Sunday, December 11, 2016

#BestFilmReleasesThisWeek30thSept2016 #JohnsonThomas


#BestFilmReleasesThisWeek30thSept2016 #JohnsonThomas #MSDhoniTheUntoldStory(Hindi) Rating: * * ½ A passionate performance by Sushant Singh Rajput makes this M.S.Dhoni biopic just about watchable -that is if you can overcome the ennui caused by theoverly long runtime and tedious forages into his romantic escapades. #FoxStarStudios #ArunPandey #InspiredEntertainment #NeerajPandey #Mahi #MahendraSinghDhoni #SushantSinghRajput #DishaPatani #KiaraAdvani #AnupamKher #VijaySingh #SakshiDhoni #FawadKhan #BhoomikaChawla #HerryTangiri #RamCharan #RajeshSharma #ParineetiChopra Runtime: 190 mins

#PicksAndPiquesSnippetFilmReviews30thSept2016 #JohnsonThomas


#PicksAndPiquesSnippetFilmReviews30thSept2016 #JohnsonThomas #MSDhoniTheUntoldStory(Hindi) Rating: * * ½ A passionate performance by Sushant Singh Rajput makes this M.S.Dhoni biopic fairly watchable - inspite of the overly long runtime and tedious forages into his romantic escapades. #FoxStarStudios #ArunPandey #InspiredEntertainment #NeerajPandey #Mahi #MahendraSinghDhoni #SushantSinghRajput #DishaPatani #KiaraAdvani #AnupamKher #VijaySingh #SakshiDhoni #FawadKhan #BhoomikaChawla #HerryTangiri #RamCharan #RajeshSharma #ParineetiChopra Runtime: 190 mins

#BestFilmsReviewsThisWeek23rdSept2016 #JohnsonThomas


#BestFilmsReviewsThisWeek23rdSept2016 #JohnsonThomas #IndiaInADay(English) Rating: * * * A day in the life of a people from across a vast country, this crowd sourced footage documentary gives you an unstinting picture of the joys and sorrows of a people beleaguered by troubles yet finding joy in the simple mundane routines of daily life. Ordinary filming equipment,365 hrs of footage from all corners of the country shot on 10th Oct 2015, this realtime portrait is surely the true picture of an India churning through it’s myriad contradictions. #GoogleEarth #MAMI #RichieMehta #AnuragKashyap #MAMIFilmClub #AnupamaChopra #KiranRao #Star #Google #ScottFreeProductions #MandiraChauhan #NinadKulkarni #SatpalSharma #JackArbuthnott #DonnaChang #RidleyScott Runtime: 86 mins #Parched(Hindi) Rating: * * * A realistic take on the trials and tribulations that women have to encounter on a daily basis- in their efforts to find their true selves in a patriarchal society, this film set in Jaisalmer has a well knit script, wondrous performances &stunning cinematography to complement the story but the instinctive empathy that should have been there is sorely missing. You can appreciate the artistry here but it’s quite unlikely that you will be affected by it. #TannishshthaChatterjee #RadhikaApte #SurveenChawla #AdilHussain #LeenaYadav #AjayDevgn #ParullGossainPR Runtime: 116 mins #TheMagnificentSeven(English) Rating: * * * #AntoineFuqua’s reimagined version of the cult legend western actioner that took inspiration from ‘#SevenSamurai’ and had many wannabes trying to ape it’s success from across the world, and in variety of languages, has it’s heart in the right place and is fuelled by furious and slick gun-slinging action set-pieces but there’s nothing new here to give this film an exclusive identity for itself. #AntoineFuqua #DenzelWashington #ChrisPratt #EthanHawk #MattBomer #SonyPictures #ThinkInkCommunications Runtime: 132 mins #BridgetJonesBaby(English) Rating: * * * This appears to be the final edition of the super successful franchise based on the personal memoirs of a 30 something English woman. Funnier than the previous edition, this one has a wilting Bridget(#ReneeZellweger after her alleged cosmetic face sculpting) laying an old love(#HughGrant) to rest while ‘fling’ing between old love Mark(#ColinFirth) and new love Jack(#PatrickDempsey) in an attempt to get to the truth about her soon-to-be-out baby’s real daddy.The writing is fluid and the run of play is quite unexpectedly entertaining. And #EmmaThompson as the gynaecologist handling Bridgets’s pregnancy is toungue-in-cheek howlarious. #EmmaThompson #MoesArt #IshaDoshi #UniversalPictures #JascintoFernandes Runtime: 123 mins

#PicksAndPiquesSnippetFilmReviews23rdSept2016 #JohnsonThomas


#PicksAndPiquesSnippetFilmReviews23rdSept2016 #JohnsonThomas #Banjo(Hindi) Rating: * * ½ Unbelievable FANTASY involving a Banjo Player from Mumbai slums and an international DJ from New York. The unlikely pairing of #ReiteshDeshmukh #NargisFakhri doesn’t quite work in the film’s favor and the music-which essentially should have been the soul of the film , falls flat. This one is gritty but not happening.#SheebaGeorge #RaviJadhav #ErosInternational #KrishikaLulla #RaindropAlterEgo Runtime: 137 mins #Parched(Hindi) Rating: * * * A realistic take on the trials and tribulations that women have to encounter on a daily basis- in their efforts to find their true selves in a patriarchal society, this film set in Jaisalmer has a well knit script, wondrous performances &stunning cinematography to complement the story but the instinctive empathy that should have been there is sorely missing. You can appreciate the artistry here but it’s quite unlikely that you will be affected by it. #TannishshthaChatterjee #RadhikaApte #SurveenChawla #AdilHussain #LeenaYadav #AjayDevgn #ParullGossainPR #ChandanRoySanyal Runtime: 116 mins #DaysOfTafreeInClassOutOfClass(Hindi)Rating: * * Shrill, loud, repetitive,distatsteful and unpardonable, this youth centred ‘vela’giri glorifies dysfunctions in it’s attempt to mine comedy. It’s a fickle and over-ambitious remake of the Gujrati superhit #ChelloDivas and gains it’s inspiration from #Israeli filmmaker #BoazDavidson’s hits ‘#LemonPopsicle’ and ‘#HotBubblegum’ that went beserk in it’s efforts to contain testesterone fuelled male risque behavior into a cult legend. But the originals were funny at least. This one is not! #AnandPurohitMotionPictures #RashmiSharma #YashSoni #AnuradhaMukherjee #AnshBagri #KinjalRajpriya #SanchayGoswami #NimishaMehta #SarabjeetBindra #MamtaChoudhary #KrishnadevYagnik #VaisjhaliShah #PannuIndermohan #VijetaSingh #UttamSinha Runtime: 136 mins #WahTaj(Hindi) Rating: * ½ This so called slice-of-Life satire has a couple fighting for exclusive rights to #ShahJehan’s #TajMahal and it’s not funny. It’s a fantastical concept that doesn’t quite manage to convince you in it’s run of play. #EbrahimContractor #PearlMedia #AnshulTyagi #ShreyasTalp[ade #ManjariFadnis #JayantilalGada #PENFilms #PawanSharma #AbhinavVerma #DhavalJayantilalGada #AjitSinha Runtime: 124 mins #DilSalaSanki(Hindi) Rating: * ½ Bang your head against the wall experience. #Jimmy Shergill #YogeshKumar #MadalsaSharma #ShaktiKapoor ##HimanshuJhunjhunwala #DwaparMedia Runtime: 90 mins #ChapekarBrothers(Hindi) Rating: * ½ Disappointingly unaffecting, this boring history lesson lacks intense performances, has no drama and little conviction, and is rooted in artifice so getting affected by it is a huge challenge in itself. #AshwaniShukla #AltairMedia Runime: 98 mins #TheMagnificentSeven(English) Rating: * * * #AntoineFuqua’s reimagined version of the cult legend western actioner that took inspiration from ‘#SevenSamurai’ and had many wannabes trying to ape it’s success from across the world, and in variety of languages, has it’s heart in the right place and is fuelled by furious and slick gun-slinging action set-pieces but there’s nothing new here to give this film an exclusive identity for itself. #AntoineFuqua #DenzelWashington #ChrisPratt #EthanHawk #MattBomer #SonyPictures #ThinkinkCommunications Runtime: 132 mins #BridgetJonesBaby(English) Rating: * * * This appears to be the final edition of the super successful franchise based on the personal memoirs of a 30 something English woman. Funnier than the previous edition, this one has a wilting Bridget(#ReneeZellweger after her alleged cosmetic face sculpting) laying an old love(#HughGrant) to rest while ‘fling’ing between old love Mark(ColinFirth) and new love Jack(PatrickDempsey) in an attempt to get to the truth about her soon-to-be-out baby’s real daddy. The writing is fluid and the run of play is quite unexpectedly entertaining. And #EmmaThompson as the gynaecologist handling Bridgets’s pregnancy is toungue-in-cheek howlarious. #EmmaThompson #MoesArt #IshaDoshi #UniversalPictures #JascintoFernandes Runtime: 123 mins #StorksTheLegoMovie(English/Animation) Rating: * * ½ Cute but not exactly rousing. This animated film that has Storks flying packages to a retail chains’ customers is wildly imagined and reasonably entertaining. Obviously this one’s not gonna gain much at the Boxoffice. It’s no wonder that #WarnerBrosIndia continues to keep the critics away from it’s previews. #WarnerBrosIndia #WarnerBros #AnkitAgarwal Runtime: 89 mins #IndiaInADay(English) Rating: * * * A day in the life of a people from across a vast country, this crowd sourced footage documentary gives you an unstinting picture of the joys and sorrows of a people beleaguered by troubles yet finding joy in the simple mundane routines of daily life. Ordinary filming equipment,365 hrs of footage from all corners of the country shot on 10th Oct 2015, this realtime portrait is surely the true picture of an India churning through it’s myriad contradictions. #GoogleEarth #MAMI #RichieMehta #AnuragKashyap #MAMIFilmClub #AnupamaChopra #KiranRao #Star #Google #ScottFreeProductions #MandiraChauhan #NinadKulkarni #SatpalSharma #JackArbuthnott #DonnaChang #RidleyScott Runtime: 86 mins #KaliChaat(Hindi) Rating: * * ½ It is the stone that prevents the striving farmer from an endless source of water, in the Malwa-Nimar region of Western Madhya Pradesh. A farmer’s story- Sitaram with less than limited means, trying hard to meet ends and provide for his family in the wake of a repeatedly failing monsoon, decides to dig a well. Getting help though is even more complex than breaking the Kalichaat. It’s a vicious cycle of perseverance against all odds- never ending tryst with unfeeling authorities, loan sharks, and religious gurus, while keeping his family hopeful for a better future, continues. It’s gritty but pointless #SudhanshuSharma #HimanshuJhunjhunwala #DwaparMedia #GeetikaShyam #VirendraKumar #Nathenial #PrakashDeshmukh Runtime:76 mins

