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    • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Bhoothnath Returns', 'Rio 2' 5 days ago

      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 5 days ago

      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...
    • 'Rio 2' review: The film is predictable yet undeniably entertaining 6 days ago

      Director: Carlos Saldanha "Rio 2" has neither the wit of "The Lego Movie", nor the classic appeal of "Frozen", yet it's a perfectly enjoyable sequel, bright and beautiful to look at, and set to a clutch of terrific tunes. Like its 2011 predecessor, it's a charming and cheerful film that...
    • 'Divergent' review: It's surprisingly dull and feels over-familiar 6 days ago

      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....
    • 'Bhoothnath Returns' review: The film works as it has a heart 6 days ago

      Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Parth Bhalerao, Boman Irani Director: Nitesh Tiwari Its release shrewdly timed just as the nation goes to polls, "Bhoothnath Returns" casts a satirical eye on the messy business of Indian politics and the workings of election campaigns. The twist, of course, is that it's a 60-something-year-old invisible...
    • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Main Tera Hero', 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' April 5, 2014

      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'. ...
    • 'Main Tera Hero' review: The film is a series of forced contrivances April 4, 2014

      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 April 4, 2014

      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 April 4, 2014

      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....
    • 'Youngistaan' review: The film is unnecessarily stretched out March 28, 2014

      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 March 28, 2014

      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...
    • Jackky Bhagnani's 'Youngistaan': Tweet review March 28, 2014

      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...
    • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Ankhon Dekhi' and 'Lakshmi' March 22, 2014

      This week on Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Ankhon Dekhi' and 'Lakshmi'. He also talks to author Nasreen Munni Kabir and actress Waheeda Rehman on the latter's biography. ...
    • 'Ankhon Dekhi' review: It is a flight of fancy March 22, 2014

      Cast: Sanjay Mishra, Rajat Kapoor Director: Rajat Kapoor Life is a medley of experiences, but are you savoring them or do you just go through the motions? Through the wonderfully whimsical Ankhon Dekhi, writer-director Rajat Kapoor shows us how the journey could be more meaningful if we lived life the...
    • 'Ragini MMS 2' review: It might be smarter to market this unintentionally hilarious movie as a spoof instead March 21, 2014

      'Ragini MMS 2' is less a movie and more a product. Not only does the film have no creative vision, this is a design-by-committee movie out to do one thing and one thing only - make money. Even before you see the names of the creative personnel, you see names...
    • 'Gang of Ghosts' review: Easy steps to ruin a potentially good film March 21, 2014

      How to ruin a potential cult film. Take a super hit regional film. Copy it word by word, scene by scene. Put dollops of Bollywood commercial elements in it. Completely misinterpret each and every point of the original script and just do a token service to some burning issues of...
    • 'Gang of Ghosts' Tweet Review: The satire lacks the required humour March 21, 2014

      If its anything like the original, Satish Kaushik's 'Gang of Ghosts' is going to be a movie worth watching. An official remake of Bengali hit film 'Bhooter Bhabishyat', the film is a satire and has the Sharman Joshi, Mahie Gill and Anupam Kher playing important roles. The film talks about...
    • Sunny Leone's 'Ragini MMS 2': Tweet Review March 21, 2014

      Sunny Leone's Bollywood debut 'Jism 2' may have made headlines for its explicit content, but the film didn't establish Indo-Canadian adult film star as an actor to watch out for. Sunny, who failed to impress her fans with her acting potential in 'Jism 2' and 'Jackpot', returns with 'Ragini MMS...
    • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Bewakoofiyaan' and '3 Days To Kill' March 15, 2014

      This week on Now Showing, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Bewakoofiyaan' and '3 Days To Kill'. He also talks to actor Kangana Ranaut on the success of her recent film 'Queen'. ...
    • '3 Days To Kill' review: The film has a handful of inspired moments March 14, 2014

