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  • 'PK' review: It's a courageous film that sticks to Hirani's well-oiled formula 6 days ago

    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...
  • Watch: Rajeev Masand reviews 'The Hobbit' and talks to actor Deepika Padukone December 14, 2014

    In this week's episode of 'Now Showing', Rajeev Masand reviews Hollywood movie 'The Hobbit' and talks to actresses Deepika Padukone. ...
  • 'The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies' review: The film has awe, spectacle and some nice light-hearted moments December 12, 2014

    Director: Peter Jackson Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage It's hard not to be overcome with nostalgia while watching The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the last chapter in Peter Jackson's trilogy of The Lord of the Rings prequels, and the presumed end to his massively successful journey through...
  • 'Bhopal: A prayer for rain' review: There is a sense of drama in the final moments December 5, 2014

    Director: Ravi Kumar Cast: Mischa Barton, Martin Sheen, Warren Anderson, Rajpal Yadav This month, it will be exactly 30 years since the Bhopal gas tragedy, the world's biggest industrial disaster. In September, Warren Anderson died, without ever having faced trial in India for his role in the horrific catastrophe. Anderson was the...
  • 'Action Jackson' review: The film is an orgy of bloody fight scenes December 5, 2014

    Director: Prabhudheva Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Yami Gautam It takes a special kind of talent to make a film as awful as Action Jackson, so it should come as no surprise that it's been directed by Prabhudheva, the man who inflicted on us all kinds of pain that we otherwise refer...
  • 'Sulemani Keeda' review: The film is refreshingly authentic in its portrayal of friendship December 5, 2014

    Director: Amit Masurkar Cast: Naveen Kasturia, Mayank Tewari, Aditi Vasudev There's not much by way of a groundbreaking plot in debutant writer-director Amit Masurkar's Sulemani Keeda, but this tale of two struggling screenwriters seeking a break in Bollywood feels surprisingly astute. Anyone who's spent an evening hanging out at one of Versova's...
  • 'Action Jackson' tweet review: The film offers an interesting blend of action, romance and comedy December 5, 2014

    We watched Ajay Devgn and Sonakshi Sinha dance, romance and fight in 'Son of Sardaar' last year. And the key reason why we still remember the film is their crackling onscreen chemistry. If we enjoyed them mocking each other, we also appreciated them for their quick and witty repartees and...
  • Watch: Masand reviews 'Ungli', 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay', 'Penguins of Madagascar' November 29, 2014

    In this episode, CNN-IBN Movies Editor Rajeev Masand reviews movies, 'Ungli', 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' and 'Penguins of Madagascar'. ...
  • 'Penguins of Madagascar' review: The movie feels surprisingly underwhelming November 28, 2014

    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 November 28, 2014

    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 November 28, 2014

    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...
  • 'Khaad' review: Filmmaker Kaushik Ganguly's Bengali film celebrates humanity in its absolute sense November 26, 2014

    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...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Happy Ending', 'Dumb And Dumber To' November 22, 2014

    CNN-IBN Movies Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Happy Ending' and 'Dumb And Dumber To' in this episode of Now Showing. ...
  • 'Dumb and Dumber To' review: Film is overdependent on old gags November 21, 2014

    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 November 21, 2014

    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....
  • '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....
  • 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'. ...
  • '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...
  • 'The Shaukeens' review: A film not worth the price of a ticket November 7, 2014

    Cast: Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, Piyush Mishra and Lisa Haydon Director: Abhishek Sharma 'The Shaukeens', directed by Tere Bin Laden's Abhishek Sharma and written by Tigmanshu Dhulia, is really two films for the price of one. But sadly neither is worth the price of a ticket. You have the part based...
  • 'Rang Rasiya' tweet review: Randeep Hooda shines in an otherwise average film November 7, 2014

    It is an intriguing idea to find out how the popular Indian perception of gods and goddesses came to exist. Critically-acclaimed filmmaker Ketan Mehta's latest film 'Rang Rasiya' is based on the life of 19th century artist Raja Ravi Varma, credited with moulding the mass perception of divinity in India. Starring...
  • 'The Shaukeens' Tweet Review: Akshay Kumar stands out in the film November 7, 2014

    New Delhi: 'Tere Bin Laden' director Abhishek Sharma, who received rave reviews for making an outstanding comic satire is back with his next movie 'The Shaukeens'. The movie stars veteran actors Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Piyush Mishra in key roles. While Akshay Kumar features in a cameo as...
  • 'Chotushkone' Review: Srijit Mukherjee weaves yet another compelling story of friendship, love and deceit November 4, 2014

    When a film's opening scene has a woman writing her last note before ending her life, you know the film's tone is going to be morbid. Yet, Srijit Mukherjee's latest Bengali film 'Chotushkone' is surprisingly charming and clever and manages to bring a smile or two on the viewers' face...
  • Watch: Rajeev Masand reviews 'Super Nani', 'Gone Girl' November 1, 2014

    In this week's episode of 'Now Showing', Rajeev Masand reviews two movies 'Super Nani' and 'Gone Girl'. ...
  • 'Super Nani' review: Its earnestness will appeal anyone who likes to be spoon-fed moral science lessons October 31, 2014

    Cast: Rekha, Sharman Joshi, Randhir Kapoor Director: Indra Kumar If I had a swig of Scotch for each time someone tells Rekha that she belongs in the kitchen, I'd be very drunk watching Super Nani. Come to think of it, that just might be the ideal condition under which to take in...
  • 'Gone Girl' review: A gripping, handsomely mounted film October 31, 2014

    Director: David Fincher Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris It's hard to think of a director better suited to bring Gillian Flynn's deliciously twisty bestseller to the screen than David Fincher. Having gravitated consistently towards deeply cynical stories, he has explored the more unsettling elements of human nature with a...
  • Ben Affleck's 'Gone Girl': Live tweet review October 31, 2014

    New Delhi: Ben Affleck as the wry Nick Dunne and Rosamund Pike as Amy "Amazing Amy" Dunne make for an unlikely pair. Created by the best-selling novelist Gillian Flynn in the book by the same name, this David Fincher adaptation promises to be just as chilling and twisted as the...

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Novelist Salman Rushdie wins PEN/Pinter prize

Indian-born British author Salman Rushdie is the winner of this year's PEN/Pinter Prize in recognition of his support for freedom of speech and generous help to other writers, the prize judges said on Friday.