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Wild Card

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**

‘Transporter’ Jason Statham disappoints he is not his usual i.e. less words more action. Statham takes a dive into a foray which dispels his smart action technique vehemently.Wild Card’ Directed by Simon West is a story less with some state of the art action designed to catch the frenzies of Statham’s followers may work as the film’s USP to generate buzz as the stars stylish action cleverness.

Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a habitual gambler from Las Vegas is on a job by self-made millionaire Cyrus Kinnick (Michael Angarano), to show him around Vegas and give him protection while he gambles. Meanwhile he is burdened by his friend Holly (Dominik Garcia-Lorido) horrific incident of a rape assault by Danny DeMarco (Milo Ventimiglia) ever since she desires to take the revenge, Nick has to make possible to get the assailant on her feet and he succeeds and lets Holly to settle her anger and they also steal the money from DeMarco.

Back to a casino with Cyrus, Nick gambles with his half of DeMarco’s stolen money and is on a winning streak but loses all due to a sudden anxiety attack.

The predicament about the revenge attack on DeMarco comes up to the big daddy of criminal world Baby (Stanley Tucci) but as Nick confronts Baby that DeMarco is mendaciously concealing the truth and actual fact being he had raped Holly and the consequences followed thus not being convinced about the whole incident Baby concludes that DeMarco is lying and lets Nick go free. This leads to more chaos as DeMarco vows on to take the revenge and leaves.

Cast

Jason Statham as Nick Wild

Michael Angarano as Cyrus Kinnick

Dominik Garcia-Lorido as Holly

Milo Ventimiglia as Danny DeMarco

Hope Davis as Cassandra

Max Casella as Osgood

Stanley Tucci as Baby

Sofía Vergara as Doris

Jason Alexander as Pinky

Anne Heche as Roxy

Chris Browning as Tiel

Arielle B. Brown as Pinchus Casino Date

Boyana Balta as Katherine

Lara Grice as First Doctor

Shanna Forrestall as Marie

D’arcy Allen as Hot Shot Dealer

Codie Rimmer as Patient

Joshua Braud as Smooth

 

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Birdman

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****

Broadway life backstage and live has been bought into cinema halls with chimera of velocity and the credit entirely goes to two mastermind’s cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and Mexican Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu.

They have used the illusion of cinematic approach to get the right feel of the behavioral prototypes of frenzy Broadway culture. The camera delves continuously without any cuts [advance technology at work] at an impossible protracted endurance capturing every moment of the actors expression and brings the regale atmosphere with traditional cinema frames. Add to the gaiety is the next invincible hero of the film a musician who plays drums for the background score Is also peerless at the moments when vital.

Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) a washed out Hollywood actor forgotten for his legendary superhero image of Birdman. Now in present attempts to be in vogue by producing and acting in a play, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” with host of his co actor Laura (Andrea Riseborough) and first-time Broadway actress Lesley (Naomi Watts) and his daughter Sam (Emma Stone} serves as his assistant, a freak accident at the sets happen to replace actor with none other than a volatile method actor Mike (Edward Norton).

As the first previews go disastrously off beam, Riggan blames Mike for stealing the limelight with his own lines. As the day of the final preview comes closer, Riggan sees Sam and Mike flirting, disappointed he accidentally locks himself out of the theater thus leaving his night gown at the door and walks away in his underwear through Times Square to get back inside. This act of his doesn’t go well with a veteran critic Tabitha and promises him to kill his play with bad reviews.

The film gives high-quality scope to all the characters to portray their talent with flamboyance with no inhibition left as to prove their brilliance. There is no doubt about the Academy Nominations in the different category the film has garnered.

 

Cast

Michael Keaton as Riggan Thomson / Birdman

Edward Norton as Mike Shiner

Emma Stone as Sam Thomson

Naomi Watts as Lesley

Zach Galifianakis as Jake

Andrea Riseborough as Laura

Amy Ryan as Sylvia Thomson

Lindsay Duncan as Tabitha Dickinson

Merritt Wever as Annie

Jeremy Shamos as Ralph

Frank Ridley as Mr. Roth

Katherine O’Sullivan as Costume Assistant

Damian Young as Gabriel

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Foxcatcher

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***

Yet another tale of a dreaded American du Pont’s family wrestling enthusiast John E. du Pont biographical of hiring the 1984 Olympic champion brothers Mark and Dave Schultz and ending with a shocking tragic killings of the Olympic champion.

Directed by Bennett Miller ‘Foxcatcher’ gyrates around the three major characters Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) and John E. du Pont (Steve Carell). Mark an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestlers is approached by du Pont for a private wrestling training facility and consequently to join his wrestling team, “Team Foxcatcher” while Mark accepts the offer Dave reasons of being committed to his family and rejects being a part of the team.

Meanwhile Mark heads a Team of Wrestlers to get ready for the upcoming Seoul Olympics and progresses well being a favorite of du Pont, a petty incident between Mark and du Pont intensifies into a split and as result Dave is hired to coach the team members. Dave manages to get Mark back to the team, as the Olympic Trials in Pensacola, Florida begins Mark shows disastrous result thus pissing off du Pont enormously and the upshot being terrible.

The movie has some fantastic performances by the lead cast, particularly by Steve Carell as the wrestling enthusiast John E. du Pont he gets into the skin of the role and delivers some moments of silent expressions and strong impact with his somnolent eyes and interesting dialogue prototype. Bravo

Cast

Steve Carell as John du Pont

Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz

Mark Ruffalo as Dave Schultz

Vanessa Redgrave as Jean du Pont

Sienna Miller as Nancy Schultz

Anthony Michael Hall as Jack

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American Sniper

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***

 

Dirty Harry ‘Clint Eastwood’ directs Chris Kyle’s autobiography with astuteness and creates a prodigy film of a war zone. The catastrophic twin tower occurrence has resulted in mayhem and gave suffering to millions who were innocent and nowhere in connection to the tragedy struck in America. Eastwood has gun the camera behind the most lethal force of Snipers from both the countries Chris Kyle [US] and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi member from Iraq a former Olympic shooter.

Two hour plus the film gives a insight into the lives and tragedy of the two countries battle to recuperate the security for the people who have lost their dear ones in the Biggest Terrorist Attack which America has gone through, also shows the avenge with emotional balance in the mind of this Snipers as one has to deal while to shoot a kid carrying a grenade [the reason] endangering the life of the best trained Seals in the world.

Bradley Cooper as the Sniper smartly metamorphose as the film progress, his training his Romance with Sienna Miller and the love for his country, ‘I am born in the best country in this world’ ethos the sanctimony of every American.

Dirty Harry has added one more feather to his cap ‘American Sniper’ seems to be the best work of his career.

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Big Eyes

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***

Big Eyes a biographical drama directed by Tim Burton, focuses on a wretchedness of a woman with creative genuineness of painting especially of children’s in-harmoniously eyes which was a must on every wall in 60’s. The movie is made with great subtleness showing gradually dominance and spitefulness of a man.

Set in the period 1950 Artist Margaret Keane [Amy Adams] is a street side portrait artiste but cannot sell her paintings due to inability of good communication with customers. Walter Keane [Christoph Waltz] gets involved with Margaret and marries her, being marketing savvy he progressively takes credit for all her work and is a famous person world over. As Margaret realizes her impending skills going disregarded she stands for her identity and therefore gets into a court battle with Walter and ultimately prevails to prove that she has been behind the wonderful work which the world has been admiring.

