Review

  • Windows Phone 8.1 review: Advances but still remains a work in progress 16-04-2014 10:05 AM

    New York: Microsoft's new Windows system for smartphones addresses many of the shortcomings in previous versions. Before, voice search lacked the natural language interactions of Apple's Siri and Google Now. The updated Windows Phone system has Cortana, which combines Siri's personality with Google Now's knack for anticipating what you need...
  • Microsoft's Cortana review: Its improvements over Siri, Google Now aren't enough to switch to Windows Phone 15-04-2014 10:03 AM

    New York: "Yay, it's Nick! How can I help?" Thanks for asking, Cortana. And thanks for making the Windows phone software better, Microsoft. With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way. Microsoft takes some of the best parts of...
  • 'The First XI' is about junior version of IPL 14-04-2014 11:52 PM

    Joy Bhattacharjya, the director of Kolkata Knightriders, in his first book writes about a fictional junior version of the IPL targeted at 10+ ages. The book may be titled 'The First XI' but you walk away with four principal characters who seem to have walked straight out of recent mainstream...
  • 'Oculus' movie review: Unseen terror that distorts perception 13-04-2014 10:16 AM

    Cast: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, Katee Sackhoff Director: Mike Flanagan Do you chew your nails? Does it take you more than one effort to rip the band-aid off? Do you sometimes think you saw some stray object and then when you look again, think you were mistaken? A...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Bhoothnath Returns', 'Rio 2' 12-04-2014 11:06 AM

    Rajeev Masand reviews Amitabh Bachchan-starrer 'Bhoothnath Returns' and 'Rio 2' in this episode of Now Showing. Watch the video for more reviews and an interview with Anne Hathaway and Andy Garcia on the making of 'Rio 2'. ...
  • Mike Falnagan's 'Oculus' Tweet Review 12-04-2014 10:42 AM

    New Delhi: Eerie settings, spooky situations and haunted mirrors. The latest horror film this week, 'Oculus' (which literally means, "an eye"), has been directed by Mike Flanagan. The movie originally had its world premiere on September 8, 2013, at the Toronto International Film Festival. Starring Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory...
  • '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....
  • Galaxy S5 review: There's enough in it to give Samsung another hit 10-04-2014 07:39 AM

    New York: There's a lot to like about Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone - among them, its relative lack of features. Don't get me wrong. The company's new flagship smartphone has plenty of innovations, including water resistance, a heart rate sensor and a fingerprint reader to bypass security passcodes. The...
  • 'The Syria Dilemma': The only flaw is essays aren't arranged 09-04-2014 09:43 AM

    Simply put, there is no good option in Syria. Not only has the time passed for the international community to be able to effect an internal solution to the crisis inside the country, the geopolitical dynamics outside Syria are also changing at a rapid pace. So even if there was...
  • Amazon Fire TV review: A great device, but not fully ready 06-04-2014 11:03 AM

    New York: Amazon's new Fire TV streaming device shows a lot of potential in bringing together the best features from competing devices and adding voice search on top of that. But for now, it's largely promise: Many of the best features work with only a handful of video services, which...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Main Tera Hero', 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' 05-04-2014 01:26 PM

    This week on Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Main Tera Hero' and 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'. He also talks to legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan about his film 'Bhootnath Returns'. ...
  • Write your review: 'Main Tera Hero'

    Rajeev Masand says 'Main Tera Hero' is a series of forced contrivances. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes ...
  • '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...
  • 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Tweet review: A treat for the ardent fans 04-04-2014 02:46 PM

    New Delhi: Of all the spandex-clad, mask-wearing superheroes, Captain America is one of the old school. Obviously, because he was created during an earlier era -- World War II, to be precise -- when stars and stripes on uniforms were the height of cool. After his stint with the S.H.I.E.L.D....
  • 'Main Tera Hero' tweet review: No exceptional performances in this mediocre comedy 04-04-2014 09:55 AM

