Cyborg Chucky: Why the ‘modern’ remake of Child’s Play is a huge disappointment

In the 80s, slasher movies among the likes of Halloween II, Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street were racking in quite the moolah at the box office. This genre was immensely popular amongst audiences who liked horror, and this led to the making of many popular franchises that remain cult favourites to this day. Child’s Play was another breakout hit which attained cult status and subsequently spawned a series of sequels. But Child’s Play was a standout amongst other slasher films, as it had its very own twist at the genre. If you’ve been living under a ...

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Can Hobbs and Shaw live up to Fast and Furious’ hype?

The first Fast and Furious film had a bunch of street racers ripping off trucks carrying expensive televisions while the last Fast and Furious offering saw our heroes being chased by a submarine. Hence, it is sufficient to say that the franchise has gone nuclear since its debut. Their box office collection is a testament to the worldwide appeal of this action-fuelled franchise. Furious 7 and Fate of the Furious are the highest grossing movies of the franchise. What made these two instalments stand out amongst the rest was the fact that these movies had Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs come face-to-face ...

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Will the new Nancy Drew movie maintain her 80-year-old status as a feminist icon?

From the year 1930 till 2003, the Nancy Drew series, comprising of 175 novels as well as 34 revised stories, has captured the hearts of its readers, particularly female readers, who found the tales of the brave female detective very intriguing. Although many authors tried to evolve the heroine’s character with changing times, culture and audience’s perception, throughout eight decades the central idea of the books stayed true to the original one that was created by Edward Stratemeyer. The Nancy Drew books have been brought to the screen before by various filmmakers. The latest director to join this league is Poison ...

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John Wick: Chapter 3 is completely bonkers and we love it!

Si vis pacem, para bellum (If you want peace, prepare for war). The trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum finally dropped and it has us on the edge of our seats already. Keanu Reeves’ deadly assassin, who once killed three men in a bar with a pencil, was last seen in 2017’s John Wick: Chapter 2.  John Wick aka Baba Yaga was forced to go on a run after he was declared ‘excommunicado’. He had assassinated Santino D’Antonio on the grounds of the Continental Hotel, which caters to the criminal underworld exclusively and does not permit any business ...

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Zac Efron’s new Ted Bundy movie is anything but average

In the upcoming film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Zac Efron plays Ted Bundy, a man whose uncanny charm and charisma was only outmatched by the heinous and horrific crimes he committed. Bundy was an American serial killer who murdered over 30 women between 1974 and 1978 and was consequently put on trial. Yet when he was charged, many failed to believe that such a handsome and charming man could in fact be a murderous psychopath. Photo: Screenshot What followed was a media circus and a highly publicised trial that turned Bundy into a literal celebrity with a ...

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With Madhuri-Anil sharing the screen after 19 years, Total Dhamaal promises to be a comedic treasure

After the success of Dhamaal and Double Dhamaal, Indra Kumar proved that he knows the art of producing hilarious movies, and now he is back with chapter three of his major hits. The upcoming comedy-adventure, Total Dhamaal, will see Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor paired together yet again. Photo: Screenshot The on-screen pair of Kapoor and Dixit was the most sought after pairing in the 90s and they will be sharing the screen space after 19 years (their last film was Pukar in 2000). From the trailer, it looks like Dixit is in her usual perfect form ...

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Did Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio just steal Spider-Man’s thunder in Far From Home?

He’s alive! He’s alive! The trailer for Spidey’s next adventure titled Spider-Man: Far From Home finally dropped. From the looks of it, our friendly neighbourhood superhero somehow finally came back to life after vanishing into thin air after Thanos infamously snapped his fingers to cut the world’s population by half. Although we don’t know how Peter Parker (Tom Holland) comes back to life (we will know that once Avengers: Endgame hits the theatres), we do know that he will have to at some point. The trailer kicks off with Spider-Man attending a charity event (something I think Aunt May convinced him ...

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What Men Want: Can the gender-flipped remake surpass Mel Gibson’s mediocre original?

Thanks to Hollywood’s never-ending fondness for recycled ideas and gender reversals, we are now getting a new film inspired by the very mediocre Mel Gibson-starrer, the 2000 romantic comedy What Women Want. Because everything in existence must be remade, obviously. Director Adam Shankman and co have taken the concept behind the Nancy Meyers film and flipped the gender to come up with – you guessed it – What Men Want, a (hopefully amusing) look at what would happen if it was a woman who could hear the inner thoughts of the men around her. Photo: Screenshot The terrific Taraji P ...

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Is Gully Boy the desi 8 Mile?

In early 2016, rumours started circulating that Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh will be starring together in Zoya Akhtar’s next directorial venture. Having previously directed Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Dil Dhadakne Do, films deemed both critical and commercial successes, there was a lot of speculation and excitement surrounding news of her latest venture. Akhtar’s films always have an ensemble cast which makes us all the more eager to watch them. According to some reports, Ranbir Kapoor was also initially meant to star in the movie, but it didn’t pan out. Sara Ali Khan, Bollywood’s newest female lead, was also rumoured to make ...

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Why is ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ giving Congress sleepless nights?

Bollywood is changing. The era of larger than life stars and over the top melodrama is giving way to relatable characters in stories of substance. It’s what the audience wants. Many topics that were considered taboo and were spoken of only in hushed tones or through oblique references are now shown in an ‘in your face’ manner. As India matures, so does the content it consumes. As a result, Bollywood movies have started pushing the envelope in terms of crafting narratives that reflect not only a much broader spectrum of human experiences, but also go a lot deeper in the exploration ...

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