Movie Reviews

  • 'Oculus' movie review: Unseen terror that distorts perception 13-04-2014 10:16 AM

    Cast: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, Katee Sackhoff Director: Mike Flanagan Do you chew your nails? Does it take you more than one effort to rip the band-aid off? Do you sometimes think you saw some stray object and then when you look again, think you were mistaken? A...
  • Write your review: 'Main Tera Hero'

    Rajeev Masand says 'Main Tera Hero' is a series of forced contrivances. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes ...
  • 'Main Tera Hero' review: The film is a series of forced contrivances 04-04-2014 10:33 PM

    Cast: Varun Dhawan, Ileana D'Cruz, Nargis Fakhri Director : David Dhawan David Dhawan's comedies, the best of them, have been cheerfully low-IQ enterprises, constructed around predictable plot lines involving lookalike protagonists, mistaken identities, cheating husbands, and triangular love stories. When Dhawan was at the top of his game, one or...
  • Write your review: 'O Teri'

    Rajeev Masand says 'O Teri' is too shrill, too convoluted and too dumb. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes ...
  • 'O Teri' review: The film is too shrill, too convoluted and too dumb 28-03-2014 10:35 PM

    Cast: Pulkit Samrat, Bilal Amrohi, Sarah Jane Dias, Anupam Kher, Vijay Raaz, Mandira Bedi Director: Umesh Bisht It must take a special kind of talent to make a film as incoherent and inept as O Teri. I've seen eight-year-olds put up skits in their building compound that were more engaging...
  • 'Dishkiyaoon' review: Unintentionally hilarious 28-03-2014 03:39 PM

    Cast: Harman Baweja, Prashant Narayanan, Sunny Deol, Ayesha Khanna, Aditya Pancholi Director: Sanamjit Singh Talwar There have been many a gangster sagas -- both in Bollywood as well as Hollywood -- some funny, some serious and a chosen few achieving cult status. So where does first-time director Sanamjit Singh Talwar's...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Ankhon Dekhi' and 'Lakshmi' 22-03-2014 03:11 PM

    This week on Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Ankhon Dekhi' and 'Lakshmi'. He also talks to author Nasreen Munni Kabir and actress Waheeda Rehman on the latter's biography. ...
  • Kaphal review: Funny, moving and sensitive, the film is never overtly sentimental 22-03-2014 02:36 PM

    "We don't know if we are coming or going", this is what Kailash, the father in Batul Mukhtiar's Kaphal, says at a crucial point in the film. He will now think about what he will do in the future, he says later. Kailash (Subrat Dutta) is not just talking about...
  • Write your review: 'Lakshmi'

    Rajeev Masand says 'Lakshmi' is weighed down by its 'standard-issue' treatment ...
  • Write your review: Ankhon Dekhi

    Rajeev Masand says 'Ankhon Dekhi' is a flight of fancy. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes ...
  • 'Lakshmi' review: It is weighed down by its 'standard-issue' treatment 22-03-2014 10:29 AM

    Cast: Monali Thakur, Satish Kaushik, Shefali Shetty, Ram Kapoor Director: Nagesh Kukunoor In Lakshmi, writer-director Nagesh Kukunoor takes the unfortunate true story of an underage girl sold off to the flesh trade, and delivers a deliberately disturbing film that's often hard to watch. It's a tricky slope, films about exploitation...
  • 'Ankhon Dekhi' review: It is a flight of fancy 22-03-2014 09:26 AM

    Cast: Sanjay Mishra, Rajat Kapoor Director: Rajat Kapoor Life is a medley of experiences, but are you savoring them or do you just go through the motions? Through the wonderfully whimsical Ankhon Dekhi, writer-director Rajat Kapoor shows us how the journey could be more meaningful if we lived life the...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Bewakoofiyaan' and '3 Days To Kill' 15-03-2014 10:26 AM

