REVIEW

  • 'Penguins of Madagascar' review: The movie feels surprisingly underwhelming 14 hours 11 minutes ago

    Director: Eric Darnell, Simon J Smith Cast: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights Despite their sidekick status in the three Madagascar movies the quartet of wisecracking penguins became such stars by virtue of their comic antics, it was only a matter of time before some smart-alec studio executive came up with the...
  • 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' review: The movie leaves with more question marks than full-stops 14 hours 15 minutes ago

    Director: Francis Lawrence Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth Not very much happens in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. The studio's decision to make two films from the final book in Suzanne Collins' bestselling trilogy may have made sense from a business point of view - hey, it worked...
  • 'Ungli' review: The movie moves along predictably with a lazy screenplay 14 hours 17 minutes ago

    Director: Renzil D'Silva Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Sanjay Dutt There's some good old fashioned earnestness at the core of writer-director Rensil D'silva's Ungli, but the film is so steeped in naiveté and trades in such simplistic solutions, it's as if you're listening to a Class V moral science lesson. Best...
  • 'Ungli' tweet review: The film has social message that resonates with the viewers Yesterday

    New Delhi: What do you do when you face injustice, corruption and social issues? You show them the finger, of course. Revolving around this idea, Rensil D'Silva's latest film 'Ungli' features Emraan Hashmi, Randeep Hooda, Kangana Ranaut and Sanjay Dutt in key roles. Will the cast and the makers be able to...
  • Book Review: Author Arun Chaudhuri captures the world of advertising with his new book 'Indian Advertising Laughter And Tears' 2 days ago

    As an Advertising Professional whose seen action in the trenches across close to four decades - frequently in hard close-up - I can assure you that India's Persuasion Industry has been very poorly documented, chronicled or archived. Part of our DNA, I guess, when you look towards a similar lapse...
  • 'Khaad' review: Filmmaker Kaushik Ganguly's Bengali film celebrates humanity in its absolute sense 2 days ago

    Filmmaker Kaushik Ganguly always has a knack of narrating stories of the common man; of those who you would meet on a daily basis but wouldn't know about their struggles or the hardships that they have been through, tucked neatly behind a ready smile. Ganguly's film 'Shabdo' won critical appreciation for...
  • Book Review: Author Gautam Chintamani gives an wonderful insight to what made Rajesh Khanna a 'dark star' 5 days ago

    Who is a 'Star'? The great Satyajit Ray believed that it was anyone who could firmly establish his/her screen presence without the slightest, distracting fuss or frippery, armpit rhetoric or theatrical posturing. Also someone who - through gestures, speech, mannerisms or any special unique trait - could guarantee...
  • 'Dumb and Dumber To' review: Film is overdependent on old gags 1 week ago

    Director: Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels As many as six writers are credited with putting Dumb and Dumber To on the screen, and still there's no mistaking that stench of desperation and creative exhaustion that the film so badly reeks of. Sure I found myself laughing intermittently...
  • 'Happy Ending' review: A film that wants to be many things all at once 1 week ago

    Director: Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Ileana, Kalki Koechlin, Ranvir Shorey Happy Ending, directed by Go Goa Gone's Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, is a neatly packaged piece of fluff pretending to be smarter than it actually is. This is cotton candy trying to pass off as caviar....
  • 'Happy Ending' tweet review: A failed attempt at making a spoof on rom-coms November 21, 2014

    New Delhi: The makers of 'Happy Ending' are calling it a spoof on romantic comedies. With Govinda and Saif Ali Khan in lead roles, the movie seems to have the potential to entertain beyond our expectations. Though the songs have got a mixed response, we hope the movie doesn't disappoint...
  • 'This Divided Island' by Samanth Subramanian is humane and harrowing November 18, 2014

    New Delhi: The first book that I had read about the Sri Lankan War was Ru Freeman's 'On Sal Mal Lane'. Though it was a work of fiction, it introduced me to the conditions and life of people living in a war zone and terror has become a part of...
  • James Joseph's 'God’s Own Office' demystifies the concept of working from home November 18, 2014

    New Delhi: As far as I knew, companies in India were slowly adapting themselves to the global culture of working from home. In my opinion, working from home comes with its own pros and cons. At one point, you feel this is the best thing that could have ever happened...
  • Nidhie Sharma's 'Dancing With Demons' will keep you entertained throughout November 18, 2014

    New Delhi: A debut author whose book is already being made into a Bollywood film, this feat was intriguing enough for me to pick up this book. The author, Nidhie Sharma is a writer-director living in Mumbai and has studied at NYU. 'Dancing With Demons' is a story about two...
  • 'Because Life Is A Gift': A tribute to differently-abled people November 18, 2014

    New Delhi: I had absolutely loved Disha's debut book, 'My Beloved's MBA Plans'. It was a well crafted piece of work that touched the lives of people who took plunge at crucial junctures of their lives to study further and came out victorious. With 'Because Life Is A Gift', Disha...
  • Watch: Rajeev Masand reviews 'Kill Dil', 'Boyhood' and 'Garm Hava' November 15, 2014

    In this week's episode of 'Now Showing', Rajeev Masand reviews three movies 'Kill Dil', 'Boyhood' and 'Garm Hava'. ...
  • HTC RE camera review: Not a replacement for your camera phone, but a supplement for the times you don't want to hold your phone November 15, 2014

    Kerhonkson: Don't live your life through a screen. That's the premise behind HTC's new RE camera, which aims to let users document all of life's little moments and actually experience them, too, instead of watching through a viewfinder or a screen. In fact, the RE doesn't have either - we'll get...
  • 'Garm Hava' review: It's a slice of our history that we can't ignore November 14, 2014

