HALLOWEEN ENDS (2022)

David, what have you done!!! Seeing Michael tap out so meekly was sad! — Ambar Chatterjee ““Halloween Ends”” marks the culmination of David Gordon Greene’s Halloween trilogy that began in 2018. The film also marks the end of Michael Myers. Myers has been a part of American popular culture since the 1980s and has evolved into…

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…

HELLRAISER (1987)

A horror masterpiece that is much more than the violence, gore and sadomasochism on display — Ambar Chatterjee Hellraiser is one of the most iconic horror films ever made. While it may not be in the same league as Halloween, Exorcist, or Omen, it has its own niche of ardent fans who swear by it. What Hellraiser has is…

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…

MEGH (2020)

Kripal Kalita’s spiritual prequel to Bridge is a requiem for disconsolate existence — Ambar Chatterjee Kripal Kalita’s national award-winning Bridge was taken down from theaters today after playing for just one week. This underlines one of the major problems plaguing the Assamese film industry where its own films seldom get a sufficient number of screens or the…

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…

BRIDGE (2022)

Kripal Kalita’s Bridge is a heartfelt ode to Jonaki’s dreams and aspirations — Ambar Chatterjee Kripal Kalita’s Bridge won the national award for Best Assamese film at the 68th National Film Awards and for good reasons. The film chronicles the journey of Jonaki (Shiva Rani Kalita), a girl with a heart of gold and an iron will as she…

VIKRAM VEDHA (2022)

Vikram Vedha piles on a long list of unnecessary Bollywood remakes of South Indian films  — Ambar Chatterjee Vikram Vedha is a scene-to-scene remake of the 2017 Tamil film, Vikram Vedha directed by Pushkar-Gayatri and featuring R. Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi as the titular characters. In the Hindi remake, Saif Ali Khan plays Vikram while Hrithik…

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…

SEMKHOR (2022)

Poignant! Heart-wrenching! Mesmerizing! – Aimee Baruah’s Semkhor is bound to stir up a storm — Ambar Chatterjee Assamese cinema is going through a great phase and Semkhor is yet another burning example of that very fact. Even though the film is in the Grao-Dima language, the language, and the Dimasa people are an integral part of Assam….