REVIEW

  • Centre to send a team to Himachal to assess crop damage in the state 18 hours 12 minutes ago

    Shimla: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan held a review meeting on the extent of crop damage in the state on Tuesday evening. The review meeting was attended by the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, State Cabinet Ministers and the Union Health Minister. During the meeting, the Union Agricultural Minister assured...
  • Motorola's new Moto E (2nd gen) review: This tortoise loses the race to insomniac rabbits 21 hours 1 minutes ago

    New Delhi: The fable now has a twist in the tale. Moto E, consistent but slow in its efforts in bringing improvements, is the tortoise. While the rabbit(s) in the race has(have) no intention to catch a wink and this is why the fables have turned. Before we delve further into...
  • HTC One M9 review: Better than predecessors, this new phone addresses a major shortcoming - the camera Yesterday

    New York: HTC's flagship One phone has a lot going for it - except for strong sales. In Samsung's and Apple's shadows, HTC barely has any market share despite having good phones. But the latest edition of the HTC One, dubbed M9, is even better than previous year's models, as it...
  • InFocus M2 review: This Rs 4,999 smartphone with 8 MP front and rear cameras is the best bet at this price Yesterday

    Earlier this month, US-based InFocus Mobiles entered the Indian smartphone market with its InFocus M2 3G smartphone. Coming from a company more synonymous with LCD projectors, we were curious to know what kind of phone were they projecting at the Indian consumers. The InFocus M2 has a 4.2-inch display with...
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2 review: The new badshah of budget phones 2 days ago

    One recurring problem with most budget phones is that they also look and feel like budget phones. This is where the newly launched Xiaomi Redmi 2 stands out - the device doesn't reflect its price tag (Rs 6,999). The reason why Xiaomi might have been able to afford this premium feel...
  • 'Valiyavan' review: A half-annulled comedy and an unconvincing plot makes the film boring 4 days ago

    Film: Valiyavan Cast: Jai, Andrea Jeremiah, Bala Saravanan, Azhagam Perumal, Anupama Kumar Director: M. Saravanan 'Valiyavan'... oh boy, a dull drivel from the word go. You are watching a movie whose opening credits appear on a black screen, if you are instantly reminded of a Woody Allen movie, stop your imagination right there. Andrea,...
  • Now Showing: Rajeev Masand reviews 'Gunman' 4 days 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 5 days ago

    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...
  • Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge review: The best Samsung phones ever made 5 days ago

    New York: A better design, sharper camera and easier to use software make the new Galaxy S6 phones the best Samsung has yet to offer. Although Samsung has been praised for its improved hardware, much of what I like is in the software - specifically, what's not in it. After a...
  • Layout by Instagram: Why do we even need a separate app just to create simple collages? 1 week ago

    Instagram just rolled out its new app - Layout - to make it easier for you to create collages. While we were trying to understand what purpose could this separate app serve other than merely creating very basic collages, we played around with it for a while and here's what...
  • Quick review: Motorola Moto Turbo March 24, 2015

    This month witnessed the launch of two Motorola phones in India - with one placed at the top end of the spectrum (Moto Turbo) and the other at the other end (new Moto E). While we have already got our hands on the new Moto E that is now the...
  • 'Yevade Subramanyam' review: The film is a journey of self discovery with earnest performance by Nani March 24, 2015

    Film: Yevade Subramanyam Cast: Nani, Malavika Nair, Vijay Devarakonda, Ritu Varma, Sowcar Janaki, Krishnam Raju, Prathap Pothen. Director: Nag Ashwin Perhaps no possible answer can explain "Who you are". Nag Ashwin in his 'Yevade Subramanyam' tries to take us through the journey of self-discovery. In his own way, he sketches a...
  • IIT and IHM graduates join hands to give tea a new flavour at Chai Thela March 22, 2015

    New Delhi: Catering to the need of every class, two young entrepreneurs have joined hands to give tea a new twist and flavour. Opening six outlets in a year in Noida near Delhi, 'Chai Thela' is gaining popularity with each passing day. Pankaj Judge, a graduate of IIT Kharagpur, and...
  • '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...
  • IF by IFTTT review: If This Then That. Why would you need anything after that? March 20, 2015