Academy Award winning actor Christoph Waltz deep dives into the flesh of Walter displaying the true colors of a man with never dying spirit to overwhelm the woman. Amy Adams justifies Margaret in showing the vulnerability and weakness which a woman goes through when dominated by a man in her life. Excellent production design in creating the period of 1950’s and 60’s.

Cast

Amy Adams as Margaret Keane

Christoph Waltz as Walter Keane

Danny Huston as Dick Nolan

Jon Polito as Enrico Banducci

Krysten Ritter as DeAnn

Jason Schwartzman as Ruben

Terence Stamp as John Canaday

Madeleine Arthur as Older Jane Ulbrich

Delaney Raye as Young Jane Ulbrich

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Unbroken

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***

 

Angelina Jolie the world’s “most beautiful” woman shifts behind the camera for one more cause, to show the world the inhuman treatment which American soldiers have gone through the World War II. The big question whether it was only Americans who have suffered the ordeal as prisoner of war experienced in Japanese camps vice versa when Japanese soldiers were prisoner of war in American camps who will show the facts and trauma of those soldiers. For now the world has to endorse on the heroic tale of one-sided history which are made from Hollywood studios.

Unbroken is based on the 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. The film depicts the life of USA Olympian and athlete Louis “Louie” Zamperini, played by Jack O’Connell. The film starts with a mind-blowing aerial combat sequence shot with great care and detailed cinematic view of giving the actual experience of Sky-Fight.

Louie and his crew are on a search and rescue mission, when both of the plane’s left engines fail, causing a crash into the Pacific Ocean. Louie and two other survivors, Mac [Finn Wittrock] and Phil [Domhnall Gleeson] survive on floating safety rafts for more than forty five days. While Mac dies and Louie and Phil are trapped by Japanese forces and send to P.O.W. camp and an interminable torture is given to Louie by Mutsuhiro “Bird” Watanabe [Miyavi ] out of jealousy because his status as a former Olympian. The tribulation stops when the war ends, eventually Louie and the other prisoners in the camp are set free to return to their homes.

Angelina Jolie has recreated the atmosphere and the pains of this piece of history with extreme agonizing feel in almost every frame of the savagery facts of the P.O.W. camps which soldiers go through.

A person who lives this suffering Irrespective of their origin or colors definitely needs an acknowledgment.

Cast

Jack O’Connell as Louis “Louie” Zamperini

Domhnall Gleeson as Russell “Phil” Phillips

Miyavi as Mutsuhiro “The Bird” Watanabe

Garrett Hedlund as John Fitzgerald

Finn Wittrock as Francis “Mac” McNamara

Jai Courtney as Hugh “Cup” Cuppernell

Luke Treadaway as Miller

Travis Jeffery as Jimmy

Jordan Patrick Smith as Cliff

John Magaro as Frank A. Tinker

Alex Russell as Pete Zamperini

Maddalena Ischiale as Louise Zamperini

Morgan Griffin as Cynthia Applewhite

Savannah Lamble as Sylvia Zamperini

Sophie Dalah as Virginia Zamperini

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

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***

The third and final installment of the ‘Night at the Museum’ series is an ode of fantasy world, truly a Santa gift to kid’s world over. Enjoyable and a trip to utopia a run away to hassle free world.

Larry Daley [Ben Stiller] is back on a mission to save his favorite exhibits from the age old curse as to stop the tablet of Ahkmenrah from corroding. As the corrosion causes chaos during an opening event of a Museum of Natural History, the affected exhibits create mayhem and scare away the attendees.

Larry researches that the Ahkmenrah can be preserved back if he goes to the British Museum and confer with the parent Merenkahre [Ben Kingsley] of Ahkmenrah. By some means he convinces McPhee [Ricky Gervais] the curator of the Museum to get the permission of delivering some exhibits. As they reach British Museum host of new exhibits come to life and join them, eventually the adventure starts of restoring the Ahkmenrah as only the moonlight can stop the corrosion.

All the characters including late Robin Williams as Theodore Roosevelt, Attila the Hun, Sacagawea, Dexter the Capuchin Monkey, and Rexy the Tyrannosaurus skeleton and also Jedediah [Owen Wilson] and Octavius [Steve Coogan] from the earlier parts have been maintained a superb farewell bid to this unforgettable creatures given by Director Shawn Levy.

Cast

Ben Stiller as Larry Daley

Stiller also plays Laa

Robin Williams as Theodore Roosevelt

Owen Wilson as Jedediah

Steve Coogan as Octavius

Ricky Gervais as Dr. McPhee

Dan Stevens as Sir Lancelot

Rebel Wilson as Tilly

Skyler Gisondo as Nicky Daley

Rami Malek as Ahkmenrah

Patrick Gallagher as Attila

Mizuo Peck as Sacagawea

Ben Kingsley as Merenkahre

Dick Van Dyke as Cecil Fredericks

Percy Hynes-White as C.J. Fredericks

Mickey Rooney as Gus

Bill Cobbs as Reginald

Andrea Martin as Rose, an archivist.

Rachael Harris as Madeline Phelps

Brennan Elliott as Robert Fredericks

Anjali Jay as Shepseheret

Matty Finochio as Roman Sentry

Crystal the Monkey as Dexter

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 

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**** 

The epic fantasy adventure film ‘The Hobbit’ directed by Peter Jackson concludes with mammoth visual spectacle and intense drama. More than ninety minutes of warfare shot on enormous scale to create realistic visuals of battle between the Five Armies.

The film begins with where it ended in ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ dragon Smaug [Benedict Cumberbatch] is on a rampage mouthing fire on the people of Lake Town in the mayhem the dragon is killed by Bard the Bowman [Luke Evans].

King Thorin [Richard Armitage] and his gang of Dwarves are trapped within the limit of Smaug’s castle as Thorin alleges to posse the massive gold which was shielded by dragon Smaug, also other great armed forces want to claim their right on the castle in consequence are heading for a war to prevail.

Gandalf the Grey [Ian McKellen] is out from the prison as he battles with numerous wraiths at Dol Goldur and he is saved by Galadriel [Cate Blanchett].

Bilbo Baggins [Martin Freeman] sneaks out of Erebor to hand the Arkenstone over to Thranduil [Lee Pace] and Bard to avoid further atrocities but does not succeed.

Legolas [Orlando Bloom] and Tauriel [Evangeline Lilly] see Bolg [John Tui] with a huge Orc army and hundreds of war-bred bats planning to attack the Dwarves and the army of Erebor.As the war begins the army of Erebor and Dwarves are slaughtered by the Orc’s leaving them Vulnerable to the last attack which Azog instructs from the Ravenhill mountain.

Thorin eventually overcomes his madness and heads towards the mountain with Dwalin [Graham McTavish], Fili [Dean O’Gorman], and Kili [Aidan Turner] to kill Azog [Manu Bennett] and his group.

Legolas and Tauriel join the battle to protect Thorin from the Orc’s , in anarchy Tauriel is killed while saving Fili [Dean O’Gorman] her love interest and she departs with a emotional roller-coaster leaving Fili distraught.The film concludes with Bilbo returning to Bag End.

