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Captain America: Is the clash of the Avengers inevitable?

Captain America: Civil War is the continuation of the Winter Soldier (2014) storyline and phase three of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Bucky Barnes is now on the run from the law while the civilian casualties in the previous battles have led the government to intervene and regulate the superheroes under the UN supervision. Steve Rogers aka Captain America foresees the manipulation of a restricted control of freewill while Tony Stark sees it as an opportunity for the Avengers to legally become part of the United States government and avoid civilian casualties in the near future. Could the two superheroes settle their differences ...

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The Muse: Mah-e-Mir

Mah-e-Mir, a film directed by Anjum Shehzad and produced by Syed Noor in collaboration with Momina Duraid was released on May 6, 2017. I believe it has outdone all other Lollywood films in terms of language and cinematography. The star studded cast includes Fahad Mustafa (Jamil), Sanam Saeed (Naina) Iman Ali (Mehtab Begum), Manzar Sehbai (Dr Kaleem) and Alyy Khan (Nawab Sahab). Sanam SaeedPhoto: Facebook Alyy Khan.Photo: Twitter The thematic concern of the film is to decipher between feeling and mood, voice and gesture, imagination and reality. The opening scene and dialogue are truly mesmerising. “I sat in solitude, but then ...

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The only thing Baaghi is rebelling against is reason, logic and common sense!

Excuse me? Are we back in the 90s now? Because I clearly missed the memo, notifying us mere mortals of this monumental time travelling feat. So thank god for the team behind Baaghi, since had it not been for them, I still would have been ignorant to this glorious accomplishment of temporal displacement that even Marty McFly and Doc Brown would be proud of. I’m sure that back in the day, ‘koi achi si fighing wali filum de dayn (give me a nice film with a lot of fighting scenes)’ would have been a pretty popular line to be heard ...

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I’d rather watch a ceiling fan than Shah Rukh’s Fan!

A disclaimer of sorts before I begin this piece; I have never been a huge Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) fan (no pun intended).  Au contraire, even back in the day when everyone and their dog was drooling over his excessively exaggerated psychotic characters in Darr (1993), Baazigar (1993), Anjaam (1994) and Ram Jaane (1995), I found Shah Rukh Khan’s quirkiness more exasperating than endearing. I mean, okay I get it – you pulled off a deranged anti-hero successfully once, but why in God’s name would you don the same eccentric avatar over and over again that is bound to be milked dry in no time? Fortunately ...

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The Jungle Book: justly hyped or just another lazy Hollywood money grab?

The Jungle Book is the latest live action adaptation of the famous collection of short stories from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is a boy that was abandoned by his biological parents and finds shelter within a pack of wolves. These wolves adopt him and raise him as their own. Later on, Mowgli comes across colourful characters such as Bageera and Baloo. They protect him from the evil Bengali Tiger, Sher Khan, as he threatens to not only kill the boy, but to slowly take over the law of the jungle. There have been countless Hollywood adaptations of the famous novel; ...

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Eddie the Eagle is not just another biopic

Biopics are usually a pleasant watch and Eddie the Eagle can be said to be the same. Directed by Dexter Fletcher, Eddie the Eagle is a true story revolving around the British skier, Michael Edwards, famously known as Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards. He was the first person to represent England in the 1988 Olympics in the category of Ski jumping. Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards and Taron Egerton.Photo: IMDb Despite wearing leg braces as a child, Eddie (Taron Egerton) dreamt of competing in the Olympic Games. Doctors advised him not to engage physically strenuous activities, yet he persisted with training in pursuit of his dream. Taron ...

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Mustang drives us through the two dimensional facade of patriarchy in Turkish culture

Mustang is the internationally co-produced film directed by Turkish/ French filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven. The film takes place in a Turkish village and depicts the lives of five free-spirited young girls who are confined into a house for illicit behaviour by their elders. But with their fierce love for one another, they feel empowered and end up creating a bond that can’t be broken by any force created by the conservative antagonists. The film was screened at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. But could this film live ...

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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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The Boy is just a doll; It’s not even a scary doll!

The Boy is a new addition to the long running psychological horror genre of movies. Directed by William Brent Bell  (The Devil Inside) and starring Lauren Cohan from the TV series, The Walking Dead, The Boy delves into the story of an American nanny hired by an English family to look after their son, who in actuality is a life-sized doll. The audience might expect to see a boy, as the title suggests, but you won’t. It’s just a plain simple doll. Lauren Cohan.Photo: Screenshot Lauren Cohan, Diana Hardcastle and Jim Norton.Photo: Screenshot The story line may seem more or less like Annabelle ...

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10 films from 2015 that you should not miss!

Are we on the brink of total lack of creativity in the art of film-making? The year 2015 proved to be otherwise. One just needs to broaden their horizons in their perception of cinema and what it could accomplish. Last year, the world of cinema saw many films that broke preconceived notions of Hollywood and filmmaking in general. A sequel/ reboot that defies critics and audiences expectations, a period piece proving that melodrama can narrate strong storytelling and a stop motion animated film that proved to be more ‘real’ and touching than most live action films out there. After reviewing countless ...

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