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The Nun: More of the same, less of the expected

In recent years, The Conjuring series has become immensely successful both critically and commercially. In the wasteland of cheaply made and by-the-numbers horror flicks, The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 are undoubtedly one of the few exceptions of how to successfully execute the horror movie formula with a studio budget. However, this success has unfortunately led studio executives to milk the Conjuring cow for all it is worth, which has meant low-budget spin-offs that cash on their minute connections to the Conjuring movies but aren’t nearly as good as them. The Nun is the latest film to join the Conjuring universe. Unlike ...

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again isn’t solid filmmaking, but then again it isn’t meant to be

With its feel-good vibes and irresistible nostalgic draw, Mamma Mia! won over audiences around the globe in 2008, leaving viewers so engrossed in having fun that they didn’t notice (or mind) that the ABBA jukebox musical wasn’t exactly a cinematic masterpiece. Its financial success – the film became the highest grossing musical of its time – all but guaranteed that a follow-up would eventually materialise, and that sequel (which also serves as a prequel) is finally here in the form of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Directed by Ol Parker, the film brings more of the same joyous energy that made its ...

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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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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ feels like two films in one, and neither fares well

The prequel movie formula is one that barely works. In hindsight, you can understand its purpose – which is fan service – but for anyone who isn’t a fan of a particular franchise, this can be an issue. Because let’s face it, making a movie with a predetermined beginning and end while having to fill in between the middle just isn’t the most effective way of telling a story, nor does it give a lot of room to try something fresh. The latest Star Wars prequel series has tried its best to avoid these mistakes, and with Rogue One they succeeded in creating something ...

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After the letdowns that were ‘The Conjuring 2’ and ‘Annabelle’, will ‘Annabelle: Creation’ be any different?

When the first Conjuring movie came out in 2013, horror genre aficionados were ecstatic. Cutting through myriads of uninspiring horror flicks, The Conjuring was a breath of fresh air which brought forward original storylines and gut-wrenching horror scenes that kept you at the edge of your seat throughout its duration. However, the movies that have come after it simply repeat the story in a less powerful way. The computer-generated imageries (CGI) have become bland and there is no element of surprise left. Even The Conjuring 2 failed to impress and Annabelle (2014) was equally disappointing. Perhaps it is because of these misses and dupes that the franchise has decided ...

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Bahubali 2: The Conclusion is a well-wrapped gift from South Indian cinema

Bahubali 2: The Conclusion is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated movies of 2017 considering its enthralling, engaging and visually extravagant prequel Bahubali: The Beginning. Filmmaker Srisaila Sri Rajamouli has proved his command over screenplay, direction, cinematography and storytelling with his previous films like Eega (Hindi version: Makhi), Magadheera and Bahubali: The Beginning. They are complete packages on their own, so expecting anything below average from him is totally out of the question. Bahubali 2 begins exactly where the first instalment left off. Kattappa narrates the entire tale of the Mahishmati Empire with an introduction to Sivagami, Bahubali, Bhallal Dev, Devasena and Bijjaldeva. He then explains how Bahubali won the hearts of his people ...

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If there is a third instalment of Independence Day, I hope the aliens win!

“Didn’t I promise you fireworks?” Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith) asked his son after crashing the alien ship in Independence Day (1996) where he fought against the aliens with Jeff Goldblum. Director Roland Emmerich, however, had to wait 20 years before bringing similar fireworks onscreen in the form of a sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence. Reprising his role in Independence Day: Resurgence is Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson, a computer expert who played a pivotal role in defeating the aliens when they created havoc in the world. Back in 1996, he was accompanied by Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith). Jeff GoldblumPhoto: IMDb However, in the 2016 sequel, sharing the screen with Levinson ...

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 was a big fat waste of time and money

Actress, screenwriter-cum-director Nia Vardalos, (famous for one of the highest-grossing romantic comedy films, My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)) is back in Tinsel-town after almost 14 years with a sequel; My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Nia Vardalos.Photo: Screenshot Director Krik Jones, along with Vardalos, tried a similar recipe consisting of an ethnic extended family household in order to tickle the taste buds and catch the attention of spectators. However, this time, the storyline is nothing great. It’s the same eccentric Greek family with lots of dog-tired jokes and all this is downright unappealing. The plot ends up draining ...

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London Has Fallen along with Hollywood standards

Here we go again, yet another tediously mindless sequel. If torturing us with the 2013 action thriller, Olympus Has Fallen, wasn’t enough the producers come up with a bigger and dumber version. Was there even a demand for it? I mean come on, is anyone in here even aware of the predecessor let alone calling out for a sequel? Why, just why? The original featured terrorists taking over the White House, with Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) having to rescue President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) while averting a nuclear cataclysm. Aaron Eckhart.Photo: Screenshot Banning’s battlefield has now shifted ...

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Is ‘Annabelle’ a copy-cat?

Annabelle was eagerly awaited on grounds of being the prequel to what is being called one of the best haunted-house movies ever. While The Conjuring was laden with original concepts and a spooky aureole, Annabelle, though not a bad horror flick, failed to live up to the expectations. Of course, with a great movie like The Conjuring already on board, expectations ran high but Annabelle did no justice to the masterpiece it followed. The movie isn’t bad. But it does not deliver the hair-raising spooks and flabbergasting little wisps of instantaneous shock that its predecessor did so well. While its parent film, The Conjuring, had sudden bursts of fright with its “clap, clap”, Annabelle had ...

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