LADY BIRD Review : Wanders away

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In one of the best scenes of the film, when Lady Bird’s mother (Laurie Metcalf) tells her daughter “I want you to be the very best version of yourself”, Christine ‘Lady Bird’ (Saoirse Ronan) immediately replies “What if this is the best version!”. Unfortunately, the version that the film Lady Bird ends up as, is not impactful enough and does not stay with you.

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THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI Review – Smart & Gripping

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a disturbing and yet gripping tale of a group of people who at the end of the day are trying to find closures in their own ways – whether it is a tale of a devastated mother trying to seek justice and answers for her daughter’s murder, or of a cop life laden with goodness but burdened by an inevitable end, or say of a short man seeking acceptance through his tall deeds. It takes you on an extreme journey of grief, rage, anger, helplessness, guilt and loss, wisely interspersed by dark comical layers of smart humor and (somewhat forced) heavy doses of comic profanity; that it makes it impossible for the viewer to sympathize with a grieving mother, or even feel obnoxious for a racist irrational cop.

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THE SHAPE OF WATER Review : Love Heals Like Magic

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The Shape of Water left me mesmerized and transported me to a world of spellbinding beauty, magic, spectacle and above all unadulterated love! Guillermo del Toro captivated me fully through his craft, and within minutes took away all the inhibitions with which I had walked into the theatre of watching something creepy and awkward. Rather what he does is sweep one out into his world of magical realism, where there is one common binding factor, that of love and compassion, that brings five unlikely and not so normal individuals closer together and helping each other to live and find happiness in their incompleteness – A mute lonely girl (Eliza), An amphibian humanoid (the Asset), A homosexual old man (Giles), An Afro-American janitor (Zelda) and a Soviet spy in US in the times of cold war (Dimitri).

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PHANTOM THREAD Review : An Intense Slow Burner

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Its not easy to describe what kind of film Phantom Thread is. Its possibly one of those heavily sub-texted, deeply intense and extravagantly beautiful tales of passion, obsession, egos and desires where the boundaries of the rights and wrongs blur easily based on how you are looking at it. Its the psychological slow burner which is little on action and heavy on drama, where the perversion of egos, quest for perfection and need for individual recognition are pitted against each other, doesn’t matter if you are the institution of luxury fashion, or a common girl waitress seeking dreams beyond your reach.

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THE POST Review : The Bravest!

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In one of the brilliant scenes of the film, Tony Bradlee, wife of Ben Bradlee (the chief editor of The Washington Post) tells her husband why she thinks Katherine Graham (Publisher and The boss at the very same paper) is the bravest of all, taking that bold decision from where she stands! It is this bravery and fearlessness that is the winner all the way in The Post!

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Dunkirk Review – It is the ultimate story of hope!

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There are movies about war, there are movies about survival, and then there is Dunkirk – the ultimate tale of survival and hope…

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Manchester By The Sea is brilliant!

Manchester By The Sea is great sensitive portrayal of relationships, ideologies, unsettled phases of life and their underlying insecurities..

Collateral Beauty – What’s your Why?

“What is your why – Love, Time or Death?”
What a remarkable way to personalise all abstractions of this puzzle called life!!

Collateral Beauty is superlative cinema that intellectually stimulates you to core! Superb script and brilliantly sketched characters, here is cinema where each actor pitches in to a very balanced performance and delivers to multiple layered and understated nuances of life! A perfect example of how deeply cinema can impact you, and yet another example of good cinema getting hammered down terribly by the intellectual critiques!

Lion Review – tugs at the right strings of the heart

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Lion is a deeply moving experience about Saroo Brierley’s search for his home that he lost 25 years back! The film rides on a very tight direction and storytelling (for most part of it other than some loose 10-15 mins within the Australian second half); fantastic camera work of capturing the beautiful yet brutal Indian landscape and its varied range of people; the smoothly blended range of emotions that never come across as forced; and some brilliant performance of Saroo – wonderfully portrayed by the restrained Dev Patel, but overshadowing him by several notches is the cute little and the powerfully natural Sunny Pawar as the young Saroo!

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