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The Meg: Watching Jason Statham kick some prehistoric butt was hellishly entertaining

It was in late 2016 when I found out that Jason Statham was going to star in a movie where he will take on a 75-feet long shark, the Megalodan. After hearing such incredible news, how could you not start rejoicing? In real life, Statham, the man who is known for playing antiheros and “tough-guy” roles, is trained in kung fu, kickboxing and karate and was also selected by Britain’s national diving team to compete in the 1990 Commonwealth Games. A guy like him battling Megalodon (big tooth), one of the most powerful and largest predators to have ever lived, would ...

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Move over Avengers! ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ will make you root for the “villains” to save the planet!

It was in October 2015, after the release of Godzilla (2014), when Legendary Entertainment announced its plan to create a shared universe franchise which will feature famous monsters like Godzilla, King Kong, King Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan. The universe, which was titled MonsterVerse, has had two main entries until now, namely Godzilla (2014) and Kong: Skull Island (2017). The trailer for the next entry, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, was released at the San Diego Comic Con. The trailer starts off with Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) standing on a roof top when a catastrophic event takes place. ...

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Tom Cruise’s deadly stunts in Fallout prove why his missions are never impossible

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the sixth iteration in what is now an already established and long-running franchise. It is as synonymous with Tom Cruise as Robert Downey Jr is with the character of Iron Man (Mission: Impossible series of feature films predates Iron Man series mind you). It is directed and produced alike by Christopher McQuarrie, who also directed the franchise’s previous rendition of Rogue Nation in 2015. Henry Cavill (The Man of Steel), Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) and Angela Bassett are the newbies joining the franchise with this movie. Actors reprising their roles from previous films include Simon Pegg (Star Trek/Shaun of the Dead), ...

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Teefa in Trouble may not be one of the best, but it surely sets new benchmarks

When I watched the trailer of Teefa in Trouble, I was quite disappointed. I was vocal about my disappointment in the trailer review I penned, which didn’t sit well with some Ali Zafar fans who loved the trailer. Some of these fans asked me to watch the movie when it releases and were quite optimistic that I would actually enjoy the movie. Hence, I decided to give it a try but I bought the ticket with zero expectations. The story revolves around Teefa (Zafar) who is a thug-for-hire and is asked to kidnap Anya (Maya Ali) by Butt Sahab (Mehmood ...

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Sacred Games is more like 24, not Narcos

“All religions preach predestination,” states Luke Kenny’s scary interpretation of a cool and cold Malcom Murad. “When I was born in Luxor, Egypt and you were born in… Mumbai? It had been written that you and I will meet here.” When the US streaming service Netflix undertook its maiden production House of Cards, everything had been falling into place so that Sacred Games could become its first Indian original series. *This post contains spoilers* Based on a 2006 book by Vikram Chandra of the same name, the premise of Sacred Games is straightforward: an elusive gangster, Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), tips a law-abiding ...

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Sicario: Day of the Soldado might be trash, but it’s an incredibly stylish trash

Being a sequel is such a sad state of existence. You are doomed being stuck between a rock and a hard place. Where critical analysis of a follow-up’s cinematic merit is the proverbial stone and the intense comparison with the original work is the unyieldingly rigid wall that they are constantly pushed against. But some sequels have it worse than the rest. Case in point: when you are up against one of the best director-cinematographer duo in current times. And Sicario: Day of the Soldado just happens to be one from the unfortunate bunch. The original movie was a product ...

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Escape Plan 2: Hades – the only escape you should be planning is one out of the theatre

When Escape Plan came out in 2013 nobody really expected it to be good. And it wasn’t. But it did enough with its premise to create a relatively fun prison break movie. And with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone starring opposite of each other, the film succeeded at being what it was; a dumb but enjoyable B movie that doubled as the long-awaited big-screen team-up of two of the biggest movie stars of the 80’s and 90’s. It was about cashing in on the nostalgia that these stars brought. And the studio duly cashed-in. But nothing about the film could have pointed ...

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Teefa will definitely be in trouble if the movie is as disappointing as its trailer

I had been looking forward to the trailer of Ali Zafar’s Teefa in Trouble after its first look was released. It gave a positively different vibe than our usual Pakistani offerings and this had me intrigued. The three-minute long trailer debuted recently, and to my surprise, the trailer was quite lacklustre. The trailer starts off with a beautiful aerial view of Lahore and soon we are introduced to Teefa (Zafar) who is hired by a rich father to kidnap a girl, Anya (Maya Ali), so that his son Billu Butt (yes! You read that right, that is the name the ...

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Creed II: A film truly worth getting excited for

On paper, Creed probably shouldn’t have worked. Released in 2015, the film that served as an effective spin-off of the Rocky series, focusing on the life of Apollo Creed’s son Adonis, had very little factors distinguishing it from 2006’s lukewarm and ultimately disappointing Rocky Balboa. However, with Director Ryan Coogler at the helm, actor Michael B Jordan taking the role of Adonis, and Sylvester Stallone returning to the role he was born to play, everything managed to come together perfectly. And the film itself was a rare masterpiece that added to the legacy of the series while also bringing something eminently new to ...

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Robin Hood’s trailer is shooting arrows but missing the target

I remember watching Robin Hood (2010), starring Russell Crowe and directed by Ridley Scott, with my cousin. We had specifically put on this particular movie because the bow and arrow clad Crowe on the DVD cover looked pretty menacing and we had faith in the actor-director duo which had given us Gladiator. Unfortunately, our expectations came crashing down as the movie progressed. It was a dull affair that dragged for too long. I am never getting those 140 minutes of my life back. This is the reason why I was quite sceptical about another iteration of Robin Hood being ...

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