REVIEW

  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Birdman', 'Rahasya' and 'Hawaizaada' 12 hours 32 minutes ago

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Birdman', 'Rahasya' and 'Hawaizaada'. ...
  • 'Birdman' review: The film has a delicious script, and characters bring the acidic dialogue to life Yesterday

    Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Alejandro González Iñáritu Cast: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton There's a real joy that comes from watching a smart film from listening to crackling dialogue delivered by terrific actors who're at the top of their game. Birdman, co-written and directed by Alejandro González Iñáritu, is easily...
  • 'Rahasya' review: Movie's implausible script quickly ditches real events Yesterday

    Director: Manish Gupta Cast: Tisca Chopra, Kay Kay Menon, Ashwini Khalsekar The teenaged daughter of a pair of doctors is found murdered in her room one morning, her throat slit with surgical precision. Not long after, the bloodied corpse of the family servant is discovered in their home too. Evidence seems...
  • 'Hawaizaada' review: The film is jingoistic, melodramatic, naive, and often illogical Yesterday

    Director: Vibhu Puri Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Jeffrey Goldberg, Ayushmann Khurrana There isn't much evidence in history books to support the claim that director Vibhu Puri makes in Hawaizaada - that it was a Maharashtrian mulga in 1895, and not the globally acknowledged aviation pioneers, the Wright Brothers, eight years later in 1903,...
  • 'Hawaizaada' tweet review: With a slow pace and shaky ending, the film is painfully average Yesterday

    New Delhi: Did you know that there's a chance that the famous Wright brothers weren't the first humans to soar the skies? Revolving around the life of a scientist in the late 1800s, Ayushmann Khurrana's new film 'Hawaizaada' takes a look at this intriguing fable. Directed by Vibhu Puri, the film...
  • Tata Bolt review: The hatchback does have the potential to do well 6 days ago

    We got to drive the production ready version in Udaipur recently and here's what we think of Tata's latest. Styling While the overall silhouette and stance of the Bolt look familiar, Tata designers have done a good job by working extensively on the existing X11 platform. Every panel is new - this...
  • Microsoft HoloLens review: Unfinished, but shows potential 1 week ago

    Redmond: Microsoft didn't use skydivers or stunt cyclists to introduce what it hopes will be the next big leap in computing technology. Instead, with its new HoloLens headset, the company is offering real-world examples to show how you might use three-dimensional digital images - or holograms - in daily life. And...
  • 'Dolly Ki Doli' review: The film has improbable scenarios for easy laughs January 23, 2015

    Director: Abhishek Dogra Cast: Sonam Kapoor , Malaika Arora, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub At a crisp 100 minutes, Dolly Ki Doli is likely shorter than your average Indian wedding, which, as it happens, is the setting for much of this film's drama and comedy. Sonam Kapoor plays Dolly, a seasoned con artist...
  • 'Baby' review: The film is a khichdi of influences, uneven film January 23, 2015

    Director: Neeraj Pandey Cast: Akshay Kumar, Zachary Coffin, Rana Daggubati, Danny Denzongpa Borrowing its structure from Zero Dark Thirty, its climax from Argo, its intention from Nikhil Advani's D-Day, and its occasionally jingoistic tone from your standard Bollywood B-movie, Baby, directed by Neeraj Pandey, is a khichdi of influences, and an...
  • 'Dolly Ki Doli' music review: It has its moments of substance and fluff January 22, 2015

    Music: Sajid-Wajid Lyrics: Danish Sabri, Irfan Kamal Sajid-Wajid the unquestionable regulars in everything to do with Salman Khan have gone all out to come up with a score that's quite entertaining for the superstar's home production, 'Dolly Ki Doli'. Going by the composing duo's track record they have managed to come...
  • Asus EeeBook X205 review: Reincarnation of the netbook January 19, 2015

    Remember the Eee PC? The little laptops that they called netbooks that were once a rage? I had have one too - the Asus Eee PC 1000H. The little hardy thing survived many a fall and even after seven years boots up fast whenever I need it as a backup....
  • 'The Imitation Game' review: Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley are brilliant, outshine the film's script January 16, 2015

    Director: Morten Tyldum Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech There is certainly something intriguing and fascinating about the past, which is precisely why the filmmakers and the actors have always taken interest in biographical films or biopics, as they are...
  • 'American Sniper' review: It is a blunt, uncomfortable and thought-provoking film January 16, 2015

    Cast: Bradley Cooper and Kyle Gallner Director: Clint Eastwood Bradley Cooper's measured performance in Clint Eastwood's American Sniper is one that stays with you. It burrows its way into a faraway corner of your consciousness and just stays there. For days. Cooper plays real-life Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, on whose memoir the...
  • 'Paddington' review: It's warm and full of affection; a film one shouldn't miss January 16, 2015

    Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters Director: Paul King Paddington, like some of the best children's films, is clever, funny, and likely to appeal as much to adults. Based on the popular children's books by Michael Bond, the film, about a small talking bear with a Marmalade habit, is in equal...
  • 'The theory of everything' review: The movie is worth a watch for the performances January 16, 2015

    Cast: Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones Director: James Marsh The Theory of Everything is an ordinary film about an extraordinary life. Director James Marsh takes a conventional approach to telling the complex life story of brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking, one of the most fascinating figures in modern history. The film's strength is...
  • 'I' review: There's a lesson in I for makers of masala movies January 16, 2015

    Cast: Vikram and Amy Jackson Director: Shankar The highly anticipated romantic thriller I from visionary Tamil director Shankar is a work of staggering ambition, somewhat weighed down by the filmmaker's own indulgence. Clocking in at a butt-numbing three hours and six minutes, the film works off a busy story that's centered on...
  • 'Alone' review: No more than two decent scares in this criminally uninspired film January 16, 2015

