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‘Nirdosh’ is a painful watch

The fact that they have decided not to invite big stars to execute their ideas is a reflection not just of their confidence levels but also a near realistic assessment of the plot and narrative.

‘Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle’: A smart slapstick comedy

Film: Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle; Director: Jake Kasdan; Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Bobby Cannavale;

Project Z: A wild science fiction

Film: Project Z; Direction: CV Kumar; Cast: Sundeep Kishan, Lavanya Tripathi, Jackie Shroff, Bhagawati Perumal and Jayaprakash

‘Hello’, a story of destiny and fate

Everything going you would say. However what you receive is an actor with enough scope to improve, a film maker committed to entertain and the heroine doing her best to showcase her talent.

‘Monsoon Shootout’: An astutely mounted crime drama

Film: Monsoon Shootout; Director: Amit Kumar; Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Neeraj Kabi, Sreejita De, Vijay Varma and Geetanjali Thapa; Rating: ***1/2

‘Malli Raava’, a story that leaps between times

The pace appears tad slow, but with an emotional touch, it says little, but conveys a lot with many things left unsaid and characters gulping down their emotions rather than confronting others

‘Daddy’s Home 2’: Mediocre and moderately funny

Film: Daddy's Home 2; Director: Sean Anders; Cast: Will Ferrell, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, Linda Cardellini, Scarlett Estevez, Owen Vaccaro, Didi Costine, Allessandra Ambrosio and John Cena; Rating: *1/2

‘Thank You For Your Service’: Strong and sensitive performances outshine flaws

Film: Thank You For Your Service; Director: Jason Hall; Cast: Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze and Keisha Castle-Hughes; Rating: ***

‘Coco’: An Engaging and charming film

Film: Coco; Directors: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina; Cast: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Noel Ubach, Renee Victor, Jaime Camil, Gabriel Iglesias, Ana Ofelia Murguia and Edward James Olmos; Rating: ***1/2

‘Ajji’: A cinema of supreme starkness

Film: Ajji (Hindi); Director: Devashish Makhija; Cast: Sushma Deshpande, Sharvani Suryavanshi, Sadiya Siddiqui, Manuj Sharma, Sudhir Pandey, Kiran Khoje and Smita Tambe; Rating: ****

‘Panchlait’: Outdated drama in today’s scenario

Film: Panchlait; Director: Prem Prakash Modi; Cast: Amitosh Nagpal, Anuradha Mukherjee, Yashpal Sharma, Rajesh Sharma, Ravi Jhankal, Brijendra Kala, Lalit Parimoo, Pranay Narayan, Arunima Ghosh; Rating: **1/2

‘Tumhari Sulu’: Beautiful journey of a middle-class house wife

Film: Tumhari Sulu; Director: Suresh Triveni; Cast: Vidya Balan, Manav Kaul, Neha Dhupia, Malishka Mendonza; Rating: ***

Female cast and crew of ‘The Royals’ accuse Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment

Schwahn was suspended from his role as showrunner on "The Royals" two days after 18 cast and crew members of his previous series "One Tree Hill" issued a letter accusing him of sexual harassment.

‘Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana’: Simple love story with stellar performances

Film: Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana; Director: Ratnaa Sinha; Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Kriti Kharbanda, Govind Namdeo, Navni Parihar, Manoj Pahwa and KK Raina; Rating: ***

Is Venkatesh’s next Aata Naadhe, Veta Naadhe?

Now, this title reference has a lot to do with Teja and Venkatesh’s film. When Chitram was released, Teja followed the rule of giving a title of a single word with three letters to his movies.

Jeremie Laheurte to star in ‘A Private War’

Matthew Heineman will direct the movie from the script penned by Arash Amel, which has been adapted from Marie Brenner's 2012 Vanity Fair article 'Marie Colvin's Private War'.

‘Afterglow’ treats us to glimpses of the quaint Parsi culture

National Award-winning short film Afterglow, narrates the story of a Parsi widow, who not only makes the most of the counted days left of her husband, but also deals with the void after he is gone, in an endearingly matured manner.

Victoria and Abdul: Charming, intriguing and odd

Film: Victoria and Abdul; Director: Stephen Frears; Cast: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar, Tim Pigott-Smith, Olivia Williams, Fenella Woolgar, Paul Higgins, Robin Soans, Julian Wadham, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon; Rating: **1/2

I don’t cast stars, I cast actors, says Raja Krishna Menon

While most people in the industry blame the audiences for the debacle of commercial films at the box office, Menon says the problem is with the people who put money in films.

Call for Fun: Light entertainer targeting the youth

Film: Call for Fun; Director: Janak Toprani; Cast: Zaan Khan, Aashish Gade, Charu Asopa, Shubhangi Mehrotra and Prasad Shikhare; Rating: **

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