In a world where The Beatles don’t exist, music meets fantasy in Yesterday

The latest trailer of director Danny Boyle’s upcoming film Yesterday aims to provide us with a very different spin on the romantic-comedy genre. Written by Richard Curtis of Love Actually fame, Yesterday is about a struggling singer and songwriter named Jack (Himesh Patel) who wakes up from a bike accident in a world where the The Beatles do not exist. Being the only person in the world who knows their songs, Jack decides to start singing cover versions of their most popular songs, becoming an overnight pop sensation. Based on the trailer, Yesterday seems to offer something very different from the sort of movies Boyle has historically directed. The trailer lays ...

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Dream Crazier, because a woman shouldn’t have to second guess herself!

Crazy. Crazy. Crazy. Every time a woman does something that society has predetermined for men, she is deemed crazy. Crazy for thinking she’s good enough. Crazy for thinking she can. Crazy for thinking she has a purpose. This Sunday, Nike released an ad titled Dream Crazier. Serena Williams narrates the ad, depicting a spectrum of bosses. And no, I will not call them boss ladies, because that term discounts the female gender. These bosses stroke through the screen, charge through fields, smash their rackets on the ground, rhythmically move through rings, scream, run, jump, cry, laugh – these are real women. ...

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Will ‘Tolkien’ bring the Lord of the Rings trilogy back to life?

J R R Tolkien is an author who certainly needs no introduction. Author of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit and other novels set in the fantasy realm of Middle-Earth, his books have been adapted into some of the most critically and commercially successful films to ever grace the silver screen. Therefore, it is only fitting that the man behind these stories had his own life immortalised on the big screen, which is exactly what the upcoming film Tolkien aims to do. Set during the formative years of the author’s life, Tolkien attempts to explore not just the author’s personal life but also the experiences ...

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If we are to go by the trailer, The Hustle is a puddle of problems

From female Ghostbusters to an all-women Ocean’s 8 heist caper, Hollywood has enthusiastically embraced the idea of gender-swap remakes. But the results haven’t generally been quite as impressive as fans would have hoped. Next in line with a gender-flipped rehash of a classic is, The Hustle, a remake of the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (which was itself a remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story). And from the looks of it, it doesn’t seem like the new project will be able to surpass its predecessor or fare better than the other recent female-centric revisits. If the trailer can be trusted, there are problems aplenty with ...

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Something new, something different: 4 reasons to watch Laal Kabootar

The trailer of Kamal Khan’s debut Pakistani film Laal Kabootar recently released and it’s already making waves. The movie stars Ahmed Ali Akbar, Mansha Pasha, Rashid Farooqi and Faiza Gillani in lead roles along with Ali Kazmi. The film is produced by Hania Chima and Kamil Chima. From the trailer, it is evident that the story of the film is based in Karachi. It appears to be a crime caper thriller, a niche in which Pakistani cinema has not experimented much. The trailer of Laal Kabootar is receiving a positive response from people of all social classes and here are four reasons why it ...

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Mystery, thrill and Amitabh Bachchan, Badla promises to be as spectacular as Teen

Over the years, Amitabh Bachchan has appeared onscreen with many leading ladies. Who can forget his pairings with Zeenat Aman, Parveen Babi, Rekha, and many other leading ladies of Bollywood? To his credit, he’s kept going strong and still commands a sizeable pull at the box office. After the success of Pink, it looks like Bachchan is forming a new hit pairing with the immensely talented and significantly younger Taapsee Pannu, albeit not of the romantic kind. A second movie, Badla, featuring these two actors is set to release this year. There’s once again a legal angle to the plot ...

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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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