• Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan

    Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan

    ★★★½

    Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (“Be Extra Careful of Marriage“, SMZS henceforth) — Bollywood’s first mainstream romantic comedy about a gay couple — is at its most effective when it leans into genre traditions.

    Full review here.

  • Firefox

    Firefox

    ★★★★

    This movie confirmed that I would not have made a good spy in the 1980s (or anytime, really).

  • The Girl on the Train
  • The Girl on the Train

    The Girl on the Train

    ★★½

    It seemed strange for actor Parineeti Chopra and others associated with the Hindi adaptation of The Girl on the Train to tweet a message the day before the film’s release asking people to avoid spoiling the ending of the film on social media. This is a movie based upon another movie based upon a book, all sharing the same name. It’s easy to find plot summaries of the previous two versions of The Girl on The Train online. What could…

  • Space Sweepers

    Space Sweepers

    ★★★★½

    This is really good. The cast is perfect, and the special effects are super. Lots of fun, but a tearjerker as well.

  • Ludo

    Ludo

    ★★★★½

    The movie Ludo uses its namesake board game as a metaphor for life, its characters one dice roll away from fortune or ruin. Writer-director Anurag Basu’s black comedy is beautifully made and laugh-out-loud funny.

    Full review here.

  • Coolie No. 1

    Coolie No. 1

    ★½

    One of the questions at the heart of Coolie No. 1 is, “Why can’t a poor man marry a rich woman?” In this case, the answer is: “Because he doesn’t deserve her.”

    Full review here.

  • The White Tiger

    The White Tiger

    ★★★★

    “Rich men are born with opportunities they can waste.” So says a driver who realizes he has one chance to break out of the master-servant paradigm that has defined his life and kept him trapped in poverty.

    Full review here.

  • Tribhanga

    Tribhanga

    ★★★½

    A matriarch’s serious illness gives her family occasion to examine their troubled relationships in Tribhanga: Tedhi Medhi Crazy. One big structural flaw hampers this otherwise insightful and well-acted depiction of complicated family dynamics.

    Full review here.

  • AK vs AK

    AK vs AK

    ★★★★½

    AK vs AK is the most novel Hindi film to release in 2020, but novelty is just part of its appeal. Director Vikramaditya Motwane’s meta take on the Indian film industry — and two members of it in particular — is smart, insightful, and a lot of fun.

    The AKs of the title are Anil Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap, who play outlandish versions of themselves, as do other members of the Kapoor family. The story is fictional but trades on…

  • Wolfwalkers

    Wolfwalkers

    ★★★★½

    What a lovely film!

  • Durgamati: The Myth

    Durgamati: The Myth

    ★½

    Durgamati: The Myth‘s intriguing first half is undone by its messy, twist-happy conclusion.

    Full review here.