    Cast: Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover Director: Bhushan Patel Buried somewhere beneath all the shrieks and scares in the ominously titled horror film Alone is a black comedy straining to reveal itself. Think about it: one half of a pair of conjoined twins demands to be surgically cut off from her...
  • 'The Imitation Game' tweet review: You actually want to watch it for Benedict Cumberbatch January 16, 2015

    'The Imitation Game' has quite clearly left an impact. With 8 nominations at the 2015 Academy Awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, the film has proved that its idea, content, and the execution has been the best and most convincing. 'The Imitation Game', which...
  • 'Aambala' review: This Vishal, Hansika Motwani-starrer is a mash-up of overdone action, insane comedy and loud music January 16, 2015

    Film: 'Aambala' Cast: Vishal, Hansika, Vaibhav Reddy, Santhanam, Prabhu, Sathish, Ramya Krishnan, Madhuurima, Maadhavi Latha, Kiran Rathod, Aishwarya, Sriman, Pradeep Rawat, Manobala, Tulasi Director: Sundar C Rating: 2.5 Bangalore: 'Aambala' is irreverent from the word go. The film would have fallen flat on its nose if not for Santhanam and some dash...
  • 'I' Tweet Review: The film has a thin plot, but Vikram manages to look convincing, earnest and real January 15, 2015

    New Delhi: Larger-than-life canvas, beautiful locations, a dazzling beauty, and a hero that plays four startlingly different roles. Shankar's latest film 'I' has all the ingredients of an interesting watch. Starring Vikram, Amy Jackson and Upen Patel in key roles, 'I' has been released all the major south Indian languages, as...
  • 'Gopala Gopala' review: Pawan Kalyan as the nonchalant God and Venkatesh make an entertaining team January 11, 2015

    Film: 'Gopala Gopala' Cast: Venkatesh, Pawan Kalyan, Shriya, Krishnudu, Mithun Chakraborty, Posani Krishna Murali, Madhu Shalini, Vennela Kishore, Raghu Babu. Director: Kishore Kumar Pardasany Stars: 3.5 Has God created man or has man created God? If God is within us, evil too resides in us. What's the line of separation? Well, these are...
  • 'Taken 3' review: The film wastes your time and money January 9, 2015

    Cast: Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Famke Janssen, and Maggie Grace Director: Olivier Megaton In a recent interview while promoting the film, Liam Neeson said: "It would be insulting if someone got taken in Taken 3." Evidently the 62-year-old star of the money-grabbing action franchise is aware of just how ridiculous these...
  • 'Big Eyes' review: It's a film that keeps you riveted through its drama January 9, 2015

    Cast: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Jon Polito, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, and Terence Stamp Director: Tim Burton There's barely a trace of Tim Burton's signature elements in 'Big Eyes' - no Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter, no Gothic stylings, no creepy monsters - and yet, this true-life story about...
  • 'Tevar' review: It's an exhausting film January 9, 2015

    Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Manoj Bajpai Director: Amit Ravindernath Sharma 'Tevar', starring Arjun Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha, is an exhausting film. The kind that leaves you feeling like you've just run the marathon... but with none of the satisfaction, or the sense of achievement that comes with reaching the...
  • 'Tevar' music review : Calling this album Sajid-Wajid's best would be an exaggeration January 9, 2015

    Mumbai: Music scores of the composing duo Sajid Wajid has been part of many films that belong to the 100-crore club. Sajid-Wajid have been a permanent fixture in Salman films like 'Dabangg', 'Dabangg 2', 'Ek Tha Tiger' and then some more. Boney Kapoor's 'Tevar' also has the (for the...
  • 'Tevar' tweet review: The movie is great fun, full-to filmy and 100% desi January 9, 2015

    New Delhi: Boy meets girl. Boy saves girl. But then the boy and the girl are plunged into a thrilling chase around the Indian heartland, being chased by goons of all shapes and sizes. Amit Ravindernath Sharma's film 'Tevar' has already been generating a lot of buzz. A remake of the...
  • Watch: This 'pretentious' review of 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge' will make you rethink your idea of romance January 7, 2015

    Hilarious review of cult 90s film 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge' by YouTube comedians Kanan Gill and Biswa Kalyan Rath will leave you in splits. As they minutely examine the "creepiness" of Shah Rukh Khan, the unibrow of Kajol and the general Bollywood-ness of the film, you'll wonder why ever were...
  • 'The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death' review: It isn't worth your time January 3, 2015

    Cast: Phoebe Fox, Jeremy Irvine Director: Tom Harper Rating: 1/5 The film, set in 1941, kicks off with the impact of World War II. While many are trying their best to hide from the Nazis, Eve (Phoebe Fox), also a London native, take on the responsibility of saving as many orphaned children...
  • 'Shivam' review: Upendra's secular speeches and Ragini Dwivedi's dancing skills will test your patience January 2, 2015

    Cast: Upendra, Saloni, Ragini Dwivedi, Sharath Lohitashwa, Ravi Shankar, Srinivasa Murthy, Avinash, Bullet Prakash, Doddanna, Sihi Kahi Chandru. Director: Srinivasa Raju Rating: 1.5/5 Bangalore: To understand the basic plot of 'Shivam', one needs to sit for 3/4th of the duration of the film; and that's perhaps the only way the film pushes...
  • 'Unbroken' review: The film is respectable, competently directed, performed January 2, 2015

    Cast: Jack O'Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson Director: Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie's second film as director, Unbroken, is based on the amazing true-life story of former Olympic runner Louis Zamperini who spent two-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war during World War II. The film has enough plot to fill three full-length...