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  • 'Transcendence' review: The film is clunky and lifeless 18-04-2014 11:37 PM

    Cast: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman Director: Wally Pfister If Spike Jonze's 'Her' imagined a delicate, heartfelt romance between man and his artificially intelligent operating system, then 'Transcendence', directed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister, takes a less optimistic view of the future, cautioning us about the dangers of relying...
  • '2 States' review: It's a long, indulgent film that wears you out 18-04-2014 11:34 PM

    Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt Director: Abhishek Varman Madrasis are dark, Punjabis are cash-obsessed, and never the twain shall meet. Those familiar prejudices make for a legitimate movie pitch, but '2 States', directed by first-timer Abhishek Varman, is a frustrating case of a promising premise that doesn't fully fructify into...
  • 'Rio 2' review: The film is predictable yet undeniably entertaining 11-04-2014 10:34 PM

    Director: Carlos Saldanha "Rio 2" has neither the wit of "The Lego Movie", nor the classic appeal of "Frozen", yet it's a perfectly enjoyable sequel, bright and beautiful to look at, and set to a clutch of terrific tunes. Like its 2011 predecessor, it's a charming and cheerful film that...
  • 'Divergent' review: It's surprisingly dull and feels over-familiar 11-04-2014 10:32 PM

    Cast: Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet Director: Neil Burger Name this film. Somewhere in the post-apocalyptic future, a select batch of youngsters is put through life-threatening challenges as part of the rigid designs of a controlling society. But one teenage girl dares to defy the system and rebels against the government....
  • 'Bhoothnath Returns' review: The film works as it has a heart 11-04-2014 10:30 PM

    Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Parth Bhalerao, Boman Irani Director: Nitesh Tiwari Its release shrewdly timed just as the nation goes to polls, "Bhoothnath Returns" casts a satirical eye on the messy business of Indian politics and the workings of election campaigns. The twist, of course, is that it's a 60-something-year-old invisible...
  • '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...
  • 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' review: It delivers a bang for your buck 04-04-2014 10:28 PM

    Cast: Chris Evans, Samuel L Jackson, Scarlett Johansson Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo The Winter Soldier isn't just a good film; it's a pretty terrific one. Are you surprised? Because I certainly was. Let's face it, Captain America is by far the dullest fella in the Marvel canon, blessed with...
  • 'Youngistaan' review: The film is unnecessarily stretched out 28-03-2014 10:40 PM

    Star Cast: Jackky Bhagnani, Neha Sharma, Farooque Shaikh, Boman Irani Director: Syed Ahmad Afzal 'Youngistaan' starts off promisingly as a fish-out-of-water comedy about a carefree, 28-year-old who is thrown into the messy world of politics when, after the death of his father, he's roped in to replace him as Prime...
  • '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...
  • '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...
  • '3 Days To Kill' review: The film has a handful of inspired moments 14-03-2014 10:35 PM

    Cast: Kevin Costner, Connie Nielson, Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard Director: McG There's a scene in Kevin Costner's new film, '3 Days To Kill', in which he rescues his teenage daughter from a bunch of boys trying to get fresh with her in the restroom of a nightclub. The image of...
  • 'Bewakoofiyaan' review: The film is lightweight, not lighthearted, with a dead duck script 14-03-2014 10:33 PM

    Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Sonam Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Director: Nupur Asthana Buried somewhere beneath all the fluff in director Nupur Asthana's 'Bewakoofiyaan' is the kernel of an interesting idea - love in the time of recession. Set in the very believable world of upwardly mobile 20-something-year-olds, the film reflects a generation...
  • 'Total Siyapaa' review: It is a premise ripe with comic potential 07-03-2014 10:33 PM

    Cast: Yami Gautam, Ali Zafar, Anupam Kher, Kirron Kher Director: E Niwas 'Total Siyapaa,' directed by E Niwas, puts a nice little spin on the typical meet-the-parents scenario. Asha (Vicky Donor's Yami Gautam) is a Punjabi girl living in London. When she brings home her boyfriend Aman (Ali Zafar) for...
  • 'Dallas Buyers Club' review: It is a poignant yet inspiring film 28-02-2014 10:39 PM

    Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner Director: Jean-Marc Valley Matthew McConaughey has hardly given us reason to think of him as someone tipped to win an acting Oscar. But the star of such syrupy rom-coms as 'The Wedding Planner', 'How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days' and 'Failure...
  • 'Nebraska' review: It's a quietly moving film that'll stay with you 28-02-2014 10:36 PM

    Cast: Bruce Dern, June Squibb, Will Forte Director: Alexander Payne 'Nebraska', directed by Alexander Payne, is one of my favorites of this year's Best Picture Oscar nominees. It's the kind of movie we don't often see at the cinemas because it's utterly simple, and because it's about real people who're...
  • 'Shaadi Ke Side Effects' review: It is predictable but hopelessly fun 28-02-2014 10:33 PM

    Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Vidya Balan, Purab Kohli, Ila Arun, Ram Kapoor Director: Saket Chaudhury Early on in 'Shaadi Ke Side Effects', Sid (Farhan Akhtar) reveals his secret to avoiding confrontations with his wife Trisha (Vidya Balan): "When I'm in the wrong, I say sorry. When she's in the wrong, I...
  • Idol Chat: George Clooney talks about his directorial venture 'The Monuments Men' 22-02-2014 03:32 PM

    This week on Now Showing, Rajeev Masand speaks to Director George Clooney on his directorial venture 'The Monuments Men'. The movie sees a band of ageing art experts venture to the front lines of World War II to recover important works of art stolen by the Nazis. It's a fascinating...
  • 'Gulabi Gang' review: It reminds the vulnerability of women in rural India 21-02-2014 10:43 PM

    Director: Nishtha Jain Dressed in pink sarees and wielding lathis to dispense justice, the Gulabi Gang, a vigilante group of women in Bundelkhand in Northern India, have fascinated filmmakers ever since the group was founded in 2006 by Sampat Pal. Nishtha Jain's Gulabi Gang comes on the heels of British...
  • 'The Monuments Men' review: It requires nerves of steel to get through 21-02-2014 10:40 PM

    Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban Director: George Clooney The Monuments Men, co-written and directed by George Clooney, sees a band of ageing art experts venture to the front lines of World War II to recover important works of...
  • 'Highway' review: It will tire you out well before it's over 21-02-2014 10:32 PM

    Star Cast: Alia Bhatt, Randeep Hooda Director: Imtiaz Ali At one point in writer-director Imtiaz Ali's Highway, Alia Bhatt's character Veera, who has been kidnapped and taken hostage in the back of a truck, pops in an English music CD and begins gyrating to a tune in the middle of...
  • '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...
  • 'Gunday' review: It's certainly a case of potential squandered 14-02-2014 11:00 PM

    Cast: Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Irrfan, Saurabh Shukla, Pankaj Tripathi, Manu Rishi Director: Ali Abbas Zafar The nostalgia that Gunday evokes is unmistakably 70s Bollywood. From its best-friends-versus-the-world premise to clap-trap dialogues delivered with clenched teeth and flared nostrils, to the messy hand-to-hand fight scenes...the ingredients are certainly...
  • '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...
  • 'Hasee Toh Phasee' review: Despite its problems, it's pretty good fun 07-02-2014 10:35 PM

    Cast: Parineeti Chopra, Sidharth Malhotra Director: Vinil Matthew A young man finds himself drawn to his fiancee's sister in the days leading up to his wedding. That ghisa pita formula gets a fresh coat of paint in ad-filmmaker Vinil Matthew's feature debut, 'Hasee Toh Phasee', a not-always-convincing but seldom boring...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'One By Two', '12 Years A Slave' and 'I, Frankenstein' 01-02-2014 12:17 PM

    CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'One By Two', '12 Years A Slave' and 'I, Frankenstein'. Also on the show, actors Parineeti Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra talk about their upcoming movie 'Hasi to Phasi'. ...
  • '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...