Khalid Rafi

Khalid Rafi

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

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Possibly Out of the Shadows

Despite being reviled critically, the Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took in close to $500 million at the box-office which was supposedly enough to warrant a sequel. But while the 2014 reboot of the 80’s comic book about a group of talking, genetically mutated, pizza loving teenage ninja turtles was too dull or bland to be enjoyed in the slightest, its successor, Out of the Shadows thankfully manages to improve considerably. And despite its flaws, it manages to standout as an enjoyable piece of summer popcorn entertainment. After saving New York City from the wrath of Shredder (Brian Tee), turtles Leonardo (Pete ...

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13 Hours: Better than the Transformers movies but still a pretty bad movie

Ever since bursting onto the scene in 1996 with the excellent action-thriller The Rock (1996) starring Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery, director Michael Bay has steadily become one of the most commercially successful and critically reviled directors in Hollywood. His films never shy away from shameless levels of jingoistic patriotism, product placement, racist undertones and stereotypes, objectification of any and all female characters and a stunning amount of disdain for the CIA. His disregard for character, plot or any visual coherence for that matter is at times alarming. Oh, and he loves blowing shit up. So hearing that Michael Bay ...

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Gods of Egypt – an empty CGI spectacle

Trailers do not do a good enough job of selling  movies properly these days. Most of the time the entire film is ruined for us in a space of three minutes, while in other cases, they try to mask their film’s mediocrity by showcasing a handful of good moments in the trailer. This is done in order to save the remaining mediocre movie for suckers who pay to watch it. In the case of Gods of Egypt, at least the trailer sold the movie for what it is; a big-budget, whitewashed misappropriation of Egyptian culture and mythology with lots and lots ...

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And the Oscar goes to…

The 88th Academy Awards are nearly a month away. The nominations have been announced, the snubs have been snubbed and the finger-pointing hashtags have been tweeted. This can only mean that it’s high time we get down to discussing who will and should win on Hollywood’s biggest night. This year around all the nominations in the Best Picture category were decent in their own way, but a valid argument does arise; regardless of the movies not being mediocre, most of them weren’t great enough to be part of the line-up. Here’s my ranking of eight films vying for the Best Picture Oscar ...

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Presenting the 10 best films from Tinseltown in 2015

2015 has been a great year for Hollywood films. I personally can’t think of the last time there was as much anticipation for the movie calendar as there was this year. We saw the return of beloved 70’s and 80’s icons like Rocky Balboa, Han Solo, Max Rockatansky, The Terminator (for better or worse), a 70-year-old director, George Miller redefine the action genre and the most beloved movie franchises – Star Wars and Rocky – got rejuvenated. So naturally with the year coming to an end it’s only fair that we talk about the films that we loved the ...

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Spectre: 007 ends not with a bang but with a whimper

Daniel Craig’s residence as James Bond has proved to be a highly successful one this far. Barring the unfortunate misfire that was Quantum of Solace, the series has found new life under him and with a new-found sense of gritty realism and some much-needed nuance, has been able to soar to new heights. With Spectre though, there’s a sense of this being Craig’s last outing, especially considering the lack of interest he’s expressed in reprising the role. So there was a considerable amount of pressure on director Sam Mendes (also doing his last Bond film) to somehow top Skyfall and send off the series on a high. Does Spectre do that? Well…mostly. Photo: Spectre Facebook page Set almost immediately after the events ...

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Sicario: Gripping, taut and powerfully performed

Set against the vapid and treacherous backdrop of the US-Mexican border, Sicario takes us into the dangerous world of drug trafficking, as seen through the lives of covert ops who aim to put an end to it or at least deescalate it. FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) is assigned to a special government task force spearheaded by a shady government agent, Matt (Josh Brolin), to help bring down the ever escalating war on drugs. However, when Kate finds out that there’s much more to the mission, and her mysterious team member Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) compared to what she ...

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Jurassic World: A great reminiscent of the Jurassic Park

Twenty-two years ago, Steven Spielberg broke new ground in the Sci-fi genre with the release of Jurassic Park. Not only was the film a visual-effects game-changer but its likable characters, thrilling and suspenseful action sequences, and that Spielberg-ian sense of adventure made it a timeless classic. The rookie director, Colin Trevorrow, has been entrusted with the immensely difficult job of breathing new life into the hit franchise again, after a long gap of 22 years. As someone who pretty much grew up watching Jurassic Park, I have been, like many others, waiting for this sequel since ages. Needless to say, the mediocre Lost World and the ...

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Mad Max: Fury Road – Setting a new benchmark for action movies

Thirty years after Beyond Thunderdome, George Miller has returned to the Australian outback in the grandest way possible. Mad Max: Fury Road continues the story of Max Rockatansky – the character Mel Gibson made so iconic back in the day – as he continues to navigate his way through the post-apocalyptic wasteland. Still haunted by the demons of his past, Max (Tom Hardy) must team up with Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a renegade on the run to survive and bring order to the wasteland by combating the threat of the tyrannical warlord, Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) Mad Max: Fury Road is a ground breaking piece of work. Not only is ...

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From Entourage to Avengers 2, 15 summer blockbusters to watch out for!

Summer is the busiest time of the year at the box office and we are honoured to see some of the best and most entertaining movies of the year. This year should be no different and there is already a great line-up of movies coming our way in the coming months. Here’s my pick of the 15 movies that cannot be missed: 15.  Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Photo: Facebook page Sundance is known to bring out some great films – last year Whiplash and Boyhood both came from Sundance and became major Oscar contenders. Me and Earl and the ...

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