Director Peter Jackson leaves no stone unturned in any department of the movie making as the result are apt and noteworthy. A huge cast and illustrious characterization from the first part has kept the continuity intact and flawless. ’The Hobbit’ fans who have followed the earlier installment have a mighty dividend in store so not to be missed at any cost.

Cast

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins

Ian Holm as old Bilbo Baggins

Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey

Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield II

Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug

Orlando Bloom as Legolas Greenleaf

Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel

Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman

Lee Pace as Thranduil

Graham McTavish as Dwalin

Ken Stott as Balin

Aidan Turner as Kíli

Dean O’Gorman as Fíli

Mark Hadlow as Dori

Jed Brophy as Nori

Adam Brown as Ori

John Callen as Óin

Peter Hambleton as Glóin

William Kircher as Bifur

James Nesbitt as Bofur

Stephen Hunter as Bombur

Cate Blanchett as Galadriel

Hugo Weaving as Elrond

Christopher Lee as Saruman the White

Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown

Manu Bennett as Azog the Defiler

John Tui as Bolg

Billy Connolly as Dáin

Mikael Persbrandt as Beorn

Stephen Fry as the Master of Laketown

Ryan Gage as Alfrid

John Bell as Bain

Simon London as Feren  

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Jessabelle

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**

Creepy and sluggish ‘Jessabelle’ is a new age Horror film with high degree of shock and shiver’s but a weak story which dwindles as the movie advances towards climax.

A conventional premise Jessie [Sarah Snook] goes through a tragic phase of life losing her unborn child and fiancé in a road accident living herself on a wheel chair forever, therefore she abandons herself in a countryside home where she had lived in her childhood but something is in store for her, a horrifying past unearths when she starts watching the tapes which her mother had left behind. Preston [Marc Webber] a high school mate is the only support for Jessie to guard her against the nightmares which she has been going through.

Directed by Kevin Greutert ‘Jessabelle’ is not a extraordinary work of chills as there are occasion which will leave you exasperated as lot have been seen and heard especially the loud sound and grotesque make up effects to leave you shocked are very conventional method for Horror genre.

Cast

Sarah Snook as Jessie Laurent

Mark Webber as Preston

David Andrews as Leon

Joelle Carter as Kate

Ana de la Reguera as Rosaura

Amber Stevens as Jessabelle

Larisa Oleynik as Samantha

Chris Ellis as Sheriff Pruitt

Brian Hallisay as Mark

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Exodus: Gods and Kings

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***

“‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Directed by Ridley Scott is a gargantuan take on the biblical interpretation, the evacuation [Exodus] of the Hebrews from Egypt led by Moses.

Egyptian King Pharaoh Ramses [Joel Edgerton – the most excellent face of Exodus] a rotten ruler and the heir to the Egyptian throne is Moses’s step brother and is against the migration of 600,000 Hebrew slaves. The rebellious leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Empire.

Unlike the Cecil B. De Mille’s The Ten Commandments (1923 film) the Moses story only takes up to a modern setting involving living by the lessons of the Ten commandments. Two brothers make opposite decisions, one follows his mother’s teaching of the Ten Commandments and becomes a poor carpenter, and the other takes up the evil way to rise on the top.

This one does not begin at the beginning but pitches us into the middle of the hostilities between the two Brothers. Throughout the film, the visual are outstandingly done but the principal cast has performed inconsistently. Scott’s flamboyance for widescreen metaphors and the addition of 3D technology makes Exodus a vivid biblical tale.

The battle scenes and the curses of God are scary as the mighty desolation of Nile turns blood red thus causing a mass overflowing of dead fish and the frogs come out in millions from bottom to top therefore their dead flesh attracts ample of flies which causes the deadliest skin syndrome.

Ultimately it’s the parting of the Red Sea sequence [if experienced in IMAX] which is appealing, done with spectacular visual drama and sound effects which will keep you on edge of the seat.

Cast

 

Christian Bale as Moses

Joel Edgerton as Ramesses

Aaron Paul as Joshua

John Turturro as Seti

Ben Kingsley as Nun

Sigourney Weaver as Tuya

María Valverde as Zipporah

Indira Varma as High Priestess

Hiam Abbass as Bithiah

Kevork Malikyan as Jethro

Anton Alexander as Dathan

Golshifteh Farahani as Nefertari

Tara Fitzgerald as Miriam

Ben Mendelsohn as Hegep

Dar Salim as Khyan

Ungli

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*

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‘Good Samaritans’ Abhay[Hooda], Maya[Kangana], Goti[Neil Bhoopalam] and Kalim[Angad Bedi] are out to clean the system with ‘Ungli’ menacing with the culprits so that the departments and officials get to learn a lesson, a corruption free system that’s their motto.

Nikhil [Emraan Hashmi] is a cop in distress with aimless life; ACP Kale [Sanjay Dutt] gives him a task to unearth the Ungli Gang accordingly to achieve his lost credit in the Police force. As to locate the whereabouts of the Ungli Gang Nikhil himself stakes the claim of being a gang member and starts a fight against the dishonest bureaucrats and even a local Rikhshawala’s who repudiate a ride to Nikhil’s mother for a minimum distance as usual insist on a long journey, infuriated about the incident he forcibly dumps a auto driver in a train luggage compartment to Delhi.

As this turn into a volatile clash between the Ungli Gang and Nikhil they ultimately settle for an add-on and take the mêlée further.

Karan Johar production is on an experimental spree, with no novel treatment or a strong inspirational message also the film lacks a power house performance from an ensemble cast.

CAST.

Emraan Hashmi as Nikhil

Sanjay Dutt as ACP Kale

Kangana Ranaut as Maya

Randeep Hooda as Abhay

Neha Dhupia as Teestha

Angad Bedi as Kalim

Neil Bhoopalam as Goti

Arunoday Singh as Ricky

Happy Ending

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***

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“Happy Beginning” finally it’s the time for girls to call the shot, ‘no love only sex’ is the legacy going to go on with our B town babes? The Saif formula of pomposity to flirt with girls but not falling in love takes an Upturn as the ball goes in the court otherwise.

Bollywood is coming of age and one reason to cheer is “Happy Ending” unexpectedly a film which is directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. [Shaadi.com / Go Goa Gone] who have entered a zone which habitually is dominated by Kapoors or Chopras. The film has all the gloss and moods of typical RomCom but the elements which are alluring are the performance by the entire cast.

Yudi [Saif Ali Khan] a author is basking on the glory of his book which is a history and not even available on the bookshelf, Montu [Ranvir Shorey] is his troublemaker partner for every ditch which Yudi gives to his girls. His self talks are with pompous Yogi [also Saif] for notorious psychoanalysis.

Out of the blue, Yudi is bankrupt and his publishers dump him for an hit fiction novelist Aanchal [Ileana D’Cruz]. Yudi tries to charm Aanchal to take back his position.

Bollywood single-screen superstar Armaan [Govinda] who is planning to reincarnate his image insists Yudi to write a script to match standards of multiplex-style RomCom.

The big hurdle for Yudi is her dentist girlfriend Vishakha [Kalki Koechlin] pursuing him fanatically to marry him by faking she being pregnant.

In all it becomes a herculean task for Yudi to complete the script for Armaan’s film.

