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  • Gully Boy

    Gully Boy

    ★★★★½

    Aspiring filmmakers should study Gully Boy as a masterclass in character creation. Every character has a place in the story’s social fabric, and we see how they fit into the wider world — not just how they relate to the protagonist.

    Full review here.

  • Period. End of Sentence.

    Period. End of Sentence.

    ★★★★½

    Netflix’s Oscar-winning short documentary Period. End of Sentence. (PEoS hereafter) is a feel-good story about a group of Indian women empowering themselves and their community through better access to menstrual hygiene products.

    Feminine hygiene has been a popular film subject in India for several years, starting with Menstrual Man, the 2013 documentary about Arunchalam Muruganatham, inventor of a low-cost machine for making sanitary pads. Muruganatham then inspired two fictional Hindi films: 2017’s Phullu and 2018’s Pad Man, starring Akshay Kumar.…

  • Tumbbad

    Tumbbad

    ★★★★★

    Hindi-film fans in the United States had to wait until Tumbbad made its streaming video debut to finally catch the horror movie that captivated audiences in India and at film festivals around the world. But boy was it worth the wait! Filmmaker Rahi Anil Barve’s fable eschews metaphor in favor of shockingly literal depictions of its underlying mythology. It is a cautionary tale of the dangers of greed — with consequences presented in brutal detail. That the film’s protagonist forges ahead, knowing full well what doom awaits him, highlights how all-consuming the desire for more can be.

    Full review here.

  • Kedarnath

    Kedarnath

    ★★★½

    Two lovers on opposite sides of a religious and class divide fall in love just before their world falls apart in Kedarnath. The compelling central romance is eclipsed by a well-executed disaster sequence based on the tragic floods of June, 2013, which destroyed much of Kedarnath and killed thousands.

    Full review here.

  • The Price of Free

    The Price of Free

    ★★★★

    The fantastic 2013 drama Siddharth follows a poor family’s search for their son, a victim of child trafficking. 12-year-old Siddharth takes a factory job in a distant city for a month to earn money for his younger sister’s dowry. When the boy doesn’t return, his parents have to search for him with scant information of his whereabouts, extremely limited funds, and no picture of their son to show to the authorities.

    For parents facing a similar crisis to the family…

  • Karwaan

    Karwaan

    ★★★½

    The dehumanizing nature of modern office culture is ideal movie fodder. Companies tout their soul-crushing policies as necessary for the sake of “efficiency” — code for cutting labor costs to increase the profits of shareholders and executives. Karwaan (“Caravan“) beautifully puts the lie to this vision of efficiency, showing instead how interpersonal connections and generosity are often better tools for getting things done than cold bureaucracy.

    Full review here.

  • Mirai

    Mirai

    I was expecting something fanciful, but it's mostly about how annoying it is to raise kids. It was depressing so I bailed after 30 minutes, even though Crispin Freeman is one of the voice actors. :-(

  • Minding the Gap

    Minding the Gap

    ★★★★½

    Incredible. What a fascinating portrait of contemporary Rockford. Also some top-notch steadicam usage. Totally worth subscribing to Hulu just for this.

  • Thugs of Hindostan

    Thugs of Hindostan

    ★★½

    Despite its novelty as a rare Bollywood seafaring epic, Thugs of Hindostan is done in by predictable character development and a familiar plot focused too heavily on its male protagonists.

    Full review here.

  • Once Again

    Once Again

    ★★★½

    A reclusive movie star pursues a romance with the woman who cooks for him in Once Again.

    Comparisons between Once Again and 2013’s The Lunchbox are inevitable. Both films are about lonely Mumbaikars who form a romantic attachment to one another through the medium of food. While The Lunchbox chronicles the development of attraction, Once Again pushes its lead couple forward into a relationship.

    Full review <href="https://accessbollywood.net/2018/10/24/movie-review-once-again-2018/">here.

  • Andhadhun

    Andhadhun

    ★★★★★

    Neo-noir filmmaker Sriram Raghavan made his best movie yet: the black comedy Andhadhun (“Blindly“).

    Ayushmann Khurrana stars as Akash, a talented blind musician living in Pune. He gets a gig as the piano player at trendy restaurant after the owner’s beautiful daughter, Sophie (Radhika Apte), runs into him with her scooter. The job puts Akash in touch with some high rollers, including former film star Pramod Sinha (Anil Dhawan). Pramod hires Akash to serenade him and his young wife Simi (Tabu) on their anniversary, and things don’t go as planned.

    Full review here.

  • You Might Be the Killer

    You Might Be the Killer

    ★★★★

    A really funny and smart riff on horror movie tropes. And no jump scares! Alyson Hannigan is pretty great in it, too.