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DUNKIRK (2017)

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                                                                                          Critic - No.119
Director: Christopher Nolan Casts: Fionn Whitehead,Tom Glynn Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, Cilliam Murphy, MarkRylance Music: Hans Zimmer Language: English Genre: Action / Drama / History
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.
Review: After an experimental last entry, ‘Interstellar (2014)’, the contemporary auteur, Christopher Nolan is back with a story rooted to the hearts of many who were affected by the Dunkirk incident during the World War II. The significant historical moment is told in a gripping way with more personal moments than a grand scale war spectacle. By dividing the story into three parts (mole, sea and air), Nolan packs unpredictable turns and emotional peaks that converge into a powerful climax.
Running for a crisp 106 minutes, the film marks a…

SPIDER-MAN:HOMECOMING (2017)

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                                                                               Critic - No.118 Director: John Watts Casts: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton,Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau Language: English Genre:  Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi
Plot: Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life between an ordinary high school student in New York City and his superhero alter ego Spider-Man when a new threat arises.
Review: We have seen many versions and takes on depicting the neighbourhood superhero, but this one might be the most relatable of all. Despite having no grand plot, ‘Spider-man: Homecoming’ is pumped up with some energetic presentation, one which might show the real, authentic ‘spidey’. Like all the other Spider-man franchises, the film walks on the line, ‘with great power lies great responsibility’. But the freshness lies on the way it is treated here with no sign of pretentious superhero moments. In fact, a total street level superhero flic…

OKJA (2017)

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                                                                               Critic - No.117 Director: Bong Joon Ho Casts: Ahn Seo-Hyun, Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Byun Hee-Bong, Giancarlo Esposito, Shirley Henderson, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins Language: English / Korean / Spanish Genre:  Action / Adventure / Drama
Plot: Mija risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend - a super pig named Okja.
Review: Boon Joon Ho is one of the filmmakers who contribute heavily to popular cinema with his successful filmography that impacts widespread of global audience. His balance of melodrama, visual grammar and his pick of societal issues make his films relevant worldwide.
‘Okja’ adds to the winning streak of the filmmaker as he addresses about animal cruelty, corporate responsibilities and meat consumption threaded with a strong tasteful melodrama. There are visual and thematic elements that do remind us of Terry Gilliam’s ‘Brazil (1985)’…

AS I'M SUFFERING FROM KADHAL (2017)

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                                                                               Critic - No.116 Director: Balaji Mohan, Casts: Balaji Mohan, Sundar Ramu, Dhanya Balakrishna, Baby Yuvina, Nakshathra Nagesh, Sanath Reddy, Abishek Joseph George and Sanjana Music: Satish Raghunathan Language: Tamil Genre: Romance / Comedy Running Time: 22-25 mins (10 episodes)

Plot: Set in urban Chennai, this mockumentary cum web series tells the story of four couples negotiating the perceptual meanings of modern-day love.
Review: Balaji Mohan has always been a live wire of innovation right from his first flick. In fact he was one of the first few young filmmakers who started the new age trend, giving the industry a different direction. If ‘Kadhalil Sothapuvadhu Eppadi (2012)’ introduced mockumentary genre to Tamil cinema, ‘Vaayai Moodi Pesavum (2014)’ was a bold satire told in a backdrop of quirky, fantasy-based screenplay. But what made him stand in the big league was ‘Maari (2015)’ that served as a Masala film t…

ANBANAVAN ASARADHAVAN ADANGATHAVAN (2017)

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                                                                               Critic - No.115 Director: Adhik Ravichandran Casts: STR, Shriya Saran, Tamannah, VTV Ganesh, Motta Rajendran, Kovai Sarala Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja Language: Tamil Genre: Action / Comedy
Plot: Dubai police officers try to track down a notorious mafia kingpin when his best friend gets caught. He starts to confess how small time gangster, Madurai Michael (STR) went on to become a national level don.
Review: As much as the plot in paper sounds exciting, ‘AAA’ is overloaded with many genre conventions of a masala flick without having a proper, coherent story. What starts off as a promising 80s gangster flick, gets self-indulgent in creating scenes to glorify the hero rather than progressing in the narration.
The comedy tracks in the first half are enjoyable but coated with a little crass double meaning line that might work with the youngsters. However, it becomes too excessive when it is sprinkled throughout the film un…

VANAMAGAN (2017)

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    Critic - No.114 Director: Vijay Casts: Jayam Ravi, Syyeshaa Saigal, Thambi Ramaiah, Prakash Raj Music: Harris Jeyaraj Language: Tamil Genre: Action / Adventure
Plot:An Andaman tribal Jara (Jayam Ravi), who escapes from men trying to capture his people, ends up in the care of a spoilt, rich girl, Kavya (Syyeshaa) who starts to fall in love with him.
Review: A.L.Vijay is one of the young crops of filmmakers who attracted everyone’s attention through his compelling storytelling and technical finesse. However in recent times, he has made several experimental films like the mediocre ‘Idhu Enna Maayam (2015)’ and the entertaining ‘Devi (2016)’. ‘Vanamagan’ is yet another experiment for him and also Jayam Ravi.
The idea of the plot is to make the audience emphasize with the tribes around the world who are being stripped off their land by multi national companies. Despite the nobility, even in paper, this sound very clich├ęd. A.L.Vijay might have thought to execute this with a fresh packaging. Howe…