MASAND VERDICT

  • 'PK' review: It's a courageous film that sticks to Hirani's well-oiled formula 6 days ago

    Director: Rajkumar Hirani Cast: Aamir Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Anushka Sharma Two films may be too few to base a theory on, but it does appear that in Aamir Khan and Rajkumar Hirani, Bollywood has found an actor/director pair committed to telling brave, relevant stories, the sort rarely tackled in mainstream popular...
  • Jessica Alba: I don't care about being a celebrity December 13, 2014

    London: Actress Jessica Alba says she does not care about her celebrity status. The 33-year-old 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' star said she would not mind if her celebrity status was ripped away from her one day because the actress feels she transformed into the person she is meant...
  • 'The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies' review: The film has awe, spectacle and some nice light-hearted moments December 12, 2014

    Director: Peter Jackson Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage It's hard not to be overcome with nostalgia while watching The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the last chapter in Peter Jackson's trilogy of The Lord of the Rings prequels, and the presumed end to his massively successful journey through...
  • 'Bhopal: A prayer for rain' review: There is a sense of drama in the final moments December 5, 2014

    Director: Ravi Kumar Cast: Mischa Barton, Martin Sheen, Warren Anderson, Rajpal Yadav This month, it will be exactly 30 years since the Bhopal gas tragedy, the world's biggest industrial disaster. In September, Warren Anderson died, without ever having faced trial in India for his role in the horrific catastrophe. Anderson was the...
  • 'Action Jackson' review: The film is an orgy of bloody fight scenes December 5, 2014

    Director: Prabhudheva Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Yami Gautam It takes a special kind of talent to make a film as awful as Action Jackson, so it should come as no surprise that it's been directed by Prabhudheva, the man who inflicted on us all kinds of pain that we otherwise refer...
  • 'Sulemani Keeda' review: The film is refreshingly authentic in its portrayal of friendship December 5, 2014

    Director: Amit Masurkar Cast: Naveen Kasturia, Mayank Tewari, Aditi Vasudev There's not much by way of a groundbreaking plot in debutant writer-director Amit Masurkar's Sulemani Keeda, but this tale of two struggling screenwriters seeking a break in Bollywood feels surprisingly astute. Anyone who's spent an evening hanging out at one of Versova's...
  • Watch: Masand reviews 'Ungli', 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay', 'Penguins of Madagascar' November 29, 2014

    In this episode, CNN-IBN Movies Editor Rajeev Masand reviews movies, 'Ungli', 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' and 'Penguins of Madagascar'. ...
  • 'Penguins of Madagascar' review: The movie feels surprisingly underwhelming November 28, 2014

    Director: Eric Darnell, Simon J Smith Cast: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights Despite their sidekick status in the three Madagascar movies the quartet of wisecracking penguins became such stars by virtue of their comic antics, it was only a matter of time before some smart-alec studio executive came up with the...
  • 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' review: The movie leaves with more question marks than full-stops November 28, 2014

    Director: Francis Lawrence Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth Not very much happens in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. The studio's decision to make two films from the final book in Suzanne Collins' bestselling trilogy may have made sense from a business point of view - hey, it worked...
  • 'Ungli' review: The movie moves along predictably with a lazy screenplay November 28, 2014

    Director: Renzil D'Silva Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Sanjay Dutt There's some good old fashioned earnestness at the core of writer-director Rensil D'silva's Ungli, but the film is so steeped in naiveté and trades in such simplistic solutions, it's as if you're listening to a Class V moral science lesson. Best...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Happy Ending', 'Dumb And Dumber To' November 22, 2014

    CNN-IBN Movies Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Happy Ending' and 'Dumb And Dumber To' in this episode of Now Showing. ...
  • 'Dumb and Dumber To' review: Film is overdependent on old gags November 21, 2014

    Director: Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels As many as six writers are credited with putting Dumb and Dumber To on the screen, and still there's no mistaking that stench of desperation and creative exhaustion that the film so badly reeks of. Sure I found myself laughing intermittently...
  • 'Happy Ending' review: A film that wants to be many things all at once November 21, 2014

