THE ELEPHANT WHISPERERS (2023)

A heartwarming tale of human – animal camaraderie and love — Ambar Chatterjee Raghu, the elephant’s interactions with his human caretakers, Bomman and Bellie is one of the sweetest things that I have seen in a long time. What makes it even more special is the human-like mannerisms that the elephant is shown portraying —…

DR. BEZBARUAH 2 (2023)

An outrageous crowd-pleaser that plays to its strengths and the charisma of its stars — Ambar Chatterjee Dan Brown once said during a masterclass that it is extremely important for a writer to know the ending of his story even before he has commenced writing the rest of it. Once he knows the ending, he…

PATHAAN (2023)

Recycled, poorly directed, and uninspiring! Pathaan is a yawn fest — Ambar Chatterjee I liked some of the last few films of Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) that the critics and the fans were not particularly kind to. Raees, Fan, and Zero to me were decent films that got buried under the weight of unjustified expectations and the inability of the fans…

JOLSOBI (2023)

A fantastically directed, deeply personal and heartbreaking story of broken dreams and promises — Ambar Chatterjee Jolsobi was a welcome change of pace and narrative style for me. The film-scape these days is overcrowded with breakneck storytelling or films that are so dense in their plots and narrative elements that it is hard to keep track…

MUKUNDAN UNNI ASSOCIATES (2022)

Vivid and horrifying documentation of a common man’s descent into greed, corruption and savagery — Ambar Chatterjee In 2014 I was bowled over by a film called Nightcrawler which starred Jake Gyllenhaal and was written and directed by Dan Gilroy. The film chronicled the story of Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal), a man looking to earn his bread and…

PUSS IN BOOTS : THE LAST WISH (2023) – 3D

Gorgeous animation and fantastic voice acting complements a surprisingly mature and relevant story — Ambar Chatterjee The indomitable spirit of the daredevil, Puss in Boots is brutally caged when he learns after a fierce battle with a giant that he has expired eight out of his nine lives. He only has to die one more…

PLANE (2023)

An action film without enough action and repetitive treatment is destined to disappoint — Ambar Chatterjee I have not had very good luck with Hollywood films of late. Even though I went into Plane with zero expectations, I was secretly hoping it to be old-school popcorn entertainment. It did show some flashes of brilliance and proved that…

LAKADBAGGHA (2023)

Lakadbaggha had the potential to be great but falls short of its mark Arjun (Anshuman Jha) is a courier delivery agent who teaches young kids martial arts, takes care of local stray dogs, and as is made apparent within the first few minutes of the film — beats up bad people at night dressed as…

M3GAN (2023)

Devoid of thrill, action and intrigue, M3gan is tedious and a chore to watch — Ambar Chatterjee Hollywood generally dumps its worst films of the year in theaters in January. There are a few exceptions to this and I was really hoping that M3gan would prove to be one. It is based on a story by the…

THE PALE BLUE EYE (2023)

Eerie, atmospheric, cerebral! The Pale Blue Eye was tailor-made for a theatrical release — Ambar Chatterjee The Pale Blue Eye chronicles the fictional journey of Augustus Landor (Christian Bale) who is recruited by the US Military Academy at West Point to investigate the death of one of their cadets whose body was found hanging from a…

HIT: THE SECOND CASE (2022)

Investing, thrilling, dramatic! HIT: The Second Case is a crafty thriller with a solid Adivi Sesh performance — Ambar Chatterjee Krishna Dev aka KD (Adivi Sesh), an intelligent police officer with the Homicide Intervention Team (HIT) believes that criminals are generally bird-brained and that they can be caught within five minutes if one looks closely…

THE MENU (2022)

“The Menu” is gorgeous to look at and is well-acted but ultimately pointless and vain — Ambar Chatterjee “The Menu” starts with a bang. There is a constant sense of dread and something sinister lurking in the air that only the diners at the luxury restaurant seem oblivious to. The moment the chef of the film…