Posted on: 06 Oct 2017
STORY: Roshan Kalra(Saif) is a three-star Michelin chef who gets fired from New York's Gulli restaurant after he punches a customer. Forced to take a break, he flies to Kochi to spend time with his son, Armaan (Svar) and his estranged wife Radha Menon (Padmapriya). It's a fruitful trip because he manages to mend broken family ties. In a bid to help him get his mojo back, his wife suggests he put up his own food truck and begin afresh.

REVIEW: Taking inspiration from Hollywood's delectable film of the same name made by Jon Favreau in 2014, director Raja Krishna Menon gives us a slice-of-life film that satiates the palette and tugs at your heartstrings. Chef works on two levels. First, it takes you on a gastronomical adventure; one in which the protagonist's culinary skills will have you reaching out for your apron, knives and heading to the kitchen in a bid to try making some of the finger-licking food shown on screen.

But most importantly, the film is an emotional journey that ties up all the loose ends between fathers and sons, whose ideologies may differ but .....

Posted on: 06 Oct 2017
STORY: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what is left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

REVIEW: It would be easy to accuse Hollywood of making another massive cash grab by revisiting Ridley Scott's sci-fi cult classic 'Blade Runner'. 35 years after the original in 1982, what other reason would there be for going back to that unique world? Turns out that it's the one that made the most sense - to tell a great story helmed by a masterful storyteller.

Denis Villeneuve is fast approaching the upper echelons of modern-day directors, and his vision here is so well-defined and executed that it wouldn't be a far stretch to say he has already arrived. This is not just a love-letter from a fan; Villeneuve displays his confidence in picking up such a beloved story, builds on it, and throws us some more polarizing plot points tha.....

Posted on: 30 Sep 2017
STORY: Raja (Varun) and Prem (Varun, again) are conjoined twins, who have similar reflexes. They are separated at birth by a smuggler, Charles (Zakir Hussain), who kidnaps Raja. The geek Prem grows up in the lap of luxury in London with his parents, the Malhotras; loud Raja finds shelter in a Mumbai's fisherman's colony. Of course when the twins' paths cross, there's too much fun.

REVIEW: When you enter the movie hall for this outing, remember to let your hair down and guffaw because from the opening scene itself you're familiar with the tropes. David Dhawan who has made three dozen vacuous comedies, with an enviable success ratio. He was even crowned the undisputed king of comedy once. Here, he gives you a rebooted version of his 1997 comic-caper of the same name.

The earlier one had Salman Khan, this one has Varun. It helps that the leading man has a mammoth following with today's kids. And, he is viewed by those clued into Hindi mainstream cinema as a combination of Govinda and Salman, both of who carried off their kitsch routine with a certain flair. Varun.....

Posted on: 30 Sep 2017
STORY: The film looks at a batch of new ISIS recruits being trained for a terrorist mission.

REVIEW: ISIS is a film that dips from the word go. It starts with a long monologue establishing what ISIS is. Random scenes follow one another without any explanation. We see the lead actor/ director Yuvraj Kumar shooting down a drone. A young, Caucasian woman chases a sheep as she is assaulted and kidnapped.

We hope the two things happened in the same area, considering the breath-taking locales are the same. Cut to, young ISIS recruits waking up for their training which is a strange mix of shooting bullets, getting tortured and listening to long, unbearable lectures by their handler (Rasheed Naz).

Before any real characters are established, the young group of Mujahedeen get such an inane mission, one wonders whether any kind of training was really required. The dreaded terrorist Waheed Pakthun (Rahul Dev) is such a caricature of a baddie, you're shocked that the most violent thing he does in the film is shoot out a football.

If this is how the r.....

Posted on: 23 Sep 2017
STORY: A shoe-smith Arun Sachdeva (Sanjay) is shattered when he discovers that his daughter, Bhoomi (Aditi) has been raped by Dhauli (Sharad) and his gang of three. The father and daughter grieve for a bit before planning revenge.

REVIEW: Distasteful as it may sound, rape and retribution are dominating Bollywood. After Maatr and Mom, Omung Kumar, who showed a spark with Mary Kom, seems to have fallen into the trap of making formula. And while every filmmaker argues that movies on rapes are 'socially-relevant', you keep asking yourself — is all the gore on screen justified?

Here, our very own Arun and Bhoomi are a doting father-daughter team living in Agra. They tug at your heartstrings with their chirpy baap-beti routine of cooking meals, colouring beards and combing hair. However, after a point the bittu-beti endearments rankle.

Coming to the core plot, when Bhoomi gets raped just a day before her wedding, you know which route the film will take. The insensitive cops, the lame public prosecutor, the even lamer defence and the whole court-room drama.....

Posted on: 23 Sep 2017
STORY: This courtroom drama tries to decode the life and criminal activities of India's most wanted fugitive - Dawood Ibrahim's late sister Haseena Parkar, who allegedly headed her brother's crime syndicate in Mumbai and ran proxy business for him.

REVIEW: As the film shuttles between past and present, it passionately lists down the gang wars and events that led to Dawood's rise as a crime lord-terrorist and its repercussions on his family, including his sister Haseena, who was summoned to the Court only once (2007), despite the many offences registered against her.

Incidentally, the recent arrest of Dawood's brother Iqbal Kaskar ('while he was having biryani'), from his Mumbai residence on charges of extortion, made one wonder why the bigger fish continues to roam scot free. While the siblings are obviously no saints, do they somewhere bear the brunt of belonging to the D family? This disappointingly shallow biopic tries to decipher this debatable thought.

However, given Apoorva Lakhia's poor direction and penchant for making films on Mumbai's under.....

Posted on: 23 Sep 2017
STORY: Fashion photographer, Vidyut Sehgal (Kunaal Roy Kapor) has several distractions in his life, namely drugs, alcohol and women. He is also deeply troubled by his dreams in which he sees a mysterious woman posing around a strange shrine.

Soon, the woman enters his bedroom and an entity seems to be sending him videos that seem to call him out to the place he has been seeing. His friend suggests he see a doctor, who advises him to abstain from substances. But when none of it helps, he decides to follow a marker sent to him on his phone and reach the mysterious place of his dreams.

REVIEW: The film is a genre-bender, which starts off as a horror, moves on to be a supernatural thriller and finally ends up being something entirely different. The journey you embark on with protagonist Vidyut is baffling in every sense of the word. His quest to the mysterious place takes several detours.

While some detours are interesting and scary, like the eerie hotel he stops at, other detours don't make much sense. Until the first half, you're with the guy on his .....

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