    This week on Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Bewakoofiyaan' and '3 Days To Kill'. He also talks to actor Kangana Ranaut on the success of her recent film 'Queen'. ...
  • Write your review: 'Total Siyapaa'

    Rajeev Masand says 'Total Siyapaa' is a premise ripe with comic potential. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes. ...
  • Write your review: 'Gulaab Gang'

    Rajeev Masand says 'Gulaab Gang' is muddled and forgettable. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes. ...
  • Now Showing: Rajeev Masand reviews 'Gunday', 'Her' 15-02-2014 11:53 AM

    This week, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Gunday' and 'Her'. He also speaks to 'Shaadi Ke Side Effects' stars Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan. ...
  • Write your review: 'Her'

    Rajeev Masand says 'Her' is about a romance that feels painfully authentic. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes ...
  • 'Her' review: It's about a romance that feels painfully authentic 14-02-2014 11:05 PM

    Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Scarlett Johansson Director: Spike Jonze Joaquin Phoenix plays a lonely introvert who falls in love with the voice in his computer in Her, written and directed by Being John Malkovich helmer Spike Jonze. The film's curious premise reminded me immediately...
  • Write your review: 'Lone Survivor'

    Rajeev Masand says in 'Lone Survivor' hard not to be moved by the events in the film. What do you say? Write your own review...
  • Write your review: 'Saving Mr Banks'

    Rajeev Masand says 'Saving Mr Banks'could've done with a little less sugar. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes ...
  • Write your review: 'The Lego Movie'

    Rajeev Masand says 'The Lego Movie'- everything awesome in the film. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes ...
  • Write your review: 'Hasee Toh Phasee'

    Rajeev Masand says 'Hasee Toh Phasee' despite its problems, it's pretty good fun 20 minutes ago. What do you say? Write your own review and...
  • 'Lone Survivor' review: Hard not to be moved by the events in the film 07-02-2014 10:45 PM

    Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch Director: Peter Berg It's hard not to be moved by the events of 'Lone Survivor', the harrowing true story of a failed 2005 mission, in which four US Navy Seals were tasked with finding a top Taliban leader. Things begin to...
  • 'Saving Mr Banks' review: It could've done with a little less sugar 07-02-2014 10:39 PM

    Cast: Julie Andrews, Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell Director: John Lee Hancock A year before 'The Sound of Music', in 1964, Julie Andrews starred as the mysterious, magical nanny who floated in from the sky in Disney's beloved children's film 'Mary Poppins'. Now, nearly 50 years later,...
  • 'The Lego Movie' review: Everything awesome in the film 07-02-2014 10:39 PM

    Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Anyone who's ever owned a Lego set will be curious to see how those colored plastic bricks lend themselves to a full-length feature film. The good news is that directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds...
  • Write your review: 'I, Frankenstein'

    Rajeev Masand says 'I, Frankenstein' is silly beyond belief. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes ...
  • Write your review: '12 Years A Slave'

    Rajeev Masand says '12 Years A Slave' breathes with reality. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes ...
  • Write your review: 'One By Two'

    Rajeev Masand says 'One By Two' seldom offers scenarios that are refreshingly original. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes ...
  • 'I, Frankenstein' review: The film is silly beyond belief 31-01-2014 10:31 PM

    Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto, Yvonne Strahovski Director: Stuart Beattie The story of Frankenstein's monster has had many incarnations on screen, but perhaps none as clunky as I, Frankenstein, in which the stitched-up soulless creature is presented as a superhero of sorts. Aaron Eckhart stars as mad scientist...
  • 'One By Two' review: The film seldom offers scenarios that are refreshingly original 31-01-2014 10:30 PM

    Cast: Abhay Deol, Preeti Desai, Lillete Dubey, Rati Agnihotri, Preetika Chawla, Geetika Tyagi, Darshan Jariwala Director: Devika Bhagat The two protagonists in One By Two - a software guy (Abhay Deol) and a dancer (Preeti Desai) - don't meet until the very last scene of the film. It's an usual...