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Eerie Review (Netflix): Not Shit-Scary But Watch This Filipino Horror Film For A Shocking Climax

Eerie Review (Netflix): Really wanting to watch something exciting in the horror genre, I tried Filipino drama-crime horror film Eerie on Netflix recently.
The 100-min-film talks about the aftermath of a girl named Erika’s suicide in the St. Lucia Academy for girls. One suicide leads to more deaths and the guidance counselor of the school, Pat Consolacion is trying to solve the mystery by building contact with the spirit of Erika. As she digs deep, an eerie and disturbing truth is waiting to be unfolded. But at what cost?
Eerie Review (Netflix): Not Shit-Scary But Watch This Filipino Horror Film For A Shocking Climax Mikhail Red, Rae Red & Mariah Reodica’s screenplay tests your patience for a long time. While it focuses on build-up, there are very less actual scary moments to satisfy your craving for fear. However, the setup, the dark and eerie environment, absorbing background score and fine performances does the work of gripping you somehow. Now, if you can survive the first 60-75 ..

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Sacred Games 2 Review: Let’s Start With That ‘Ending’ First!

Sacred Games 2 Review: In season 1, Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Ganesh Gaitonde considered himself as ‘sarv shaktishaali eklauta bhagwan’, but here he was mellowed down to have a reality check. This might spark a few debates because that’s what the season 1 was all about, the undying machoism of Gaitonde. Saif Ali Khan’s Sartaj Singh is in turmoil about where he has to go to next.
As the headline suggests, there will be spoilers ahead (and some abuses because why not?) but trust me none of them could kill your excitement to watch the show. So, let’s start with that traumatizing ending first. Makers have, with all their brains and balls, stepped into the ambiguous zone.
Sacred Games 2 Review: Let’s Start With That ‘Ending’ First! What started in season 1, those 25 days, finally ends with the D-Day in the climax. We see Shahid Khan (Ranvir Shorey) planning to explode a hell of a nuclear bomb in Mumbai, which apparently is 6 times larger than the one of Hiroshima-Nagasaki. It all concludes, i..

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Mission Mangal Movie Review: Should’ve Been Titled As ‘Missin Mangal’

Mission Mangal Movie Review Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two and half stars!)
Star Cast: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menon, Sharman Joshi, Sanjay Kapoor, H. G. Dattatreya
Director: Jagan Shakti
Mission Mangal Movie Review: Should’ve Been Titled As ‘Missin Mangal’ What’s Good: Few brilliant sequences reminding of what this could’ve been, informing about a mission that should be known to every Indian
What’s Bad: Script takes the subject for granted, in order to offer entertainment makers lose the true essence!
Loo Break: Just return when the satellite finally takes off for Mars, i.e. last 10 minutes!
Watch or Not?: Only if you can bear an entire film just for few good portions
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Based on the ‘Mars Orbiter Mission’ or Mangalyaan (because, as per this film, ISRO’s Director wanted a ‘wazandaar/heavy’ name to it), the story starts with a failed mission because of which Rakesh Dhawan (Akshay Kumar) gets transferred to Mars’ depar..

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Sacred Games Season 2 Review (Mid-Season): The Real Game Has Just Begun!

Sacred Games 2 Review (Mid-Season): As one wise man once said, “Yeh pura lafda chaalu hua, ek phone call ke saath” (All this chaos started with a phone call); we left our Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) amidst the dark (literally!) in season 1. Saif Ali Khan’s Sartaj Singh is still finding his answers, and we have a new baddie (actually, he’s old) rising in Guruji (Pankaj Tripathi).
The season 2 starts with Ganesh Gaitonde being transferred somewhere in a ship. Now, I’ll try and resist to put any kind of a spoiler but forgive me if any of my lines spoil your watching experience. Director Neeraj Ghaywan takes no time to settle in, as Anurag Kashyap helps him to jointly direct the episodes. From the first scene, things start getting clearer.
Sacred Games Season 2 Review (Mid-Season): The Real Game Has Just Begun! By now we know, Ganesh Gaitonde will be seen in Mombasa, Kenya but the first episode unveils how and why he’s shifted there. In India, at the current time, we see Sartaj..

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Batla House Movie Review: Informs You, Compels You, Grips You In An Entertaining Way!

Batla House Movie Review Rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Three and a half stars)
Star Cast: John Abraham, Mrunal Thakur, Ravi Kishan, Rajesh Sharma, Sahidur Rahman, Kranti Prakash Jha
Director: Nikkhil Advani
Batla House Movie Review: Informs You, Compels You, Grips You In An Entertaining Way! What’s Good: It’s inspired by true events and hence the efforts of portraying them on-screen with such conviction, John Abraham’s yet-another remarkable performance after Parmanu.
What’s Bad: Length could’ve been shorter, a couple of unwanted songs & my habit of nitpicking things!
Loo Break: Depends on your taste, I myself took one during one of the songs
Watch or Not?: Definitely yes, for its ability to stir your thoughts about a real incident
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For the uninitiated, the movie is based on the real-life encounter case named as Operation Batla House, which happened in 2008 in Delhi. The movie starts showing ACP Sanjay Kumar struggling with his personal and professional life. After a heated..

