REVIEW

  • Asus EeeBook X205 review: Reincarnation of the netbook 6 days ago

    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...
  • BlackBerry Classic review: Attractive, but unlikely to bring an iPhone user back to BlackBerry December 31, 2014

    New York: The BlackBerry's blinking red light used to haunt me. Just when I thought I could relax, enjoy a nice dinner or go for a run, my BlackBerry would start blinking again, signalling a new message. I was an addict. Typing with one hand, hiding the BlackBerry under the dinner...
  • Facebook apologises after its 'Year in Review' app stirs up sad memories December 28, 2014

    New York: Facebook has apologised for the grief its "Year in Review" app caused some of its users while dishing out good memories along with the bad ones. The social working site compiled a "Year in Review" video for every user, allowing them to reminisce over the highlights of the past...
  • Watch: Kanan Gill and Biswa Kalyan on IBNLive December 27, 2014

    Kanan Gill and Biswa Kalyan talks about how did they started with a YouTube channel.Their pretentious movie reviews are a huge hit on YouTube. For more, watch this video. ...
  • 'Ugly' review: Twists galore, Anurag Kashyap's latest keeps you hooked December 27, 2014

    Film: 'Ugly' Cast: Rahul Bhat, Ronit Roy, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Girish Kulkarni, Surveen Chawla Director: Anurag Kashyap Rating: 4/5 New Delhi: Right in the beginning of 'Ugly', there is a scene where Rahul Bhatt and Vineet Singh go to file a case of a missing child. The inspector on duty, played by a brilliant Marathi...
  • 'Chinnadana Neekosam' quick review: Been there, seen that December 26, 2014

    Film: 'Chinnadana Neekosam' Director: A Karunakaran Cast: Nithiin, Mishti Chakraborty, Nassar, Naresh, Sithara Rating: 2.5/5 What we like: The story of 'Chinnadana Neekosam' begins promisingly. Nithiin is your average cool dude, whose parents will be more than happy if he finds a nice sweet girl for himself. Enter the fair beauty Nandini (Mishti Chakraborty),...
  • 'Ugly' tweet review: It has a compelling story but makes you a tad bit uncomfortable December 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Anurag Kashyap always makes his viewers think. His latest- 'Ugly' is a gritty thriller narrating a story of upmanship of two men in search of their daughter. Featuring Ronit Roy, Tejaswini Kolhapure and Rahut Bhat, the story is of cat and mouse chase in search of a missing child....
  • Why you'll enjoy watching 'PK' again. And again. December 23, 2014

    In less than a week, I've watched 'PK' twice. And I know that there are many like me who've done exactly the same. I'm neither a die-hard supporter of Aamir Khan, nor a true believer of films that have relevant life lessons for us to assimilate. But after watching the...
  • Ravi Shastri feels DRS can be used for 'howlers' December 22, 2014

    Melbourne: India cricketers' stance on the Decision Review System (DRS) seem to be softening with the national team director Ravi Shastri saying that the technology can be used in the event of "howlers". Former captain Shastri was quoted as saying by 'The Australian' that as a member of the ICC Technical...
  • 'PK' review: It's a courageous film that sticks to Hirani's well-oiled formula December 19, 2014

    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...
  • Pakistan to challenge 26/11 mastermind Lakhvi's bail; India conveys strong concern over court order December 19, 2014

    Islamabad: After widespread criticism over bail to dreaded terrorist Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi just two days after the massacre in a Peshawar school, Pakistan government is set to file a review petition in High Court seeking cancellation of the bail. Pakistan has also decided to keep the LeT operations commander in jail...