#BestFilmsReleasesThisWeek9thSept2016 #JohnsonThomas


#BestFilmsReleasesThisWeek9thSept2016 #JohnsonThomas #Sully(English/Imax) Rating: * * * ½ A potential airplane disaster is averted by a quick thinking Captain courageous. Captain Sullenberger’s quick thinking may have saved 155 lives in the airbus 370 he was piloting from La Guardia , forced to land in the middle of the Hudson river but the Investigators were not about to crown him hero all too easily. A docu-drama of sorts, this is director #ClintEastwood’s most dramatic, paciest and shortest film that is quite an intelligent and revealing entertainer. Can’t figure why #WarnerBrosIndia failed to have a critics preview before it’s release. #ClintEastwood #TomHanks #LauraLinney #AaronEckhart #ToddKomarnicki #ChesleySullenberger #WarnerBrosIndia #WarnerBros #HighestDuty #AnnaGunn #TomStern #ValerieMahaffey #DelphiHarrington #MikeOMalley #JamieSheridan Runtime: 96 mins #WrongSideRaju(Gujarati) Rating: * * * A rare gujrati film that plays out sensibly , this one is a thriller of sorts with a heavy duty love story and a knee-jerk twist plaguing it. Nevertheless it has enough smarts to hold your interest. #MikhilMusale #PhantomFilms #AnuragKashyap #AsifBasra #PhantomFilms #VikramadityaMotwane #VikasBahl #PrateekGandhi #KimberlyLouisaMcBeath #KaviShastri #HetalPuniwala #MakrandShukla #CinemanProductions Runtime: 130 mins

#PicksAndPiquesSnippetFilmReviews9thSept2016 #JohnsonThomas


#PicksAndPiquesSnippetFilmReviews9thSept2016 #JohnsonThomas #BaarBaarDekho(Hindi) Rating: * * A dismal ennervating love story, this one takes time travel to a gimmicky level to arrive at it’s happily ever after. It’s ‘#AboutTime’ our film makers stuck to desi stories for inspiration. The two heartthrobs at the centre of it look good but it’s pretty much facile and uninvigorating for the viewer. No wonder the producers preferred to keep the film away from critics till it’s release day. #NityaMehra #KaranJohar #SpicePR #ErosInternational #DharmaProductions #SriRao #SidharthMalhotra #KatrinaKaif #SayaniGupta #Sarika #TaahaShah #RamKapoor #RajitKapoor #HussinaRaja #FarhanAkhtar #ExcelEntertainment #ZackNizato #reiteshSidhwani #RaviKChandran #NightEdFilms #ZeeMusic Runtime: 141 mins #FreakyAli(Hindi) Rating: * * ‘#HappyGilmore’ and #TinCup’ may have been it’s indirect influencers but this film about a goon-turned-golfing match winner is just not convincing in it’s artifice laden spiel. #NawazuddinSidiiqui may have deserved a starring role after a series of accolade winning performances but this was not it. This is at best a freak show masquerading as an infantile comedy with little to please the audience. The story is ridiculous, the performances are silly and the direction just doesn’t hold you enthralled. #NawazuddinSiddiqui #AmyJackson #SohailKhan #ArbaazKhan #SalmanKhanFilms #ParullGossainPR #AsifBasra #JasArora #SeemaBiswas #NikitinDheer #PareshGanatra #AlamKhan #JackieShroff #SohailKhanProductions Runtime: 120 mins #WrongSideRaju(Gujarati) Rating: * * * A rare gujrati film that plays out sensibly , this one is a thriller of sorts with a heavy duty love story and a knee-jerk twist plaguing it. Nevertheless it has enough smarts to hold your interest. #MikhilMusale #PhantomFilms #AnuragKashyap #AsifBasra #PhantomFilms #VikramadityaMotwane #VikasBahl #PrateekGandhi #KimberlyLouisaMcBeath #KaviShastri #HetalPuniwala #MakrandShukla #CinemanProductions Runtime: 130 mins #Sully(English/Imax) Rating: * * * ½ A potential airplane disaster is averted by a quick thinking Captain courageous. Captain Sullenberger’s quick thinking may have saved 155 lives in the airbus 370 he was piloting from La Guardia , forced to land in the middle of the Hudson river but the Investigators were not about to crown him hero all too easily. A docu-drama of sorts, this is director #ClintEastwood’s most dramatic, paciest and shortest film that is quite an intelligent and revealing entertainer. Can’t figure why #WarnerBrosIndia failed to have a critics preview before it’s release. #ClintEastwood #TomHanks #LauraLinney #AaronEckhart #ToddKomarnicki #ChesleySullenberger #WarnerBrosIndia #WarnerBros #HighestDuty #AnnaGunn #TomStern #ValerieMahaffey #DelphiHarrington #MikeOMalley #JamieSheridan Runtime: 96 mins #EkKahaniJulieKi(Hindi) Rating: * An attempted psycho-thriller with the film industry as it’s back-drop, this one’s too jaded to make for any great tension or thrills. It’s basically yet another disgusting attempt to cash in on the infamous Indrani Mukherjea case. This #RakhiSawant starrer has little to interest the audience other than the starlet’s infamous presence. #AzizZee #RakhiSawant #ChetnaSharma #ChetnaEntertainments #AmitMehra #JimmySharma #SaniyaPannu #AvadhSharma #AakritiNagpal #AdiIrani #RajeshKhera Runtime: 140 mins

#HandsOfStone #HollywoodEnglishFilmMovieReview #JohnsonThomas


English Film Reviews Johnson Thomas Punchy but not Hard hitting Film: Hands of Stone Cast: Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramírez, Usher Raymond IV, Ellen Barkin, John Turturro, Ruben Blades, Drena De Niro, Reg E. Cathey, David Arosemena, Ana de Armas, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Óscar Jaenada, Pedro "budu" Perez, Yancey Arias, Reg Cathey Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz Rating: * * ½ Runtime: 105 mins A biopic, ‘Hands of Stone’ follows the life of Roberto Durán (Edgar Ramírez), the Panamanian fighter who, with the help of his trainer Ray Arcel (Robert De Niro) made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16 year old and much later, retired in 2002 at the age of 50. And throughout his illustrious career he won many big fights including the one in June 1980, when he defeated Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond) to capture the WBC welterweight title. But later in the November rematch he shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner saying 'no más' (‘no more'). Jonathan Jakubowicz has a lot of ground to cover and he does it in speedy ineffective fashion. You never get to know the principal character’s motivations other than the deprivations of his early youth. The rivalry with “Sugar” Ray Leonard is hinted at but it’s not the spine of the film as it should have been. Jakubowicz cradle to retirement version depicts Durán as a scrappy kid on the streets of Panama through his rise in the sport, his thrilling capturing of the welterweight title against Leonard in 1980, his infamous fall and then his resurrection as in his triumphant return as light middleweight champion at Madison Square Garden. You also get his family life with wife and five kids, his nationalistic pride and it’s all being told from the point of view of Ray Arcel, his trainer. So the focus is all over the place and involvement is piecemeal at best. Ana De Armas and Edgar Ramirez make their presence felt and so does Robert De Niro -but it’s all to no avail because you never really get involved in what’s happening on screen. Jakubowicz’ narrative tries to do too much and as a result the gains are too little. Everything becomes a blur in the flurry to get to the finish line. So when you get out of the theatre there’s not a single memorable moment to stay with you- even though it’s all earnest and gritty! Johnsont307@gmail.com

#BestFilmsReleasesThisWeek9thDec2016 #JohnsonThomas


#BestFilmsReleasesThisWeek9thDec2016 #JohnsonThomas #LaLaLand(English/Musical) Rating: * * * ½ A breezy stylized musical romance between a jazz pianist and wannabe actress, this splashy, impassioned third feature,by #Whiplash Chazelle, basically pays virtuoso homage to the French and American musicals of 40’s and 50’s. And It’s sheer delight. #Lionsgate #SummitEntertainment #GilbertFilms #ImposterPictures #MarcPlattProduction #FredBerger #JordanHorowitz #MarcPlatt #GaryGilbert #RyanGosling #EmmaStone #JohnLegend #RosemaryDeWitt #FinnWittrock #CallieHernandez #SonoyaMizuno #JessicaRothe #TomEverett #JoshPence #JKSimmons #DamienChazelle #JioMAMIFilmClub Runtime: 128 mins #DeepWaterHorizon( English) Rating: * * * A true to life disaster movie, this one is old fashioned in it’s attempt to involve with it’s intimate explosions and de rigor heroism. There’s nothing new here but everything is down so pat that you cant help but get involved. #KateHudson #KurtRussell #MarkWahlberg #Diquerydotcom #1HMedia #HemaUpadhyay #SummitEntertainment #PeterBerg #JohnMalkovich #GinaRodriguez #DylanOBrien #DouglasGriffin #BradLeland #EthanSuplee #JoeChrest #JamesDumont #JdEvermore #JasonKirkpatrick #DaveMaldonado #StellaAllen Runtime:107 mins