    Cast: Balraj Sahni, Farooq Shaikh, Dinanath Zutshi, Badar Begum, Geeta Siddharth, Shaukat Kaifi, AK Hangal Director: MS Sathyu MS Sathyu's 'Garm Hava' remains a potent and evocative study of the ramifications of Partition on the lives of ordinary, innocent people. Relevant even today, 41 years after it first released in 1973, the...
  • 'Boyhood' review: It's an emotionally affecting film with a big beating heart November 14, 2014

    Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke Director: Richard Linklater Life, as they say, is in the little details. Scrawling graffiti on the wall, poring over a lingerie catalogue, standing up to the bully in the school bathroom, going camping with dad, drinking beer for the first time. You get...
  • 'Kill Dil' review: It's not an unwatchable film November 14, 2014

    Cast: Govinda, Ranveer Singh, Ali Zafar, Parineeti Chopra Director: Shaad Ali 'Kill Dil', directed by Shaad Ali, starts off promisingly despite its hackneyed plot. The film stars Ranveer Singh as Dev, and Ali Zafar as Tutu; they're a pair of hardened shooters who work for Bhaiyaji, a grizzled don played by Govinda....
  • 'John Wick' tweet review: Keanu Reeves looks interesting in every shot November 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Actor Keanu Reeves is back as a great action star. We couldn't take eyes off Keanu when he appeared in a popular Hollywood project 'Speed' about 20 years ago because it catapulted him to fame. After over a decade since he essayed the role of Neo in the...
  • 'Kill Dil' tweet review: Predictable masala potboiler, brings back memories of '90s cinema November 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Director Shaad Ali made an impressive debut with 'Saathiya' and followed it up with the fun 'Bunty Aur Babli'. But after the debacle of his third film 'Jhoom Barabar Jhoom', Shaad Ali took a sabbatical of sorts. The director is back with 'Kill Dil'. The film has an impressive...
  • 'Beauty and the Beast' review: A grand CGI-enhanced spectacle, this fairy tale has not been made for kids November 14, 2014

    Director: Christophe Gans Star cast: Vincent Cassel, Léa Seydoux, André Dussollier Rating: 2.5/5 The story of 'Beauty and the Beast' or 'La Belle et la Bête' begins with a faceless woman reading out a story from the digitally yellowed pages of a book. The little audience of two listen enchanted to the story...
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop review: This worthy upgrade brings security improvements, easier ways to view and respond to notifications November 13, 2014

    New York: Android's sweet new "Lollipop" flavour brings security improvements and easier ways to view and respond to notifications. The new Google software for mobile devices even lets you lend out your phone without worrying about a friend circulating your naked selfies on Facebook. I tested Lollipop on Google's new Nexus...
  • Book Review: Mid-wicket Tales, from Trumper to Tendulkar November 10, 2014

    Next only to playing cricket, watching and reading about the sport is one of the favourite pastimes of many cricket fans. Even now as you walk past a game of gully cricket, or drive next to a maidan, one's instinct is to wait for that eternal second to see the...
  • 'Rang Rasiya' review: Choppy editing, poor script and terrible costumes dilute the film's impact November 9, 2014

    Film: Rang Rasiya Director: Ketan Mehta Actors: Randeep Hooda, Nandana Sen, Sachin Khedekar, Paresh Rawal, Darshan Zariwala, Vikram Gokhale Rating: 2/5 It is an intriguing idea to find out how the popular Indian perception of gods and goddesses came to existance. And theoretically, a subject like India's famous artist Raja Ravi Varma's life...
  • Watch: Rajeev Masand reviews 'Big Hero 6', 'Nightcrawler', 'Interstellar', 'The Shaukeens' November 8, 2014

    In this week's episode of 'Now Showing', Rajeev Masand reviews 'Big Hero 6', 'Nightcrawler', 'Interstellar', 'The Shaukeens'. He also talks to the cast of Bollywood film 'Kill Dil' and Hollywood sci-fi 'Interstellar'. ...
  • Sachin Tendulkar wants universal technology for Decision Review System November 7, 2014

    London: Sachin Tendulkar feels that there is an urgent need to standardise the technology used for Decision Review System (DRS) across all formats in international cricket. "We can definitely use technology as long as it is standardised," Tendulkar told reporters at the launch of his autobiography 'Playing It My way' at...
  • 'Nightcrawler' review: The film works best as a slick suspenseful thriller November 7, 2014

    Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton Director: Dan Gilroy There's a creepy, spine-chilling intensity to Jake Gyllenhaal's performance in 'Nightcrawler' that's hard to shake off even hours after you've watched the film. Literally transforming himself physically to look bug-eyed, pale, and wiry thin Gyllenhaal becomes Louis Bloom, an awkward...
  • 'Big Hero 6' review: You'll be chuckling throughout, and 95 minutes will fly by November 7, 2014

    Cast: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr, Génesis Rodríguez, TJ Miller, Daniel Henney, Maya Rudolph Director: Don Hall and Chris Williams It's virtually impossible to resist the charm of 'Big Hero 6', the new film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, at whose center is the touching relationship between...
  • 'Interstellar' review: A film that demands not just to be seen, but experienced November 7, 2014

    Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn Director: Christopher Nolan There is something to admire in virtually every frame of Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'. This is a film of soaring ambition, intimate and epic in equal measure; a bold cosmic adventure with plenty wide-eye moments. But it's...