Movie Reviews: Archives

June 2016

Finding Dory: A delightful underwater adventure

Warcraft: Ambitious, but not cleanly done

The Nice Guys: Nice, nice, nice

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Out of the Shadows: Silly and yet fun

May 2016

The Angry Birds Movie: Fails to soar

Alice Through the Looking Glass: A colourful adventure

X-Men – Apocalypse: Grand-scale entertainment

Money Monster: A one-time watch thriller

Captain America – Civil War: Will be remembered for ages!

April 2016

The Huntsman: Winter’s War – Fails to sparkle

The Jungle Book: Old tale, new flavours, absolutely brilliant!

Kung Fu Panda 3: Funny and delightful

Allegiant: Less thrilling than the previous two

March 2016

Batman v Superman – Dawn of Justice: Yawn-worthy!

Race: Heart-warming portrayal of a legend

13 Hours: Bravo!

Zootopia: Oh, what a captivating, thrilling, colourful ride!

London Has Fallen: Senseless but edgy action once again

February 2016

The Revenant: A survival tale not to be missed

Gods of Egypt: Visual effects alone do not make a good movie

Spotlight: Honours its real-life heroes beautifully

Deadpool: Boldly reinvents the superhero genre

The Finest Hours: Restrained yet inspiring

January 2016

The 5th Wave: A rehash of dystopian-alien movies

Joy: Mildly inspiring, but needed more sparks

The Hateful Eight: Slow pacing ruins an engaging story

December 2015

Star Wars – The Force Awakens: Every bit as good as it was meant to be

The Peanuts Movie: Fans of the comic strip will love it

The Good Dinosaur: Fantastic animation let down by a mediocre story

In the Heart of the Sea: Epic adventure

November 2015

Creed: Carries the heart of the Rocky series

The Hunger Games – Mockingjay, Part 2: Fails to rise to the occasion

Spectre: Grand and thrilling, the way only Bond can be

Hotel Transylvania 2: Some monsters can be such a joy

Goosebumps: A cozy ‘horror’ movie

October 2015

Bridge of Spies: Fascinating story, but movie lacks urgency

Crimson Peak: Visually striking and chilling horror tale

The Walk: Lets the story shine and inspire

Sicario: Dark, gripping, enthralling

The Martian: An unforgettable awe-inspiring survival story

September 2015

The Intern: A feel-good movie that charms

Maze Runner – The Scorch Trials: Bustling with youthful energy

Black Mass: A gangster film that will keep you hooked

Pawn Sacrifice: A great move!

Hitman – Agent 47: Too boring for an action movie

The Transporter Refueled: Just about does enough

August 2015

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: High on style and sophistication

Fantastic Four: Nothing remotely fantastic about it

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation: Lives upto expectations!

Pixels: As silly as you would have expected

Southpaw: Packed with emotional punches

July 2015

Mr. Holmes: A heart-warming portrayal of an iconic character

Ant-Man: Tiny superhero’s powers do impress

Minions: The tame story is a real bummer

Terminator Genisys: Old not obsolete, and still lotsa fun

June 2015

Inside Out: Pixar at its absolute best!

Spy: The perfect dose of laughter

Jurassic World: The park is worth revisiting!

May 2015

Tomorrowland: Grand on ideas, but lacks the punch

Mad Max – Fury Road: A chase we wish would never end!

April 2015

Avengers – Age of Ultron: Joss Whedon’s farewell is a massive entertainer!

Furious 7: Faster & crazier with an emotional touch

March 2015

The Gunman: Falls short in every department

Cinderella: Offers nothing new apart from visual splendour

Insurgent: It just got better

Chappie: A sci-fi film with a consciousness worth preserving

Focus: Lacking focus in its direction

Kingsman – The Secret Service: The best mix of adventure, action & comedy

February 2015

Wild: A long walk that inspires only in bits and pieces

January 2015

Mortdecai: What a colossal disappointment!

The Imitation Game: Knockout acting brings the movie to life

The Theory of Everything: So so beautiful!

