Category Hollywood

Review: XXX – The Return of the Xander Cage

XXX

XXX

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Duration: 107 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 13-JAN-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 2.25 on 5 (A Complete Let Down. Give it a SKIP)

Plot:
Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) comes out of self-imposed exile, thought to be long dead, and is set on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments.

Overall Review:
XXX: The Return of the Xander Cage is directed by DJ Caruso...

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Review: Allied

Allied

Allied

Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Duration: 124 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 06-JAN-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.5 on 5 ()

Plot:
In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.

Overall Review:
Allied is directed by Robert Zemeckis & stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. Love and betrayal are the themes of this sweeping love story in which star power and intrigue keep us on tenterhooks throughout. To begin the first half of the movie is not too bad. It shows how the main characters meet and react to each other with the difficult task ahead of them...

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Review: Passengers

Passengers

Passengers

Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Duration: 116 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 06-JAN-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.25 on 5 (A let down Fairy-Tale Romance set in Space)

Plot:
A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.

Overall Review:
Passengers is directed by Morten Tyldum and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen and Laurence Fishburne. The theme of the film is loneliness & the concept of the film is excellent & thought provoking but is wasted on a pretty generic, relatively bland and silly script. The film is predictable with part love, survival, space odyssey stories...

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Review: Moana

Moana

Moana

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Duration: 106 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 02-DEC-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.75 on 5 (Delightful and Exciting Journey not to be missed)

Plot:
In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the demigod to set things right.

Overall Review:
Moana is helmed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the same guys that co-directed both THE LITTLE MERMAID and ALADDIN. This is Disney’s 56th animated feature and the studio isn’t losing their touch. Film is full of original and incredibly catchy songs, brilliant characters and a heart-warming story that makes it soul touching animated film in recent times from Disney...

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Review: Arrival

Arrival

Arrival

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Duration: 116 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 25-NOV-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.75 on 5 (A Masterpiece in Sci-Fi Genre)

Plot:
When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Overall Review:
October 2013 – Gravity, November 2014 – Interstellar, October 2015 – Martian & November 2016: Dennis Villeneuve’s ARRIVAL (First film in Sci-Fi Genre from the director of Sicario) based on the award-winning novel “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang...

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Review: Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Duration: 115 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 04-NOV-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 4 on 5 (Kickass Entertainment with an addition of new Super Hero in MCU League – WATCH IT only in IMAX 3D)

Plot:
A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.

Overall Review: 
The Marvel Cinematic Universe shines again with its 14th installment viz: Doctor Strange. Film is Stupendous, visually spellbinding, brilliantly acted and funny in most of the parts. Doctor Strange is one of the most interesting and strangest character from Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Director Scott Derrickson does a good job of directing and Ben Davis’s cinematography is great...

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Review: Trolls

Trolls

Trolls

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Duration: 92 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 04-NOV-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.75 / 5 (Cute & Funny Movie for all Generation)

Plot:
After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends.

Overall Review:
From the creators of Shrek comes smart, funny & fresh animated comedy of the year – TROLLS. Film directed by Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn features the voices of Anna Kendrick & Justin Timberlake. Trolls is funny and sweet filled with great songs. The story is good, with relatable characters and situations and is predictable. However, what makes Trolls a must watch is its visual beauty filled with bright / vivid colours...

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Review: Inferno

Inferno

Inferno

Reviewer: Dhruva Koranne
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Duration: 121 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 14-OCT-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 2 on 5 (BAD but far from Worse)

Plot:
Robert Langdon (Hanks) wakes up in a hospital in Italy and has no recollection of the last 2 days. He must stop a deadly virus or half of the world’s population will die as he struggles with his amnesia. Langdon along with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) must find the virus, clues to which are hidden in Dante’s ‘Inferno’.

Overall Review:
The film is based on the novel ‘Inferno’ by Dan Brown. The plot of the movie sounds thrilling, but sadly the movie isn’t. Ron Howard who previously won an Academy Award will surely feel that this film is just not one of his best works...

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Movie Review: Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe

Reviewer: Dhruva Koranne
Genre:
Biological, Sports, Drama
Duration: 124 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 07-OCT-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 4 on 5

Plot:
‘Queen of Katwe’ traces the journey of a young girl named Phiona Mutesi(Madina Nalwanga) who from the slums of Uganda, goes on to become a prodigal Chess player and finds an escape from a life of poverty.

Overall Review:
Queen of Katwe is directed by Mira Nair who previously directed critically acclaimed movies like ‘Saalam Bombay’ and ‘Namesake’. The film stars debutant girl Madina Nalwanga as Phiona Mutesi and the supporting cast consists of David Oyelowo as Robert Katende and Lupita Nyong’O as Nakku Harriet...

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Review: The Shallows

The Shallows

The Shallows

Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Duration: 86 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 16-SEP-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.25 on 5 (Not the best … but far from the worst)

Plot:
In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy’s ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude.

Overall Review:
The Shallows is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and stars Blake Lively supported by Oscar Jaenada. The story is simple, pretty straightforward, believable and stylishly executed...

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