Walt Disney’s critical and commercial runaway hit in 2016, ‘Zootopia’ has in the lead role, Judy Hopps, a white bunny who is a new recruit at the Zootopia police department. Teaming up with the red fox, Nick Wilde, Judy sets out on a mission to find the missing Mr. Emmitt Otterton.
Life isn’t easy for Donna (Jenny Slate), a comic who has just been dumped by her boyfriend, and who finds herself unemployed all on a sudden. A chance encounter with Max (Jake Lacy) ends on the bed, and a few weeks later, Donna realizes that she is pregnant!
Chris Kelly surprises us time and again , with some incredibly crisp writing in the film ‘Other People’ that stars Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon in key roles. A semi-autogprahical take on the director’s own family, ‘Other People’ is a heart warming comedy-drama.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in an endearingly comic role, is a delight to watch in her film ‘Enough Said’, directed by Nicole Holofcener. Playing the middle aged single mom on the lookout for a prospective male company, she plays Eva in the film, a masseuse, who hasn’t had much luck with men.
Joel Edgerton’s remarkable debut ‘The Gift’ has an unnerving eeriness to it, that is unlike so many other films that fall into the genre. As Simon Callem (Jason Bateman) and his wife Robyn (Rebecca Hall) move in to their new house in a suburb in Chicago, they run into Simon’s old classmate from school, Gordon Mosely (Joel Edgerton). Gordon strikes the couple as an odd bag, and soon start stalking them, and that too, Robyn realizes, for a reason.
Craig Zobel’s film ‘Z for Zachariah’ set in a post-apocalypse world has Ann Burden (Margot Robbie) idling away her days on a farmstead, that has for some strange reason filtered away the radiation. She isn’t sure if there are some other survivors out there in the world, until she is joined by a haggard looking John Loomis (Chiwetel Ejiofor) one fine day, and Caleb (Chris Pine), a few days later.
Even if you choose not to pay heed to the believability factor, ‘Careful’ remains resolutely rooted in mawkish mediocrity. It hosts a promising idea that is mostly lost in execution, and comes across as a hurriedly scripted didactic film on traffic rules.
At three hours and sixteen minutes, director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s film ‘Winter Sleep’ is no quick watch, and is as much a solemn psychological sketch of a wealthy columnist in Cappadocia, as it is a philosophical analysis of the disparities that exist between the wealthy and the poor.
Yeah I know. Sometimes I reach there quite late, and with Peyton Reed’s ‘Ant Man’, I should admit that an almost morbid fear of the comics-to-films genre, pulled me back from giving it a go. And yet here I was the other evening, trying earnestly to find out what the Paul Rudd film had on offer.
‘XX’ is a horror omnibus film with a tagline that goes ‘four deadly tales directed by four killer women’. Women film makers Roxanne Benjamin, Annie Clark, Karyn Kusama and Jovanka Vuckovi, direct four films entitled ‘Don’t Fall’, ‘The Birthday Party’, ‘Her Only Living Son’ and ‘The Box’ respectively, while Sofia Carrilo frames the anthology in stop motion animated segments. Continue reading “XX (2017) English Film Short Review”
This isn’t the first time that we have seen men acting like juvenile boys in Malayalam cinema, and it certainly won’t be the last. But what does one do, when a film cannot even make a respectable use of the clichés that have been garnered from all around?