#PicksAndPiquesSnippetFilmReviews9thDec2016 #JohnsonThomas


#PicksAndPiquesSnippetFilmReviews9thDec2016 #JohnsonThomas #Befikre(Hindi) Rating: * * of kisses, clingy valentines and contrived drama. Rehash of the Yashraj staple with a slant towards modernity- yet peddling the same old traditional tropes.Nothing exciting about it other than Ranveer in a minuscule, tight red underwear and some heavy duty kissing sequences. #YashrajProductions #TeamPR #VaaniKapoor #RanveerSingh #AdityaChopra #ErosInternational #RaisaGhosh #YashRajTeamCommunications Runtime:135 mins #30Minutes(Hindi) Rating: * confounding thriller that tries to overdo the ’30 minute’ angle and turn it into a psycho-pathetic referendum. #WasimSiddiqui #FameMedia #HitenPaintal #HrishitaBhatt #Paintel #RiyaSen #BigCurtainsMEdiaPvtLtd #YesudasBC Runtime: 120 mins #DeepWaterHorizon( English) Rating: * * * A true to life disaster movie, this one is old fashioned in it’s attempt to involve with it’s intimate explosions and de rigor heroism. There’s nothing new here but everything is down so pat that you cant help but get involved. #KateHudson #KurtRussell #MarkWahlberg #Diquerydotcom #1HMedia #HemaUpadhyay #SummitEntertainment #PeterBerg #JohnMalkovich #GinaRodriguez #DylanOBrien #DouglasGriffin #BradLeland #EthanSuplee #JoeChrest #JamesDumont #JdEvermore #JasonKirkpatrick #DaveMaldonado #StellaAllen Runtime:107 mins #OfficeChristmasParty(English) Rating: * ½ A slew of beeped out slang and stale humor make this office rave party for zestful thirty somethings seem like a ‘Hangover’ gone completely wrong. Pretty uninspiring stuff this. #ReliancePictures #SpicePR #iSpice #ParamountPictures #JenniferAniston #TJMiller #JasonBateman #KateMcKinnon #OliviaMunn #CourtneyBVance #JoshGordon #WillSpeck Runtime: 105 mins #HandsOfStone(English) Rating: * * ½ A fight film, youth to retirement version, about the life of Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán who, with the help of his trainer Ray Arcel made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16 year old and retired in 2002 at the age of 50- is a detailed biopic and therefore not quite involving. #RobertDeNiro #EdgarRamírez #UsherRaymondIV #EllenBarkin #JohnTurturro #RubenBlades #DrenaDeNiro #RegECathey #DavidArosemena #AnadeArmas #JurneeSmollettBell #ÓscarJaenada #PedrobuduPerez #YanceyArias #RegCathey #JonathanJakubowicz Runtime: 105 mins #LaLaLand(English/Musical) Rating: * * * ½ A breezy stylized musical romance between a jazz pianist and wannabe actress, this splashy, impassioned third feature,by #Whiplash Chazelle, basically pays virtuoso homage to the French and American musicals of 40’s and 50’s. And It’s sheer delight. #Lionsgate #SummitEntertainment #GilbertFilms #ImposterPictures #MarcPlattProduction #FredBerger #JordanHorowitz #MarcPlatt #GaryGilbert #RyanGosling #EmmaStone #JohnLegend #RosemaryDeWitt #FinnWittrock #CallieHernandez #SonoyaMizuno #JessicaRothe #TomEverett #JoshPence #JKSimmons #DamienChazelle #JioMAMIFilmClub Runtime: 128 mins

#PicksAndPiquesSnippetFilmReviews9thDec2016 #JohnsonThomas


#PicksAndPiquesSnippetFilmReviews9thDec2016 #JohnsonThomas #Befikre(Hindi) Rating: * * of kisses, clingy valentines and contrived drama. Rehash of the Yashraj staple with a slant towards modernity- yet peddling the same old traditional tropes.Nothing exciting about it other than Ranveer in a minuscule, tight red underwear and some heavy duty kissing sequences. #YashrajProductions #TeamPR #VaaniKapoor #RanveerSingh #AdityaChopra #ErosInternational #RaisaGhosh #YashRajTeamCommunications Runtime:135 mins #30Minutes(Hindi) Rating: * confounding thriller that tries to overdo the ’30 minute’ angle and turn it into a psycho-pathetic referendum. #WasimSiddiqui #FameMedia #HitenPaintal #HrishitaBhatt #Paintel #RiyaSen #BigCurtainsMEdiaPvtLtd #YesudasBC Runtime: 120 mins #DeepWaterHorizon( English) Rating: * * * A true to life disaster movie, this one is old fashioned in it’s attempt to involve with it’s intimate explosions and de rigor heroism. There’s nothing new here but everything is down so pat that you cant help but get involved. #KateHudson #KurtRussell #MarkWahlberg #Diquerydotcom #1HMedia #HemaUpadhyay #SummitEntertainment #PeterBerg #JohnMalkovich #GinaRodriguez #DylanOBrien #DouglasGriffin #BradLeland #EthanSuplee #JoeChrest #JamesDumont #JdEvermore #JasonKirkpatrick #DaveMaldonado #StellaAllen Runtime:107 mins #OfficeChristmasParty(English) Rating: * ½ A slew of beeped out slang and stale humor make this office rave party for zestful thirty somethings seem like a ‘Hangover’ gone completely wrong. Pretty uninspiring stuff this. #ReliancePictures #SpicePR #iSpice #ParamountPictures #JenniferAniston #TJMiller #JasonBateman #KateMcKinnon #OliviaMunn #CourtneyBVance #JoshGordon #WillSpeck Runtime: 105 mins #HandsOfStone(English) Rating: * * ½ A fight film, youth to retirement version, about the life of Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán who, with the help of his trainer Ray Arcel made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16 year old and retired in 2002 at the age of 50- is a detailed biopic and therefore not quite involving. #RobertDeNiro #EdgarRamírez #UsherRaymondIV #EllenBarkin #JohnTurturro #RubenBlades #DrenaDeNiro #RegECathey #DavidArosemena #AnadeArmas #JurneeSmollettBell #ÓscarJaenada #PedrobuduPerez #YanceyArias #RegCathey #JonathanJakubowicz Runtime: 105 mins #LaLaLand(English/Musical) Rating: * * * ½ A breezy stylized musical romance between a jazz pianist and wannabe actress, this splashy, impassioned third feature,by #Whiplash Chazelle, basically pays virtuoso homage to the French and American musicals of 40’s and 50’s. And It’s sheer delight. #Lionsgate #SummitEntertainment #GilbertFilms #ImposterPictures #MarcPlattProduction #FredBerger #JordanHorowitz #MarcPlatt #GaryGilbert #RyanGosling #EmmaStone #JohnLegend #RosemaryDeWitt #FinnWittrock #CallieHernandez #SonoyaMizuno #JessicaRothe #TomEverett #JoshPence #JKSimmons #DamienChazelle #JioMAMIFilmClub Runtime: 128 mins

Saturday, December 10, 2016

NIVEDITA SABOO COUTURE opens it's flagship store in Mumbai at Juhu the centre of the Haute polloi


NIVEDITA SABOO COUTURE opened it's flagship store in Mumbai at Juhu-the centre of the haute polloi It was an Experience to remember. A fashion opera in an arresting theatrical display with #VivekOberoi & #PriyankaOberoi, #SonalChauhan, #JackieShroff, #MadhurBhandarkar, #KaranTacker, #MouniRoy, #OmkarKapoor, #VatsalSeth, #VirafPatel, #SudhanshuPandey, #MissIndiaRoohiSingh, #MrWorldRohitKhandelwal, #ManasiScott, #MandanaKarimi, #ArjanBajwa #MugdaGodse #HanifHilal and more -some wearing her latest creations with elan while others stood aside and applauded. #StudioKitchen did a wonderful job catering to the Haute polloi with delicious select exotica. At 3000 sq ft the #NiveditaSaboo couture flagship store in Mumbai cultivates an experience that essays a decade of sartorial excellence.The designer has been lauded in India and abroad for creating some of the finest couture and pret collections for men and women The flagship store is a fashion destination set in the heart of the city, Juhu where the haute polloi reside. The sprawling store is divided into 3 different lounges, each offering a service pertaining to the design ware exhibited there. Bespoke suits, bandgalas, tailored jackets ,shirts, brogues, mocassins are available in the menswear section while the wedding and trousseau lounge showcases custom made lehengas, hand crafted clutches- a design haven for brides-to-be. The styling is exquisite and thr tailoring befitting a king and queen. No wonder the Miss INdia's and Mr India;s who have the world at their feet flock to Nivedita Saboo for her exceptional designs.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Music & Trailer Launch of the Marathi comedy #ZhallaBobhata


#KingsCreations & #DigitechnoEnterprise released the music and trailer for their forthcoming release a whacky comedy titled #ZhallaBobhata (Jan 2017) on 29th Nov 2016 .Present on the occasion were actors #DilipPrabhavalkar #SanjayKhapre #KamleshSawant #TejaDeokar #MonalisaBagul #Mahendranath #DeepakAmbikar alongwith the singers, music director , lyricist, director #AnupJagdale and producer #SainathRajadakshya #Mahendranath of the film Two of the lead actors.#BhauKadam & #MayureshPenn were unable to make it to the event. #FriendsIncorporatePR #PremJhanjiani & #PradnyaShetty

#HRC10thAnniversaryCelebrations


#HardRockCafe's & #JSW group #JaySingh's noblest gesture was on display at the #HRC10thAnniversaryCelebrations at the Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound branch. It was a show of charity for the #BrettLeeFoundation with Music greats like #ARRahman, #ASivamani, #UshaUthup ,#ShankarMahadevan #PriyankaChopra #Euphoria #Parikrama #PurbayanChhatterjee #RaghuDixit sharing their precious collectibles/memorablia for an auction conducted by #DineshVazirani #SaffronArt. #CommunicateIndiaPR #NehaMisri

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The 14th Annual New York Korean Film Festival Announces Lineup for November 11th to November 13th, 2016 at the Museum of the Moving Image


