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ALIEN: COVENANT (2017)

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Critic - No.106 Director: Ridley Scott Casts: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride Language: English Genre: Sci-fi Action
Plot: The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination. They must attempt a harrowing escape to avoid a disastrous streak of killing.
After a decent redemption with the Oscar nominated ‘The Martian (2015)’, Ridely Scott returned to his beloved genre of sci-fi and this film garnered lots of expectation. Happening after about 15 years later from the previous film, ‘The Prometheus’, Scott focuses on the Covenant ship’s trails of unfortunate encounters and stacks up the narrative with a predictable yet exciting, horrific set pieces.
The main strength of the film lies on the visual details that have been the strength of Scott from the very early days of his career. The mysteriously…

A YELLOW BIRD (2016)

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Critic - No.105
Director: K.Rajagopal Casts: Sivakumar Palakrishnan, Huang Lu, Seema Biswas,Udaya Soundari, Indra Chandran, Nithya Rao Language: Tamil Genre: Drama
Plot: An ex-convict who sets on a quest to reunite with his family forms a complex bond with an illegal Chinese sex worker while serving as her bodyguard.
Right from the first frame, K.Rajagopal’s ‘A Yellow Bird’ flows like a silent symphony and sets off deeper as a character study of the protagonist, Siva as it progresses. We get to see the frustration of a man who is walking on a thin line between his unaccepting family and the shunning society. We also get to see a sign of his past that he is seeking for, through his mother, crude sister-in-law and his new friend, Chen Chen (Huang Lu).
The film is more visual if we minus away the over the top swearing at times. The bond between the two ‘trapped’ souls like Chen Chen and Siva is beautiful…

BAAHUBALI 2: THE CONCLUSION (2017)

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Critic - No.104

Director: S.S.Rajamouli Casts: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Sathyaraj, Ramya Krishnan, Naasar, Tamannah Music: M.M. Keeravani Language: Tamil Genre: Period Drama
Plot: The film continues from the prequel as Kattapa (Sathyaraj) narrates the past to Shivu (Prabhas) on how he ended up killing his father Bahubali (Prabhas). The story then travels into the complicated mystery behind the death of Bahubali and unveils the crux on whether Devasena (Anushka) will be freed from the slavery of the evil King Bhalla (Rana).
The best thing about Bahubali is that it is not a pretentious piece of epic work that follows the style of Hollywood period films. Rajamouli stays faithful to the culture and spins the story based on mythological characters and fantasy elements we might have heard during our childhood. Basically it’s uniquely Indian.
The story is more emotional as it dwells on the…

THE FATE OF FURIOUS (2017)

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Critic - No.103
Director: F. Gray Gray Casts: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez Language: English Genre: Action
Plot: The bond of the team is tested when Dom (Vin Diesel) is seduced by Cipher (Charlize Theron) into the dangerous world of terrorism.
When you enter the cinema to watch a Fast series, you will expect no less than exciting stunts, stylistically and graphic defying car chases. In other words, compete fun! Standing at its eighth part, many might have doubted the recurring concept and how it can sustain its fuel in the test of time. So how did the latest instalment fare?
If Fast 7 was an emotional ride, this one in the series tries to place the main man against his own team, increasing the stakes and the complicated story knots. One could easily guess the basic premise of the film, thanks to the over revealing promotional strategy. The film story is simple, good guy turns bad …