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  • Queen

    Queen

    ★★½

    i'm not sure if there's a great movie hidden here somewhere, but kangana certainly tries her best to find it.

  • Rangeela

    Rangeela

    ★★★★

    that climactic embrace -- and the little lovers' tiff leading up to it -- is pure magic.

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  • Throw Down

    Throw Down

    ★★★★½

    material that's exceedingly familiar (even ignoring the kurosawa tribute), imbued at every strange turn with a rare surreal beauty and visual expressiveness that's through the roof. overwhelming.

  • Hero Hiralal

    Hero Hiralal

    ★★★★

    ketan mehta's film materializes at an unlikely, delightful intersection -- built simultaneously upon a high concept satire-drenched narrative bordering on farce and a carefully constructed artifice characteristic of the avant garde and references seeped in the popular hindi film romance/melodrama, a film both wickedly funny and genuinely sweet. naseeruddin shah, somewhat against type, displays the kind of bendy exuberance more readily associated with shah rukh khan's best performances (not coincidentally in very similar roles).

    edit, on that last note: having…