The Korea Society and the Museum of the Moving Image have announced the line-up for the 2016 New York Korean Film Festival, to be held on November 11th-13th. The 14th Annual New York Korean Film Festival Announces Lineup for November 11th to November 13th, 2016 at the Museum of the Moving Image (New York, November 1, 2016) The Korea Society’s New York Korean Film Festival returns to New York City’s Museum of the Moving Image on November 11 to 13 for its yearly celebration of the best in Korean cinema. This 14th edition of the Festival focuses on the family, as mothers, fathers, children, and grandparents struggle to survive the zombie apocalypse, law school exams, ambitious aristocrats, and secret societies. South Korea’s 2016 Oscar submission, The Age of Shadows, and American premieres make for a not-to-be-missed showcase of one of the world’s most dynamic national cinemas. ALL SCREENINGS WILL BE HELD AT THE MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE The Museum is located at 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, Queens, NY, 11106. NYKFF tickets are $12 ($7 for TKS members, MOMI Film Lover and Kids Premium members / free for Silver Screen members and above). Advance tickets will be available online at movingimage.us. All films are in Korean with English subtitles. OPENING NIGHT Train to Busan (부산행) FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 7:00 P.M. Dir. Yeon Sang-ho. 2016, 118 mins. With Gong Yoo, Kim Soo-an, Jeong Yu-mi, Ma Dong-seok. What’s scarier than snakes on a plane? Zombies on a train! Korea’s biggest box office hit of 2016 finds fund manager Seo-woo (Goo Yoo) riding the rails with his daughter (Kim Soo-an). But when the undead join the commute, the passengers must fight to make it to the end of the line. Selected for the Cannes Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Fantasia International Film Festival, and the Stockholm International Film Festival. “Zombie thriller Train to Busan comes awfully close to greatness”—Simon Abrams, The Village Voice “As an allegory of class rebellion and moral polarization, it proves just as biting as Bong Joon-ho’s sci-fi dystopia Snowpiercer, while delivering even more unpretentious fun.” — Maggie Lee, Variety The Map Against the World (고산자 대동여지도) SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2:00 P.M. Dir. Kang Woo-suk. 2016, 129 mins. With Cha Seung-won, You Jun-sang, Kim In-kwon, Nam Ji-hyun. Devoted cartographer Kim Jeong-ho (Cha Seung-won) travels across the land to make the first accurate map of Korea. However, a single-minded pursuit of truth estranges him from his family and ignites political intrigue between the King’s regent (You Jun-sang) and the rival house of the Andong Kims. Prolific and crowd-pleasing director Kang Woo-suk (Public Enemy, Fists of Legend) captures the beauty of Korea with this retelling of a well-known episode in Korean history. Phantom Detective (탐정 홍길동: 사라진마을) SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 4:30 P.M. Dir. Jo Sung-hee. 2016, 125 mins. With Lee Je-hoon, Go Ara, Kim Seong-gyoon. Private detective Hong Gil-dong (Lee Je-hoon) seeks his mother’s killer (played by Park Geun-hyung), but finds the murderer’s granddaughters instead. Together, they set off to find the missing man, and uncover an even bigger secret. Hong Gil-dong, Korea’s traditional Robin Hood character, is reborn in this film as a modern anti-hero. Selected for the Fantasia International Film Festival. “A dazzling, spooky, sometimes comic revenge tale.” — Tom Keogh, The Seattle Times “Director Jo Sung-hee has crafted a winning thriller with a lot of heart here” — David Noh, Film Journal International Sori: Voice from the Heart (로봇, 소리) SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 7:00 P.M. New York Premiere Dir. Lee Ho-Jae. 2016, 117 mins. With Lee Sung-min, Lee Hee-jun, Lee Honey. After achieving sentience, an advanced spy satellite goes AWOL and returns to Earth full of remorse for its role in a military strike. Distraught father Hae-gwan (Lee Sung-min) finds the machine, whose memory—filled with years of recorded phone conversations—may contain clues to the whereabouts of his missing daughter. Together, father and robot—now named “Sori”—must stay a step ahead of intelligence agent Shin (Lee Hee-jun) and aerospace engineer Ji Yun (Honey Lee) to learn the truth. Winner of the 2016 Audience Choice Award at the Udine Far East Film Festival. Selected for The Asian Pop-Up Cinema Festival and Fantasia International Film Festival. “A creative and oddball meditation on grief and acceptance.” — Elizabeth Kerr, The Hollywood Reporter “A rewarding, heartwarming film.” — Debra Davy, The Splash Magazines Familyhood (굿바이 싱글) SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2:00 P.M. New York Premiere Dir. Kim Tae-gon. 2016, 119 mins. With Kim Hye-Soo, Ma Dong-Seok. Spoiled and aging actress Joo-yeon (Kim Hye-soo) decides to secretly adopt a pregnant teen’s baby to make up for declining prospects in both her career and love life. But when news of her fake “pregnancy” pushes her back into the public eye, will she betray those who care about her for a few more moments in the limelight? The Queen of Crime (범죄의 여왕) SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 4:30 P.M. North American Premiere Dir. Lee Yo-sup. 2016, 130 mins. With Park Ji-young, Jo Bok-rae, Kim Dae-hyeon. When law student Ik-soo (Kim Dae-hyeon)—who is about to sit for Korea’s notorious bar examination—calls home to ask his mother (Park Ji-young) to pay off a $1,000 water bill, she smells a big rat. Mom, who immediately travels to Seoul to “help out,” vows to get to the bottom of the criminally suspicious water bill. But who among the eccentric law-student residents of her son’s apartment complex is really the criminal? The Age of Shadows (밀정) SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 7:00 P.M. Dir. Kim Jee-woon. 2016, 140 mins. With Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo, Han Ji-min. Lee Jung-chool (Song Kang-ho), a Korean police officer working for the Japanese colonial government, is out to stop a plot by a Korean independence group—or is he? Kim Jee-woon returns to Korean cinema after directing Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand with this stylish spy thriller. South Korea’s 2016 Academy Award entry also stars Gong Yoo as the leader of the resistance and superstar Lee Byung-hun in a cameo role. “Unfolding in classic action style, this rousing gem has everything one wants for an evening's entertainment” — Jay Weissberg, Variety “This director is really looking to stage the action sequence.” — Ken Jaworowski, The New York Times *** ABOUT THE KOREA SOCIETY The Korea Society is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated solely to the promotion of greater awareness, understanding, and cooperation between the people of the United States and Korea. For more information, please visit www.koreasociety.org. ABOUT MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE Museum of the Moving Image (movingimage.us) advances the understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. In its stunning facilities—acclaimed for both its accessibility and bold design—the Museum presents exhibitions; screenings of significant works; discussion programs featuring actors, directors, craftspeople, and business leaders; and education programs which serve more than 50,000 students each year. The Museum also houses a significant collection of moving-image artifacts. Support provided by the Korea Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

#PicksAndPiquesSnippetFilmReview29thJuly2016 #JohnsonThomas


#PicksAndPiquesSnippetFilmReview29thJuly2016 #JohnsonThomas #PicksAndPiquesSnippetFilmReview29thJuly2016 #JohnsonThomas #Dishoom(Hindi) Rating: * * ½ This Action, comedy bromance has great stunts, Jacqueline looks terrific & there’s a great buddy chemistry between John &Varun & #AbuDhabi looks swank but the story lacks bite. #JohnAbraham #VarunDhawan #AkshayeKhanna #SajidNadiadwala #ErosInternational #NadiadwalaGrandsonsEntertainmentPvtLtd #RohitDhawan #JaquelineFernandez #SaquibSaleem #TusharHiranandani #AkshayKumar #NargisFakhri #HussainDalal #SpicePR #SunilALulla #PritamChakraborty Runtime: 124 mins #LoveKeFunday(Hindi) Rating: * * Young Blood playing musical chairs ( in terms of relationship)with their partners, this one tries too hard to be uber-cool but the intent and the essay are two different things altogether. There’s promise in a few stray moments but most of it is regressive & fanciful rather than realistic. #KhazanaVision #DwaparMedia #HimanshuJhunjhunwala #SanjaySharmaRaj #ShaleenBhanot #RishankTiwari #RitikaGulati #SufiGulati #HarshvardhanJoshi #SamikshaBhatnagar #RahulSuri #PoojaBannerjee #FRVBigEntertainmentPvtLtd #FaaizAnwar #PremPrakashGupta #InderveshYogee #PrakashPrabhakar #FarzanFaaiz Runtime: 124 mins #MurderMadhuri(Hindi) Rating: * ½ An amateurish tale about a devastating rape leading up to vigilante justice meted out by the despairing army veteran father, this film is hapless and hopeless on most counts. The story itself lacks credibility and substance. In trying to hone in on the need for closure w.r.t the much publicized #Nirbhaya story, the film makers make themselves out to be opportunistic and pretty much devoid of a conscience. This drama is as fake as the blood it’s written with. #HimanshuJhunjhunwala #DwaparMedia #SharatSaxena #DeepshikaNagpal #JiyaKhan #SonaliJoshi #RazaMurad #DeepshikaNagpal #KiranKumar #Amit #VinayVerma #SunitaRana #E4UEnterprises #AyubKhan #RahiSultanpuri #YerramsettySai #ArshadAhmed #ShahidHamdani #ShankarKantheti #NitinHivarkar #IndraMohanPannuPR Runtime: 92 mins #BFG(English/3D) Rating: * * ½ A big friendly Giant and an orphan strike up an unlikely friendship that’s quite endearing but what’s the point? The underlining wonder highlighting a Spielberg fantasy is sorely missing from this production given to spectacle but without much emotional heft to augment it. Even the CGI and motion capture don’t appear all that seamless. #UniversalCommunications #ParagDesai #RelianceEntertainment #JanuszKaminski #WaltDisneyPictures #StevenSpielberg #MarkRylance #BillHader #RubyBarnhill #JemaineClement #ÓlafurDarriÓlafsson #AdamGodley #ChrisGibbs #JonathanHolmes #PaulMonizdeSa #PenelopeWilton #RebeccaHall #JohnWilliams #RaoldDahl #MelissaMathison Runtime: 117 mins #Ghostbusters(English/3D) Rating: * * ½ This gender-changed reboot has female ghostbusters pilfering gadgets to strike up a telling blow on the anarchistic paranormal beings. The feminine replacements strike up a reasonable comedic action force but it’s not quite enough to get the feeling of déjà vu and ennui out of the experience. The cameo visits by the original cast pay homage to the past but the rekindling of those memories only make it more difficult to look to the new in this. #SonyPicturesEntertainment #ThinkinkCommunications #MelissaMcCarthy #KateMcKinnon #LeslieJones #KristenWiig #ChrisHemsworth #PrajaktaSheth #NavjotKaur #SwetaPoojary #AndyGarcia #MichaelKWilliams #NeilCasey #DanAykroyd #BillMurray #ErnieHudson #SigourneyWeaver #AnniePotts #PaulFeig #HaroldRamis #RobertDYeoman #TheodoreShapiro #ColumbiaPictures #VillageRoadshowPictures IvanReitmanProduction #IvanReitman #AmyPascal Runtime: 105 mins #BadMoms(English) Rating: * * ½ There don’t seem to be no difference between American teens and American Moms if you believe what’s portrayed by Hollywood. They drive themselves into a tizzy without so much as a reason. And the kids are monsters too. The caricaturist stereotypes get overplayed, the sight gags rouse up a fair bit of fun but the sex talk, reprobate behavior & reliance on alcohol as a source of a good time doesn’t augur well for the future of young ones who might get lured into this! It’s funny though! #MilaKunis #KristenBell #KathyrnHann #HardlyAnonymous #KristenBell #ChristinaApllegate #EmjayAnthony #KathyrnHann #JayJablonski #JadaPinkettSmith #JayHernandez #JonLucas #ScottMoore #JJWatt #WendellPierce #DavidWalton Runtime: 101 mins B

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Maverick Entrepreneur Shailendra Singh Dons a new hat, Directs his first feature film 'Sunshine Music Tours &Travels


Maverick Entrepreneur Shailendra Singh Dons a new hat, Directs his first feature film 'Sunshine Music Tours &Travels'

After burning his hands to the tune of Rs 100 crore (if not more), by producing niche, largely middle of the road cinema, Maverick Entrepreneur and film producer Shailendra Singh (Percept Picture Co) took a brief hiatus from the film world and went about setting a new idea on fire-'Sunburn Music festival' which has been growing in stature over the few years that it has become a go-to event for all the upwardly mobile young at heart set interested in music and dance. Success at 'Sunburn' has emboldened him, in fact, to re-enter the film making arena , this time, with an idea that appears to be a culmination of his own dreams and desires fronted on an adventurous road trip that culminates full blast in the Sunburn music festival( that's the little we could get from the promos).

