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Darkest Hour is like a series of historical paintings, with each angle covered perfectly and in great detail

The film industry’s heavy-weights joined hands together to give a marvellous treat to filmgoers with a stunning political drama cum biopic, Darkest Hour. The film offers detailed directorial work, electrifying performance, engaging screenplay and most importantly jaw-dropping makeover. Darkest Hour is mainly suspense. It dexterously interweaves all the relevant episodes in history which we already know about. However, you still want to spare 125 minutes to watch the day to day delineation of Winston Churchill’s early days in office and his sparkling leadership in such precarious moments. For its flamboyant presentation, the film had been nominated for six Academy Awards and has won ...

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Intriguing and intricate, Red Sparrow is well-crafted and different from today’s spy thrillers

There’s no denying that in recent decades, the spy film genre in Hollywood has shifted drastically towards the slick, fast-paced and action-heavy fare of films, like Casino Royale, The Bourne Ultimatum, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and the most recent Kingsman movies. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, since these are all films that have represented the very best of the spy genre as well as the action genre in the past decade. But in the 70s and 80s, spy films had a very different look and feel, and were perhaps more interested in the boiler-pot suspense and intrigue rather than the action and slickness. Red Sparrow, the ...

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Battle of the Sexes: When too many narratives and ideological boxes spoil the broth

Even nearly 45 years after it happened, the famous showdown between women tennis star Billie Jean King and former men’s champion Bobby Riggs remains one of the most well-known fixtures in tennis history. Fans of the sport who are old enough to have witnessed the 1973 match certainly remember the hoopla around the encounter. However, even those of us born years or even decades after the incident took place, are likely to be familiar with at least the bare basics of the contest and how it went down. It’s this sporting event, the circumstances leading up to it, and the people ...

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Black Panther is hypnotic, imaginative and nothing like anything you would have ever seen

After spending thousands of hours watching films over the years, I rarely come across anything that I haven’t already watched before in a slightly different guise. It doesn’t necessarily mean that we have run out of good cinema. It is just that someone like me who is a prolific movie-watcher hardly gets to experience a work of cinematic art these days, which is truly novel. But to my utter surprise, I did manage to find such a gem and that too in the most unlikeliest of places. Imagine my astonishment when I went in to watch a Marvel movie ...

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Padman: Shaping the narrative surrounding menstrual hygiene with care and ironic wit

From Airlift (2016) to Rustom (2016) and from Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017) to recently released biopic Padman, Akshay Kumar is portraying inspirational characters and filmgoers are loving his selection of movie subjects. His latest thought-provoking venture Padman revolves around a taboo topic – menstruation. The movie skilfully highlights basic hygiene that is necessary during menstrual cycles. Based on Twinkle Khanna’s short story The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land, Padman is about Tamil Nadu’s Padmashree winner, Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist who not only empowered the village women but also created inexpensive sanitary pads. The film has been appreciated all over ...

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Pari proves that Pakistan’s film industry is not ready to take on horror movies just yet

Horror is a convoluted category of filmmaking that is really challenging to master. It needs an engrossing screenplay, fine directorial work, hypnotising camera work and so on. The characters that can seize the spectator’s mind even after leaving the cinema hall, such rudiments deserve to be reminisced and appreciated by movie buffs. The absence of any of these elements can result in the worst film, and Pari is one such example.   Syed Atif Ali’s directorial venture Pari tells the story of a family of three, comprising of husband Shahram (Junaid Akhtar), wife Mehwish (Azekah Daniel) and their daughter Pari (Khushi ...

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‘The Shape of Water’ is meant to sweep you off your feet, make you cry and applaud, but that never happened

Few filmmakers are as good at exploring the magical and the whimsical as Guillermo del Toro. At 53, the Mexican visionary has established himself as one of the most distinctive artists in Hollywood whose obsession with monsters, spirits and ghosts can pretty much be seen in all of his films. What makes his films unique though is the maturity with which he treats and explores these fantastical elements and how often times they serve as a canvas for del Toro to explore weighty themes like loneliness, acceptance, love and outsiders finding their purpose in the world. Del Toro’s latest film The ...

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Silly, zany and utterly delightful, Paddington 2 is a masterclass of children films

It has been over half a century – 61 years to be precise – since Michael Bond found a lone teddy bear on a shelf in a store near Paddington Station on Christmas Eve. The lovable stuffed toy went on to inspire one of the most celebrated children’s book series of all time (starting with a volume in 1958 and ending in 2017 with the author’s death). His stories have now led to a delightful film series that proves Paddington’s adventures remain as relevant as ever. The latest big screen instalment in the series, Paddington 2 – the sequel to ...

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Contrived and rote, ‘Insidious: The Last Key’ fails to hold a candle to its predecessors

The Insidious franchise has inarguably been one of the best examples of studio-budget horror done right in recent times. And as a franchise, it has not only been immensely successful commercially but has also delivered on the scares effectively time and time again. But sadly, like most horror franchises, it also doesn’t know when to call it quits and stop milking the franchise cash-cow, which means we get Insidious: The Last Key, the fourth film in the franchise. It is the  latest to join the likes of Ouija: Origin of Evil and Annabelle: Creation, as films from already established horror franchises are taking the prequel route just ...

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With its modern twist, ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ does justice to the original while appealing to all generations

 I remember watching Jumanji about hundreds of times when I was a kid. I remember the drumbeats of Jumanji, inducing fear in my sibling and my cousins as we’d bite our fingernails every time we’d hear those dreaded beats. And then, of course, the fantastic Robin Williams as Alan Parrish, who was the life of the film itself. For the longest time, movie remakes have turned out to be epic disasters, such as Ninja Turtles, The Mummy, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Conan The Barbarian, and so on and so forth. None of these have been able to do justice ...

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