NIGHTMARE ALLEY (2021)

Guillermo del Toro’s hellish nightmare of a film is an artistic and sensory delight of the highest order! — Ambar Chatterjee Nightmare Alley begins with a cryptic sequence where we see Stanton (Bradley Copper) burn a body and move on from the house with a watch and a radio. We are never told who the dead…

VALIMAI (2022)

Ajith Kumar is so good and Valimai is so entertaining that you will forget its many flaws — Ambar Chatterjee Before Valimai, H. Vinoth directed Theeran Adhigaram Ondru, one of the best cop-procedural-action-thrillers to have come out in years. After Theeran, he made an effective remake of Pink (Shoojit Sircar, 2016) in Nerkonda Paarvai (Ajith Kumar, 2019) where he was able…

DEATH ON THE NILE (2022)

An unremarkable and unnecessary re-imagining that should have been passed for a different Poirot adventure — Ambar Chatterjee Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile is the third iteration of the Agatha Christie story. The story was earlier realized in the 1978 film starring Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot and in an episode of the series Agatha Christie’s…

REACHER (2022)

Alan Ritchson and Willa Fitzgerald’s spirited performances and the terrific action make Reacher an entertaining watch — Ambar Chatterjee Jack Reacher (Alan Ritchson), a 6 feet 5 inches tall monster of a man walks into Margrave, Georgia on a day when the town has witnessed its first recorded murder in years. As Reacher sits down…

GARUDA GAMANA VRISHABHA VAHANA (2021)

Shocking, Riveting, Enthralling! This “little known” gangster epic from Karnataka is unmissable — Ambar Chatterjee The “gangster” genre has had so many different iterations and approaches in the Indian Cinema-scape that there remains very little to experiment with. Films like Satya, Shiva, Company, Gangs of Wasseypur, etc have left an indelible mark on the psyche of the viewers….

PUSHPA: THE RISE – PART 1 (2021)

Release Date: 17/12/2021 Cast: Allu Arjun, Rashmika Mandanna, Suneel, Anasuya Bharadwaj, Fahadh Faasil Director: Sukumar Even with Allu Arjun at the top of his game, Pushpa whets your appetite but leaves you hungry — Ambar Chatterjee Pushpa: The Rise – Part 1 chronicles the journey of Pushpa Raj (Allu Arjun), a man from nothing who rises to be…

MONEY HEIST : PART 5 – VOL 2 (2021)

Release Date: 03/12/2021 Platform: Netflix Cast: Álvaro Morte, Najwa Nimri, Itziar Ituño, Pedro Alonso Creator: Alex Pina The season finale for one of the most addictive series is abysmally bad and morally bankrupt — Ambar Chatterjee I lost my interest in the Money Heist series after sitting through the abysmally atrocious Part 5- Vol 1. The only…

Why “Mulshi Pattern” is ages better than “Antim”

Release Date: 23/11/2018 Platform: Zee5 Cast: Om Bhutkar , Sunil Abhyankar, Kshitish Date, Upendra Limaye, Mohan Joshi Director: Pravin Vitthal Tarde Salman Khan starrer Antim: The Final Truth was released in theaters this week. It is a remake of the Marathi hit Mulshi Pattern and is directed by Mahesh Manjrekar who played an important character in Mulshi Pattern and is also…

RED NOTICE (2021)

Release Date: 12/11/2021            Platform: Netflix Cast: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber The Rock, Gadot and Reynolds cook up a storm that is entertaining and exhilarating — Ambar Chatterjee Red Notice stars three of the most charismatic actors in modern Hollywood. Be it “The Rock”, Ryan Reynolds, or Gal Gadot,…

JAI BHIM (2021)

Release Date: 02/11/2021 Platform: Amazon Prime Video Cast: Suriya, Lijomol Jose, Prakash Raj, K. Manikandan, Tamizh Director: T. J. Gnanavel Harrowing in its depiction of police brutality, Jai Bhim is a gruesome and unabashed requiem for the oppressed — Ambar Chatterjee Sengani (Lijomol Jose) and Rajakannu (K. Manikandan) are a dirt poor but happily married…

ARMY OF THIEVES (2021)

Release Date: 29/10/2021            Platform: Netflix Cast: Matthias Schweighöfer, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ruby O. Fee, Stuart Martin, Guz Khan Director: Matthias Schweighöfer An enjoyable but mindless entertainer that is propelled by bravura performances from Schweighöfer and Nathalie Emmanuel — Ambar Chatterjee Army of Thieves is a prequel to Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead that proved to be a bitter-sweet…

MUKHOSH (2021)

Release Date: 19/08/2021 Platform: Hoichoi Cast: Anirban Bhattacharya, Anirban Chakrabarti, Tota Roy Chowdhury  Director: Birsa Dasgupta “Propelled by strong performances and breakneck pacing, Mukhosh proves to be a worthy remake” — Ambar Chatterjee Mukhosh is a remake of the much-celebrated Malayalam thriller Anjaam Pathiraa. While the story and the characters remain the same as they were in the…