And to take this journey forward, Shailendra Singh picks up untested talent from the city's live-wire happening spots to support the lead debut making actor Sunny Kaushal, younger brother to Vicky Kaushal and son of action choreographer Shyam Kaushal- who got his big break from Nana Patekar when the latter launched his directorial debut film 'Prahaar.'

Needless to say the launch assemblage included Nana Patekar, Shyam kaushal, Vicky kaushal, Madhur Bhandarkar(Whose films were produced by Percept Picture Co) and Kapil Dev. Nana patekar, who usually shies away from such events made it because his friend Shyam kaushal's second son was making his debut with this film while Kapil Dev was there because of his long standing friendship with Shailendra Singh. Singh also had his family of two brothers and mother grace the event.

The trailer launch was held at Deepak Cinema, MAtterden and was a well attended affair while the music launch was at Khar Social a day ago. The trailer gave the impression that this was yet another 'Honeymoon Travels' sort of journey across the country that culminates in a music festival- just maybe there's enough interesting happening in between to keep the audience interested. The music is peppy and energised so youngsters are likely to grgravitate to it for brief spells at least. Unfortunately it's not that memorable or affecting.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

On the 6th anniversary of the "International Tigers Day", www.mintageworld.com launched a docudrama on the history of the various stamps, coins & notes launched to celebrate this national animal of India and many other countries


On the 6th anniversary of the “International Tigers Day”, www.mintageworld.com launched a docudrama on the history of the various stamps, coins & notes launched to celebrate this national animal of India and many other countries 29th July,2016,Mumbai : On 29th July 2010 “ International Tigers Day” was announced to celebrate this majestic animal and raise awareness to promote wild life tiger habitat protection & Conservation. This day was created at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit. The Tiger is a symbolic to many cultures and religions. It is also the national animal of India, Bangladesh, Malaysia and South Korea. They also appear on many flags, coats of arms, and as mascots for sporting teams in many countries. Many local Indian traditions often treat this majestic beast as its national status, symbolizing supreme power and dominance. Some of the Unique Coins, Stamps & Currency Notes launched globally to celebrate this royal animal and educate the people to conserve their natural habitat are as follows : Stamps : In January 1970, the Korea post issued “The Sun and the moon series” stamps, under the “Fable issues” series. These stamps feature the Korean folktale, of how the Sun and the Moon were formed, with the tiger being the main antagonist who sets out to hunt a peasant family living above the mountains. In the same series, the second stamp shows the tiger dressed as the mother, the third shows the scene of the children climbing the tree and the fourth stamp shows the pure hearted children ascending heaven with a strong rope and the tiger falling from the sky after catching the rotten rope. In 1974 and 1975, Indian Post service issued a “Panthera Tigris” stamp with a face value of 15 paisa . It shows a brown black image of the tiger, and was released as a part of the “Country Motif” series. In 1970 the Indian government has joined hands with various wildlife conservation organizations and launched a movement called “ Project Tiger” to prevent the dwindling numbers of this animal. To celebrate the 10 years completion of the project, a commemorative stamp was released in 1983 which features an image of the Bengal tiger. In 1982, the nation of Bhutan had issued a special stamps based on Disney's “Jungle Book”, which features “Sher Khan” in a candid scene with “Kaa”, the snake In 2010, India hosted the 19th Commonwealth Games and the mascot was known as “Shera” – The Royal Bengal Tiger .A special stamp was issued on 2008 depicting Shera in his white sporting jersey and blue shorts. The mascot embodies values that the Indian nation is proud of: majesty, courage, power and grace. In 2013 the Japanese government issued stamps featuring the Disney characters from “Winnie the pooh” aimed for promoting philatelic appreciation amongst children. Coins : In 1998, under the theme “Chinese Zodiac”, Singapore issued a 10 dollar coin to signify “The Year of the Tiger”.It shows a stylized tiger on its reverse. In 2008, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea issued a 20 won coin which features a colored hunting tiger on its reverse. Currency Notes : In 1957, Indonesia issued a 500 Rupiah bank note, which features the magnificent native Sumatran Tiger on the front. It is the only surviving member of the “Sunda Islands” group of tigers that also included the now extinct “Bali Tiger” and “Javan Tiger” species In the 1988 Olympics, South Korea issued a non circulation “5000 korean won” ( Currency Note ) , featuring the Tiger mascot of the game “Hodori” These Beautiful beasts are subjected to atrocious torture and poaching traps due to Man’s greed. The same folklore which glorifies this magnificent beast also brings its destruction. Tiger fur, skin, teeth and other parts of the body are prized possessions, often used to promote superstitious beliefs. On this day, do your maximum best to save our Heritage and Biodiversity. www.mintageworld.com : is the World’s 1st online museum for Vintage Coins, Stamps & Currency Notes, In the near future they will launch many docudramas based on global historical dates, events and personalities

Press Release_Sonam Kapoor got emotional after watching Gurvinder Singh’s acclaimed Punjabi film, Chauthi Koot which released Pan-India on August 5


"I am really moved by Chauthi Koot" said Sonam Kapoor, who got emotional and couldn't hold back her tears after watching Gurvinder Singh’s highly acclaimed Punjabi film, Chauthi Koot at the special screening hosted by filmmaker Anand Gandhi. B-Town celebs and film enthusiasts including Sonam Kapoor, Rahul Bose, Nandita Das, Vicky Kaushal, Shweta Tripathi, Naveen Kasturia, Navdeep Singh, Sudhir Mishra, Neeraj Kabi, Anand Patwardhan attended the screening held on August 1 at Lightbox Preview theatre, Mumbai. The producer Kartikeya Narayan Singh, was also present at the screening along with Gurvinder Singh, the director of National Award Winning Punjabi film. The film distributed by The Film Cafe with support from Drishyam Films and Tridev Films will hit theatres across India on August 5 with English subtitles. Quotes of the Celebrities Sonam Kapoor who got emotional after watching the film and couldn't hold back her tears says, “I was really moved by Chauthi Koot. It is an exquisite film and very very special. I hope a lot of people get to see the film. I loved the film. its very hard to choose what I liked the most about the film as it is beautifully painted, its like seeing a canvas and not understanding what it is that moved you. It is about extreme emotions, it is about silence, it is about pain, it is about love, it is about loyalty, it is about angst.” Nandita Das – “Very pure, very moving, very real, seldom do they make such films. Completely a different feeling.” Rahul Bose – “It is a very difficult question, to understand how you liked the film. It is very ruminative, measured, un-interfering attitude towards film making. I have enormous respect towards people who do as they believe. He is not looking over his shoulder at anybody. He is making the film as he believes. And I find that compelling. You might not like a film, but when you find it compelling, that’s when you know that the person has done it truly. It is a very true film. I do not want to extract a part for entertainment and name it my favourite. I like the whole film - that moment, that world, that texture. It is a beautiful narrative, very soulful film. A lot of soul in the film. What I like the most about this movie is how it has an uncompromising attitude towards the cinematic.” Vicky Kaushal – “I am a Punjabi guy and my family belongs to small village like it is shown in the film, in Punjab. I have heard a lot of stories from my mother, father about the tensed atmosphere back in 1984. I thought, whatever I had heard, I saw the visuals today. Not in terms of violence, just the atmosphere, the tensed atmosphere. And I think it is very rare that you see a director showcasing/expressing it in a pure form. That is the best part about it.The cinematography was absolutely fantastic." Anand Gandhi tweeted “Experience fear, uncertainty and unnerving suspense in this masterfully crafted piece of cinema: Chauthi Koot." In another tweet he said, “The best film of the year is here! Chauthi Koot releases nationwide on the 5th of August. Do not miss it! Films like this are rare to come.” Chauthi Koot is the first Punjabi film to have its world premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival 2015 where it was screened in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section and got a standing ovation. Set during the Sikh separatist movement of the 1980s, Chauthi Koot is adapted from two stories written by Waryam Singh Sandhu called ‘Chauthi Koot’ and ‘Hun Main Theek Haan’. The film has been shot mostly around Amritsar and Ferozepur in Punjab. Among other accolades, the film, which was screened in over 13 international and Indian film festivals, won the Best Film Award in the India Gold section at MAMI 2015 and bagged the National Award 2016 for the Best Feature in Punjabi language.

