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Critic's review: Nikhat Kazmi

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    Chaalis Chauraasi

    Rating: Chaalis Chauraasi critic rating: 7 out of 10

    A film low on publicity and marketing can also be a boomer proving all the laws of Bollywood wrong. Specially when it boasts of a veteran star cast that has no namby-pamby hero or showy side tid-bit to peddle. The cast of Naseeruddin Shah, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni, Ravi Kissen and Zakir Hussain is enough to carry this non descript drama to dramatic heights, carrying you through several unpredictable twists and turns that you rarely find in run-of-the-mill cinema...full review

     
  • Ghost critic review on Times of India
     
    Ghost

    Rating: Ghost critic rating: 2 out of 10

    Come on Bollywood, you can do better... even when it comes to sending those chills down the spine! It's 3 am each time... It's the sound of a woman wailing in empty corridors every night... It appears just after every sleazy (and uncalled for) song sequence... It hopes to scare its victims each time they look into the mirror (men-shaving/ women-wearing makeup)... it tears its victim apart -- the face is distorted and the heart pulled out -- in the end. But that's not all...full review

     
  • Sadda Adda critic review on Times of India
     
    Sadda Adda

    Rating: Sadda Adda critic rating: 3 out of 10

    This one begins with a disclaimer: As long as you dare to dream (and as long as you remain focused), nothing can go wrong. Ironically, the script seems to lose focus from the very word go....Kabir dreams of being a worthy son with a good job, salary and wife. Safal hopes to crack the IAS code some day. Rajat is the hunky haryanvi who can't get over his Amrikan dreams. Irfan wants to make it big in the field of architecture and Sameer thinks theatre is his calling...full review

     
  • Blitz critic review on Times of India
     
    Blitz

    Rating: Blitz critic rating: 7 out of 10

    This is the perfect vehicle for Jason Statham to showcase his skills as the bad-ass sociopathic cop who knows only how to kill and lift the testosterone to levels rarely reached with his no nonsense panache for unlettered violence. But Jason isn't a killer alone. The department loves him because he is a friend in need despite being deprived of all friendly feelings. His I love You, I am there for the team is unconditional. Consider how he tends to his Chief Inspector Roberts...full review

     
  • Players critic review on Times of India
     
    Players

    Rating: Players critic rating: 6 out of 10

    Music by Pritam is good while it lasts. Some editing sorely needed, visual imagery quite polished, and the look as usual is of new age Bollywood. ...full review

     
  • Don 2 critic review on Times of India
     
    Don 2

    Rating: Don 2 critic rating: 8 out of 10

    Don 2 is a classic action/crime thriller that doesn't let go, even for a moment. More importantly, the plot has been finely crafted, with every twist and turn falling into place like a complicated albeit neat little jigsaw. With a canvas that goes on a cross-country ride -- Thailand, Malaysia, Zurich, Berlin -- the film challenges you to hop aboard its high speed scuttle and attentively follow the exploits of its glamorous gangster. One who oscillates between two avatars...full review

     
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    Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    Rating: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol critic rating: 8 out of 10

    Action has always been the high point of the Mission Impossible series. But this kind of action: Wow! The new film is essentially a relentless roller-coaster ride that doesn't give you a moment to sit back and keeps the adrenalin pumping to dizzy heights as Tom Cruise gets on his regular mission of saving the world, one more time. And once again, he has nothing on his side, not even his government, other than his physical prowess, his ability to perform...full review

     
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    Jo Hum Chahein

    Rating: Jo Hum Chahein critic rating: 4 out of 10

    He's in a hurry to scale the ladder, even if it means a bit of moral wheeling dealing with customers. She is more grounded and doesn't believe in compromising on her principles. Naturally, she finds it hard to forgive and forget a dalliance of his. So far so good. But problems begin when the rest of the film becomes one long string of sequences where Sunny tries to say sorry and Simran retaliates with what's in a sorry! The film literally enters into static zone...full review

     
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    Pappu Can't Dance Saala

    Rating: Pappu Can't Dance Saala critic rating: 6 out of 10

    The film takes an interesting look at the lives of all the small town aspirants who come chasing their dreams to Mumbai, mega city, carrying the baggage of their native culture with them. Vidhyadhar has been brought up in a middle class family in Benares while Mehak is a middle class girl from Kohlapur. While Mumbai's cosmo culture has seduced Mehak, Vidhyadhar still dreams of the ghats of Benares. Naturally, he is aghast at his new house-mate's attitude, her dress sense...full review

