Movies reviews

December 31, 2010
Review: Gulliver's Travels disappoints
Jack Black is terribly miscast, making the film a drag.
December 24, 2010
Raja Sen reviews Tees Maar Khan
Farah Khan's Tees Maar Khan is so silly, it hurts. Isi Life Mein: Watching Balika Vadhu for 2 hours
Debutant director Vidhi Kasliwal's film is like every other Barjatya film. Megamind: Not lovable enough
Megamind is only for those who really want to spend money at the multiplex this weekend. Review: Tees Maar Khan is a letdown
But the film may work, thanks to Sheila Ki Jawaani. Review: Johnny Depp makes a bad Tourist
This is just a tedious exercise in studio filmmaking. Ajay Devgn gets it right, toons don't in Toonpur
The film appears to be an intermediate draft of a work-in-progress file.
December 17, 2010
Kaalo: Beware, this witch is going to get you!
On the whole, Kaalo scares you -- but only in bits. Review: Mirch has its fun moments
Mirch has its fun moments and a few laughs. With a lighter treatment it may have been a real rib-tickler. Review: Freida Pinto charms a tall dark stranger
With its chatty, disgruntled, delusional group of characters, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger could very well be a quirky animated movie.
December 13, 2010
Yamla Pagla Deewana's music fails to sizzle
Yamla Pagla Deewana's music starts out with promise but loses sizzle half-way.
December 10, 2010
Review: Band Baaja Baraat is refreshing
Give this unique love story a chance. You won't regret it. Faster review: A movie gone very wrong
Do yourselves a favour and read a book this weekend. Review: Raja Sen trashes No Problem
No Problem is devoid of taste, flavour and jokes.
December 03, 2010
Review: A ticket to Narnia is well worth it!
While the transition from book to big screen is hasty, the level of drama it generates is more lavish and breathtaking than its comparatively austere source. Rakht Charitra 2: Bloody Bore
Ram Gopal Varma's latest action film doesn't have anything new to offer. Raja Sen reviews Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey
Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey is a clumsily structured, unevenly paced film, with very few good moments. Phas Gaye Re Obama: Small budget, big laughs!
Comedy, black, white or blue, is its effective best when spontaneous and born out of erratic, whimsical reactions against a perfectly genuine backdrop. Precisely why Phas Gaye Re Obama scores.
November 26, 2010
Review: Barbara Mori can't save this film
The film on adultery leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Review: Too much masala in Allah Ke Banday
Faruk Kabir's directorial debut initially engages but soon fizzles out. Unstoppable: Muscular excitement for all ages
Unstoppable is just a good old-fashioned fun time at the movies. If that is all you expect from your weekend's entertainment, you will not be disappointed. Red review: Enjoyable time pass
If you're just interested in watching a bunch of veterans take one last shot at being action heroes and heroines, this movie might offer a mildly entertaining diversion. Review: Break ke pehle works. Baad all bad!
The first hour and half goes off like a breeze with its attractive opening credits, zippy pace, witty rejoinders, slick packaging and two extremely good-looking protagonists. Post-interval,however, Break Ke Baad runs out of ideas.
November 22, 2010
Why I will not recommend Guzaarish to anyone
Dr Ketna Mehta, who suffers from spinal injury, loves the film, but wouldn't recommend it to friends with spinal injury.
November 19, 2010
SBKHT: A tribute to King Khan
Shahrukh Bola Khoobsurat Hai Tu is an interesting watch for those who enjoy slice-of-life films. The Raja Sen Review: Hrithik's wow in Guzaarish
Guzaarish starts off slow and beautiful, but gradually, sadly congeals into a wet mess.
November 16, 2010
Review: Latest Harry Potter is the best ever
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, even in its unfinished state, is masterfully structured into three acts that fulfills the expectations of action-packed wizardry.
November 15, 2010
Music review: Some Tees Maar Khan, this!
Without doubt, this is a hugely disappointing album from an otherwise promising team.