      Cast: Kevin Costner, Connie Nielson, Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard Director: McG There's a scene in Kevin Costner's new film, '3 Days To Kill', in which he rescues his teenage daughter from a bunch of boys trying to get fresh with her in the restroom of a nightclub. The image of...
    • 'Bewakoofiyaan' review: The film is lightweight, not lighthearted, with a dead duck script March 14, 2014

      Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Sonam Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Director: Nupur Asthana Buried somewhere beneath all the fluff in director Nupur Asthana's 'Bewakoofiyaan' is the kernel of an interesting idea - love in the time of recession. Set in the very believable world of upwardly mobile 20-something-year-olds, the film reflects a generation...
    • Bewakoofiyaan Tweet Review: First day, first show March 14, 2014

      New Delhi: Ayushmann Khurrana might be just two films old in Bollywood but the actor always tries to portray characters you can relate to on screen. And, in his upcoming film Ayushmann plays an urban guy who can go to any lengths to impress his girlfriend's father. Directed by Nupur...
    • 'August Osage County' review: It is a satisfying rich brew of drama March 8, 2014

      Cast: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Sam Shepard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper, Dermot Mulroney and Julianne Nicholson Director: John Wells Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Shame and scandals within the family have always been excellent ingredients for a robust film, and...
    • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Queen', 'Gulaab Gang' and 'Total Siyapaa' March 8, 2014

      This week, CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews 'Queen', 'Gulaab Gang' and 'Total Siyapaa'. Also on the show, Bollywood actors Sonam Kapoor and Ayushmann Khurrana share their experience on working together in 'Bewakoofiyaan'. ...
    • Idol Chat: I didn't know Ayushmann personally, says sonam March 8, 2014

      Watch Bollywood actors Sonam Kapoor and Ayushmann Khurrana share their experience on working together in 'Bewakoofiyaan'. ...
    • 'Gulaab Gang' review: The film is muddled and forgettable March 7, 2014

      Cast: Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla Director: Soumik Sen In a key scene from Gulaab Gang, Madhuri Dixit's Rajjo leads a group of women dressed in pink saris and wielding lathis, sickles and axes to descend upon a band of thugs who're smuggling their village ration. Leaping through the air and...
    • 'Total Siyapaa' review: It is a premise ripe with comic potential March 7, 2014

      Cast: Yami Gautam, Ali Zafar, Anupam Kher, Kirron Kher Director: E Niwas 'Total Siyapaa,' directed by E Niwas, puts a nice little spin on the typical meet-the-parents scenario. Asha (Vicky Donor's Yami Gautam) is a Punjabi girl living in London. When she brings home her boyfriend Aman (Ali Zafar) for...
    • 'Queen' review: Rare, disarming film that has you smiling throughout March 7, 2014

      Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Rajkumar Rao Director: Vikas Bahl There's a moment towards the end of Queen when our heroine Rani (Kangana Ranaut) sways on the edge of slipping back into her old life. She hesitates, the moment passes, and you feel Rani's sheer sense of liberation as she turns her...
    • 'Queen' Tweet Review: The film helps you to rediscover yourself March 7, 2014

      New Delhi: Bollywood films have always shown a rosy picture of honeymoons with the lead couple singing songs in the exotic of locales, but Vikas Bahl's 'Queen' gives a new twist to the tale when the bride lands up alone on her honeymoon in Amsterdam. Kangana Ranaut (Rani) plays a...
    • 'Gulaab Gang' Tweet Review: First day, first show March 7, 2014

      New Delhi: For those who grew up in the 1990s, watching a movie with arch rivals Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla would perhaps be unthinkable. Two decades later producer Anubhav Sinha has managed a casting coup of sorts by casting the reigning Divas of 90s together for a film. Inspired...

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    Britain's Prince Charles turned his back on author Salman Rushdie during the fatwa over publication of 'The Satanic Verses' as he believed the book was offensive to Muslims, a novelist has revealed.

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    'Rio 2' review: The film is predictable yet undeniably entertaining

    "Rio 2" has neither the wit of "The Lego Movie", nor the classic appeal of "Frozen", yet it's a perfectly enjoyable sequel, bright and beautiful to look at, and set to a clutch of terrific tunes.