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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Review: The LEGO Batman Movie

The LEGO Batman Movie

The LEGO Batman Movie

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
Duration: 104 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 17-FEB-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.5 on 5 (Fun Ride not to be missed!)

Plot:
There are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Overall Review:
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE is a consistently hilarious, smart and actually rather moving animated comedy from the team that brought us THE LEGO MOVIE. Directed by Chris McKay, film stars Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes and Zach Galifianakis...

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Review: Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Duration: 127 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 17-FEB-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.5 on 5 (Amusing, Entertaining and Satisfying Delight)

Plot:
As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”, we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return...

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Review: Raees

Raees

Raees

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Duration: 143 Minutes
Language: Hindi
India Release Date: 25-JAN-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.50 on 5 ()

Plot:
Criticizing the prohibition of alcohol, prostitution and illegal drugs in Gujarat, this film unfolds the story of a cruel and clever bootlegger, whose business is challenged by a tough cop.

Overall Review:
The Badshah of Bollywood has arrived with his career’s best performance. Directed by Rahul Dholakia, the story of Raess revolves around a Gujarat based bootlegger named Raees Alam played by Shah Rukh Khan and police officer Majumdar played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The story is set in early 80’s to 90’s Gujarat when alcohol was banned in Gujarat...

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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: OK Jaanu

OK Jaanu

OK Jaanu

Genre: Drama, Romance
Duration: 137 Minutes
Language: Hindi
India Release Date: 13-JAN-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 2.75 on 5 (One Time Watch. OK!)

Plot:
Adi and Tara move to Mumbai to pursue their dreams. A chance meeting sparks off a heady, no strings attached romance until their careers pull them apart. Will ambition prevail over matters of the heart?

Overall Review:
“OK! Jaanu” an official remake of Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film, O Kadhal Kanmani. Director Shaad Ali adapted the same story in Bollywood with a few changes in the screenplay to suit the taste of Hindi audience. What makes Ok! Jaanu different are light punches throughout the film & flawless chemistry between Aditya and Shraddha Kapoor. OK! Jaanu has rich production values...

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Review: Haraamkhor

Haraamkhor

Haraamkhor

Genre: Drama
Duration: 93 Minutes
Language: Hindi
India Release Date: 13-JAN-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.75 on 5 (Cinema @ its best)

Plot:
In a small Gujarati town, a school teacher has more than an academic interest in one of his female students.

Overall Review:
“Haraamkhor”, a debut feature by director Shlok Sharma, features Hindi cinema’s acting powerhouse Nawazuddin Siddiqui as a school teacher who enters a forbidden relationship of sorts with his student, essayed by the vibrant 29-year-old Shweta. It is a mature story and shows the dark side of a student teacher relationship set up in rural area. The stakes are high for the kids in the film as they takes their uneasy steps toward adulthood...

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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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