On the 75th Anniversary of “Quit India Movement” on 8th August, 2016, www.mintageworld.com launched a docudrama on the history of the various stamps, coins and notes minted to celebrate the spirit of Indian Patriotism & Freedom Struggle


On the 75th Anniversary of “Quit India Movement” on 8th August, 2016, www.mintageworld.com launched a docudrama on the history of the various stamps, coins and notes minted to celebrate the spirit of Indian Patriotism & Freedom Struggle August, 2016, Mumbai: On 8th August, 1942, “Quit India Movement” was launched by Mahatma Gandhi for Satyagraha, during World War II. Mahatma Gandhi gave the slogan ‘Do or Die’ in this movement. His words were “We shall either free India or die in the attempt”. These words swept across India gushing like fire and awakening its people to call for a rising. Hundreds of men and women marched on the streets shouting slogans of ‘Bharat Choddo’ or Quit India. Indian Government have also planned many events & programs which will be held all over the country to celebrate this landmark date on Monday, 8th August 2016 Some of the unique Stamps & Coins launched to celebrate the spirit of this movement for Indian Freedom Struggle were as follows: Stamps: The 15 paisa stamp: On 1st October 1967, Indian Post issued a 15 paisa stamp, which depicted life-size statue of the seven youths at the Martyr’s Memorial, Patna. These youths were 7 young students who carried the national flag and strided towards the Secretariat building. Shots were fired and teargases deployed as they tried to hoist the flag on it. One by one, all seven youths were killed mercilessly in the firing. The 50 paisa stamp. In 1983 a 50 Paisa stamp was launched by the Indian Post. It has Mahatma Gandhi & Jawaharlal Nehru at its focal. This stamp accurately depicts the day in 1942 where the All India Congress Committee passed a Quit India Resolution calling for all Indians to rise up in rebellion against the British 1 and 2 rupees stamps: 2 stamps of 1 and 2 rupees were issued in 1992 to mark 50 years of “Quit India Resolution”. Gandhi’s slogan of the movement “Karenge ya Marenge” “Do or Die” were beautifully portrayed on this stamp. It tells a story of how after the announcement of “ Quit India movement” in 1942 , there was a huge riot and many congress leaders including Mahatma Gandhi were arrested.A wave of Rebellion swept the country mobs tore up railway tracks, toppled telegraph towers and torched police stations. Policemen and British government officials were dragged from home through the streets, beaten and killed. Labor strikes paralyzed the entire British supply chains and bomb blasts in major cities became a daily occurrence.. Coins: In 1992 4 commemoratives coins of Rs. 1, 10, 50 and 100 were issued by the Reserve Bank of India to celebrate the golden jubilee of “ Quit India Movement “. The coins depict the “Martyr’s Memorial at Patna” on the obverse with the words “Bharat Choddo Andolan” in Hindi and “Quit India Movement” in English. Prior to this movement, the control of British over India was very strong. They were convinced that the Congress did not have mass support, and could be crushed easily. Instead, it was the illusion of British legitimacy that was crushed. Never before had this nation of millions had seen such solidarity that brought its citizens of different religions and languages together under one roof and one goal. An excellent demonstration of nationalism by the Indians it shook the British empire at it core. To watch this docudrama, please click on the following link: www.mintageworld.com : is the World’s 1st online museum for Vintage Coins, Stamps & Currency Notes, In the near future they will launch many docudramas based on global historical dates, events and personalities.

NFDC Film Bazaar 2016 Calls for Entries for the Viewing Room & Work-in-Progress (WIP) Lab sections


NFDC Film Bazaar 2016 Calls for Entries for the Viewing Room & Work-in-Progress (WIP) Lab sections

Mumbai, Aug 8, 2016: NFDC Film Bazaar 2016 is calling for entries for the Viewing Room and the Work-in-Progress (WIP) Lab. This year, the Film Bazaar will be held from November 20-24, 2016 at the Goa Marriott Resort alongside the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2016. The Early Bird Deadline for submissions is August 31, 2016, which will offer a discount on the submission fees. The regular deadline is September 30th 2016. Submissions are invited for the two WIP Labs: WIP Fiction and WIP Documentary. In each WIP Lab, up to five projects in their rough-cut stage will be selected to be presented to a panel of international film experts for their feedback. The WIP Documentary Lab will only consider creative feature length documentaries in the rough cut stage which are aimed at a theatrical release. Feature-length films of any genre in the rough-cut stage are invited to apply to the WIP lab. The Viewing Room will present films seeking finishing funds, world sales, distribution partners and film festivals to investors, world sales agents and film festival programmers attending the film bazaar. Here, films are viewed on individual computer terminals in private booths via a specially designed software which allows the users to contact the director or producer of the film via email. Films of all genres and lengths in rough or final cut are invited to apply to the Viewing Room. Feature length films in the rough cut are eligible to apply to both WIP lab and Viewing Room. Short films can also be submitted to the Viewing Room.

Please visit www.filmbazaarindia.com for Application Forms and more details. For further queries, write to: films@filmbazaarindia.com. The films that were a part of the previous Work-in-Progress Labs at Film Bazaar have had their world premieres at leading international film festivals and some have even gone on to enjoy a successful theatrical run. These include: Raam Reddy’s Thithi (Premiered at Locarno Film Festival 2016 and Winner of ‘Golden Leopard, Filmmakers of the Present Competition’ as well as ‘Best First Feature Film Award’) Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s Nil Battey Sannata (World Premiere at Silk Road International Film Festival in Fuzhou, China, won ‘Best Actress’ award) Kanu Behl’s Titli (Premiered in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section at Cannes Film Festival 2014), Avinash Arun’s Killa (Premiered at Berlin Film Festival 2014 where it won the Crystal Bear), Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely (Premiered in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section at Cannes Film Festival 2012 and National Award winner) Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus (Premiered at the Toronto Film Festival 2012), Ajay Bahl’s BA Pass (Premiered at and won Best Film at the 12th Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival and also had a successful theatrical release in India).

#BestFilmsReleasesThisWeek5thAug2016 #JohnsonThomas


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#BudhiaSinghBornToRun a.k.a #Duronto(Hindi) Rating: * * * ½ A much better sports drama film than even #BhaagMilkhaBhaag, this based-on-a-true-life story, is impressively cogent and supremely potent in it’s raising of issues regarding child exploitation juxtaposed within the context of poverty and prodigality #SoumendraPadhi #ManojBajpayee #TilottamaShome #MayurGajendraPatole #ShrutiMarathe #GajrajRao #RajanBhise #ChhayaKadam #GopalSingh #PrasadPandit #RaindropAlterEgo #RaindropMedia #Viacom18 #manojKumarKhatoi #ShivkumarPanicker Runtime:124 mins

#ChauthiKoot(Punjabi/EnglishSubtitles) Rating: * * * ½ This is a sedately paced drama that highlights the lives of a Hindu and a Sikh family caught in the aftermath of the 1980’s Khalistan movement which peaked when the army stormed the Golden temple and as a consequence then #PM #IndiraGandhi was assassinated followed by the anti-Sikh riots. The fear, the terror of being caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, the struggle to stay alive amidst fear and loathing comes to life in #GurvinderSingh’s achingly real telling. The performances and cinematography are above board. The plotting is designed to up the tension by several notches. There’s hardly any dialogue & it’s the background sounds that make the telling ominous. Cinematography is compelling too. A deserving watch this! #MauliSingh #LoudspeakerMedia #GurvinderSingh #GurpreetKaurBhangu #HarnekAulakh #KanwaljitSingh #SuvinderVikky #TaranjeetSingh #RajbirKaur #NFDC #NinaLathGupta #HarleenKaur #GulshanSaggi #WaryamSinghSandhu #CatherineDussart #SunilDoshi #OliviaStewart #SatyaRaiNagpaul #FilmCafe #Handmadefilms Runtime: 116 mins

#JasonBourne(English/Imax) Rating: * * * The return of the prodigal , #MattDamon steams up this breathlessly paced thriller giving it an edge that it did not have with #JeremyRenner in the fugitive spy role in the last disappointing outing #TheBourneLegacy. Even Director #PaulGreengrass appears to have found his mojo. Unfortunately the uninventive, reassembled-from-past-successes script does put the brakes on the overall enjoyment even with the added advantage of IMAX projection powering it. Also, the meager dialogue leaves a lot to be desired. #MattDamon #UniversalPictures #PaulGreengrass #RobertLudlum #JuliaStiles #TommyLeeJones #AliciaVikander #VincentCassel #EdgarRamirez #KarlUrban #RizAhmed #ChristopherRouse #BarryAckroyd #FrankMarshall #JeffreyMWeiner #BenSmith #GregoryGoodman #MarkBridges #PerfectWorldPictures #KennedyMarshallProduction #CaptivateEntertainment #PearlStreet #DougLiman Runtime:123 mins ===========================

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#ChauthiKoot(Punjabi/EnglishSubtitles) Rating: * * * ½ This is a sedately paced drama that highlights the lives of a Hindu and a Sikh family caught in the aftermath of the 1980’s Khalistan movement which peaked when the army stormed the Golden temple and as a consequence then #PM #IndiraGandhi was assassinated followed by the anti-Sikh riots . The performances and cinematography are above noard. The fear, the terror of being caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, the struggle to stay alive amidst fear and loathing comes to life in #GurvinderSingh’s achingly real telling. The plotting is designed to up the tension by several notches. There’s hardly any dialogue & it’s the background sounds that make the telling ominous. Cinematography is compelling too. A deserving watch this! #MauliSingh #LoudspeakerMedia #GurvinderSingh #GurpreetKaurBhangu #HarnekAulakh #KanwaljitSingh #SuvinderVikky #TaranjeetSingh #RajbirKaur #NFDC #NinaLathGupta #HarleenKaur #GulshanSaggi #WaryamSinghSandhu #CatherineDussart #SunilDoshi #OliviaStewart #SatyaRaiNagpaul #FilmCafe #Handmadefilms Runtime: 116 mins

#MoodsOfCrime(Hindi) Rating: * * This should have been titled ‘modes of crime,’ it’s that theoretical and unconvincing. Neither the mood nor the moments are set up with any conviction. Just two psychology students playing around with crime before becoming victims of their own compulsions. The final act with an all too obvious manufactured twist is totally unconvincing. The performances &direction leave a lot to be desired. #AshwaniShukla #AltairMedia #SunilShah #AyaazAhmed #AnimaPagare #UpekkhaJain # Runtime: 115 mins

#Fever (Hindi) Rating: * * ½ It’s interesting but lacks coherence. Is he Karan or Armin, Was he in love with Pooja, Kavya or Rhea or all three, was he an assassin, a serial lover or author are the questions that haunt this amnesiac who wakes up in a hospital bed and finds his memory wiped clean. The rest of the film deals with stringing together disperse strands in the hope that it will lead to something. Unfortunately it doesn’t. It’s Convoluted and the editing makes the narrative seem ridiculous but the showy cinematography and European locations are a lifeline here. #Ebrahim #PearlMedia #AnshulTyagi #AnkitaMakwana #PrakharGaur #RajeevKhandelwal #GemmaArkinson #CaterinaMurino #GauharKhan #RajeevJhaveri #VictorBannerjee #NicheFilm #FarmPlusEntertainmentPvtLtd #JayaSapthagiriProductions #RaviAgarwal #MahesgBalekundri #AjayChabbria #RajathManjunath Runtime: 128 mins

