Film Companion

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Rating Title/Year Author
War (2019) Baradwaj Rangan War is a defining action movie of our time. It's Hollywood enough to rock the multiplexes, but it doesn't forget its roots. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
The Sky Is Pink (2012) Rahul Desai When you see the movie, it's hard to locate in it the language of life. When you see the fiction, it's hard to tell whether the facts are being exploited or celebrated. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
The Sky Is Pink (2012) Anupama Chopra Sincere and heartfelt, but it never gets raw or messy... EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
The Sky Is Pink (2012) Sucharita Tyagi Women telling women stories! The treatment and intention here is not to manipulate you into crying. It's celebratory, which is what sets it apart...sensitive and tender. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
Joker (2019) Sucharita Tyagi It is impossible to remain untouched by his grief. Entertainment is not what this film is offering, but phenomenal acting, excellent technical filmmaking, and awareness of the empathy we lack as human beings. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Sucharita Tyagi The treatment of the story here is funny, rooted in comedy...thankfully, Jennifer Lopez is on screen for most of the film! EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Zoya Factor (2019) Sucharita Tyagi Really light storytelling...some unnecessary classism... this film, while exploring this manic side of society, doesn't delve too deep into its psyche. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Prassthanam (2019) Sucharita Tyagi If you're a fan of political drama and tall men in suits, this might work for you. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
War (2019) Rahul Desai That WAR also happens to be a barnstorming, knuckle-busting and an immensely enjoyable action movie under the guise of a meta bromance tale is just the icing on the gluten-free cake. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
War (2019) Anupama Chopra War is a popcorn entertainer and you can't ask too many questions but if you're willing to suspend disbelief, the twists and turns exert a solid grip. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Rahul Desai A surprisingly funny and frenetic and furious buddy movie that is deceptively profound...both as a girl-gang drama and a con-artist indie. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
The Zoya Factor (2019) Rahul Desai The film strangely focuses on parody - the horribly simulated cricket matches, the tacky ad films within the film, the comedy-circus-style commentary - instead of humanizing the concept of cricket superstitions... EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Section 375 (2019) Sucharita Tyagi Now this is a very, VERY important topic, and it's crucial when you're talking about it, to be sensitive, aware and pick a side...learn to listen, to engage in conversation, and offer up your platform to those who should actually be talking. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Section 375 (2019) Rahul Desai The film achieves a tricky balance between the demonisation of the survivor and the humanization of the perpetrator - without diluting the abuse-of-power narrative. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Dream Girl (2019) Baradwaj Rangan These are one-joke characters, and this is a one-joke movie. Very quickly, a sense of staleness sets in. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Dream Girl (2019) Rahul Desai While each of the actors infuse the characters with a distinct brand of physical comedy, there is a stale been-there-donor-that aura to the film's novelty. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Dream Girl (2019) Sucharita Tyagi Homophobia, Islamophobia, drag-shaming, fat-shaming, sexism and a total disregard for sound levels... EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Joker (2019) Baradwaj Rangan After a lot of throat-clearing, Joker finally becomes the movie it wants to be, positioning its protagonist squarely as the antagonist in the Batman mythos we know so well. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
Chhichhore (2019) Anupama Chopra The one-liners keep coming so that even when the film tests your patience - and let me assure you that it does - you keep rooting for these people to succeed. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Chhichhore (2019) Sucharita Tyagi It failed to leave any kind of lasting impact, which is unfortunate... EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Mission Mangal (2019) Rahul Desai It's hard to make intelligence look entertaining. But it's harder to make intelligence look stupid. And yet, this is exactly what Mission Mangal manages to do. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
