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Muhammad Omar Iftikhar

The author is a freelance writer and blogger and writes for various English dailies of Pakistan. He tweets @omariftikhar (twitter.com/omariftikhar)

From Ant Man to Bajrangi Bhaijaan, five movies to watch this Eid

Each year Hollywood and Bollywood releases movies that shake the box office and create a buzz among the audiences. Knowing the unpredictable audience, some do well while others don’t. Here are some of the movies that will hit cinemas this Eidul Fitr. Ant Man Photo: IMDb This year you will bear witness the rise of a rather different kind of a Marvel Comics superhero – Ant Man. Directed by Peyton Reed, the movie stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, who finds a suit that gives him extra strength, but shrinks him in size of an ant. Rudd is a criminal ...

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Pixar gets it right when it describes your mind Inside Out

Pixar never seizes to amaze us with their stories which manage to present a different perspective to life and bring forth life stories which we can relate to. The recently released Inside Out falls in the category of movies you want to watch repeatedly, for they don’t fall into the confinements of time and manage to remain a classic – a trait that all Pixar’s movies possess. Directed by Pete Docter (The executive producer and writer of Monsters University) and Jonas Rivera (the producer of Up), Inside Out takes us into the mind of an 11– year old girl, Riley ...

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Dil Dhadakne Do: A star-studded, elitist cruise

Having watched Zoya Akhtar’s latest flick Dil Dhadakne Do might give you a flashback to 2011, when Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was released, a movie directed by her as well. Although the story lines are not similar, the central message might be, to some extent, alike. However, it is up to the viewers to judge whether this is accurate or just a personal opinion of this writer. Dil Dhadakne Do is a story about well-off and established people. It may come off as elitist, but Akhtar has directed it in a way in which the middle class can relate themselves ...

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Tomorrowland: A riveting ride into the future, with a twist

Tomorrowland begins with the following line, “This is a story about the future and the future can be scary”. Certainly not what the audience was expecting to hear. The storyline which unfolds compels the viewers to put on their thinking hats in order to piece the puzzle together, while at the same time being awestruck by the brilliant and sleek futuristic world of Tomorrowland, rendered by computer graphics.    Directed by Brad Bird, the movie is set during 1964. However, Tomorrowland is a futuristic place where anyone from that time can enter this realm through a certain process. Frank Walker (George Clooney), full of ...

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3 Bahadur: Taking Pakistani cinema to greater heights

The need for promoting children’s content is of utmost importance in any country, since it develops their personality while broadening their mental horizon as well.  Storybooks, cartoons, and animated movies keep children mesmerised with the help of colourful and vibrant animations. Most of the time, the content promotes a social cause or a certain philosophy of life. Although content for children, both in print and electronic media, is available in Pakistan, there has always been a dire need for animated shows/movies which could bring stories to children in ways that would educate and entertain them. Oscar winning producer, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, ...

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Avengers: Age of Ultron – The epitome of a superhero movie

After the events that unfolded in New York in The Avengers prequel, the superhero club – including Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Captain America, Thor, and Hawkeye – regroups itself and these heroes combine their forces to battle another formidable foe in Avengers: The Age of Ultron. The much anticipated sequel has all the factors of a fantastic superhero movie. However, there are also the signs of how the Marvel Universe is attempting to blend and crossover characters from its different realms. Photo: IMDb The movie begins with the Avengers fighting to take hold of Loki’s sceptre from another villain, Wolfgang von Strucker, who plans to use it against the world ...

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Furious 7: One last ride with Paul Walker

Who knew that Rob Cohen’s The Fast and the Furious (2001) would lead to the creation of a movie franchise that would have seven installments and would earn over millions at the box office? Recently released Fast and Furious 7, or simply Furious 7, is a sequel to Fast and Furious 6 and has all the major characters from the previous film reprising their roles. Set in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Azerbaijan and Abu Dhabi, Furious 7 takes viewers on an exciting ride through high speed chases, car crashes and one-on-one fights that can leave one glued to the screen. Photo: IMDb The ‘last ride’ idea comes from a ...

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Hercules: Out with the demigods and in with the mortals

Director Brett Ratner, who has previously directed the Rush Hour trilogy, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Horrible Bosses, brings Hercules, an action-packed movie with Greek muscles written all over it. Pumping the action in the lead role is former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, who is seen clad in leather attire while swinging his swords and clubs at his enemies with Greek conviction. Unlike the Greek mythology, where Hercules is the son of Zeus, the movie doesn’t bode that connection as this time the story is somewhat different. Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) is the leader of the mercenaries and although he is regarded as the demigod son ...

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Magnificent Maleficent bringing Sleeping Beauty back to life

Maleficent’s character made its debut in Disney’s cartoon film, Sleeping Beauty (1959). Since then, those who admired the demon-witch could only revisit her either in their memories or in that classic cartoon movie. However, this year, Disney brings the influential witch back to life, in Maleficent, and reintroduces her with a twist. This time, the viewers will get to see Aurora’s or Sleeping Beauty’s (as she is more commonly known) story through Maleficent’s point of view – how she turned evil and why she became Aurora’s antagonist. Angelina Jolie as Maleficent. Angelina Jolie stars as Maleficent and does a ...

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Frozen: Disney’s classic magic combined with love and snow

Disney is known for producing animated movies that last a lifetime. They have stories people can instantly connect with, and such is the case with Disney’s Frozen. Warning: Beware of spoilers! Disney’s 53rd movie and the biggest ever UK grosser, Frozen, is about Elsa (Idina Menzel), the Snow Queen of Arendelle, who can create snow and has the power to freeze anything and everything. Fearing that she will hurt someone with her powers, her parents, the king and queen of Arendelle, keep her confined in her room away from harm’s way. Elsa, the Snow Queen of Arendelle.Source: IMDb Her coronation ceremony ...

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