    IF, by IFTTT, is one app that makes the tedious task of handling multiple apps easy. From uploading the same picture across social media platforms to automating work anniversary wishes on LinkedIn, IF handles it all smoothly at the touch of a 'recipe.' This week making to our App Review series...
  • 'Hunterrr' tweet review: Script's flaws don't hamper the film's overall impact March 20, 2015

    Gulshan Devaiah is back! And this time, he returns with an entirely different role. The actor not only steps into the zone of a protagonist in the film 'Hunterrr' for the first time, but also manages to shed his negative image highlighted in his past project. Filmmaker Harshwardhan Kulkarni's 'Hunterrr'...
  • Restaurant Review: The Ancient Barbeque March 20, 2015

    After a hard day at work, not everybody is excited about the thought of spending time in the kitchen cooking a healthy dinner. And that's when you look for options to eat out. To unwind. To be in good company. To spend a quality evening with family. So when I...
  • Hyundai i20 Active review: It is one of the best 'cross' vehicles out there March 18, 2015

    Hyundai has jumped onto the 'cross style' of vehicles with the new i20 Active. The 'cross style' essentially are hatchbacks with beefed up bodywork and an elevated stance that makes them appear like SUVs while retaining their hatchback dimensions. The Hyundai i20 Active now joins the herd of the...
  • Restaurant review: Zingo Star? Go for it! March 16, 2015

    When Sohrab Sitaram, a popular name in the hospitality industry, and Raghav Kapoor, an experienced investor and serial entrepreneur, decided to launch Zingo Star, they wanted to create a space which not only offered great food items, but also an ambience that makes it a great hangout for youngsters. Frankly,...
  • '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...
  • With natural characters, 'The Forbidden One' by Zaarra Khader is good weekend read March 13, 2015

    In a perfect mix of emotions 'The Forbidden One' by Zaarra Khader brings out the feelings of those sections of society that have either been socially condoned or not at all addressed as a part of the society. The 10-story-long novel portrayed the society in most appropriate manner it could...
  • 'NH10' tweet review: Disturbing and realistic, the film scores because of its cast and brilliant camera work March 13, 2015

    Director Navdeep Singh's previous film 'Manorama Six Feet Under' was lauded for its poignant story and brilliant performances. The director this time teams up with Phantom Films for Anushka Sharma starrer 'NH10' which also has Neil Bhoopalam in the lead. The story is based on Gurgaon couple who go on a...
  • 'NH10' music review: Dark and gloomy, the soundtrack compliments the storyline March 13, 2015

    One of the major releases this year, Anushka Sharma-starrer 'NH10' has come up with some very different song tracks, much like the movie's storyline appears to be. The movie is a contemporary drama, starring Sharma and Neil Bhoopalam in the lead roles. The album opens with 'Chhil Gaye Naina', which...
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2: First impressions review March 12, 2015

    New Delhi: In what appears to be a strategic move, Xiaomi has introduced the (two-month-old) successor to the low-cost Redmi 1S two days after Motorola brought its new Moto E to India. Named the Redmi 2, the new phone looks more or less the same as its predecessor, but comes...
  • Fotor app for iOS review: Handy, simple to use photo-editor that gives you pro-like results March 12, 2015

    New Delhi: Beginning this week is our regular 'App Review' series, in which we will try to bring you an in-depth analysis of popular and the not-so-popular smartphone apps to enable you to make an informed choice before buying or downloading them. This week it is a photo-editing app,...
  • Apple's new MacBook first impressions review: The 12-inch laptop isn't for everyone March 11, 2015

    San Francisco: The MacBook Air was revolutionary when Apple started selling it in 2008. Though still thin and light, the Air now feels like a cheap cousin next to more powerful MacBook Pro laptops and Windows laptops known as ultrabooks. So Apple returned to the drawing board and came up with...