#TheLegendOfMichaelMishra(Hindi) Rating: * It’s the dumbing down of a distending love story and there’s no legend to speak of -just a wild hallucination that appears more and more nightmarish as the narrative prolongs. Implausible and unforgivable are the two words I would use to describe this experience. #ArshadWarsi #KayozeIrani #BomanIrani #AditiRaoHydari #ManishJha #ManojSoni #NipunAshok #Radhakrishnan #SnehaNihalani #ParagDesai #UniversalCommunications #PontyChadha #WaveCinemas #KishorArora #Shareen #mantrikedia #EyecandyFilms Runtime: 116 mins

#BudhiaSinghBornToRun a.k.a #Duronto(Hindi) Rating: * * * ½ A much better sports drama film than even #BhaagMilkhaBhaag, this based-on-a-true-life story, is impressively cogent and supremely potent in it’s raising of issues regarding child exploitation juxtaposed within the context of poverty and prodigality.#SoumendraPadhi #ManojBajpayee #TilottamaShome #MayurGajendraPatole #ShrutiMarathe #GajrajRao #RajanBhise #ChhayaKadam #GopalSingh #PrasadPandit #RaindropAlterEgo #RaindropMedia #Viacom18 #manojKumarKhatoi #ShivkumarPanicker Runtime:124 mins

#YehKaisiHaiAshiqui(Hindi) Rating: * Antiquated revenge drama, this one has so many holes in the plotting that it’s not even funny. Even the presence of #JasodhabenModi, neglected wife of our #PM at the press show could not save this film from a disappointing response from the assembled critics - which might prove ominous at the Box office cash registers. #SanjaySharmaRajPR #Rajdeep #SukhbirLamba #AtulSoni #SubhashJShah #SipraGaur #AtmaramTripathi #VandanaRawal #SwatiMukherji #GokulBaraiyya #SandeepSharma #RajuBaruchi #ShakilDoctor #SachinRajputm #GulaSheikh #RaviDutta #ShobhanaBen #Firoz #RamlakhanSharma #ArjunBharuchi #NikulsinghChudasama #Raj #Babu #GNBFilms #GNBhai #VandanaRawal Runtime: 134 mins

#JasonBourne(English/Imax) Rating: * * * The return of the prodigal , #MattDamon steams up this breathlessly paced thriller giving it an edge that it did not have with #JeremyRenner in the fugitive spy role in the last disappointing outing #TheBourneLegacy. Even Director #PaulGreengrass appears to have found his mojo. Unfortunately the uninventive, reassembled-from-past-successes script does put the brakes on the overall enjoyment even with the added advantage of IMAX projection powering it. Also, the meager dialogue leaves a lot to be desired. #MattDamon #UniversalPictures #PaulGreengrass #RobertLudlum #JuliaStiles #TommyLeeJones #AliciaVikander #VincentCassel #EdgarRamirez #KarlUrban #RizAhmed #ChristopherRouse #BarryAckroyd #FrankMarshall #JeffreyMWeiner #BenSmith #GregoryGoodman #MarkBridges #PerfectWorldPictures #KennedyMarshallProduction #CaptivateEntertainment #PearlStreet #DougLiman Runtime:123 mins

#SuicideSquad(English) Rating: * * ½ This Patchy actioner based on #DCComic book characters hopes for pop-culture to do the trick at the Box office. Positioned as a continuum in-between #BatmanVsSuperman and the upcoming #Justiceleague this one has just too many characters and too little room to breathe. Quite a few in the squad appear redundant & their meta-human skills don’t look all that appropriate for the chartered course of action here. #WillSmith may have the charisma but he is entirely wasted like most of the assemblage other than #MargotRobbie who really is the heart of this unexciting experience. The inconsistent Bollywoodian plotting, strippy storyline and frequently beeped out dialogues kill off most of the unevenly designed entertainment here. #WarnerBros #DCComics #AnkitAgarwal #RatpackDuneEntertainment #WillSmith #ViolaDavis #MargotRobbie #JaredLeto #JaiCourtney #JayHernandez #CaraDelevingne #AdewaleAkinnuoyeAgbaje #AdamBeach #KarenFukuhara #AidanDevine #DavidHarbour #BenAffleck #EzraMiller #JoelKinnaman #CharlesRoven #RichardSuckle #ZackSnyder #RomanVasyanov #JohnGilroy #DavidAyer Runtime: 123 mins

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#BFG(English/3D) Rating: * * ½ A big friendly Giant and an orphan strike up an unlikely friendship that’s quite endearing but what’s the point? The underlining wonder highlighting a Spielberg fantasy is sorely missing from this production given to spectacle but without much emotional heft to augment it. Even the CGI and motion capture don’t appear all that seamless. #UniversalCommunications #ParagDesai #RelianceEntertainment #JanuszKaminski #WaltDisneyPictures #StevenSpielberg #MarkRylance #BillHader #RubyBarnhill #JemaineClement #ÓlafurDarriÓlafsson #AdamGodley #ChrisGibbs #JonathanHolmes #PaulMonizdeSa #PenelopeWilton #RebeccaHall #JohnWilliams #RaoldDahl #MelissaMathison Runtime: 117 mins

#Ghostbusters(English/3D) Rating: * * ½ This gender-changed reboot has female ghostbusters pilfering gadgets to strike up a telling blow on the anarchistic paranormal beings. The feminine replacements strike up a reasonable comedic action force but it’s not quite enough to get the feeling of déjà vu and ennui out of the experience. The cameo visits by the original cast pay homage to the past but the rekindling of those memories only make it more difficult to look to the new in this. #SonyPicturesEntertainment #ThinkinkCommunications #MelissaMcCarthy #KateMcKinnon #LeslieJones #KristenWiig #ChrisHemsworth #PrajaktaSheth #NavjotKaur #SwetaPoojary #AndyGarcia #MichaelKWilliams #NeilCasey #DanAykroyd #BillMurray #ErnieHudson #SigourneyWeaver #AnniePotts #PaulFeig #HaroldRamis #RobertDYeoman #TheodoreShapiro #ColumbiaPictures #VillageRoadshowPictures IvanReitmanProduction #IvanReitman #AmyPascal Runtime: 105 mins

#BadMoms(English) Rating: * * ½ There don’t seem to be no difference between American teens and American Moms if you believe what’s portrayed by Hollywood. They drive themselves into a tizzy without so much as a reason. And the kids are monsters too. The caricaturist stereotypes get overplayed, the sight gags rouse up a fair bit of fun but the sex talk, reprobate behavior & reliance on alcohol as a source of a good time doesn’t augur well for the future of young ones who might get lured into this! It’s funny though! #MilaKunis #KristenBell #KathyrnHann #HardlyAnonymous #KristenBell #ChristinaApllegate #EmjayAnthony #KathyrnHann #JayJablonski #JadaPinkettSmith #JayHernandez #JonLucas #ScottMoore #JJWatt #WendellPierce #DavidWalton Runtime: 101 mins

#Dishoom(Hindi) Rating: * * ½ This Action, comedy bromance has great stunts, Jacqueline looks terrific & there’s a great buddy chemistry between John &Varun & #AbuDhabi looks swank but the story lacks bite. #JohnAbraham #VarunDhawan #AkshayeKhanna #SajidNadiadwala #ErosInternational #NadiadwalaGrandsonsEntertainmentPvtLtd #RohitDhawan #JaquelineFernandez #SaquibSaleem #TusharHiranandani #AkshayKumar #NargisFakhri #HussainDalal #SpicePR #SunilALulla #PritamChakraborty Runtime: 124 mins

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#Dishoom(Hindi) Rating: * * ½ This Action, comedy bromance has great stunts, Jacqueline looks terrific & there’s a great buddy chemistry between John &Varun & #AbuDhabi looks swank but the story lacks bite. #JohnAbraham #VarunDhawan #AkshayeKhanna #SajidNadiadwala #ErosInternational #NadiadwalaGrandsonsEntertainmentPvtLtd #RohitDhawan #JaquelineFernandez #SaquibSaleem #TusharHiranandani #AkshayKumar #NargisFakhri #HussainDalal #SpicePR #SunilALulla #PritamChakraborty Runtime: 124 mins

#LoveKeFunday(Hindi) Rating: * * Young Blood playing musical chairs ( in terms of relationship)with their partners, this one tries too hard to be uber-cool but the intent and the essay are two different things altogether. There’s promise in a few stray moments but most of it is regressive & fanciful rather than realistic. #KhazanaVision #DwaparMedia #HimanshuJhunjhunwala #SanjaySharmaRaj #ShaleenBhanot #RishankTiwari #RitikaGulati #SufiGulati #HarshvardhanJoshi #SamikshaBhatnagar #RahulSuri #PoojaBannerjee #FRVBigEntertainmentPvtLtd #FaaizAnwar #PremPrakashGupta #InderveshYogee #PrakashPrabhakar #FarzanFaaiz Runtime: 124 mins

#MurderMadhuri(Hindi) Rating: * ½ An amateurish tale about a devastating rape leading up to vigilante justice meted out by the despairing army veteran father, this film is hapless and hopeless on most counts. The story itself lacks credibility and substance. In trying to hone in on the need for closure w.r.t the much publicized #Nirbhaya story, the film makers make themselves out to be opportunistic and pretty much devoid of a conscience. This drama is as fake as the blood it’s written with. #HimanshuJhunjhunwala #DwaparMedia #SharatSaxena #DeepshikaNagpal #JiyaKhan #SonaliJoshi #RazaMurad #DeepshikaNagpal #KiranKumar #Amit #VinayVerma #SunitaRana #E4UEnterprises #AyubKhan #RahiSultanpuri #YerramsettySai #ArshadAhmed #ShahidHamdani #ShankarKantheti #NitinHivarkar #IndraMohanPannuPR Runtime: 92 mins