    From playing a spoilt brat in Karan Johar's 'Student Of The Year' to being the solo hero in his new film 'Main Tera Hero', Varun Dhawan has made a move for which many debutantes have to wait for years. Considering the fact that Varun features as the protagonist in father...
  • Harley-Davidson Street 750 review: It's value for money 30-03-2014 01:06 PM

    We have ridden the Harley-Davidson Street 750 in Delhi and the first ride answered great many questions that were playing on our minds - Is this an authentic Harley-Davidson, or is it worth our money? Here are seven of these questions answered. 1. Does it look like a Harley? It...
  • Microsoft Office for iPad review: It's beautiful, intuitive and functional 29-03-2014 09:54 AM

    New York: Microsoft Office fans who've spent the last nine months using the software's suite of apps on their tiny smartphone screens are probably thrilled that they can finally create and update documents on the iPad's significantly bigger display surface. The new version of Office for Apple's tablet is not...
  • Write your review: 'Youngistaan'

    Rajeev Masand says 'Youngistaan' is unnecessarily stretched out. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes ...
  • Write your review: 'O Teri'

    Rajeev Masand says 'O Teri' is too shrill, too convoluted and too dumb. What do you say? Write your own review and win prizes ...
  • '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...
  • 'Dishkiyaoon' review: Unintentionally hilarious 28-03-2014 03:39 PM

    Cast: Harman Baweja, Prashant Narayanan, Sunny Deol, Ayesha Khanna, Aditya Pancholi Director: Sanamjit Singh Talwar There have been many a gangster sagas -- both in Bollywood as well as Hollywood -- some funny, some serious and a chosen few achieving cult status. So where does first-time director Sanamjit Singh Talwar's...
  • Pulkit Samrat's 'O Teri': Tweet review 28-03-2014 03:14 PM

    'Fukrey' star Pulkit Samrat is back in a Hindi comedy 'O Teri' which has been produced by Atul Agnihotri. The actor, who is close to Salman Khan, had consulted the star before he signed the film. As he said in one of his interviews, he met the star, discussed the...
  • Jackky Bhagnani's 'Youngistaan': Tweet review 28-03-2014 12:39 PM

    New Delhi: Jackky Bhagnani turns a young PM in Syed Ahmad Afzal's 'Youngistaan'. The actor, who has featured in films like 'FALTU' and 'Rangrezz', transformed his look to like a politician. Produced by Vashu Bhagnani, the film focuses on a young man who is forced to take up the PM's...
  • 'Conversations with Waheeda Rehman': You will be left thinking about it 28-03-2014 12:31 AM

    New Delhi: So when you read about a legend, you just continue turning the pages. It does not matter. Their life has so much to offer and give insights about every aspect of life, that you cannot stop reading. The same happened to me while I was reading, "Conversations with...
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 review: Improvements could lure Samsung users to upgrade their devices 27-03-2014 05:49 PM

    New York: Samsung is banking on you shaping up this spring. The company announced its new Galaxy S5 smartphone, which is set to go on sale in April, along with a pair of watches. And many of the features included on the devices focus on fitness. Considering the continued fascination...
  • Windows Phone innovations show promise, but not enough to beat Android 27-03-2014 04:31 PM

    New York: In the market for smartphones, Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 system is barely there. It's dwarfed by Apple's iOS and Google's Android systems in both attention and sales. But over the past few months, I have come to appreciate many of the software's innovations, which rivals would be wise...
  • HTC One (M8): First impressions review 25-03-2014 09:42 PM

    New Delhi: HTC, which had reinvented itself with the One Brand last year, uncovered its next-gen One smartphone - named HTC One (M8) - on Tuesday. While the company took the wraps off the device at its events in New York and London, it had organised an extensive demo session...
  • Filmmakers, kindly note: An overwhelming majority of moviegoers still count on movie reviews, Nielsen poll finds 25-03-2014 10:44 AM

    Social media has made inroads into shaping moviegoers' choices at the multiplex, but a new poll finds that an overwhelming majority of moviegoers still count on movie reviews. The Nielsen company announced Monday that their annual American Moviegoing report revealed that 80 percent of moviegoers refer to movie reviews at...