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  • Now Showing: Rajeev Masand reviews 'Gunman' 11 hours 0 minutes ago

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Gunman'. ...
  • 'The Gunman' review: It attempts to blend social conscience with a revenge-themed plot but ends up getting muddled Yesterday

    Cast: Sean Penn, Jasmine Trinca, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone, Idris Elba, Mark Rylance Director: Pierre Morel Sean Penn's new film 'The Gunman' could well serve as an audition tape for the two-time Oscar-winning actor to merit a role in the next Expendables movie. At 54, Penn appears to be in the best...
  • Now Showing: Rajeev Masand reviews 'Hunterrr', 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel', and 'Cinderella' 1 week ago

    In this episode of 'Now Showing', CNN-IBN's Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews Hashvardhan Kulkarni's 'Hunterrr' and two Hollywood releases 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel', and 'Cinderella'. ...
  • 'Cinderella' review: Kenneth Branagh delivers a full carnival-style orgy of colorful gowns, pirouetting princesses March 20, 2015

    Director: Kenneth Branagh Cast: Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi, Helena Bonham Carter Encouraged no doubt by the enormous success of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, and Maleficent, the revisionist take on Sleeping Beauty that starred Angelina Jolie as the misunderstood witch, Disney gives another one...
  • 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' review: It packs in more than it can comfortably handle in its two-hour running time March 20, 2015

    Director: John Madden Cast: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup, David Strathairn, Richard Gere You have to hand it to them; they didn't lie when they titled it 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'. This sequel to 2012's surprise hit, about a group of...
  • 'Hunterrr' review: It's promising but ultimately disappointing March 20, 2015

    Director: Hashvardhan Kulkarni Cast: Gulshan Devaiah, Radhika Apte More than a few young men will likely recognize themselves in snatches from the growing up years of Mandar Ponkshe, the protagonist of 'Hunterrr'. Skipping class to sneak into an adult film, gathering with friends outside a girls' school during lunch break, brushing up...
  • Now Showing: Rajeev Masand reviews 'NH10', 'Focus' and 'Chappie' March 14, 2015

    On this show of Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand review 'NH10', 'Focus' and 'Chappie'. Also on the show actor Ayushmaan Khurrana on his movies and success. ...
  • 'Chappie' review: It's derivative not fun March 13, 2015

    Director: Neill Blomkamp Cast: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Watkin Tudor Jones, Yolandi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman 'District 9' and 'Elysium' director Neill Blomkamp's latest film 'Chappie' has a distinctly recycled feel to it. I spent most of the film's running time picking out all the references to other...
  • 'Focus' review: A large part of the film you have a good time March 13, 2015

    Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro Will Smith's greatest strength as a movie star has always been his consummate charm, even if it did fail him in his last starring role, in the deathly dull sci-fi stinker After Earth. Thankfully, Big Willie brings his A-game to...
  • 'NH10' review: It's often terrifying on this highway, but you'll be glad you were there for the ride March 13, 2015

    Director: Navdeep Singh Cast: Anushka Sharma, Neil Bhoopalam 'NH10', directed by Navdeep Singh, is about a road trip that goes horribly wrong when a young married couple crosses paths with a gang of ruthless killers on the national highway. It's a standard genre movie on the surface, and Singh does a...
  • Now Showing: Rajeev Masand reviews 'Against The Sun' and 'Coffee Bloom' March 7, 2015

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Against The Sun' and 'Coffee Bloom'. ...
  • Against The Sun' review: Little to admire in a film that is handsomely mounted but lazily scripted March 7, 2015

    Director: Brian Falk Cast: Garret Dillahunt, Tom Felton, Jake Abel 'Against the Sun' is the latest entry in the 'ocean survival movie' genre, which includes such superior films as 'Life of Pi', the Robert Redford starrer 'All is Lost', and even the recent Angelina Jolie-directed biopic 'Unbroken'. Based on a true-life...
  • 'Coffee Bloom' review: A weak brew having ingredients of a good drama March 7, 2015

    Director: Manu Warrier Cast: Arjun Mathur, Sugandha Garg, Mohan Kapur It's not often that a man gets closure in his life and in relationships through coffee, but Dev Anand Cariappa, the tortured protagonist of 'Coffee Bloom' somehow manages this feat. Directed by debutante Manu Warrier, the film is set in the plantations...
  • Turning Point: Director Sriram Raghavan's take on 'The Shawshank Redemption' February 28, 2015

    Bollywood director Sriram Raghavan takes on the 1994 Hollywood movie 'The Shawshank Redemption' directed by Frank Darabont. ...
  • Now Showing: Rajeev Masand reviews 'Ab Tak Chhappan 2', 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha', and 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' February 28, 2015

    On this show of Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand review Ejaz Gulab directed 'Ab Tak Chhappan 2', Sharat Kataria directed 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha', and a Hollywood movie 'Kingsman: The Secret Service'. Also on the show Badlapur's director Sriram Raghavan takes on 'The Shawshank Redemption'. ...
  • 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' review: The film is a spectacle of cartoon violence and irreverent humor February 27, 2015