#BFG(English/3D) Rating: * * ½ A big friendly Giant and an orphan strike up an unlikely friendship that’s quite endearing but what’s the point? The underlining wonder highlighting a Spielberg fantasy is sorely missing from this production given to spectacle but without much emotional heft to augment it. Even the CGI and motion capture don’t appear all that seamless. #UniversalCommunications #ParagDesai #RelianceEntertainment #JanuszKaminski #WaltDisneyPictures #StevenSpielberg #MarkRylance #BillHader #RubyBarnhill #JemaineClement #ÓlafurDarriÓlafsson #AdamGodley #ChrisGibbs #JonathanHolmes #PaulMonizdeSa #PenelopeWilton #RebeccaHall #JohnWilliams #RaoldDahl #MelissaMathison Runtime: 117 mins

#Ghostbusters(English/3D) Rating: * * ½ This gender-changed reboot has female ghostbusters pilfering gadgets to strike up a telling blow on the anarchistic paranormal beings. The feminine replacements strike up a reasonable comedic action force but it’s not quite enough to get the feeling of déjà vu and ennui out of the experience. The cameo visits by the original cast pay homage to the past but the rekindling of those memories only make it more difficult to look to the new in this. #SonyPicturesEntertainment #ThinkinkCommunications #MelissaMcCarthy #KateMcKinnon #LeslieJones #KristenWiig #ChrisHemsworth #PrajaktaSheth #NavjotKaur #SwetaPoojary #AndyGarcia #MichaelKWilliams #NeilCasey #DanAykroyd #BillMurray #ErnieHudson #SigourneyWeaver #AnniePotts #PaulFeig #HaroldRamis #RobertDYeoman #TheodoreShapiro #ColumbiaPictures #VillageRoadshowPictures IvanReitmanProduction #IvanReitman #AmyPascal Runtime: 105 mins

#BadMoms(English) Rating: * * ½ There don’t seem to be no difference between American teens and American Moms if you believe what’s portrayed by Hollywood. They drive themselves into a tizzy without so much as a reason. And the kids are monsters too. The caricaturist stereotypes get overplayed, the sight gags rouse up a fair bit of fun but the sex talk, reprobate behavior & reliance on alcohol as a source of a good time doesn’t augur well for the future of young ones who might get lured into this! It’s funny though! #MilaKunis #KristenBell #KathyrnHann #HardlyAnonymous #KristenBell #ChristinaApllegate #EmjayAnthony #KathyrnHann #JayJablonski #JadaPinkettSmith #JayHernandez #JonLucas #ScottMoore #JJWatt #WendellPierce #DavidWalton Runtime: 101 mins

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#StarTrekBeyond(English/3D) Rating: * * * As a sequel meant to keep the flagging interest in this sci-fi adventure franchise going, it does just about enough. But as a standalone unusual experience it fails. In fact there’s hardly anything new here other than the spec less production design, imaginative scaling and computer animatronix. The human element even with the sexing up of previously remote and seeming sexless beings, and the action finale barely adds-up to a little more involvement and intrigue than before. That’s as far as this one goes. So if you are looking to go where no man has gone before –maybe you should look closer to home! #EverymediaPR #Vishaka #Viacom18 #ChrisPine #ZacharyQuinto #ZoeSaldana #SimonPegg #AntonYelchin #KarlUrban #JohnCho #IdrisElba #SofiaBoutella #LydiaWilson #ShohrehAghdashloo #ParamountPictures #SkydanceMedia #BadRobotProds. #SneakyShark #PerfectStormEntertainment #KOPaperProductsProduction #JJAbrams #BryanBurk #RobertoOrci #JeffreyChernov #DavidEllison #DanaGoldberg #TommyHarper #LindseyWeber #GeneRoddenberry #JustinLin Runtime: 120 mins

#HalfTicket(Marathi) Rating: * * * A legitimate remake(mirror image) of the well received Tamil film ‘Kaaka Muttai’ this one follows the tested route while pumping up the background score and tending to melodrama. Performances are what makes this movie imminently watchable. #PriyankaBose as the mother and the two kids #VinayakPotdar &# ShubhamMore are just so real, they make you live the experience. #MediaOne #FoxStarStudios #MauliSingh #LoudspeakerMedia #PriyankaBose #UshaNaik #SamitKakkad #VinayakPotdar #ShubhamMore #BhalchandraKadam #VideoPalace Runtime: 124 mins

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#Madaari sshhh Desh So Raha Hai(Hindi) Rating: * * ½ Nishikant Kamat uses the ‘A Wednesday’ device ( which now appears gimmicky)to turn the kidnapping of a Home Minister’s son into a fight for justice in which the common man pits himself against the system with an aim to winning hearts and proving his point in the bargain. The narrative has it’s interesting, pungent, pinchhitting, bitter, heartfelt moments but the choppy editing and the obviously contrived plotting leaves the viewer largely unaffected. Irrfan goes a little over-the-top hogging the limelight in what could be termed as his first home production while #JimmyShergill puts out yet another impeccable performance. #SpicePR #IrrfanKhan #JimmySheirgill #TusharDalvi #NishikantKamat #SutapaSikdar #PoojaEntertainment #VashuBhagnani #MirajEntertainment #BharatShah #EaseMyTripdotcom #ShaileshRSingh #MadanPaliwal #ShailjaKejriwal #RakshaEntertainment #ParamhansCreations #DoreFilms #SaptarishiCinevision #NiteshPandey #MasterVisheshBansal Runtime: 133mins
#MCream(Hindi) Rating: * * Neither deep nor transcendental, just Sloshed and high on euphoric imaginings, this one gets wobbly and shaky as the runtime prolongs. It appears inspired by a 70’s Hippy India mindset and has it’s principal four characters road ‘trip’ through Dharamshala and the scenic Himalayan ranges for it’s philosophical, spiritual & activist refuge but it doesn’t work. Everything seems fake and put on - save for the actors who do their best alongside some eclectic fusion music -to keep the flaky narrative intriguing in fits and spurts. #ParullGossainPR #BarryJohn #TomAlter #LushinDubey #IraDubey #RaaghavChanana #AuritraGhosh #ImaadShah #AgneyaSingh #VindhyaSingh #AgniputraFilms #MandiraBevatia #AbanRaza Runtime:115 mins
#IshqClick(Hindi) Rating: * ½ Romantic revenge drama with a multitude of songs and frolic, this one is skewed and un appealing. The faint promise in the storyline is edged out by crass direction and frigid performances. #AlgolFilms #AjayJaiswal #AnilBalani #SatishTripathi #AdhyayanSuman #SaraLoren #KeshavArora #SanskritiJain #BigCurtainsMediaPvtLtd #Vedant #ShamrockPR Runtime:138 mins
#Kabali(Tamil/Hindi) Rating: * * Shoring up the fantasia image of benevolence that the Thalaiva has cultivated over the years (through subsequent films and fan powered popular iconography) espousing his generosity and valor, ‘Kabali’ is a trivial pursuit that may satisfy the fans (because they crave for repetition) but is sure to leave the others quite dissatisfied. An ageing Gangster ( also goes back in time reprising exploits of his youth for nostalgia seekers) donning the mantle of Robin hood/Messiah for the tamils/Dalits while rescuing his daughter (in Malaysia where he has a sizeable fan base) just doesn’t suit anymore. The Style King struts his pop iconisms with the usual chutzpah but it’s getting tedious and boring now. #RadhikaApte as always is a joy to behold. The film has a lot of firsts in terms of marketing and outreach but it’s ‘Not A First!’ Gawd knows why people( read paid media) are making a song and dance of a Rajni film. It’s a ‘done’ deal and quite vacuous and hollow in representation. #Rajnikanth #FoxStarStudios #PaRanjith #KalaippuliSThanu #VCreations #DParanthaman #AKNataraj #SantoshNarayanan #RadhikaApte #JohnVijay #KalaiyarasanHarishrishnan Runtime: 153 mins
#StarTrekBeyond(English/3D) Rating: * * * As a sequel meant to keep the flagging interest in this sci-fi adventure franchise going, it does just about enough. But as a standalone unusual experience it fails. In fact there’s hardly anything new here other than the spec less production design, imaginative scaling and computer animatronix. The human element even with the sexing up of previously remote and seeming sexless beings, and the action finale barely adds-up to a little more involvement and intrigue than before. That’s as far as this one goes. So if you are looking to go where no man has gone before –maybe you should look closer to home! #EverymediaPR #Vishaka #Viacom18 #ChrisPine #ZacharyQuinto #ZoeSaldana #SimonPegg #AntonYelchin #KarlUrban #JohnCho #IdrisElba #SofiaBoutella #LydiaWilson #ShohrehAghdashloo #ParamountPictures #SkydanceMedia #BadRobotProds. #SneakyShark #PerfectStormEntertainment #KOPaperProductsProduction #JJAbrams #BryanBurk #RobertoOrci #JeffreyChernov #DavidEllison #DanaGoldberg #TommyHarper #LindseyWeber #GeneRoddenberry #JustinLin Runtime: 120 mins
#LightsOut (English) Rating: * * ½ Jump scare tricks and nothing new about it too - yet the well rounded characters, and passionate psychobabble inherent in the screenplay just about makes it stick. It could prey on your mind with it’s suggestive scare tricks but to a large extent it’s a worn out exhibition of spooky ideology that appears to have gained ground after Conjuring’s success. If you’ve seen #DavidFSandberg’s short film which this film is expanded from, then there are no surprises here. #JamesWan #WarnerBrosPicturesMalaysia #WarnerBros #NewLineCinema #AtomicMonster #GreyMatterProductions #DavidFSandberg #EricHeisserer #HorrorDrama #TeresaPalmer #GabrielBateman Billy Burke, Emily Alyn Lind, Alicia Vela-Bailey #AlexanderDiPersia Runtime: 84 minutes.
#HalfTicket(Marathi) Rating: * * * A legitimate remake(mirror image) of the well received Tamil film ‘Kaaka Muttai’ this one follows the tested route while pumping up the background score and tending to melodrama. Performances are what makes this movie imminently watchable. #PriyankaBose as the mother and the two kids #VinayakPotdar &# ShubhamMore are just so real, they make you live the experience. #MediaOne #FoxStarStudios #MauliSingh #LoudspeakerMedia #PriyankaBose #UshaNaik #SamitKakkad #VinayakPotdar #ShubhamMore #BhalchandraKadam #VideoPalace Runtime: 124 mins B