Govinda as Armaan-ji rocks this actor never is out of spirit his prowess of entertaining are unparalleled, Ranvir Shorey has a nonchalant way of acting the show stealer is Ileana with her raw beauty and aptitude to live the character of Aanchal with conviction, she proves not being a object of our typical formula flicks.

The music of the film is yet one more reason, endearing and techno composed by the duo Sachin – Jigar ,”Haseena Tu Kameena Mein”, “Paaji Tussi Such A Pussy Cat” Screen writer Husain Dalal has proficiently written witty lines with class.

The Equalizer

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***

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Directed by Antoine Fuqua

Robert McCall [Denzel Washington] is a one man army against Russian Mafia who are into sex trafficking, a young friend of McCall Alina [Chloë Grace Moretz] a young prostitute has been whacked up by her pimp because she did not warmly solicited a podgy customer, in consequence McCall goes on a meticulous trail first he offers a sum to the pimp Slavi [David Meunier] to release Alina forever but in vain. The violent retribution starts as he systematically eliminates every member of the gang.

The mayhem reasons a big alarm at the Moscow headquarters big bosses Vladimir Pushkin [Vladimir Kulich] comes for the avenge of his gang members. A coldblooded henchman Teddy [Marton Csokas] is out to finish McCall but instead of killing him he tries to capture him to comprehend the skills of McCall which has surprised him. The story moves on with triumphant over the dreadful sex slave empire of the Russian Mafia.

McCall is back again to his everyday attending the distress call of citizen who are in dire situation, as he lives on the theory of  the famous Mark Twain: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

The movie has a minimalist approach of action and displays superb modus operandi of a revenge drama with a matured performance by Denzel Washington. A no-nonsense action flick.

Cast

Denzel Washington as Robert McCall

Marton Csokas as Teddy

Chloë Grace Moretz as Alina

Melissa Leo as Susan Plummer

Bill Pullman as Brian Plummer

Johnny Skourtis as Ralphie

Haley Bennett as Mandy

David Harbour as Frank Masters

Vladimir Kulich as Vladimir Pushkin

John Wick

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*

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Directed by Chad Stahelski

John Wick [Keanu Reeves] a lethal mafia bludgeon is in a forlorn as he has lost his wife Helen [Moynahan] due to an incurable illness. Her dying gift a little dog to him is the only survival source to cope with desolate life.

One night when he encounter to one Iosef [Alfie Allen] and his gang adds to more grievous trouble as he forcibly insists on buying his’69 Mustang’ but ultimately he steals the car and manically kills his dog, when he drives the car to one infamous garage of Aurelio’s [Leguizamo] to get it unofficially transferred and customized Aurelio realizes whose car it is, he refuses to get involved. The royal mess created by losef leads to mayhem as his father Viggo [Michael Nyqvist] is none other but a head of Russian Mafia. Thus Viggo now wants to protect his son and seeks pardon from wick’s reprisal but in vain. Wick in spite of the enormous threat of the Russian Mafia goes on brutal hunting of Iosef killing his henchmen one by one.

John Wick is a dark and guttural cinematic experience with lots of bloodshed and less scope to narrative of an insignificant vengeance drama.

Cast

Keanu Reeves as John Wick

Michael Nyqvist as Viggo Tarasov

Alfie Allen as Iosef Tarasov

Bridget Moynahan as Helen Wick

Boyhood

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****

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A unique approach to film making!!

Director Richard Linklater and his cast Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater and Ethan Hawke have shot for a period of 12 years to show the real transition of a family. A benchmark in history of cinema, surely to be remembered for years to come it’s not a easy task for a director or the cast to be assembled for such a long period and give a performance with fine distinction of what the script demands.

Year 2002 Mason Evans Jr. [Ellar Coltrane] and his older sister Samantha [Lorelei Linklater] are being raised by Olivia [Patricia Arquette] a single parent in Texas. Mason’s father, Mason Sr. [Ethan Hawke], often takes the children’s for vacation. Meanwhile sometime in 2004, Olivia takes a decision to get married to her professor Bill Welbrock [Marco Perella] as they try to blend their two families; Bill obnoxious behavior endangers the children, therefore Olivia files for divorce.

Mason Sr. is always the guiding spirit to the children’s and he also gives Samantha some growing tips about using contraceptive while dating her boyfriend. While some years passed, Olivia teaches psychology at a college where she meets an ex military veteran and gets married to him. Mason Sr also remarry’s and has a baby.

In 2012, Mason has his first crush on Sheena but in a short instance has a painful breakup. The film leaves us at a stage where Mason begins his new innings leaving her mother alone and distressed as he forays into further opportunity in life.

The engaging part of the film lies in its basic proposition of showing the routine growth of human relationships, the complexity and the emotions what coerce the married life and raising their children’s.

Ellar Coltrane as Mason has done an incredible job by giving a realistic performance which grows with the time and days. Richard Linklater deserves a standing ovation for his endurance, this kind of endeavor which is not easily taken by a film maker.

Cast

Ellar Coltrane as Mason Evans, Jr.

Patricia Arquette as Olivia Evans

Lorelei Linklater as Samantha Evans

Ethan Hawke as Mason Evans, Sr.

Libby Villari as Mason’s grandmother

Marco Perella as Bill Welbrock

Brad Hawkins as Jim

Jenni Tooley as Annie

Zoe Graham as Sheena

Charlie Sexton as Jimmy

Jamie Howard as Mindy Welbrock

Andrew Villarreal as Randy Welbrock

Elijah Smith as Tommy

Nick Krause as Charlie

Tom McTigue as Mr. Turlington

Steven Chester Prince as Ted

Evie Thompson as Jill

Jennifer Griffin as Mrs. Darby

Tamara Jolaine as Tammy

Taylor Weaver as Barb

Ryan Power as Paul

Interstellar

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****

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‘Interstellar’ Directed by Christopher Nolan the genius who has given ‘Inception’ and many of the ‘Batman’ series creates a space-epic with magnificent visualization and a voyage to the stars with taxing to understand.

The film features a team of space travelers who travel through a wormhole in search of a new habitable planet. Crops are ravaged by disfigurement dust storms and mankind has to leave the planet for search survival.

Cooper [McConaughey] a former NASA pilot and farmer lives with his family, his ten year-old daughter Murph believes their house is preoccupied by a ghost that is trying to converse to her. Cooper discovers that the “ghost” is an unidentified shape of intellect sending those oblique messages by means of gravitational waves altering the dust on the floor, directing them to a secret NASA installation led by Professor Brand [Michael Caine]. Cooper and his co pilots Doyle [Bentley], Romilly [Gyasi], Brand alluring daughter Amelia [Hathaway] and TARS [Irwin] multi-purpose robot are recruited to pilot Endurance, an experimental spacecraft in search of a possible habitat where human can continue to exist.

The space expedition goes through some mind boggling encounters especially a sea storm is an edge of the seat experience. German music composer Hans Zimmer creates atmospheric rhythmic resonance of the space. Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey [Dallas Buyers Club] yet again gives a stellar performance.

The film is not about any space thrills or a fantasy characters but an ominous insight into the galaxy with realistic approach and a experience for a brain drain.

