Jackie: Beautifully directed and acted but lacks courage

Pablo Larraín’s latest film, a biopic about Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) from the days after John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s death is one of 2016’s most frustrating films. It feels far too much like an obscured portrait of its own subject. Natalie Portman and Caspar Phillipson in Jackie (2016).Photo: IMDb. Natalie Portman in Jackie (2016).Photo: IMDb. On one hand, its technical marvels cannot be denied and it’s directed in a unique way that’s quite immersive, up to the point that it feels almost like a psychodrama at times. But at other times the film just feels empty, reaching ...

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The Great Wall: When Hollywood marries Chinese mythology, and it just doesn’t work out

The East and the West have teamed up for the monster flick The Great Wall, a CGI-drenched, high budget action fest that comes off as nothing more than a wasted opportunity.  The Chinese-American co-production tries to marry Hollywood blockbuster sensibilities with Chinese mythology but forgets to add anything compelling to the mix. The premise revolves around the legend that the Great Wall of China was constructed as a barrier against the Tao Tei – a horde of alien monsters that rise every 60 years as a reminder of what happens when greed is unchecked. Two European mercenaries – William Garin (Matt ...

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The Lego Batman Movie: Not as inventive as its prequel, but just as enjoyable

After the triumphant cinematic debut of the Lego franchise with 2014’s joyous The Lego Movie, we return to the interlocking­-bricks realm in The Lego Batman Movie, an amusing spin-off that may not be as inventive as the first instalment, but certainly proves to be just as enjoyable as its Oscar-snubbed predecessor. Will Arnett, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, and Adam Devine in The LEGO Batman Movie (2017).Photo: IMDb. Zach Galifianakis in The LEGO Batman Movie (2017).Photo: IMDb. The focus of the animated adventure is on the Lego version of DC Comics’ Batman the Caped Crusader Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) who ...

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Sherlock – Season 4: “The game is afoot”

After the success of the first three seasons, Sherlock came back with a fourth season. For those of us who have been living under a rock these past few seasons, the highly anticipated and popular British Broadcasting Company Television (BBC TV) drama series is based on the character from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s series of crime-fiction novels. It accounts the peculiar yet ingenious investigation techniques of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. In the previous three seasons, his erratic yet ‘high functioning sociopath’ behaviour has earned him quite the reputation, one that is both positive and notorious, and this fourth season is no different. This time around, both Sherlock Holmes (Benedict ...

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John Wick: Chapter 2 is as entertaining as an action movie can get

John Wick: Chapter 2 is the sequel to the 2014 hit action thriller with the same name. This second coming of the lead protagonist, played by Keanu Reeves, as a retired yet highly skilled assassin emulates the same neo-noir action scenes combined with highly stylised close quarters fighting and gun sequences. Unlike its predecessor, it lacks to exhibit the same grit and originality of the prequel but it is an entertaining chapter in the franchise nonetheless. This movie is directed by Chad Stahelski, who is also the co-director of the first part, along with David Leitch. John Wick: Chapter 2 is bolder and more brutal when it comes ...

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This Valentine’s Day, single or taken, try out these tasty treats

Valentine’s Day is back again. Shops and restaurants are all decked in red. Street vendors with heart-shaped balloons and red roses can be seen in every nook and cranny. It is my personal belief that this day does not have to be about couples alone as it has mostly been made out to be. All the single people out there do not have to go underground for the day. It can be an ideal way to spend a non-public holiday with your family and friends. I will take this opportunity to admit I am not big on celebrating all the love ...

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Live by Night brings nothing new to the crime drama genre

Even though Ben Affleck’s acting career has been decidedly uneven, his directorial efforts have generally been impressive. Which is why it is quite disappointing that his latest project, Live by Night, fails to deliver anything interesting, compelling, or original. Set in the 1920s prohibition era, the film tells the (ludicrous) tale of World War I veteran, Joe Coughlin (Affleck), who turns to robbery after his return from the war. But when he falls in love with Emma Gould (Sienna Miller), the mistress of Irish gangster Albert White (Robert Glenister), their relationship, as you would expect, doesn’t have a happy ending. ...

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Patriots Day: Made by Hollywo… US Security Agencies

Are we aware of the fact that loads of people consider the whole Boston Marathon Bombings an elaborate hoax perpetrated by the US Government and stage-crafted by none other than our beloved Hollywood? It shouldn’t come as a major surprise given that Tinsel town has been in cahoots with Uncle Sam ever since World War One. Yes, that far back! Anyone who believes that all these war-mongering movies are purely coincidental is at best, completely naïve and at worst, complicit in all the resulting atrocities. What is the point of discussing all of this, you might ask. Well for starters how about ...

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Calling all cheese lovers, this one’s for you!

What I baked this weekend was a rich-indulgent and succulent macaroni and cheese casserole. Layers of macaroni, spicy meat sauce loaded with cheese white sauce, baked into an awesome weekend dinner. The recipe involves several steps for preparing the different layers but I am sure it will be worth all the hard work when you enjoy this scrumptious casserole with your family and friends and receive a lot of praise. I began with boiling my pasta. The best way to get it Al Dante is, throw your pasta in the water after it has begun boiling. Let the pasta boil for ...

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Riverdale: A darker take on Archie Comics

One of the most awaited TV shows of this year, Riverdale, finally premiered on January 27, 2017. The mystery/teen drama is based on the characters in the Archie Comics and is set in the fictional town of Riverdale. The show follows the lives of Archie (K J Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes), Jughead, played by Cole Sprouse, and their friends. The pilot episode begins after the tragic death of Jason Blossom on the fourth of July. It explains how he had gone on a boat ride with his sister Cheryl, and drowned according to her. While the entire school tries to cope with Jason’s ...

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