MEMORY (2022)

Release Date: 29/04/2022 Cast: Liam Neeson, Guy Pierce, Monica Bellucci, Ray Stevenson Director: Martin Campbell Memory is a massive wasted opportunity that could have revitalized Neeson’s spiraling career but doesn’t — Ambar Chatterjee I have been a Liam Neeson fan ever since I was blown away by Taken (Pierre Morel, 2008). It was more or less…

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…

MAHAAN (2022)

A tale of two “Vikrams” that deserved a theatrical run for its stunning visual ballad and scintillating action — Ambar Chatterjee Mahaan chronicles the journey of Gandhi Mahaan (Vikram), a commerce teacher who was raised in a Gandhian family and was later married into a Gandhiyan family. He submitted to the strict Gandhian principles and instructions…

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…

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….

DRUSHYAM 2: THE RESUMPTION (2021)

Release Date: 25/11/2021 Platform: Amazon Prime Video Cast: Venkatesh Daggubati, Meena, Nadia Moidu, V.K. Naresh, Tanikella Bharani, Sampath Raj Director: Jeethu Joseph A perfectly executed and flawlessly acted remake that is in the end pointless — Ambar Chatterjee Sripriya directed Drushyam that was a remake of the Malayalam hit, Drishyam starring Mohanlal and directed by Jeethu Joseph. For the…

BOSS LEVEL (2021)

Release Date: 25/02/2021 Platform: Hulu Cast: Frank Grillo, Naomi Watts, Mel Gibson Director: Joe Carnahan A thoroughly entertaining and engaging film that has some uncharacteristic emotional depth — Ambar Chatterjee Roy Pulver (Frank Grillo), a Navy SEAL is married to Jemma (Naomi Watts) who is working on a top-secret science project known only as The…

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…

VENOM : LET THERE BE CARNAGE (2021)

Release Date: 15/10/2021 Cast: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Harris Director: Andy Serkis Save yourself from this mind-numbingly loud and shockingly outdated and poorly made film — Ambar Chatterjee Anuradha Cineplex has been synonymous with dreams, romances, heroism, and escapisms. It has given me and uncountable others respite from the mundane and harsh realities of…

OLD (2021)

Release Date: 17/09/2021 Cast: Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell Director: M. Night Shyamalan Old has a shocking and fantastical concept at its core but the execution spoils the film — Ambar Chatterjee Old is based on the French-language Swiss graphic novel Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters. The story revolves around a…

SQUID GAME (2021)

Release Date: 17/09/2021 Platform: Netflix Cast: Lee Jung-jae ,Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-Joon, Jung Hoyeon, Oh Yeong-su, Heo Sung-tae Creator: Hwang Dong-Hyuk Why I believe that Squid Game is good but over-hyped — Ambar Chatterjee Squid Game is the new Netflix sensation that the company is promoting as the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Soon…