Stories about film

The Divergent Series: The birth of an Allegiant leader

Since the very first Divergent book and then the movie, its fans know well that the story is about five factions of people in the city of Chicago which is surrounded by a wall separating the factions from the outside world. The much awaited third instalment of the Divergent series, Allegiant, finally shows us what is beyond the wall. Now, there are no factions, and the people of Chicago are divided by their emotions towards the prisoners; unsure whether to be merciful or outraged. The story starts with sheer irony as main characters Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James), ...

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Batman v Superman and the real Dawn of Justice, I loved it!

Behold! The Dark Knight goes up against the Man of Steel! The moment all of us comic book movie nerds have been there for and it was inevitable. It was waiting to happen. And it finally comes at us with all of Zack Snyder’s visual glory. But underneath all the hype and excitement for this movie the real question is: Was it any good? Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill.Photo: Screenshot The answer is in one word. YES! Yes, yes, and a million times YES! This movie is good with a capital G. From the get-go, with the brooding tone and ...

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Kapoor & Sons: Your own dysfunctional family

All right, now here is a definitive list of all the people who under no circumstances can miss out on the chance to watch Kapoor & Sons while they can. The perfect elder child – Rahul Kapoor (Fawad Khan) Photo: Koimoi If you are tired of living your life under the weight of all the expectations that come your way for acting to fulfil the ‘faultless child’ tag that you are burdened with and need to break free from the shackles of being eternally considered responsible. The quintessential black sheep – Arjun Kapoor (Sidharth Malhotra) Photo: Koimoi If ...

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Kung Fu Panda 3: As fantastic as the first two

Some animated characters remain with us even after years of their first appearance in a movie. Case in point: Po, the fun-loving Kung Fu fighting panda – the antagonist of the Kung Fu Panda franchise. Even after Po’s debut appearance, in the first part of the Kung Fu Panda movie series in 2008, the series still have novel offerings for the audience with each of the sequels that followed. With the release of Kung Fu Panda 3, viewers went on another adventure with Po (Jack Black) and his friends, Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), Master Viper (Lucy Liu), ...

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Hail Caesar!: A tribute to the golden age of Hollywood

From the tragic to the absurd, the Coen brothers’ names have become synonymous with dark comedy, snappy dialogue and an unprecedented love for filmmaking. With Hail Caesar! (2016), the Coen brothers pay tribute to the golden age of Hollywood but the story takes place when the studio system is at the brink of a downfall; television was introduced to mass audience and threatened the very existence of cinema and filmmaking. The film portrays the life of a studio fixer who is caught in major production of film, Hail Caesar!, celebrity gossip, a foreign plot to overthrow the Hollywood establishment and his ...

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London Has Fallen along with Hollywood standards

Here we go again, yet another tediously mindless sequel. If torturing us with the 2013 action thriller, Olympus Has Fallen, wasn’t enough the producers come up with a bigger and dumber version. Was there even a demand for it? I mean come on, is anyone in here even aware of the predecessor let alone calling out for a sequel? Why, just why? The original featured terrorists taking over the White House, with Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) having to rescue President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) while averting a nuclear cataclysm. Aaron Eckhart.Photo: Screenshot Banning’s battlefield has now shifted ...

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The only good thing about Jai Gangaajal is Prakash Jha himself!

Priyanka Chopra is making headlines as a cast member in Baywatch and recently the actress made ripples in Bollywood again by playing the role of SP Abha Mathur in Jai Gangaajal. Chopra has been mesmerising audiences with her bubbly appeal, however, in Jai Gangaajal she brings out a more sombre and mature look. The story revolves around SP Abha Mathur who, is Bankipur District’s first female SP and, is burning midnight oil to catch the corrupt. She stands tall amongst other police officers of her district, and upholds her integrity whilst fighting criminals. Piggy Chops has the looks and certainly ...

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Bachaana: Another feather in our cap

With our local film industry upping its game with releases like Jawani Phir Nahi Ani (2015), Ho Mann Jahaan (2016) and Manto (2015), Nasir Khan’s Bachaana is another feather in the cap. The newly released flick stars an ensemble cast of Mohib Mirza, Sanam Saeed and Adeel Hashmi in pivotal roles. The movie starts with the introduction of Waqas aka Vicky (Mohib Mirza) who is a Pakistani working as a cabbie in Mauritius. Parallel to Vicky’s story is the story of a newly-wed Indian Muslim couple; Aalia played by Sanam Saeed and her husband Jehangir aka J played by Adeel ...

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When filmmakers take risks, Deadpool is created!

After the disastrous depiction of Deadpool in X-men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Fox Studios wanted nothing to do with the Deadpool character. As quoted by Entertainment Weekly, according to Director Tim Miller, Tom Rothman, the then chairman of Fox read the script for the film and answered, ““No. We don’t get it.” Tom told me, “Love your passion but I just don’t care for the script. Don’t get it.”” And due its specific demands with the budget and an R-rating, the film got pushed even further back and it seemed like the Deadpool film was never going to become a reality. That ...

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Macbeth; visceral and dreamy, yet exposes tiredness on substance

Macbeth is yet another adaptation of the famous 17th century Shakespearean tragedy. The film is a story of loyalty, seduction, desire, betrayal and ultimately, justice. Anyone who has ever even heard of the famous Bard could arguably be well aware of the story of Macbeth. Macbeth has been adapted countless times into film, from Akira Kurosawa’s feudal Japanese Throne of Blood (1957) to Roman Polanski’s more traditional Macbeth (1971) or even Vishal Bhardwaj’s Indian backdrop of Maqbool (2003). But the question is; does Justin Kurzel’s version bring anything new to the famous story of betrayal? Macbeth is visually stunning, with each ...

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