REVIEW

  • Fiat Avventura review: This fresh car sits much higher than other crossover hatchbacks 6 hours 48 minutes ago

    The word 'Avventura' is Italian for 'Adventure'. Couple the English word with 'Fiat' and it could remind you of its namesake from a decade ago. In recent times though, the Avventura name became popular with the jazzy orange crossover concept that Fiat showed at the 2014 Auto Expo in New...
  • Apple iPad Air 2 review: Comes with improvements, but not worth an upgrade 11 hours 3 minutes ago

    Cupertino: If I've seen you taking photos with a tablet computer, I've probably made fun of you (though maybe not to your face, depending on how big you are). I'm old school: I much prefer looking through the viewfinder of my full-bodied, single-lens reflex camera, even though it has a...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'What If', 'The Judge', 'Sex Tape' and 'Sonali Cable' 4 days ago

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN IBN Movies Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'What If', 'The Judge', 'Sex Tape' and 'Sonali Cable'....
  • 'What If' review: It's a pleasing watch with many charming moments 4 days ago

    Cast: Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan Directed by: Michael Dowse Twenty-five years since writer Nora Ephron and director Rob Reiner got us to ponder over that inevitable question - Can men and women ever just be friends without sex getting in the way? - comes What If. This enjoyable although far-from-groundbreaking...
  • 'Sex Tape' review: Overlong and unnecessary, the film will give you a headache 4 days ago

    Director: Jake Kasdan Cast:Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz, Rob Corddry Only weeks ago a bunch of female celebrities, including Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, woke up to discover that their phones had been hacked and their most private pictures leaked on the Internet. Not surprisingly, a common reaction from those who commented on the...
  • 'Sonali Cable' review: The film has got its moments, but they're few and far between 4 days ago

    Cast: Rhea Chakraborty and Ali Fazal Directed by: Charudutt Acharya Leaping across rooftops (think Spider-man, but without the web-slinging abilities) to fix snapped wires and connections, linking the neighborhood through a maze of criss-crossing overhead cables, Sonali Tandel (Rhea Chakraborty), the protagonist of Sonali Cable, is a hard-working, self-made entrepreneur whose local...
  • OS X Yosemite review: Still has what makes a Mac a Mac, also can make Macs act more like iPhones 5 days ago

    Cupertino: If you've upgraded your iPhone or iPad to iOS 8, the new software update for Mac computers will seem familiar. The Yosemite update to Apple's OS X system, available as a free download starting Thursday, adds several features to bring the Mac in line with last month's iOS 8 update...
  • 'Sex Tape' Tweet Review: The film is entertaining, courtesy its funny, witty and weird moments 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Bearing a pretty obvious and a clear-cut title, 'Sex Tape' is revolves around a young couple who've settled down in life. With a steady marriage and a couple of children later, Annie (Cameron Diaz) and Jay (Jason Segal) decide they need to spice up their life. That's when...
  • 'The Innovators' review: The strong narrative and character portrayal makes it a must read 6 days ago

    I remember reading, 'Steve Jobs' by Walter Isaacson with great trepidation. I thought I would get bored. I thought I would not be interested in it for long. I thought these things and a lot of other things before I invested time in the book. I loved the book at...
  • New Moto G (second-generation) review: Bigger. Better. 1 week ago

    The original Moto G, with its appealing features and attractive pricing formed an important cog in the Motorola revival wheel. In its second generation the Moto G promises a lot more. But does it deliver? We used the phone extensively to get you the answers to the questions that matter...
  • Restaurant accuses Yelp of extortion, asks for terrible reviews in protest October 13, 2014

    San Francisco: First the chefs of a small Italian restaurant got mad at online review site Yelp. Instead of trying to get better reviews, they decided to take a different approach: get terrible ones. The campaign helped Botte Bistro get a rating of one out of five stars, as more than...
  • Susmit Sen's memoir 'Ocean to Ocean' resonates with the most exciting phase of Indian rock October 13, 2014

    Name: 'Ocean to Ocean' Author: Susmit Sen with Sehba Imam Publisher: Harper Collins Pages: 149 pages Price: Rs 699 Much before YouTube, Soundcloud and Vevo, Indians who are now in their 20s and thirties, were used to the thrill of buying an audio cassette or an audio CD a little later, to have the pleasure...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami' and 'Annabelle' October 11, 2014

    In this episode of Now Showing, CNN IBN Movies Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami' and 'Annabelle'. ...
  • 'Annabelle' review: A spine-tingling horror movie despite an unconvincing climax October 10, 2014

    Director: John R Leonitti Cast: Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard The idea of an evil doll as a trigger for a horror story has been adequately exploited in Child's Play and its many Chucky sequels. In Annabelle the creepy possessed doll from last year's The Conjuring gets its own origin story. ...
  • 'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami' review: Well-intentioned message movie about the value of honesty October 10, 2014

    Director: Ravindra Gautam Cast: Anupam Kher, Neha Dhupia Buried beneath the farcical humor, melodramatic performances and manipulative tear-jerking in Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami is a well-intentioned message movie about the value of honesty. The film is positioned as a satire about politics and corruption, and Rahil Qazi's script makes veiled references to...
  • 'Annabelle' tweet review : The film has some chilling moments, but doesn't offer anything we haven't seen before October 10, 2014