November 12, 2010
There's no saving this Ramaa
If you're looking for adventure, this is NOT the movie for you. Skyline is for the special-effects junkie
Skyline is essentially a special-effects showreel that indulges in crash-boom-bang extravagance during every minute of its run time. Review: The Social Network is an absolute triumph
The Social Network is a mammoth accomplishment, a feat of craft and smarts and extreme generational significance.
November 08, 2010
Why Ash wants Mallika instead of Abhishek!
At a time when hateful reality show contestants and dragging soap operas define idiot box trends, Karan Johar's amusing chitchat with his celebrity pals, though never as spontaneous as the first season, puts on a quite a show.
November 05, 2010
The brilliant beard strikes again!
Due Date is leading watchable because of lead actors. Review: Few laughs in Golmaal 3
The best thing that can be said about Golmaal 3 is that it both enters and exits your system rather comprehensively, leaving behind nothing either memorable or of consequence. Review: Action Replayy is tacky
Even in a ripoff of a true classic, one expects it to reach 88 miles an hour and bring about at least a moment of genuine thrill. Action Replayy never moves out of second-gear.
November 04, 2010
Shyamalan's Devil is not bad
The movie is well shot, crisply edited and it provides an effective shot of disposable entertainment.
October 29, 2010
Khelein Hum... has beautiful music
Listening to the soundtrack of Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, with its brimming sentimentality and fearless fervour, lends an inexplicable satisfaction that comes from seeing a movie. Hornet's Nest: The best of Millennium trilogy
The final instalment from the Millennium trilogy is European action-oriented commercial cinema at its best.
October 22, 2010
Guzaarish: Bhansali gets it right!
The Guzaarish OST, despite its rough edges and miscalculations, tells you that this not a pompous filmmaker trying to get ahead of his game but a creative professional exploring his range and possibilities. And for that alone, take a bow, Mr Bhansali. Review: Hisss does not have any bite
Even Mallika Sherawat's skimpy outfits cannot save the tacky film. The Other Guys is weird
The Other Guys is a weird little movie, sometimes mildly funny but mostly, just weird. Rakta Charitra: RGV's overkill
Once the film is over you realise that all Rakta Charitra has been is a two hour promotional fare for Rakta Charitra 2. Jhootha Hi Sahi: John's the best, forget the rest!
It's commendable for an enduring sex symbol to make the viewer forget he's one and see him in an entirely new, earnest light.
October 19, 2010
Will Dhobi Ghat appeal to Indians?
While Kiran Rao's directorial debut can to extremely well internationally and at festivals with the right promotion, but it doesn't have much, with the exception of Aamir Khan, that appeals to the masses in India. Break Ke Baad music: Fun but nothing remarkable
Vishal-Shekhar gives us a competent albeit repetitious score.
October 18, 2010
Soppy, Shabby, Soggy: MasterChef India disappoints
The desi-version of this Akshay Kumar-led soppy feast is too self-conscious and shabby to impress.
October 15, 2010
Review: Knocked Out of its wits!
Knock Out is just not worth a trip to the theatre. Aakrosh: Realism, Bollywood-style!
Aakrosh is a tight film. It's dark, it's violent, it's informative and it's packed with a load of shock value which keeps you at the edge of your seat from start to finish. Hereafter: Clint Eastwood's pontential sleeper hit
Hereafter is a slow-moving film which is also a compelling piece of art.
October 08, 2010
Crook: As Bad as it Gets
The movie fails because of a weak script and story line. Review: Eat Pray and Snooze!
Eat Pray Love is a long film which is often headed nowhere despite Julia Roberts' tremendous screen presence. The American: George Clooney at his stylish best
The American is another stylish effort by the effortlessly cool George Clooney who is also one of the producers on this movie. Too much of Rishi Kapoor in Do Dooni Char
The actor fills up the frame and leaves little room for his co-actors in director Habib Faizal's debut film. The film manages to draw you effortlessly into 'the Duggal world' but the script lacks enough meat to keep you hooked.
October 01, 2010
Review: Anjaana Anjaani is a daft film
Anjaana Anjaani is embellished with contradictions. Taste Khichdi's magic on the big screen
The big screen adaptation of the popular TV show is a complete mindless stress buster. What Rajni can't, Rajni and the Robot can!