    Director: Matthew Vaughn Cast: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson Kingsman: The Secret Service is a spectacle of cartoon violence and irreverent humor; it's exactly the sort of wildly entertaining experience that we go to the movies for. This cheeky send-up of classic James Bond films cements director Matthew Vaughn's reputation...
  • 'Ab Tak Chhappan 2' review: The film is an entirely pointless sequel February 27, 2015

    Director: Ejaz Gulab Cast: Vikram Gokhale, Govind Namdeo, Gul Panag, Nana Patekar, Ashutosh Rana Ab Tak Chhappan 2 is an entirely pointless sequel, a film that has frankly no business to exist. It has neither plot nor relevance, and even at a running time of 1 hour and 41 minutes, it feels...
  • 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' review: It's a charming film that you really shouldn't miss February 27, 2015

    Director: Sharat Kataria Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanjay Mishra, Bhumi Pednekar, Vidushi Mehra The title Dum Laga Ke Haisha has a nice ring to it. These words, commonly chanted when doing any kind of physically strenuous work, evoke an affectionate nostalgia for a time gone by a time before mobile phones took over...
  • Now Showing: Rajeev Masand reviews 'Badlapur', 'Qissa', 'Whiplash' and 'Wild' February 21, 2015

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Badlapur', 'Qissa', 'Whiplash' and 'Wild'. ...
  • 'Whiplash' review: It never lets up or loosens its grip on your attention February 20, 2015

    Cast: Miles Teller, JK Simmons, Paul Reiser Director: Damien Chazelle JK Simmons, best remembered for playing impatient Daily Bugle publisher J Jonah Jameson who regularly underpaid Peter Parker for coveted photos of the mysterious web-slinger in Sam Raimi's Spider-man movies, takes bullying to a whole new level in 'Whiplash'. Bald as...
  • 'Wild' review: It proves to be that rare movie about an epic life-changing journey February 20, 2015

    Cast: Gaby Hoffmann, Reese Witherspoon Director: Jean-Marc Vallée Too many metaphors are employed to convey the story of Cheryl Strayed, a young woman who sets off on a grueling 1000-mile hike in order to exorcise personal demons, in 'Wild'. Reese Witherspoon plays the protagonist, who's shouldering a massive backpack that symbolizes...
  • 'Qissa' review: It's in tradition of compelling folktale that you can't shake off once you've heard it February 20, 2015

    Cast: Irrfan Khan, Tillotama Shome, Tisca Chopra Director: Anup Singh 'Qissa', directed and co-written by Anup Singh, is the haunting tale of a girl who grows up as a boy. The film shows a Partition-displaced Sikh villager Umber Singh (Irrfan Khan), so consumed by his hunger to have a son that...
  • 'Badlapur' review: It keeps you on your toes, curious to see where its twists and turns will lead February 20, 2015

    Cast: Varun Dhawan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Yami Gautam Director: Sriram Raghavan The sheer thrill of watching a film and not knowing what will happen next is one of the great pleasures offered by director Sriram Raghavan's unpredictable and deliciously twisted revenge thriller 'Badlapur'. The film stages a chilling battle of wits...
  • Never been exploited in the industry, says Mallika Sherawat February 14, 2015

    Mallika Sherawat in conversation with Rajeev Masand said that she had never been exploited in the industry. "It is always fun breaking the norms and set rules," said the bold actress. ...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Roy' February 14, 2015

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews Ranbir Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez and Arjun Rampal starrer 'Roy'. ...
  • 'Roy' review: The film limps lethargically and collapse in a predictable twist ending February 13, 2015

    Director: Vikramjit Singh Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Arjun Rampal It's hard not to become deeply suspicious and cynical about the movie business when you have watched a film like Roy. Is it really enough that Ranbir Kapoor agrees to make an extended cameo, for a producer to pump money into this...
  • 'I Am Offended' review: It opens mind towards humor and right to free speech February 7, 2015

    Director: Jaideep Varma Throw a stone in India, and chances are that you'll offend somebody. If you're a stand-up comic, this is a way of life - the genre is one of the last bastions of free speech, a fact explored deeply in Jaideep Varma's documentary I Am Offended. But will...
  • 'Wild Card' review: It gets you in trouble with disappointment February 7, 2015

    Director: Simon West Cast: Jason Statham, Michael Angarano, Dominik Garcia-Lorido I can't remember the last time I saw an actor look so bored on screen as Jason Statham in Wild Card. There's resignation in his tired eyes, his one-liners are delivered without punch, and there are just way too many scenes of...
  • 'Shamitabh' review: The promising film comes undone by the curse of the second half February 6, 2015

    Director: R Balki Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush, Akshara Like his previous films "Cheeni Kum" and "Paa", director R Balki's "Shamitabh" is constructed around a terrific, refreshingly original premise. A superstar is born when a talented but mute struggling actor (Dhanush) 'borrows' the booming baritone of an ageing alcoholic drifter (Amitabh Bachchan). Balkiskillfully...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Birdman', 'Rahasya' and 'Hawaizaada' January 31, 2015

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Birdman', 'Rahasya' and 'Hawaizaada'. ...