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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★

    It's a wild concept, alright. A world where humans are hunted and ruthlessly killed by unknown blind creatures who seem to have ultra-sensitive ears and zero tolerance for sound. John Krasinski directs and acts in this emotional thriller that has been sugarcoated with a familial arc just to help it tug at your heart strings as you watch his character and his family of a wife and kids live their life while hiding from these creatures and working towards a…

  • Kuttanpillayude Sivarathri

    Kuttanpillayude Sivarathri

    ★★★

    There is definitely novelty in Jean Markose's satirical drama Kuttanpillayude Sivarathri that narrates the story of a police constable named Kuttanpilla (Suraj Venjaramoodu) who is currently in dire straits with his family members, most notably one of his sons-in-law who wants to fell a jackfruit tree so that he can complete building his house. The problem is that Kuttanpilla won't allow it. With some neatly done sequences of familial discord, Kuttanpillayude Sivarathri inches forward with a story that absorbs another…

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  • Race 3

    Race 3

    If you look at director Remo D'Souza's filmography you will see a clear description of the change in his thematic material - from films about youngsters and dance to films about superhero and exaggeration. It is obvious that he has no specific cause in mind about the art form, which is again validated by the downward trendline of the quality of conflict in his films. Race 3 is perhaps his weakest and most nonsensical feature film so far, but more…

  • Lust Stories

    Lust Stories

    ★★

    There comes a film every once in a while that tries too hard to convey a message but falls flat on its own face mostly due to a lack of substantial content and heavy doses of embellishments. Netflix's Lust Stories is one such anthology film with four 30-minute stories that aspire to break taboos associated with women's sexuality but are, in fact, purveyors of nonsense. Except for Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap hitting one or two right chords with their…