Starring:   

Matthew McConaughey

Anne Hathaway

Jessica Chastain

Michael Caine

Bill Irwin

Ellen Burstyn

Gone Girl

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****

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Based on Gillian Flynn novel and directed by the competent David Fincher who has successfully helm films The Curious Case of Benjamin Button [2008] and The Social Network [2010] now with his latest offering ‘Gone Girl’ he goes beyond the parameters of suspense and drama. The director takes us to the forbidding areas of a married couple which has gone terribly wrong, as the line ‘this is what marriages are about’ which the protagonist says can surely send a wrong message to the wannabes to get into the paradise of nuptials.

Its fifth wedding anniversary of Nick Dunne [Ben Affleck] same morning when he returns home and to his shock he discovers that his wife Amy [Rosamund Pike] is missing. The media goes frenzy as Amy is the daughter of parents who wrote a string of “Amazing Amy” stories. Detective Rhonda [Dickens] and Jim [Fugit] arrive at the scene of crime and observe some evidence indicating trouble between the couple. Therefore making Nick the primary suspect, he is only supported by his sister Margo [Coon].They hire Tanner Bolt [Perry] a defense attorney who specializes in defending husbands accused of killing their wives and help them to uplift their public image. As the truth uncovers about Amy’s missing some horrifying facts come out.

The film unfolds from one frame to another with measured intensity creating a subtle anxiety about the story and character realization. No technical razzmatazz, a fine cinematic experience which is very rare.

Cast

Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne

Rosamund Pike as Amy Elliott-Dunne

Neil Patrick Harris as Desi Collings

Tyler Perry as Tanner Bolt

Carrie Coon as Margo “Go” Dunne

Kim Dickens as Detective Rhonda Boney

Patrick Fugit as Officer James Gilpin

Casey Wilson as Noelle Hawthorne

Emily Ratajkowski as Andie Fitzgerald

Fury

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****

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Set during World War II ‘Fury’ is an intense painful reality of the period gone with atrocities of the warfare exceptionally written and directed by David Ayer.

The European Theatre of World War II [European War], was a vast area of profound fighting across Europe from Germany’s invasion. U.S. Army Sergeant Don “Wardaddy” Collier [Brad Pitt] commands an tank named Fury and its five-man veteran crew Boyd “Bible” Swan [Shia LaBeouf], Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis [Jon Bernthal], loader Trini “Gordo” Garcia [Michael Peña] and a driver who is just an Army typist, Norman Ellison [Logan Lerman] and has never even seen the inside of a tank. Wardaddy as a consequence forces the gun on him and makes him execute the German prisoner.

As the mission to capture small town goes on they encounter into a German woman and her beautiful cousin Emma. It becomes a short-lived rendezvous as a German bombardment hits the town, killing Emma and some of the American forces.

They run into a German Tiger I and in the mayhem only Fury remains and is immobilized after thumping into a landmine increasing more trouble as a German column of three hundred SS infantry approaches towards them, Norman is the lone survivor [though he is ignored by a mysterious SS while he notices him hidden below the fury tank] ultimately after the bloodshed the next morning, U.S. Army units discover Norman.

The film shows the solid reality through a journey of a tankFury’ and its commanders who bravely fight out the odds of the gruesome situation during World War II. It’s realistic and gore in every way giving us the astounding facts which history will never erase from its memory. Strictly for those who need an insight into a world which witnessed the horrors of one mind ‘Hitler’ and carnage which followed.

Cast

Brad Pitt as US Army S/Sgt. Don “Wardaddy” Collier

Shia LaBeouf as T/5 Boyd “Bible” Swan

Logan Lerman as Pvt. Norman “Machine” Ellison

Michael Peña as Cpl. Trini “Gordo” Garcia

Jon Bernthal as Pfc. Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis

Jason Isaacs as Cpt. “Old Man” Waggoner

Scott Eastwood as Sgt. Miles

Xavier Samuel as 2nd Lt. Parker

Brad William Henke as Sgt. Davis

Anamaria Marinca as Irma

Alicia von Rittberg as Emma

Kevin Vance as Sgt. Peterson

Branko Tomovićas German Corporal

Iain Garrett as Sgt. Foster

Eugenia Kuzmina as Hilda Meier

Stella Stocker as Edith

Sex Tape

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***

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Explicit, outrageously funny and erotic in humor but the big scissor of Indian censor has gone kaput in swallowing the steamy portion and leaving only imagination for us of just getting the sneak peak.

As a reviewer I cannot write a full length view of the actual portion which has been cut and films ingenious plot [sex tape] which I did not have the access to.

This is the portion of the story which will be the price of your ticket and rest you can see it on your home theater [if you are lucky to get an uncut version].

Jay [Jason Segel] and Annie [Cameron Diaz] live their libido with full excitement and have sex anytime anywhere, one night Jay struggle to get an erection but in vain, Annie proposes of having sex in almost all position and makes it into a sex tape to thrive more excitement into their fading passion. All hell break lose when accidentally the video is synchronized in a group of people including one who is a king pin of You Porn. The couple goes berserk of erasing the video from the iPods which are in their know-how, also they have to deal with a neighbor’s son who threatens to upload their sex tape if he is not paid a bribe of $25,000. As almost they succeed of erasing the sex video from all their neighborhood system the last being the YouPorn headquarters which they have to deal with.

Cameron Diaz is bold and sexy and does the role with grace and simplicity, Jason Segel significantly depicts the restlessness of a over obsessed sex starved hubby. The film would have been a worth watch if the ‘SEX TAPE’ was uncut.

Cast

Cameron Diaz as Annie

Jason Segel as Jay

Rob Corddry as Robbie

Ellie Kemper as Tess

Rob Lowe as Hank Rosenbaum

Nat Faxon as Max

Nancy Lenehan as Linda

Randall Park as Edward

Dave “Gruber” Allen as Mailman

J0ack Black as the owner of YouPorn

What If review by ANIZ FILMVALA **

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Director Michael Dowse take on transition of friendship to love in ‘What If’ [earlier titled ‘The F Word’]. What if your close friend is nurturing a passionate liking towards you? The predicament is a universal dilemma in today’s youth of this fast track life of sex and friendship relations. Michael Dowse gives us the cinematic vision of this beautiful evolution with great care and emotional excitement for 101 minutes.
Wallace [Daniel Radcliffe] is not so happy about his career, living with his sister and nephew in Toronto, Ontario.Being cheated by his girlfriend he decides to not be very social for a year.He is intimidate by Allan [Adam Driver] for a party where he encounter Chantry [Zoe Kazan] Allan’s cousin and the two get along for a lengthy conversation and move out for a long walk and unwillingly she shares her number. Chantry has a boyfriend [Rafe Spall] but she shows desire of having a friendship with him and Wallace instantly agrees. The smooth sailing of just being a friend begins with countless meeting and even going on nude date to a island when Chantry’s boyfriend is out on work tour in Dublin.The friendship evolve’s in love with some melodrama and excitement of a typical bollywood flick. Daniel Radcliffe fits the bill of a rom-com hero and gives ample melodramatic moments of lover boy. Zoe Kazan as Chantry is delightful as a next door girl look and also sets the screen on fire with her seductive moves [when she goes through a moments of loneliness]. The film is a fitting answer to the audience who is baffled about their emotions and gives the wrong impression about their feelings to their near ones in the name of just being friends. Cast Daniel Radcliffe as Wallace Zoe Kazan as Chantry Megan Park as Dalia Adam Driver as Allan Mackenzie Davis as Nicole Rafe Spall as BenJemima Rooper as Ellie Jordan Hayes as Becky Meghan Heffern as Tabby Jonathan Cherry as Josh Tommie-Amber Pirie as Gretchen Adam Fergus as Rolf Lucius Hoyos as Felix Rebecca Northan as Holly

The Maze Runner

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***

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A sci- fi action thriller film ‘The Maze Runner’ directed by Wes Ball, based on James Dashner’s book ‘The Maze Runner’ is the first installment of this series.