With the mother of all Indian movie climaxes, Robot is a frame by frame explanation of why Rajni is India's biggest star.
September 29, 2010
Jhootha Hi Sahi music grows on you
But we've seen A R Rahman make better music.
September 28, 2010
How Facebook came to be
The Social Network explores how the social networking site came into being.
September 22, 2010
Wall Street 2 is very entertaining
A stellar cast keeps you riveted to this sequel to Wall Street.
September 10, 2010
Dabangg is for Salman fans
For those who worship the star, Dabangg is a film you simply cannot afford to miss.
September 09, 2010
Resident Evil 4: Hollywood at its most trashy
Another sequel, another collection of disposable thrills.
September 03, 2010
Review: No Emotion only Atyachar!
The Film Emotional Atyachar fails to impress.
September 02, 2010
Robot: Not Rahman's best, to say the least
Which is a pity, because Robot's storyline -- which seems a bit like Bicenntenial Man, starring Robin Williams -- is all about a mechanical creation discovering human emotions. Review: We Are Family is no Stepmom
We Are Family falls into the same genre of films such as Ta Ra Rum Pum or Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic which are purportedly about kids but it's the same melodramatic mush being dished out in a new wrapper. A sensitive, real film such as Stepmom has been turned into a cliched Bollywood potbroiler.
August 30, 2010
Anjaana Anjaani has a zingy score!
For all its aspired sweetness, Anjaana Anjaani's USP lies in its dynamic substance and stylish oomph.
August 27, 2010
Avatar: Wait for the DVD
For those who are wondering whether to make the trip to the theatres to watch Avatar's re-release or just wait for the DVD or Blu-ray versions, the latter seems a better option. Review: Avoid Hello Darling at all cost
The film is riddled with pithy, half-baked situations, dialogues laced with sexual innuendoes and downright in-your-face vulgarity. Run far far away from this one. Antardwand is a film about real people
More than a social drama, Antardwand is actually a thriller merely because it's impossible to predict which direction the film will take. Thankfully, the film does not end in 'Bollywood' style.
August 26, 2010
Aashayein: Not compelling enough
Aashayein has a unique story that starts with good intentions, but eventually the treatment amounts to nothing spectacular.
August 20, 2010
Watch And Once Again for the players
If romantic melodramas are your cup of tea, this film is perfect for you. Review: Lafangey Parindey lacks spunk
The indispensible rawness that defines some of the coolest portrayals of the roguish hero by the likes of Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Aamir Khan, is missing from Pradeep Sarkar's latest offering, Lafangey Parindey.
August 13, 2010
Review: The Expendables is undependable
The best reason to watch this movie is nostalgia. That is also the worst reason to watch it because memories once sullied can never be repaired. Peepli [Live]: Best film of the year!
Peepli [Live] is a well-researched, brilliantly-written and effectively documented creation that hasn't negotiated its wry vision for big screen. Review: Help could have been edgier
Despite average performances from Bobby Deol and Mugdha Godse, much of the credit goes to the production team.
August 09, 2010
Music review: We Are Family is not good enough!
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy are known to devise penetrating score with memorable results like Tanhayee (Dil Chahta Hai), Maa (Taare Zameen Par), Kitni baatein (Lakshya), Kal Ho Naa Ho (KHNH). But barring a couple of heartfelt creations, their effort in We Are Family is nowhere close to this afore-mentioned legacy.
August 06, 2010
Review: Despicable Me is pure fun
Despicable Me's strength is good old fashioned storytelling -- excellent characters, attention to detail and a journey that is just pure fun. Review: Predators is predictable
Predators is totally a guy's movie filled with grisly violence and foul language of a level we are all familiar with. Aisha: Love the fashion, the girl not so much
Beautifully shot and packaged with a fabulous soundtrack and superlative ensemble cast, Aisha, quite often, gets caught up in a self-created tangle of brand-led vanity to ever let one get acquainted to its leading lady.
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