revisits the women he wronged, seeking forgiveness for hurting them. Where does he follow Bipasha Basu to, begging her...
  • 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' review: It is that rare sequel which forges ahead with new ideas 13-06-2014 10:40 PM

    Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill Director: Dean DeBlois There's a lot going on in 'How To Train Your Dragon 2', which picks up five years after the events of the earlier film. No longer a threat to the people of Berk, dragons and humans...
  • 'Fugly' review: The film is neither thrilling nor stirring 13-06-2014 10:35 PM

    Cast: Jimmy Shergill, Mohit Marwah, Kiara Advani, Vijender Singh and Arfi Lamba Director: Kabir Sadanand "Yeh Fugly Fugly kya hai?" goes the title song of director Kabir Sadanand's muddled film. It's also a question you ask yourself repeatedly as you leave the cinema after a viewing, still baffled by the...
  • 'Grace of Monaco' review: The film looks gorgeous but is a plodding bore 13-06-2014 10:35 PM

    Cast: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Milo Ventimiglia, Derek Jacobi and Paz Vega Director: Olivier Dahan 'Grace of Monaco' stars Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman as Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly, who left Hollywood to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco in the 1950s. Kidman is a fine choice to...
  • 'Edge of Tomorrow' review: It's a refreshingly smart sci-fi action film that's more than just special effects 06-06-2014 10:39 PM

    Cast: Tom Cruise Director: Doug Liman The idea that one must relive the most difficult day of one's life over and over again doesn't sound like much fun, does it? Yet it makes for a terrific movie premise, as is clear from the new Tom Cruise starrer, Edge of Tomorrow....
  • 'Holiday' review: There is a consistent slickness in action scenes and occasional suspense too 06-06-2014 10:33 PM

    Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Govinda Director: AR Murgadoss In an important scene in Holiday, Akshay Kumar, playing a military secret agent, assembles a squad of eleven army men, and together they follow around a band of terrorists through the crowded city, tracking their every move. Akshay and his team...
  • 'The Raid 2' review: It delivers thrilling scenes of pulse-racing violence with relish and energy 30-05-2014 11:40 PM

    Cast: Arifin Putra, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad, Tio Pakusadewo, Oka Antara, and Cecep A Rahman Director: Gareth Evans 'The Raid 2', like its 2011 predecessor, is not everyone's cup of tea. That film about a squad of Jakarta cops who fight for their lives against a seemingly never-ending stream of...
  • Write your review: 'Maleficent'

    Rajeev Masand says 'Maleficent' is beset with an overly busy plot, abrupt changes in tone. What do you say? Write your own review and win...
  • 'Maleficent' review: It is beset with an overly busy plot, abrupt changes in tone 30-05-2014 11:34 PM

    Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Imelda Staunton Director: Robert Stromberg Putting a revisionist spin on one of its own animated hits, Disney places the wicked witch front and centre in Maleficent, revealing the real reason she put a curse on the innocent princess in Sleeping Beauty. Decked out...
  • 'Citylights' review: Not a bad film by any measure, but it does feel repetitive and long 30-05-2014 11:30 PM

    Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Patraleka and Manav Kaul Director: Hansal Mehta Deepak Singh, the character Rajkummar Rao plays in Hansal Mehta's 'Citylights' is one you recognize immediately. The small-town poverty-stricken Indian, desperate to make a better life for his family. The hopeful migrant who shows up in the big city, determined...
  • 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' review: There's a popcorn blockbuster quality to this emotional drama 23-05-2014 10:44 PM

    Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart and Halle Berry Director: Bryan Singer It was never going to be easy to top Matthew Vaughn's crackling 2011 prequel 'X-Men: First Class', which rejuvenated the flailing X-Men movie series with a clever 60s-set origin story. But Bryan Singer,...
  • Write your review: 'Heropanti'

    Rajeev Masand says 'Heropanti' is sandwiched between numerous scenes of action. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes ...
  • 'Kochadaiiyaan' review: This is kindergarten storytelling with noisy set pieces thrown in to hold your attention when the narrative doesn't 23-05-2014 10:33 PM

    Cast: Rajinikanth, Deepika Padukone, Jackie Shroff and Nasser Director: Soundarya Rajinikanth Kochadaiiyaan, starring 64-year-old Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, isn't likely to be mentioned in the same breath as James Cameron's Avatar or Steven Spielberg's Tintin film, although it was achieved using the same performance capture technology. The animation in Kochadaiiyaan is...
  • 'Heropanti' review: Tiger Shroff is likeable and earnest but he deserved a better debut than this clunky film 23-05-2014 10:33 PM

    Cast: Tiger Shroff, Kriti Sanon, Prakash Raj, Vikram Singh Director: Sabbir Khan In a not-particularly-significant moment in Heropanti, the film's leading lady is transfixed to her television set watching Maine Pyar Kiya. Ironically that love story from 1989, also featuring newcomers, still feels fresher and more sincere than many films...
  • Really Tough Movie Quiz- May 9

    In 'Queen', Vijaylakshmi (Lisa Haydon) is a bohemian Parisian who befriends Rani (Kangana Ranaut) when she checks into the hotel that Vijaylakshmi works at. She...
  • 'Million Dollar Arm' review: The film is solidly staged, inhabited with richly-drawn characters 09-05-2014 11:42 PM

    Cast: Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma, Lake Bell and Alan Arkin Director: Craig Gillespie It's hard to the resist the charms of a film as decidedly feel-good as 'Million Dollar Arm', even if does hit every note and plot turn with brazen predictability. Based on the real-life...
  • 'Manjunath' review: It's an important story that deserves to be heard 09-05-2014 11:42 PM

    Cast: Sasho Satyiish Saarthy, Yashpal Sharma, Seema Biswas, Kishor Kadam, Anjorie Alagh, Faisal Rashid Director: Sandeep A Varma The 2005 murder of Manjunath Shanmugam, the 27-year-old Indian Oil employee who'd been threatening to bust the fuel adulteration racket in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, makes for an earnest and compelling...
  • 'Hawaa Hawaai' review: The film is a slim story told with a heart 09-05-2014 11:30 PM

    Cast: Partho Gupte, Saqib Saleem, Makarand Deshpande Director: Amole Gupte Hawaa Hawaai, directed by Amole Gupte, is about a poor fatherless boy who works at a tea stall, but nurses dreams of skating like the rich kids in the neighborhood. Like in his earlier film, 2011's Stanley Ka Dabba, Gupte...