    Director: Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Ileana, Kalki Koechlin, Ranvir Shorey Happy Ending, directed by Go Goa Gone's Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, is a neatly packaged piece of fluff pretending to be smarter than it actually is. This is cotton candy trying to pass off as caviar....
  • 'Garm Hava' review: It's a slice of our history that we can't ignore November 14, 2014

    Cast: Balraj Sahni, Farooq Shaikh, Dinanath Zutshi, Badar Begum, Geeta Siddharth, Shaukat Kaifi, AK Hangal Director: MS Sathyu MS Sathyu's 'Garm Hava' remains a potent and evocative study of the ramifications of Partition on the lives of ordinary, innocent people. Relevant even today, 41 years after it first released in 1973, the...
  • 'Boyhood' review: It's an emotionally affecting film with a big beating heart November 14, 2014

    Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke Director: Richard Linklater Life, as they say, is in the little details. Scrawling graffiti on the wall, poring over a lingerie catalogue, standing up to the bully in the school bathroom, going camping with dad, drinking beer for the first time. You get...
  • 'Kill Dil' review: It's not an unwatchable film November 14, 2014

    Cast: Govinda, Ranveer Singh, Ali Zafar, Parineeti Chopra Director: Shaad Ali 'Kill Dil', directed by Shaad Ali, starts off promisingly despite its hackneyed plot. The film stars Ranveer Singh as Dev, and Ali Zafar as Tutu; they're a pair of hardened shooters who work for Bhaiyaji, a grizzled don played by Govinda....
  • 'Nightcrawler' review: The film works best as a slick suspenseful thriller November 7, 2014

    Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton Director: Dan Gilroy There's a creepy, spine-chilling intensity to Jake Gyllenhaal's performance in 'Nightcrawler' that's hard to shake off even hours after you've watched the film. Literally transforming himself physically to look bug-eyed, pale, and wiry thin Gyllenhaal becomes Louis Bloom, an awkward...
  • 'Big Hero 6' review: You'll be chuckling throughout, and 95 minutes will fly by November 7, 2014

    Cast: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr, Génesis Rodríguez, TJ Miller, Daniel Henney, Maya Rudolph Director: Don Hall and Chris Williams It's virtually impossible to resist the charm of 'Big Hero 6', the new film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, at whose center is the touching relationship between...
  • 'Interstellar' review: A film that demands not just to be seen, but experienced November 7, 2014

    Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn Director: Christopher Nolan There is something to admire in virtually every frame of Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'. This is a film of soaring ambition, intimate and epic in equal measure; a bold cosmic adventure with plenty wide-eye moments. But it's...
  • 'The Shaukeens' review: A film not worth the price of a ticket November 7, 2014

    Cast: Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, Piyush Mishra and Lisa Haydon Director: Abhishek Sharma 'The Shaukeens', directed by Tere Bin Laden's Abhishek Sharma and written by Tigmanshu Dhulia, is really two films for the price of one. But sadly neither is worth the price of a ticket. You have the part based...
  • 'Super Nani' review: Its earnestness will appeal anyone who likes to be spoon-fed moral science lessons October 31, 2014

    Cast: Rekha, Sharman Joshi, Randhir Kapoor Director: Indra Kumar If I had a swig of Scotch for each time someone tells Rekha that she belongs in the kitchen, I'd be very drunk watching Super Nani. Come to think of it, that just might be the ideal condition under which to take in...
  • 'Gone Girl' review: A gripping, handsomely mounted film October 31, 2014

    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...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'What If', 'The Judge', 'Sex Tape' and 'Sonali Cable' October 18, 2014

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN IBN Movies Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'What If', 'The Judge', 'Sex Tape' and 'Sonali Cable'....
  • '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...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami' and 'Annabelle' October 11, 2014

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN IBN Movies Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami' and 'Annabelle'. ...
  • '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...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Haider' and 'Bang Bang' October 4, 2014

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN IBN Movies Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Haider' and 'Bang Bang'. He also talks to Tamil superstar Vikram about the role he plays in his upcoming movie 'I'. ...
  • '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...