The Hitman’s Bodyguard would have been a clichéd action movie if it weren’t for Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson

Even when the script they have to work with isn’t quite exceptional, talented actors still have the ability to elevate the mediocre material they’re provided and turn it into an entertaining cinematic experience for the audience. That is exactly what Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson have done with The Hitman’s Bodyguard, an otherwise middling action comedy that benefits from the chemistry and charisma of its leads. The actors portray two bitter rivals who must set aside their differences and work together to evade countless armed baddies on a journey across Europe. Reynolds appears in the role of Michael Bryce, a ...

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Beatriz at Dinner: An impactful clash between race, social class and ideals

It’s a clash of personalities and perspectives as two very different people end up at the same gathering in Beatriz at dinner. The movie is from an odd but touching drama genre with an impressive cast and a terrific performance by its lead actress. The protagonist is Beatriz (Salma Hayek), a massage therapist and spiritual healer who works mainly with cancer patients at an alternative clinic. One of her private clients is the wealthy Kathy (Connie Britton), the mother of a Hodgkin’s survivor, Tara, who Beatriz helped during her cancer treatment and recovery.   After Beatriz is done with her massage session at Kathy’s posh residence, ...

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Logan Lucky may not be as glamourous as the Ocean’s trilogy, but it is equally slick

Steven Soderbergh makes a triumphant comeback with Logan Lucky, a heist comedy that sees the acclaimed director return to filmmaking after a four-year hiatus from big screen ventures. The movie, his first directorial effort since 2013, follows the adventure of three siblings who are attempting to pull off a daring, elaborate robbery. Things aren’t going too well for the down-on-their-luck Logan family as the film commences. Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum), a Southern, blue collar construction worker who once had a promising football career that was derailed by a knee injury, is fired from his job “for liability reasons involving insurance”. His brother, Clyde ...

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The Limehouse Golem: When Jack the Ripper meets Sherlock Holmes for a Victorian gothic mystery

The Victorian era gothic mystery, The Limehouse Golem, will remind you of a number of Alfred Hitchcock’s directorial rudiments. These include his famous methods of handling the suspense rather than utilising the milieu of surprise, the redirection of guilt, and most importantly, the MacGuffin technique, where a pleasant felon pursues certain ambition. Director and writer Juan Carlos Medina adapted this film from English author Peter Ackroyd’s novel Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem (1994). His film’s theme can easily be linked to a plot pocketed from Jack the Ripper’s mystery murders, with lots of Sherlock Holmes effects. It has lavish baroque amalgamation of real historical ...

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a case of too many A-list cooks spoiling a cinematic broth

Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn is notoriously known for opting out of sequels of popular movie franchises that he himself is responsible for creating. The Kick-Ass franchise was the first instance when Vaughn skipped out on directing a sequel to a hugely successful first part. The rebooted X-Men series was next in line to experience Vaughn’s rejection. Now, regardless of how badly these decisions went down with the followers of the aforementioned franchises, Vaughn’s judgment proved to be spot on in both cases. While X-Men: Days of Future Past was almost respectable, Kick-Ass 2 was bashed left, right and centre by both the audience and critics alike. Given his impeccable track record, ...

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Old vs new: Will Varun Dhawan’s ‘Judwaa 2’ fare better than Salman Khan’s ‘Judwaa’?

I recently watched Judwaa 2 and to be honest, I was thrilled during the entire movie. It is a David Dhawan directorial, who directed the original Judwaa as well. Luckily for us, Judwaa 2 has all the David masala his other movies entail. It is packed with a 90s Bollywood formula script, comic escapades, hilarious situations and scenes that lack logic, yet you watch it and feel thoroughly entertained. With a David movie, one expects loads of drama, an action-packed comedy, slapstick jokes and tapori (rowdy) lyrics. And this is precisely what you’ll see in Judwaa 2. I don’t need to delve too much into the story line, since it’s exactly similar to ...

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If you have seen Mission Impossible, Jason Bourne or Taken, then you have already seen American Assassin

With James Bond and Jason Bourne on a temporary hiatus, and Jack Reacher likely on a permanent one, the espionage and spy-thriller market in Hollywood has been left largely untapped. So it makes sense that American Assassin ‒ based on the first book in a long-running series of spy novels by author Vince Flynn ‒ would swoop in and try to make easy money at the box office. Dylan O’Brien, star of the Maze Runner series, plays Mitch Rapp, a man on a path of vengeance. The film opens two years earlier on a beach in Ibiza, Spain where Mitch ...

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Mother! is an extremely confusing riddle wrapped in a mystery, hidden inside an enigma

Every once in a while, there comes a piece of visual art that is bashed and praised in equal measure. A movie which has the remarkable potential to infuriate and stimulate at the same time. Facing an intense backlash from the audience, Paramount Studios had to release a statement defending its latest release. There is no denying the fact that Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! is an extremely confusing riddle wrapped in a mystery, hidden inside an enigma. Aronofsky’s current girlfriend, Jennifer Lawrence, plays the titular character. In the movie, she is the better half of Javier Bardem, who plays a famous ...

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Baadshaho proves that a star-studded cast is not all that you need to make a successful film

Back in the 80s, star-studded films were quite famous and were well received by film enthusiasts. Every filmmaker wanted to follow in the footsteps of Manmohan Desai and Ramesh Sippy, wanted to assemble big stars together and launch their films with a bang. Similarly, Baadshaho is today’s star-studded movie with strong elements, similar to the cinema of 70s and 80s. Milan Luthria is a pro at handling multi-starrer films which is why his work such as Deewaar, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai series, and The Dirty Picture are talked about and praised even today. Luthria has teamed up once again with Ajay Devgan and Emraan Hashmi for Baadshaho. Other actors ...

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India may be the world’s largest democracy, but ‘Newton’ shows the struggles prevalent within

Recently, Bollywood has been producing movies that range from romantic flicks to action-packed extravaganzas and it has been slightly redundant. Thus, Newton comes as a breath of fresh air to Indian cinema. Directed by Amit Masurkar, this movie has been chosen as India’s official entry for the Oscars. That itself, sets up a pretty high standard. The trailer itself is powerful enough to compel you to watch the movie. The movie tells the tale of Newton Kumar (Rajkummar Rao), a government clerk who recently started his career. Despite his lack of experience, he is sent on a mission to conduct fair Lok Sabha elections in a Naxalite-Maoist ...

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