Picks and Piques/Snippet Film reviews 17Jan2014/Johnson Thomas
Miss Lovely(Hindi): Rating: * * * less than illuminating saga about the dark and inhuman depravity rampant in the back-end side of glitzy Bollywood.
Parathe wali Galli(Hindi) Rating: * * First timer Sachin Gupta gets the milieu and the settings right but the content and performances are nowhere close.
Karle Pyaar Karle( Hindi) Rating: * * ½ yet another show-piece for film family debutantes, this one is pure imitation of a not so good thing. With Sanjay Dutt’s ‘Rocky’ debut on his mind, how can fledgeling Shiv Darshan(son of Suniel Darshan) hope to make a mark?
Om Dar Ba Dar(Hindi/Restored) Rating: * * * An absurdist drama in the form of a surreal fantasy.
American Hustle(English) Rating: * * * ½ it’s typical American cinema, a talk-heavy con within a con spoofy drama with sharply etched performances.
The Legend of Hercules(English/3D/Hindi Dubbed) Rating: * * ½ Spectacle happy but performances and casting choices are not gravitating.
Carrie(English) Rating: * * * reworks the age-old horror hit with a teenage twist and comes-up fiery and affecting.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit(English) Rating: * * * A fast paced generic espionage thriller that generates excitement without resorting to cheap thrills.
Tom Yum Goong 2(English dubbed/3D) Rating: * * ½ This Thai martial arts film shot in 3D reunites the highly acclaimed director Prachya Pinkaew with star Tony Jaa and action choreographer Panna Rittikrai -A pleasant martial arts slug-fest for the fans of the genre.