Khalid Rafi

Khalid Rafi

The author enjoys writing and is passionate about Pakistan Cricket. He tweets @TheKhalidRafi (twitter.com/TheKhalidRafi)

Excessive and exhausting, The Lego Movie 2 is a worn-out version of its hilarious original

The Lego Movie (2014) was one of those films based on an idea that was never expected to work. After all, what was this going to be? A feature-length Lego commercial? However, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller who brought a lot of their signature style and inventiveness to the film made sure this wasn’t the case. And The Lego Movie ended up being a massive success, meaning a sequel was always in the offing. Five years and two spin-offs later, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part has finally arrived. The sequel retains pretty much all of the original ...

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Zac Efron’s new Ted Bundy movie is anything but average

In the upcoming film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Zac Efron plays Ted Bundy, a man whose uncanny charm and charisma was only outmatched by the heinous and horrific crimes he committed. Bundy was an American serial killer who murdered over 30 women between 1974 and 1978 and was consequently put on trial. Yet when he was charged, many failed to believe that such a handsome and charming man could in fact be a murderous psychopath. Photo: Screenshot What followed was a media circus and a highly publicised trial that turned Bundy into a literal celebrity with a ...

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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is an interactive illusion of free will

Charlie Brooker’s anthology series, Black Mirror is known for exploring the dark side of technology with an appetite for the bleak and satirical. Each episode serves as a cautionary tale on how technology of today could be the end of us tomorrow, but what makes the show so intriguing are the increasingly creative and compelling stories that each episode is crafted upon. This time around, instead of a new season – which usually releases towards the end of the year – Netflix has released Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. This is an interactive movie that staying true to the creative nature of the show allows you, ...

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Creepy and ominous, Us is not like your average, run-of-the-mill monster movie

Once known primarily for his comedic exploits, Jordan Peele is rapidly becoming one of the most iconoclastic filmmakers around. His debut feature Get Out gave us an idea of his talents as a filmmaker and a storyteller, for besides earning over $250 million at the box-office, it also earned him an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Not too bad for a director making his first film, and that too about the deep-seated issues of race in America. Therefore, it is no surprise that there is a fair bit of anticipation for his next film Us, and while the first ...

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Dull and unfocused, Bird Box is no better than a recycled mix of The Happening and A Quiet Place

Post-apocalyptic movies are a dime a dozen in Hollywood these days. For some reason, this seems to be the latest genre that Hollywood is intent on milking for every buck. Chances are, if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all, particularly the post-apocalyptic movies that see a group of survivors (from basically every demographic) band together to fight off an evil force, as humanity faces extinction. Be it zombies, monsters, aliens, giant-sized insects or in the case of The Happening, plants. While there is nothing wrong with the genre itself, Hollywood’s approach to making mainstream post-apocalyptic blockbusters remains largely the same ...

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Can ‘Men in Black: International’ surpass its predecessor and survive the curse of reboots?

Many people thought the Men in Black (MIB) franchise had seen its day. The highly successful series made a boat-load of cash with its trilogy of films and it seemed the series had run its course narratively as well after the conclusion of Men in Black 3. But if the golden rule of Hollywood stands for anything, it’s the always trusted reboot formula. Rinse, repackage, repeat and you have a brand new trilogy on your hands with the potential of even greater returns. The same stands true for Men in Black International, which serves as a reboot of the previous ...

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The best of the best from Tinseltown: And the ETBA goes to…

As the year winds to a close, and the awards season begins to honour the best films of the year, there seems to be an ever-growing disconnect between what the people expect and what awards shows like the Oscars deliver. The Oscars are meant to be a night on which the most important films of the year are honoured but what about the other unimportant but highly watchable films that Oscar voters simply don’t care about? What about the genres that the Oscar voters simply don’t consider important enough and look down upon? Well, this list aims to provide ...

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Triple Frontier: When Sicario meets Narcos

After being stuck in production-hell for quite some time with everyone from Tom Hardy, Johnny Depp and Mark Wahlberg slated to star at one point, Triple Frontier has finally finished production. With filmmaker JC Chandor at the helm and Oscar-winning writer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) penning the script, the first trailer of the film seems like it will be offering a slightly different twist on the heist movie formula. Set almost entirely in South America, the film follows a team of special forces operatives who reunite in South America to forego the most ambitious and challenging mission of their lives: robbing ...

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Will Captain Marvel eclipse Wonder Woman?

Marvel Studio’s latest film Captain Marvel rolls back the years and takes us to a simpler time: the 90s. Set to release early next year before the highly anticipated Avengers 4, Captain Marvel focuses on the origin story of its titular character with the aim of easing the character’s transition into the next Avengers offering. The film’s trailer gives us an exciting look into what to expect from the film. It gives us a glimpse into the origins of Carol Danvers (the alter-ego of Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson), a military pilot who finds her life completely changed after her spaceship crashes on an alien planet. ...

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Instead of scaring you to death, The Possession of Hannah Grace will bore you to death

Unlike most horror sub-genres that have found reasons to exist primarily because of their commercial success, the exorcism/demonic possession genre pretty much began and ended with William Friedkin’s 1973 horror classic The Exorcist. Sure, a number of ‘possession’ movies have been made since then but none of them have been any good and most of them have not performed particularly well at the box office. This, however, did not stop the filmmakers behind The Possession of Hannah Grace from attempting to bring new life to a genre that till now has been largely lifeless. The film centres on a former cop, Megan Reed (Shay ...

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