#PicksAndPiquesSnippetFilmReviews23rdSept2016 #JohnsonThomas


#PicksAndPiquesSnippetFilmReviews23rdSept2016 #JohnsonThomas #Banjo(Hindi) Rating: * * ½ Unbelievable FANTASY involving a Banjo Player from Mumbai slums and an international DJ from New York. The unlikely pairing of #ReiteshDeshmukh #NargisFakhri doesn’t quite work in the film’s favor and the music-which essentially should have been the soul of the film , falls flat. This one is gritty but not happening.#SheebaGeorge #RaviJadhav #ErosInternational #KrishikaLulla #RaindropAlterEgo Runtime: 137 mins #Parched(Hindi) Rating: * * * A realistic take on the trials and tribulations that women have to encounter on a daily basis- in their efforts to find their true selves in a patriarchal society, this film set in Jaisalmer has a well knit script, wondrous performances &stunning cinematography to complement the story but the instinctive empathy that should have been there is sorely missing. You can appreciate the artistry here but it’s quite unlikely that you will be affected by it. #TannishshthaChatterjee #RadhikaApte #SurveenChawla #AdilHussain #LeenaYadav #AjayDevgn #ParullGossainPR #ChandanRoySanyal Runtime: 116 mins #DaysOfTafreeInClassOutOfClass(Hindi)Rating: * * Shrill, loud, repetitive,distatsteful and unpardonable, this youth centred ‘vela’giri glorifies dysfunctions in it’s attempt to mine comedy. It’s a fickle and over-ambitious remake of the Gujrati superhit #ChelloDivas and gains it’s inspiration from #Israeli filmmaker #BoazDavidson’s hits ‘#LemonPopsicle’ and ‘#HotBubblegum’ that went beserk in it’s efforts to contain testesterone fuelled male risque behavior into a cult legend. But the originals were funny at least. This one is not! #AnandPurohitMotionPictures #RashmiSharma #YashSoni #AnuradhaMukherjee #AnshBagri #KinjalRajpriya #SanchayGoswami #NimishaMehta #SarabjeetBindra #MamtaChoudhary #KrishnadevYagnik #VaisjhaliShah #PannuIndermohan #VijetaSingh #UttamSinha Runtime: 136 mins #WahTaj(Hindi) Rating: * ½ This so called slice-of-Life satire has a couple fighting for exclusive rights to #ShahJehan’s #TajMahal and it’s not funny. It’s a fantastical concept that doesn’t quite manage to convince you in it’s run of play. #EbrahimContractor #PearlMedia #AnshulTyagi #ShreyasTalp[ade #ManjariFadnis #JayantilalGada #PENFilms #PawanSharma #AbhinavVerma #DhavalJayantilalGada #AjitSinha Runtime: 124 mins #DilSalaSanki(Hindi) Rating: * ½ Bang your head against the wall experience. #Jimmy Shergill #YogeshKumar #MadalsaSharma #ShaktiKapoor ##HimanshuJhunjhunwala #DwaparMedia Runtime: 90 mins #ChapekarBrothers(Hindi) Rating: * ½ Disappointingly unaffecting, this boring history lesson lacks intense performances, has no drama and little conviction, and is rooted in artifice so getting affected by it is a huge challenge in itself. #AshwaniShukla #AltairMedia Runime: 98 mins #TheMagnificentSeven(English) Rating: * * * #AntoineFuqua’s reimagined version of the cult legend western actioner that took inspiration from ‘#SevenSamurai’ and had many wannabes trying to ape it’s success from across the world, and in variety of languages, has it’s heart in the right place and is fuelled by furious and slick gun-slinging action set-pieces but there’s nothing new here to give this film an exclusive identity for itself. #AntoineFuqua #DenzelWashington #ChrisPratt #EthanHawk #MattBomer #SonyPictures #ThinkinkCommunications Runtime: 132 mins #BridgetJonesBaby(English) Rating: * * * This appears to be the final edition of the super successful franchise based on the personal memoirs of a 30 something English woman. Funnier than the previous edition, this one has a wilting Bridget(#ReneeZellweger after her alleged cosmetic face sculpting) laying an old love(#HughGrant) to rest while ‘fling’ing between old love Mark(ColinFirth) and new love Jack(PatrickDempsey) in an attempt to get to the truth about her soon-to-be-out baby’s real daddy. The writing is fluid and the run of play is quite unexpectedly entertaining. And #EmmaThompson as the gynaecologist handling Bridgets’s pregnancy is toungue-in-cheek howlarious. #EmmaThompson #MoesArt #IshaDoshi #UniversalPictures #JascintoFernandes Runtime: 123 mins #StorksTheLegoMovie(English/Animation) Rating: * * ½ Cute but not exactly rousing. This animated film that has Storks flying packages to a retail chains’ customers is wildly imagined and reasonably entertaining. Obviously this one’s not gonna gain much at the Boxoffice. It’s no wonder that #WarnerBrosIndia continues to keep the critics away from it’s previews. #WarnerBrosIndia #WarnerBros #AnkitAgarwal Runtime: 89 mins #IndiaInADay(English) Rating: * * * A day in the life of a people from across a vast country, this crowd sourced footage documentary gives you an unstinting picture of the joys and sorrows of a people beleaguered by troubles yet finding joy in the simple mundane routines of daily life. Ordinary filming equipment,365 hrs of footage from all corners of the country shot on 10th Oct 2015, this realtime portrait is surely the true picture of an India churning through it’s myriad contradictions. #GoogleEarth #MAMI #RichieMehta #AnuragKashyap #MAMIFilmClub #AnupamaChopra #KiranRao #Star #Google #ScottFreeProductions #MandiraChauhan #NinadKulkarni #SatpalSharma #JackArbuthnott #DonnaChang #RidleyScott Runtime: 86 mins #KaliChaat(Hindi) Rating: * * ½ It is the stone that prevents the striving farmer from an endless source of water, in the Malwa-Nimar region of Western Madhya Pradesh. A farmer’s story- Sitaram with less than limited means, trying hard to meet ends and provide for his family in the wake of a repeatedly failing monsoon, decides to dig a well. Getting help though is even more complex than breaking the Kalichaat. It’s a vicious cycle of perseverance against all odds- never ending tryst with unfeeling authorities, loan sharks, and religious gurus, while keeping his family hopeful for a better future, continues. It’s gritty but pointless #SudhanshuSharma #HimanshuJhunjhunwala #DwaparMedia #GeetikaShyam #VirendraKumar #Nathenial #PrakashDeshmukh Runtime:76 mins

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