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…

HAR HAR MAHADEV (2022)

Swarajya, Swadharma, Pratirodh – Understanding the power and beauty of “Har Har Mahadev” — Ambar Chatterjee Cinema has the power to inspire, enthrall and fill our hearts with pride and fervor. Cinema has the power to recreate a hundred-year-old glorious deed or a roaring speech that can resonate with us and shape our course of…

AVATAR : THE WAY OF WATER (2022) – 3D

Dazzling visuals, monumental action and stunning character animation makes up for the lack of everything else — Ambar Chatterjee Avatar: The Way of Water begins right after the events of the first film. The Na’vi have successfully driven the humans out of Omaticaya. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), has settled down into a peaceful marriage with Neytiri…

BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER (2022) – 3D

More wrong than right in this tribute to Chadwick Boseman and the legend of the Black Panther — Ambar Chatterjee King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) dies from a mysterious illness that not even his genius sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) can save him from. With the king’s passing, Wakanda comes under threat from foreign powers who want…

THE WOMAN KING (2022)

Why a quality cinematic offering got buried under raging criticism and call for boycott? — Ambar Chatterjee “The Woman King” has been in the news ever since its release and it has been for all the wrong reasons. The backlash that the film received has been so intense and vociferous that any and every quality…

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (2022)

“All in the valley of Death; Rode the six hundred” — Alfred Lord Tennyson “Forward, the Light Brigade!” Was there a man dismayed? Not though the soldier knew Someone had blundered. Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die. Into the valley of Death Rode the six…

BLACK ADAM (2022)

Even with all its limitations, Black Adam is entertaining, quirky and investing! — Ambar Chatterjee In the fictional, occupied country of Kahndaq, university professor and resistance fighter Adrianna Tomaz (Sarah Shahi) and her friends are looking for a long-lost and dangerous artifact that in the wrong hands could result in the annihilation of the entire…

KANTARA (2022)

The best film of the year so far? — Ambar Chatterjee Once upon a time there lived a king who had everything that his heart desired except for one; Peace of mind. He consulted with many learned men and one of them advised him to go out alone in pursuit of this elusive gift. He…

GHOST OF MAAIKHULI (2022)

Exhilarating, violent, primal! Pankaj Soram’s passion project delivers a knockout punch — Ambar Chatterjee Change is good. Trying different things is good. Taking a radically different approach to storytelling is good. In line with what shaheed Manoj Pandey once famously said, “some goals are so worthy that it is glorious even to fail in their…

WEREWOLF BY NIGHT (2022)

Gory, captivating, and uncontrollably fun! Marvel’s foray into nostalgic black-and-white creature feature is terrific — Ambar Chatterjee Werewolf by Night is a Marvel studio special that I learned about only a couple of days before its release on Disney + Hotstar. It was screened during a major film festival in the US where it garnered an…

PONNIYIN SELVAN – PS 1 (2022)

Ponniyin Selvan mesmerizes and disappoints equally and that is its biggest problem — Ambar Chatterjee Ponniyin Selvan is based on the book of the same name by Kalki Krishnamurthy published in 1955. The book is widely regarded as the greatest literary piece in Tamil literature. While the story is essentially historical fiction, it references some of…

COBRA (2022)

Brimming with energy and non-stop entrainment, Cobra scores with its leading actors, able direction and investing screenplay — Ambar Chatterjee Cobra chronicles the story of Mathi (Chiyaan Vikram), a mathematical genius who uses his mastery over numbers to devise elaborate and complicated assassination plots and takes down people who are considered untouchable. He is also a…