() Baradwaj Rangan Bombay Rose subverts not just Bombay cinema's storytelling, but also the implicit assumptions of Bombay cinema. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Bakrid (2019) Vishal Menon Despite the noble intentions of the film and its message of compassion, it deserved better filmmaking and better performances all around to make it the moving drama it ought to be. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Batla House (2019) Rahul Desai Batla House is forced to take a stand. And it does, in good conscience. Which is more than can be said about other Hindi movies of whitewashed history. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Batla House (2019) Anupama Chopra The film is firmly on the side of the beleaguered cops and it makes its point with the subtlety of a sledgehammer. Which is why Batla House will satisfy John Abraham fans. Those biceps were not made for nuances. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Jabariya Jodi (2019) Sucharita Tyagi The characters barely leave any impact, because the directors don't want them to... EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Jabariya Jodi (2019) Anupama Chopra Jabariya Jodi is over-plotted... EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Jabariya Jodi (2019) Rahul Desai A dreadfully acted and atrociously detailed movie that seems designed solely to atone for Parineeti Chopra's heartbreaking heroines and transport her back to her naive early days. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Khandaani Shafakhana (2019) Anupama Chopra Khandaani Shafakhana puts too much pressure on Sonakshi Sinha. She is in almost every frame of the film. We see her in close-up - literally and figuratively. But her performance is largely confined to pouting and scowling. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Khandaani Shafakhana (2019) Rahul Desai Instead of meticulously exploring a woman's struggle in what is considered a male-dominated field, the makers simply romanticize her lost battle. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Arjun Patiala (2019) Rahul Desai A feature-length comedy that somehow manages to embody all the lazy stereotypes it makes fun of... EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Judgemental Hai Kya (2019) Rahul Desai Bobby's hallucinations are dialled up to near-abstract levels towards the end. Fortunately, self-doubt is a cinematic emotion; the less sense it makes, the more effective it is. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Judgemental Hai Kya (2019) Anupama Chopra The writing becomes simplistic, and the big reveal feels implausible and forced. But the film dips and soars, and while it can be exhausting, it's also a true-blue original that's worth a shot. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Judgemental Hai Kya (2019) Sucharita Tyagi A ridiculously fun masala potboiler, without compromising anything that makes cinema great... EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Super 30 (2019) Anupama Chopra The simplistic storytelling kept getting in the way, though Super 30 does have good intentions and the right social message...should have made for memorable cinema. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Sucharita Tyagi The Lion King was really only supposed to be a kids' story, with funny birds and silly animals to keep down the danger for a young audience... EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Anupama Chopra The original The Lion King had gorgeous hand-drawn animation, oodles of charm and a great, beating heart. This one is almost a frame-to-frame remake. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Rahul Desai A profound meditation on morality and individualism needlessly morphs into a generic rom-com... EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Anupama Chopra Spider-Man: Far From Home is the shot of fun you need at this point in the long-running Avengers franchise. It's not essential viewing but it's an amiable diversion. And do stick around for the end credits. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Raatchasi (2019) Baradwaj Rangan It's great that Jyotika is cherry-picking projects that indulge in a fair bit of "heroine worship". But she really needs better scripts. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Gorilla (2019) Vishal Menon This is the kind of joke I had outgrown even when I was still in my diapers. Now what if I were to tell you that this was one of the film's better jokes? EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Super 30 (2019) Rahul Desai Super 30 is all over the place, and not in the "misunderstood genius who needs a mentor" sort of way... EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Kalki (2019) Karthik Keramalu Kalki didn't exactly leave me with an awful aftertaste. It is, unquestionably, an enjoyable fare. But I wish it were a wholesome action movie that didn't have to try too hard to land. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
Article 15 (2019) Baradwaj Rangan For Article 15 to fully unleash its power, Nishad needed to be more than just a bit player. He is one of many characters who are outlined but not meaningfully fleshed out, and therefore appear tokenistic. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
Unda (2019) Vishal Menon Mammotty's character redefines the idea of manliness in this display of weakness. Which is what's most remarkable about this film. It subverts every cliché that comes with the cop film genre and turns it on its head. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
Noblemen (2019) Rahul Desai Noblemen is located in a world that is not limited by the literature it interprets. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Article 15 (2019) Rahul Desai A remarkable film which cuts deeper and darker into Uttar Pradesh, a State (and a state) that best reflects the nation's mass rhetoric. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Article 15 (2019) Anupama Chopra Subtlety is not his strong point, but director Anubhav Sinha has a talent for staging drama. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Kabir Singh (2019) Rahul Desai We spend so long cringing at the protagonist's attitude that by the time we are supposed to have a change of heart for him, he is beyond redemption... EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Sucharita Tyagi If you need some happiness in your life this weekend, Toy Story 4 is the movie to watch...to infinity and beyond, etc. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019