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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Movie Review: Quentin Tarantino At His Eccentric Best!

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood Movie Review Rating: 4/5 Stars (Four stars!)
Star Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Margaret Qualley, Julia Butters, Austin Butler
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Movie Review: Quentin Tarantino At His Eccentric Best! What’s Good: Everything expected – from performances to direction, cinematography, sound design & music!
What’s Bad: We’re just one movie away from witnessing the end of an era!
Loo Break: Only if you want to get murdered in the washroom Tarantino style!
Watch or Not?: My opinion doesn’t matter! Those who’ve decided will anyway watch it, those who haven’t read ahead to make up your mind!
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As his fans are aware of Tarantino’s obsession with Black & White, he decides to open Once Upon A Time In Hollywood with B&W frames. We see an interview of a famous movie star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) along with his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Cut to the next scene, Rick meets M..

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Jabariya Jodi Movie Review: When Your One-Liners Speak Louder Than Anything!

Jabariya Jodi Movie Review Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three Stars!)
Star Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra, Sanjay Mishra, Jaaved Jaaferi, Sheeba Chaddha, Aparshakti Khurana, Chandan Roy Sanyal
Director: Prashant Singh
Jabariya Jodi Movie Review: When Your One-Liners Speak Louder Than Anything! What’s Good: Whenever the movie tries to get funny it makes you laugh!
What’s Bad: Whenever the movie tries to get serious, it doesn’t make you cry!
Loo Break: Gauge the seriousness of the scene & leave to come back before a joke pops up!
Watch or Not?: Only if you can filter out what’s not important to your taste
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Set in Bihar, the story revolves around two main leads in Abhay (Sidharth Malhotra) and Babli (Parineeti Chopra). Both of them liked each other, once, when they were kids. Years later, we see Babli is worried no one will marry her and Abhay becomes the mafia who extorts grooms forcing them to get married. Abhay picks up only those grooms who demand dowry and becau..

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Nerkonda Paarvai Movie Review: Ajith Is Spellbinding; Film Instills The Tension All Over Again!

Nerkonda Paarvai Movie Review Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three stars)
Star Cast: Ajith Kumar, Shraddha Srinath, Andrea Tariang, Abhirami Venkatachalam, Arjun Chidambaram, Sujith Shankar, Vidya Balan (Cameo)
Director: H. Vinoth
Nerkonda Paarvai Movie Review: Ajith Is Spellbinding; Film Instills The Tension All Over Again! What’s Good: Managing to imitate a brilliant script and infusing similar tension in someone who already knows what’s going to happen next
What’s Bad: Few unnecessary additions!
Loo Break: Songs had no aim, just slide outwards in them!
Watch or Not?: If you have watched Pink, you’ll like this & if you haven’t, you’ll love this
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Unlike the original Pink, this movie starts with a Rock song which talks about how women need to step up and talk about their rights. The next thing we see a blooded guy is helped by his friends as they move him to the hospital. Meera (Shraddha Srinath), Famitha (Abhirami Venkatachalam) and Andrea (Andrea Tariang), in a confused stat..

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Dora And The Lost City Of Gold Movie Review: Lose Our Interest In Finding The Treasure

Dora And The Lost City Of Gold Movie Review Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two stars!)
Star Cast: Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, Jeff Wahlberg, Madeleine Madden, Nicholas Coombe
Director: James Bobin
Dora And The Lost City Of Gold Movie Review: Lose Our Interest In Finding The Treasure What’s Good: Couldn’t have got a better Dora than Isabela, Boots (the monkey) steals the show!
What’s Bad: A very predictable, run-of-the-mill, done-to-death script backed with nothing to talk about
Loo Break: Depends on the kids those will accompany you!
Watch or Not?: Watch if you’re a kid, or have a kid or planning to have a kid!
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Starting the story in a very ‘Captain Fantastic’ zone we get to learn young Dora (Madelyn Miranda) is homeschooled by her professor parents, who also are explorers. She gets separated from her cousin Diego (Malachi Barton) because he moves to the city. Ten years later, we see Dora (Isabela Moner) exploring the jungle in order to reach a m..

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Khandaani Shafakhana Movie Review: Pure Intent With A Not-So-Pious Story!

Khandaani Shafakhana Movie Review Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two stars)
Star Cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Varun Sharma, Badshah, Annu Kapoor, Rajiv Gupta, Priyansh Jora, Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Director: Shilpi Dasgupta
Khandaani Shafakhana Movie Review: Pure Intent With A Not-So-Pious Story! What’s Good: The core idea of the film is its heart but the at-fault story is the polluted lungs around it, yup it dies! (subtle plug-in of a social message: smoking kills)
What’s Bad: That’s extremely hard to decide, let’s settle in for script as of now!
Loo Break: A mandatory one, even if you’re not tempted to take one, just take one!
Watch or Not?: Yes, on a Sunday, months from now, if you’ve left with nothing to do
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The story starts with a commercial in which we see Hakim Tarachand aka Mamaji (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) talking about venereal diseases through a television advertisement. It fast forwards 20 years and we see Tarachand’s niece Baby Bedi (Sonakshi Sinha) living with her mom & brothe..

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