Well the world has faced one more catastrophe produced by the sun coming more closure to mother earth the result a challenge to the humans in how to survive the horrendous situation.

The film opens with a cleverly crafted scene with astonishing sound design where Thomas [Dylan O’Brien] is dramatically transported by a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D.  In a strange location called Maze where he is been sent for confinement with other existing inmate of Maze.

Thomas and other prisoners are similarly in quandary of who has been the force behind their traumatic chastising; the race begins to solve the mystery behind the door which opens every morning giving challenge to every runner to find a way out to escape but nobody can cross the jumble of the confusing Maze.

Thomas and his cohorts have to cross the mystifying walls of Maze which has the deadly Grievers guarding the borders as nobody can flee easily.

The novelty lies in creating the Maze with excellent production design and the situation when one of the mates tries to escape while racing with the time out of shutting the doors of the prison, it will leave you flabbergasted

Unnerving and gripping with steady trepidation of will they make it or not? Surely can keep you on the edge of the seat.

The climax is baffling as it leaves midway of the rescue to be continued for a sequel to come next.

 

Cast

Dylan O’Brien as Thomas

Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt

Kaya Scodelario as Teresa Agnes

Ki Hong Lee as Minho

Will Poulter as Gally

Aml Ameen as Alby

Blake Cooper as Chuck

Alexander Flores as Winston

Jacob Latimore as Jeff

Chris Sheffield as Ben

Dexter Darden as Frypan

Randall D. Cunningham as Clint

Joe Adler as Zart

Patricia Clarkson as Chancellor Ava Paige

A Walk among the Tombstones

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 **

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Directed by Scott Frank

Taken star Liam Neeson forays into one more mission with equilibrium and panache which has a resemblance of his preceding movie.

Set in the year 1998 Former NYPD cop Matthew Scudder [Liam Neeson] is hired by a drug dealer Kenny Kristo [Dan Stevens] to unearth the slaughterer of his wife. While on his investigation he befriend with a teenage black boy TJ [Bradley] who helps in the research of past crime news reports in a library. As he develops some traces to reach the mysterious killer, one more horrifying incident of a young girl being abducted comes on his pursuit adding more woe.

Ultimately Scudder gets the evidence of two perverts Albert [Thompson] and Ray [Harbour] a gay couple are responsible for the gruesome killings of Kenny’s wife and the kidnapping of the young girl, thus he lays a plan in how to give away the ransom amount without any errors and harm and get the girl back.

With focus to the key characters the movie evolves well and gives some nerve wrecking experience.

A completely Liam Neeson film with intelligently crafted action and thrills to watch with patience.

Cast

Liam Neeson as Matthew Scudder

Dan Stevens as Kenny Kristo

Sebastian Roché as Yuri Landau

Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Loogan

David Harbour as Ray

Eric Nelsen as Howie

Brian “Astro” Bradley as TJ

Khoobsurat

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**

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Sonam Kapoor’s fantasy trip to utopia goes awry, papa Kapoors dream for little princess to reign bollywood diva remains disgruntled.

Director Shashanka Ghosh famously scorns the timeless cinematic experience of original ‘Khoobsurat’ Directed by       Hrishikesh Mukherjee the pasha of family drama who created benchmark of social epic movies in 70’s and 80’s.

Manju [ Rekha in old Khubsoorat] is Milli [Sonam Kapoor] she boozes, she lets her hair down and smooches the leading man Vikram Rathore [Fawad Khan] without any inhibition. Haphazardly sketched characters from the original and twisted for a modern look the movie has a confused screenplay wavering from the original to new adaptative.

Sonam Kapoor is at the helm from one frame to other leaving little space to the neighbor imported from Pakistan ‘Fawad Khan’. This actor has marked his entry for sure but ultimately its Sneha Khanwalkar the music director who has taken away all the limelight by giving some funkiest track ‘”Engine Ki Seeti”  “ Maa Ka Phone” and the rural of Rajasthan adds to the glitter.

Strictly not recommended for the audience who have experienced the  golden era of Hindi Movies which are never going to be re-lived on silver screen by any other film makers.

Cast

Sonam Kapoor as Dr. Milli Chakravarty

Fawad Khan as Vikram Rathore

Prosenjit Chatterjee

Kirron Kher as Manju Chakravarty

Ratna Pathak as Nirmala Devi Rathore

Aamir Raza Hussain

Aditi Rao Hydari as Kiara

Finding Fanny

 

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***

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Winsome but bewildering ‘Finding Fanny’ Homi Adajania’s trip to a lunatic world of loners carving niche for themselves. Five people and one destination – LOVE.

In a small place Pocolim a village in Goa Ferdie [Naseeruddin Shah] receives a letter which was undelivered to one Stefanie Fernandes [Fanny] 46 years ago on which he had proposed to her but had assumed being rejected for these many years, thus living down in the dumps. Angie [Deepika Padukone] a virgin widow living in the neibgourhood with her loathsome mother-in-law Rosie [Dimple Kapadia] persuade Ferdie to find fanny and propose her back again.

Angie who has a lost love tale with a pungent mechanic [Arjun Kapoor] convinces him to drive and borrow the vintage car from a quarrelsome and lusting artist Pedro [Pankaj Kapur] who superfluously joins them for the journey.


A chaotic five some engage into amusing events on the journey that alters their lives to different level perpetually. Will Ferdie get her lost love back; 100 minutes of a fairy tale storytelling will rekindle emotions in you and the joy of watching the veterans give their best performance. Dimple Kapadia with her goan lingo is riotous and Pankaj Kapur’s lust is explicit with full conviction.

Deepika Padukone shines in her quintessential magnificence looks and bold talent, she outshines the inferiority of the films weakness of over indulgence in a western format.

Cast

Naseeruddin Shah as Ferdie

Dimple Kapadia as Rosie

Pankaj Kapur as Don Pedro

Deepika Padukone as Angie

Arjun Kapoor as Savio Da Gama

Anjali Patil as Stefanie “Fanny” Fernandes

The November Man

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 ***

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‘The November Man’ Pierce Brosnan as Peter Devereaux is a reminiscent of his Bond era, cool-headed fast cars gun fighting and unscathed in any situation. A minuscule take on the legendary character of Bond which he lived on screen for a while.

Peter a CIA killer and a experienced person of many international intelligence missions and his protégé David Mason [Luke Bracey] is a sharp shooter with a reckless attitude. A flashback shows Peter in Switzerland being tasked to shield a Russian woman as she is aware about a surreptitious crime which the next presidential candidate of Russia Arkady Federov [Lazar Ristovski] has committed some years back.

But while Peter escorts her out she is been shot point blank by Mason and the entire thing goes skewed while back in present Peter discover another witness Alice [Olga Kurylenko] as she also has a diverse top secret of her own tribulation.

