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  • War

    War

    ★★

    I have mixed feelings about this movie. On one hand, it feels like one of those generic, nonsensical actioners that centres around the idea of pitting two of Bollywood's biggest (pure) action heroes (Hrithik and Tiger) against each other. War ticks off everything a big-budget masala actioner conventionally requires: exotic locales, dance numbers, flashbacks, (countless number of) twists, and detailed set-pieces. The film celebrates its protagonists (and their suave physiques) in the most Bollywoody way possible. The women characters (played…

  • The Zoya Factor

    The Zoya Factor

    ★★

    Based on the best-selling novel by Anuja Chauhan, the film (of the same name), directed by Abhishek Sharma and starring Sonam Kapoor and Dulquer Salmaan offers more misses than hits. It's not the sappiest romantic comedy to come out of Bollywood, yet it doesn't fully explore the fun elements of its super-interesting premise. Sonam plays Zoya, a junior copywriter who works for a high-profile marketing agency. DQ plays Nikhil Khoda, the captain of the Indian cricket team. When their universes…

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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Forgive me for expressing my undying love for one of the best sci-fi horror flicks of all time. I (re)watched 'The Thing' for the umpteenth time today and my admiration towards the film and for all those behind it has only augmented. Here are five reasons why the film will remain a cult-classic for the decades to come:

    1. The man himself. John Carpenter. Fresh off 'Halloween', 'The Fog' and 'Escape from New York' which were all commercial successes, Carpenter…

  • Rambo: Last Blood

    Rambo: Last Blood

    ★½

    Rambo: Last Blood, unfortunately, doesn't hold a candle to the rest of the films in the franchise. It plays out like a generic action film that goes 'guns, weapons, and gore'-blazin' in its finale. While it did give hints of Rambo's persistent inner turmoil, Last Blood is not the gory legacy that Rambo would have wanted to leave, in my eyes. It's the Max Payne 3 of the Rambo series - there's practically no real purpose for its existence, yet…