Category Hollywood

Movie Review: The Post

Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Duration: 115 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 12-JAN-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 4 on 5

Plot:
A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government.

Overall Review:
“The Post” tells the story of the Pentagon Papers, choosing to focus on two key players in the unfolding battle between the free press and a White House that struggled to keep the secrets of how our government handled the Vietnam War under wraps. The film crackles with life and energy. Spielberg’s direction is unquestionably polished and the production handsome as the exposition plays out. It’s a superb drama about journalism...

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Review: Downsizing

Downsizing

Downsizing

Genre: Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Duration: 135
Language: English
India Release Date: 12-JAN-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3 on 5

Plot:
A social satire in which a man realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself to five inches tall, allowing him to live in wealth and splendor.

Overall Review:
Director Alexander Payne (Previous work: The Descendants, Sideways, Nebraska) shows the concept of downsizing: As human consumption has essentially destroyed our planet, a group of scientists determines that the only way to reverse the trajectory of time is to minimize not only the waste of our species but our actual size. Think about how much less damage we would do to the planet if we were only a fraction of the size we are now...

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Review: Dunkirk

Dunkirk

Dunkirk

Genre: Action, Drama, History
Duration: 106 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 21-JUL-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 4.25/5 (A Glorious Breathtaking Cinematic Triumph)

Plot:
Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Overall Review:
Directed and written by Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight trilogy, Memento), DUNKIRK, being his first war/historical film, tells the story of one of the key events in World War II where 400,000 Allied soldiers were surrounded by Nazi German army on the titular beach in France...

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Review: Baby Driver

Baby Driver

Baby Driver

Genre: Action, Crime, Music
Duration: 114 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 30-JUN-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.75 / 5 (Vehicular Musical Getaway)

Plot:
After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

Overall Review:
After departure from Marvel Studios ‘Ant-Man’, Edgar Wright pulls back with his latest action-packed production “Baby Driver” that tells the story of a getaway driver named “Baby”. The plot of the film is pretty straight forward, a direct homage to a specific genre of film, in this case, the heist movie. Film ticks from the opening scene itself; first car chase that sets the pace beautifully...

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Review: The Big Sick

The Big Sick

The Big Sick

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Duration: 119 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 30-JUN-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 4/5 (Fresh, Funny & Heart-Warming ROM-COM)

Plot:
A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows.

Overall Review:
Terry: “I’ve always wanted to discuss 9/11 with a Muslim.
Kumail: “9/11 was a tragedy. (Long pause) We lost 19 good guys.”

This is just a single gem among the zippy one-liners that appear in “The Big Sick,” a gag that Terry for a moment thinks is the Pakistani-American’s true feeling.

“The Big Sick” directed by Michael Showalter is engaging and thoughtful romantic comedy film based on a real life story of Kumail Nanjiani and his now-wife Emily Gardner...

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Review: Life

Life

Life

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Duration: 103 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 24-MAR-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.5 on 5 (An Intense Sci-Fi Thriller)

Plot:
Six astronauts aboard the space station study a sample collected from Mars that could provide evidence for extraterrestrial life on the Red Planet. The crew determines that the sample contains a large, single-celled organism – the first example of life beyond Earth. But..things aren’t always what they seem. As the crew begins to conduct research, and their methods end up having unintended consequences, the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.

Overall Review:
Arrival, Gravity, The Martian, Interstellar and now “LIFE”, comes straight from the writing team behind DEADPOOL, and director Daniel Espi...

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Review: Before I Fall

Before I Fall

Before I Fall

Genre: Drama, Mystery
Duration: 98 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 17-MAR-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.5 on 5 (Conceptual Drama mixed with the Sci-Fi quality of Looped Time)

Plot:
What if you had only one day to change absolutely everything? Samantha Kingston has it all: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over she begins to question just how perfect her life really was...

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Review: Beauty And The Beast

BATB

BATB

Genre: Fantasy, Family, Musical
Duration: 129 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 17-MAR-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.5 on 5 (A Wonderful Musical | A Faithful & Fresh Adaptation)

Plot:
Disney’s animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted.

Overall Review:
Disney has been doing a good job reviving their animated classics into live-action versions: with Cinderella in 2015 & The Jungle Book in 2016, with varying degree of success...

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Review: Moonlight

Moonlight

Moonlight

Genre: Drama
Duration: 111 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 17-FEB-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3 on 5 (Missed Opportunity)

Plot:
A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Overall Review:
“Moonlight” is based on a story by Tarell McCraney, based on his own experience of growing up gay in a tough Florida neighborhood. Moonlight is about poverty, intolerance, the battle to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and love. Barry Jenkins’ film is essentially three short stories woven into a larger tapestry...

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Review: John Wick – Chapter 2

John Wick 2

John Wick 2

Genre: Crime, Action, Thriller
Duration: 122 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 17-FEB-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.25 on 5 (A Gun-Fu Battle with lots of Action but No Sparks)

Plot:
After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

Overall Review:
John Wick: Chapter 2 is the second installment of the series (2014’s John Wick) that represents a seamless extension of the original film. All the things that made the first movie so compulsively watchable, at least for high-octane action fans, are once again in the forefront: stylized action sequences, minimal “down time”, and a dry sense of wit. Director Chad Stahelski maintains the tone of the first movie...

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