    John Gordon, played by actor Ward Horton, has found a perfect gift for his wife, Mia, played by Annabelle Wallis. A vintage doll, albeit slightly-creepy-looking doll, dressed in a white wedding dress. Is that all it is? Just a doll? A prequel of the critically-acclaimed 2013 film 'The Conjuring', 'Annabelle' traces...
  • Interactive, live review of Chetan Bhagat's 'Half Girlfriend' on Facebook and Twitter October 10, 2014

    I have never reviewed a book live - tweeting as I read, answering questions, re-tweeting insights from users on Twitter and Facebook, forming many tiny first impressions before I've even finished reading - and if someone had suggested I do this earlier, I would have been nothing short of scandalized....
  • 'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami' tweet review: A bit exaggerated, it still manages to bring a smile on your face October 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Should a common man get a 21 gun salute when he dies? Director Ravindra Gautam narrates such a tale of a patriarch who wants a 21 gun salute after his death. The film is a satire and explores the struggle that a common man goes through in his...
  • India's air pollution policies more successful than water pollution ones: Study October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: India's air pollution policies are more successful than the water pollution ones because of the country's Supreme Court's effective intervention to address matters polluting the atmosphere, according to a new study. The study, published in the October issue of the American Economic Review, says that high levels of...
  • Maruti Ciaz review: Competitively priced, it's another stunner from Maruti October 7, 2014

    It's been seven years since Maruti's last proper sedan, the SX4 was launched in India and they are all set to launch its successor the Ciaz, this festive season. Maruti just invited us to Jaipur for a preview of the new sedan. Here's what we learnt from the drive. The Ciaz...
  • 'Bang Bang' review: The film isn't unwatchable but certainly tests your patience October 2, 2014

    Director: Siddharth Anand Cast: Katrina Kaif, Hrithik Roshan Bang Bang has two gorgeous leads, some eye-popping stunt scenes, a slew of beautiful locales, and pretty hummable music. It would take an especially awful script and a truly incompetent director to deliver an unwatchable film out of those ingredients. Within the first ten minutes...
  • 'Haider' review: Solid, well-acted movie that deserves your time October 2, 2014

    Director: Vishal Bhardwaj Cast: Tabu, Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Kay Kay Menon, Kay Kay Menon There's a sweeping, operatic quality to Haider, director Vishal Bhardwaj's robust staging of Hamlet against the troubled landscape of Kashmir at the peak of militancy in the mid-nineties. The ongoing insurgency, which has pitted militants and separatists...
  • 'Haider' tweet review: Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Haider' is an interesting, convincing adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' October 2, 2014

    If you've read literary works by William Shakespeare, you've, in all probability, not missed 'Hamlet'. Referred to as one of the greatest works by Shakespeare, the play blends - assassination, revenge, deceit, madness and moral corruption in a manner which is hard to ignore and believe. Considering the fact that...
  • 'Bang Bang' tweet review: Slow in parts, the film's strengths are its action sequences, stunts and good-looking protagonists October 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Most of us who saw the 2010 action comedy 'Knight and Day' fell in love with the funny, brave and witty protagonists -- Tom Cruise as the sexy but rogue federal agent Roy Miller, and Cameron Diaz as the charming June Havens. Now four years later, filmmaker Siddharth Anand...
  • Full text: RBI's fourth bi-monthly monetary policy review September 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan on Tuesday left all key rates unchanged citing continued risks to inflation and difficult external situation especially on the geopolitical front. Here is the full text of the report: ...
  • Reserve Bank of India keeps key rates unchanged September 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The Reserve Bank of India did not spring up any surprise move in its fourth bi-monthly monetary policy review. The central bank has kept key rates unchanged. This is the fourth consecutive time that the RBI has kept key interest rates unchanged despite clamours from the industry to...
  • Mahindra Gusto review: The nicest scooter built by Mahindra to date September 29, 2014

    The Mahindra Gusto is the company's first attempt at the competitive 110cc scooter market in the country and is priced at Rs 43,000 for the DX and Rs 47,000 for the VX ex-Delhi. What I like most about the Gusto is that it is an interesting and fairly unique looking...
  • 'Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaya' Review: Endless cliches, gross-out humour, weak plot; don't waste your time September 28, 2014

    Cast: Mika Singh, Shaan, Anupam Kher, Rajpal Yadav, Vindu Dara Singh Director: Sunil Agnihotri Running time: 2 hours 17 minutes Rating: 1/5 It takes tremendous patience and special admiration for singers Mika Singh and Shaan to watch their Bollywood debut 'Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaya'. This alleged comedy features Mika and Shaan as lead...
  • And Then One Day: A powerful memoir by Naseeruddin Shah September 28, 2014

    New Delhi: "Learn your lines and don't bump into the furniture", said Naseeruddin Shah when someone asked him a question about acting on stage and the entire auditorium roared with claps and laughter. I quickly noted this line down on my copy of And Then One Day and thought I...
  • 'Chaarfutiya Chhokare' review: The film doesn't entertain neither does it stir your conscience September 27, 2014

    They say that content is king. That if a film's story is in place, that it is bound to work with the viewers. And when one makes a film on something as serious as child trafficking, one hopes to see a powerful film with a strong message. But director Manish...