     
  • Lanka critic review on Times of India
     
    Lanka

    Rating: Lanka critic rating: 6 out of 10

    The film works essentially as a no-holds-barred indictment of the lawlessness that prevails in the small, neglected towns which have somehow fallen off the map of India in terms of infrastructure, law and order and development. Small time gangsters and hoodlums, with direct links to the power brokers and petty politicians hold the town to ransom and run it as their fiefdom, with the police department virtually being defunct. Truly, it's the law of the jungle that prevails...full review

     
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    Machine Gun Preacher

    Rating: Machine Gun Preacher critic rating: 6 out of 10

    The motif is noteworthy -- bringing to light the plight of those that are part of the Lord's Resistance Army. This army base has destroyed thousands of African villages simply to kidnap its local children -- boys are forced to become war soldiers; girls are turned into sex slaves. The setting is perfect -- Sam Childers is a mean guy with a (gun) machine, killing and swearing is his favourite time pass, being a druggie and conman is his means of livelihood...full review

     
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    New Year's Eve

    Rating: New Year's Eve critic rating: 6 out of 10

    A collage of characters and stories, this one's a mixed bag. While there's nothing original to keep you amazed, there's enough happening, here and there, to keep you involved. In case you get bored with the lack lustre going-ons between one set of people, there's someone else to focus your attention on. That's the advantage of having so many characters. So, you can take your pick between Jon Bon Jovi's affair-gone-awry with Katherine Heigl...full review

     
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    The Burma Conspiracy

    Rating: The Burma Conspiracy critic rating: 5 out of 10

    When Sharon Stone becomes protector of law rest assured crime ought to be nipped in the bud. And when Sharon Stone plays UN superior keeping a tab on crime against humanity with 'a power to put anyone in prison', the outcome ought to be strong, powerful and convincing. But what can Stone do alone when a) she hardly has any screen time b) an otherwise promising dark run-and-chase-thriller gets lost in the jungle. A sequel to the 2008 version...full review

     
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    Ladies vs Ricky Bahl

    Rating: Ladies vs Ricky Bahl critic rating: 6 out of 10

    Maneesh Sharma struck the marquee with the offbeat Band Baaja Baraat. Indeed, a yardstick that would be hard to measure up to. And yes, his second film doesn't really match the zing and the verve of the first one. Firstly, there is no humour, no earthy flavour (remember the vows on the bread pakora), no tingling chemistry between the lead pair -- everything which made the first film such a winner. More importantly, Anushka has a role only post-interval...full review

     
  • Puss In Boots critic review on Times of India
     
    Puss In Boots

    Rating: Puss In Boots critic rating: 6 out of 10

    The animation is excellent, the voice-overs great and the action fast-paced. Yes, Puss in Boots is a fun watch for the entire family. The hero obviously is the debonair and dashing cat who steals your heart with his bindaas ways as he tries to impress any and everyone with his antics. Having grown up in an orphanage, he was forced to flee from his happy home and his foster mother when his friend Humpty Dumpty, an egg with amorphous morals...full review

     
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    The Dirty Picture

    Rating: The Dirty Picture  critic rating: 8 out of 10

    All she had was her well endowed body, her in-your-face sexuality, her seductive moves and her rock hard confidence to carry her through a world that was more than willing to exploit a lone woman, seeking sustenance in a man's world. That was enough to transform Reshma into Silk, a storm that refused to be quelled by anything or anybody. Determined to take on the industry single-handedly and carve a niche for herself as a sex symbol in a hypocritical world...full review

     
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    Land Gold Women

    Rating: Land Gold Women critic rating: 6 out of 10

    There have been many films on honour killings but Land Gold Women works in a special way. Primarily because there is a deep-rooted sense of realism to it which make the events even more distasteful and heart rending. The fact that the Muslim family seems as normal as any other family and displays no signs of fanaticism in the beginning works in favour of it. The father and daughter relationship is beautiful with the duo displaying a rare closeness and the father...full review

     
  • I Am Singh critic review on Times of India
     
    I Am Singh

    Rating: I Am Singh critic rating: 5 out of 10

    Puneet Issar does make a valiant effort to make a meaningful film about the aftermath of 9/11. Sadly, the effort gets bogged down by the hysterical undertones and the preachy nature of the film which ends up essentially as a documentary on Sikhism. The characters keep yelling at each other, the background score is over the top and the dialogues are essentially short treatises on the history of the Sikhs. Fortunately, there are bits and pieces...full review

     
  • The Help critic review on Times of India
     
    The Help

    Rating: The Help critic rating: 7 out of 10

    The mission is simple -- Skeeter Phelan is a newly empowered (fresh graduate) white woman in the southern city of Mississippi in the 1960s who wants to write a bestseller. Finding the subject is even simpler -- she chooses to interview the likes of Aibileen Clark ( Viola Davis), her best friend's African American help. But then there's a price Skeeter's got to pay for the desired fame and fortune. After all, she's all out to write about the experiences of a domestic help...full review