Peter has to expose Arkady about the Chechen War which was conspired by the CIA and resulted in the deaths of thousands of guiltless people and the massacre of Alice’s family and the brutality which she had gone through.

The movie is a glossy and fast pace as the Director Roger Donaldson has monitored every frame to be interesting making immense scope to see the movie. Bonds fan have a one reason to go and watch’ Pierce Brosnan’

Raja Natwarlal 

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**

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Emraan Hashmi in a con man act yet again with nuance of emotion and aggression, this star is in no mood to break away from his formula of doing tricky characters of grey shade. His one man army attitude and ruling on the Box Office against the giants of Bollywood pashas is not hidden, has he done it again !!! Well next three days and his fan following will prove it [whatever the critics verdict].

The plot nothing great Raja[Emraan] a local street smart swindle with ability to thrive on petty bamboozle on streets of Mumbai with his associate Raghav [Deepak Tijori] .

Distressed about not gaining a fast access towards her love Ziya [Humaima Malik] a bar dancer where Raja blows his booty daily, but is dwarfed by a rich marwadi leaving him infuriated about his money mess. Sometime later he encounters a conversation of two drunkards about to deliver a big booty which alarms him to a big desire to become rich in a wink.

A master plan is worked out to swipe the big cash [80 lacs] away from the crooks and they succeed but it leads to mayhem as the actual possessor is nonetheless but a don Vardha Yadav [KK].The consequence Raghav is eliminated in no time thus leaving Raja in turmoil of taking a vengeance of his brothers killing.

As Raja leaves the city and heads towards Dharamshala to get help of a Yogi [Paresh Rawal] an ex con and Raghav’s real brother to join him to avenge his brothers death. Yogi takes Raja under his command and brushes him up to sharpen his conning skills,  Yogi forms a squad of con from different parts to pin down Vardhas Empire, as they make a plan to allure him to buy a made up cricket team of Ahemdabad Avengers which a dream he has been nurturing to be a owner of a team one day. The hoopla begins to deceive the Don with some intriguing moments and a happy ending.

A Emraan Hashmi movies are always equipped with hit tracks but famous Tamil film composer Yuvan Shankar Raja disappoints. Director Kunal Deshmukh has a penchant towards Cricket since his debut Jannat, but in Raja Natwarlal he has not register the passion of the sports which he suave in Jannat.This will be his unremarkable effort gone awry to be in the league of classy con movies made worldwide.

The Expendables 3

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**

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Expendables is back with host of shining stars of yesteryear Gibson, Ford, Banderas, Wesley Snipes and infamous Robert Davi extending the cast for high scale nostalgia. But the missing core is the right amount of screen presence and strong lines to recreate the aura of the stature which they thrive for decades.

The mercenary group founder Barney Ross [Sylvester Stallone] and his team known as “The Expendables” is in clash with coldblooded arms dealer Conrad Stonebanks [Gibson] this time headed by Max Drummer [Harrison Ford] a CIA operative. The Expendables are on a mission to haul out former member Doctor Death (Wesley Snipes) from a running train heading towards an undisclosed jail in Bulgaria. As the Doc is rescued in a death defying stunt of airlifting,then they are headed to Somalia for a new mission of intercepting a consignment of bombs owned by Stonebanks. Pandemonium erupts when the clash of the mafia begins with the Expendables leaving Hale Caesar [Terry Crews] severely injured in a missile attack by Stonebanks.

Thus blaming himself Ross goes to Las Vegas to meet retired mercenary Bonaparte [Kelsey Grammer] to lend a hand to him to locate younger mercenaries and leaving behind his core team, henceforth the recruits join Ross to incarcerate Stonebanks from his hideout, but the mission fails and instead the young troopers are hostage with Stonebanks. Next the old lions are back with Ross to rescue the youth brigade and an intriguing war ignites to triumph over the army of Stonebanks.

Directed by Patrick Hughes Expendables 3 neglects the basic pattern of interweaving the huge assembly of a cast. The Big Daddy’s of Hollywood are sprinkled haphazardly and shoddily positioned in the film leaving behind the importance of their iconic status.

The action is mediocre nothing stupendous except for the opening sequence of snipes rescue. Ford gives an unmemorable performance and Banderas has scale down to a buffoon fashion which goes awry. The wait continues for next as which biggie adds to the Stallone bandwagon

The Hundred-Foot Journey

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****

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The Hundred-Foot Journey a film to savor and a feel good cinema which is very rare, director Lasse Hallström and screenplay writer Steven Knight serve you a film where you have ace actors like Helen Mirren, Om Puri and the pretty Charlotte Le Bon.

A modern time fairy tale shot at picturesque location of Midi Pyrenees [France] will get you the most sought relief from the CGI which has been dominating the silver screen for a while.

A captivating tale about a cooks Migration from India to Europe is very fascinatingly sketched, Kadam [Om Puri] a local dhabha owner from Mumbai is ravaged by the riot and migrates with his Family to France for a livelihood.

Kadam set ups a Dhabha like eatery with Hassan Kadam [Manish Dayal] his eldest son who is a blessed culinary expert bank opposite Madame Mallory’s [Mirren] Michelin-starred restaurant.

The restaurateurs of different continents with their graceful services lure customers to their menu. In between Mallory’s pretty chef Marguerite [Le Bon] gets involved with Hassan giving him tips about French Dishes and is passionately caring for him.

While Mallory realize that Hassan’s has some instinctive quality’s of cooking and he can bring on another Michelin star so Mallory proposes Kadam to let his son work for her Restaurant,Hassan journey of hundred foot begins from his Dhabha to the French Cuisine and in matter of time he adds another star to the restaurant grade.Thus Excels him to the heights of celebrity chefs of Paris.

The movie has everything in common as racism, hate, love and a happy ending. A simplistic approach in making and a fabulous performance by every actor is the happiness which one will come out with. If you have the taste bud for a flavor which comes rare then just order it now don’t miss it

Entertainment

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**

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Director duo Sajid-Farhad  and  Akshay Kumar redefine our bollywood  masala movie in a new avatar, two hours of one liner two tickle your funny bone but in vain. Sajid-Farhad have authored many blockbusters to their credit but their own endeavor seems to be a pain in the ass with less ‘Entertainment’ and more Infotainment about their skills to break through the cliché of our Bollywood ‘Entertainment’ module.

The plot Akhil [Akshay Kumar] has a mission to be a millionaire to succeed in getting his love Saakshi [Tamannaah] from her father Mithun Chakraborty who has sworn not to let her daughter get married to a bankrupt.

 Meanwhile Akhil discover that he is heir of a Bangkok based multi millionaire Dalip Thahil a long lost illegitimate father of his. Krishna a philosopher guide to Akhil insists that he goes and claim his right of being the only son to Thahil. All hell breaks lose when Johnny Lever discloses the fact of the real successor to the rich wealth is none other than a dog ‘Entertainment’.

More fireworks start when Sonu Sood and Prakash Raj add to the woe of being the last heirs to claim the right.

The commodious clash of getting the wealth begins with numerous events to win over each other has some elements of fun but also has yanked full moments too.

Krishna Abhishek is the only one who gives a stupendous comic atmosphere by his lines of dialogues with name of film actors is hilarious .As usual Akshay Kumar is his wittiest best and he looks gaily young and dashing as usual Tamannaah fills the glamour quotient.