Taken 3: Just a shadow of the original

December 2014

Night at the Museum – Secret of the Tomb: Uncreative and unappealing

The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies: A grand finale

Exodus – Gods and Kings: An old tale with a visually grander look

November 2014

The Hunger Games – Mockingjay, Part 1: Way too grim

Horrible Bosses 2: An unnecessary sequel

The Equalizer: Flourishes at its own pace

John Wick: A good old-fashioned action movie

Interstellar: An epic voyage of a grand idea

Big Hero 6: Another colourful adventure by Disney

Fury: Visually and emotionally captivating war drama

Gone Girl: Dark and thrilling till the very end

October 2014

The Judge: Muddled screenplay saved by solid acting

September 2014

Two Night Stand: Cute and likeable, but not crisp enough

The Maze Runner: Youthful energy, exciting premise

August 2014

Step Up All In: It’s all about the moves

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Guilty Pleasure

The Expendables 3: A bit too familiar, a bit too wrinkled

Guardians of the Galaxy: Superheroes finally have some fun

Hercules: Visually captivating, though not heroic enough

July 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel: An unforgettable adventure!

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Jaw-dropping spectacular!

The Fault In Our Stars: The perfect cup of joy, sorrow and romance

June 2014

Transformers – Age of Extinction: Dazzling visuals the main attraction again

Chef: The right idea, not the perfect execution

How to Train Your Dragon 2: Delightfully expands on the original

Edge of Tomorrow: Packed with energy and sci-fi fun

May 2014

Maleficent: Jolie dazzles, movie fizzles

X-Men – Days of Future Past: Rich in story and direction

Godzilla: Gives the “monster” a soul it deserves

Million Dollar Arm: An inspiring story, an uninspired movie

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Wheee! This was fun!

April 2014

Transcendence: Tries but fails to deliver anything new

Rio 2: Nothing more than bright colours and sonorous songs

Divergent: A compelling story worth pondering upon

Captain America – The Winter Soldier: Raises the bar for superhero movies

March 2014

Noah: Does not rise to Biblical proportions

Sabotage: A script that renders the film meaningless

Need for Speed: Cars the only heroes in this insipid drive

300 – Rise of an Empire: Builds strongly on the original

Non-Stop: A joy ride!

February 2014

The Monuments Men: A piece of history worth visiting

Pompeii: Mediocre story-telling saved by the visual grandeur

The Lego Movie: Skillfully built!

RoboCop: A delightful ride, though a classic it ain’t

I, Frankenstein: Listless and Soulless

January 2014

Jack Ryan – Shadow Recruit: Entertains, but in bits and pieces

The Wolf of Wall Street: A well-crafted intelligent satire

December 2013

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: A Feel-Good Adventure!

The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug: A Journey of Splendour

The Hunger Games – Catching Fire: Makes for an impressive sequel

November 2013

Frozen: A warm delight in true Disney style

Thor – The Dark World: Takes the Marvel tale admirably forward…

October 2013

The Fifth Estate: Talented actors also fail to stifle the yawns

Escape Plan: Weak on story and action, High on Arnie & Sly

Captain Phillips: Steering away to glory

About Time: Keeping the romance alive…

September 2013

2 Guns: Duo’s chemistry make things tick

Rush: A riveting story, a masterful movie!

Riddick: Bringing back a touch of the old sci-fi…

August 2013

Percy Jackson – Sea of Monsters: Does not match the book’s grandeur! 

Jobs: Worth a visit, if only to walk his journey again

Kick-Ass 2: Does not deliver the killer punches

R.I.P.D.: RIP Audience!

July 2013

The Wolverine: Needed more claws!

Turbo: Fast, but not furious

White House Down: An Emmerich flick… no story, all action!

Pacific Rim: Monstrous sized sci-fi fun!

The Lone Ranger: A mediocre attempt at a reboot

Despicable Me 2: Charming, funny, cute… and loveable

June 2013

Monsters University: Entertaining but not Pixar-ish Enthralling

World War Z: More Action, Less Horror

Man of Steel: A Visual Treat with Plenty of Punches

Now You See Me : Magic that Entertains

After Earth : Promises so much, delivers so little