22 Jump Street

 

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***

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Director Duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller & Jonah Hill actor and producer of this haphazard comedy thriller ‘22 Jump Street’ have just one thing to give the audience is Gloss but  no humor. The movie is a fancy satire of undercover cops who go bonkers while unearthing a drug racket.

Greg Jenko [Tatum] and Morton Schmidt [Hill] two undercover cops who are on a trail to bust drug deals on the street which are been sold for a peanut price. Deputy Chief Hardy [Offerman] gives them a new drug case under the watchfulness of not so good Captain Dickson [Ice cube]. Drug to be investigated is strangely called ‘WHYPHY’ as a secret short form to a college lingo work hard and play hard.

They split into a different group in college Jenko gets entrenched to a college stud Zook [Russell] as they bond over gym frenzy and flirting with girls. Schmidt dates Maya [Dickson] a poetry student and indulges in raw passion and intense conversations with her, to Schmidt horror Maya happens to be a teenage daughter of Dickson and all hell break lose when they gather for a parent meet at the college [Cube does one hilarious of a act when he reacts to the fact of his girl been screwed by Schmidt]

A riotous climax follows at an exotic beach with bikini babes cheering this duo to overcome the villainous attempt of Mercedes [Jillian Bell] and her partners who have come to distribute the drugs at the beach.

The movie is thoroughly loaded with deliberate gags and funny situation which will keep you in splits. The Music is a master stroke by Mark Mothersbaugh which keeps the movies rhythm on high octane and enjoyable to view. Jonah Hill is irresistibly funny and steals the show from his co actor Tatum. The end credits are not to be missed as there more fireworks in pipeline.

Lucy

 

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***

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Lucy [Scarlett Johansson] is in for a shock when she realizes that her boyfriend who intimidates her into a trade of an unknown drug called CPH4. She becomes the victim to the deadly drug when she is been forcibly bought into the trade to deliver it by carrying the stuff in her body, as fortuitously the drug gets into her system and creates are havoc by increasing her cerebral from 10 to 100 percent.

Lucy’s concept is fascinating as the idea goes beyond ones imagination power as what next if the cerebral crosses the limit of normal 10 percent. Director Luc Besson keeps the adrenaline rush moving with host of scene to justify the power of brain.

As there are bizarre events where she can foresee and intrude into any gadgets to communicate and gets the accuracy of information beyond its confines. A car chase in a one Way Street is shot with a great style and audaciously, is the highlight of the movie. Also some visual effects are convincing to match the novelty of the script.

Morgan Freeman yet again delivers a performance which scales above the role. Scarlett Johansson is mesmerizing and makes us believe what she goes through of metamorphosis of the brain.

Lucy is not a standard typical Hollywood action exaggerated film but it shows the innovation of sci-fi genre, if you understand and want a brain storming fun then don’t miss it.

Hercules

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**

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Directed by Brett Ratner’s Hercules gives Dwayne Johnson the much desired super power iconic image which was due for long time for his kind of persona, Hercules a mythological raider in this movie has the nuance of a normal human emotion and the supremacy of the legendary character.

As about the movie the troupes of Hercules are conquering the Nemean Lion and Hercules is the motivation of the fellow warriors Amphiaraus [McShane)], Autolycus [Sewell], Tydeus [Hennie], Atalanta [Berdal] and Iolaus [Ritchie].

As they are approached by Lord Cotys’s [Hurt] daughter Ergenia [Ferguson] who proposes them Hercules’s weight in gold if they conquer the warlord Rhesus [Santlemann]. Henceforth they are beckon to Thrace to train Cotys’s army who are dolefully insufficient for the battlefield. Hercules is beleaguered by apparition of his dead wife (Shayk) and kid for whom King Eurystheus (Fiennes) might be the source behind the nightmares. And ultimately fight begins to defeat Eurystheus the malevolence king.

The climax is appealing as the battles scenes are enormously designed to suit an epic movie stature, Dwayne has a scope for some spectacular energy and power driven performance and he Rocks.

A movie for the audience who is keen to be thrilled and reminisced from a legendary Hero ‘Hercules’.

KICK

 

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**

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Salman Khan the Greek god of Indian cinema is back yet again with a masala mix for his tradional Eid release. More action and music but no story or logic as usual, just a mindless huge action drama with no strings attached to justify the script and the characters.

Begins with:

A middleclass boy Devilal singh [Salman Khan] a Civil Engineer or a Crusader busy with his mission to get Kick out of anything which he does, as to change the bad attitude of people around him. On a chase to get two lovers settle for their marriage he encounters Dr.Shaina [Jacqueline Fernandez] and with no fire work they get passionate for each other, next a formal meeting with Shania’s father Saurabh Shukla ends their love for social stigma of Devilal being a jobless guy. Devilal affably exits to return with big money as his next Kick.

Second half:

Out of the blue the crusader is now a big time Robin Hood [a burglar with style and steals millions with ease] and rechristened with a new name Devil. Himanshu [Randeep Hooda] a cop who’s ultimate mission is to incarcerate the Robin Hood is on a wild goose chase to catch him is on lookout for him in all different part of globe.

  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui a millionaire is the next target will he succeed this time?
  • How a middleclass crusader became s smart gadgetry thief?
  • Will he get his girl back?
  • Why Nawazuddin is his target?

The turbulence ends with a high octane action and a conclusion of next Kick 2. Is it worth waiting for? Jacqueline does a Lois Lane in vain. Scene stealers are Hooda and Nawazuddin with their commendable act towards are crackpot of a role.

Anthem of the nation is ‘Tere bina kick mujhe milti nahin…’ Yo Yo Honey Singh has done it again with an electrifying song featuring Nargis Fakhri is surely an Eid KICK for the audiences to rap on.

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya

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**

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Director Shashank Khaitan makes a mockery out of legendary SRK fairy tale romance DDLJ and best part is it’s under the banner of Karan Johar. Bollywood gurus are short of ideas of new age romance thus fiddling with the golden archives.

Smart part is the director is eager to improvise the chemistry of lovers, father and daughter conflicts and to more a witty climax which can be appalling to the yo generation.

All heard and seen a small town girl Kavya [Alia Bhatt] lands in a city with a funny ambition to buy a designer lehenga worth five lacs as her rich father Singh [Ashutosh Rana] cannot afford to buy one for her daughter’s upcoming marriage with a rich NRI ?

Extremely extrovert Kavya bumps into Humpty Sharma aka Rakesh [Varun Dhawan] &co Shonty [Gaurav Pandey] Poplu [Sahil Vaid] as they are doing an extortion to get the mark sheets from a college professor who happens to be Kavya’s Uncle, though this encounter is enough for Humpty to be head over heel in love with Kavya.

As a mission starts to fulfill the lehenga dream, love blossoms in air and the D day nears of Kavya’s marriage. Will Humpty win over the hearts of Kavya’s family in a five day mission?

Ashutosh Rana reminisce the fond memory of unforgettable Amrish Puri in his character of Kavya’s father by repeating the lines ‘ja jee le apni zindagi’.

Varun Dhawan surely is defining the entertainment with his very natural and adorable acting skills, Alia is at ease with a role which has less range of intense lovers but does it with a chic approach. Siddharth Shukla sets the standard right of a typical bollywood magnetism when he enters, but is wasted with a abrupt climax.

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