Friday, September 24, 2010

Top 10 Movies of 2010 by Critics Choice May-Sept

This Site Aggregates reviews from all critics from around the web and present an overall score. Based on that Score Top Movies of May -Sept 2010 by Critics Choice are:

  1. Udaan 3.92
  2. Peepli Live 3.83
  3. Dabangg 3.27
  4. Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai 3.27
  5. Antardwand 3.1 
  6. Red Alert the War within 3
  7. Rajneeti 2.95
  8. Tere Bin Laden 2.86
  9. I Hate Luv Stories 2.82
  10. Aisha 2.67
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

For Real Review

Overall Rating: 2.33/5
 

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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand  Site:IBNLive

For Real, directed by Sona Jain, is a thought-provoking but amateurish film about the breakdown of a marriage as seen through the eyes of a six-year-old girl. The film is intended as an honest look at the psychological impact of domestic discord on a young child, but it's betrayed by sluggish pacing, and an indulgent screenplay packed with long scenes containing no dialogue or drama. Alas, despite its brave intentions, this film is only moderately engaging. I'm going with two out of five for director Sona Jain's For Real. Popular films seldom address such uncomfortable subjects honestly. This film has the ambition, but there's no excuse for boring us!
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 

Director Sona Jain makes an elegant debut with a sensitively crafted film on domestic strife and its detrimental effects on the psyche of vulnerable young minds. Anchoring her story in an upmarket Delhi household, the filmmaker tells a fine story of familial break-ups, heartbreak and longing through the eyes of a six-year-old. Indeed, a refreshing new take on domestic discord and the happy-unhappy family syndrome that has regularly featured as Bollywood's favourite plot. But, unlike the traditional narrative of typical Hindi cinema, For Real steers clear of all cliches and creates a recognizable urbane world that can be actually taken for real. 
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Anupama Chopra Site:NDTV
Sona Jain’s For Real is a well-intentioned but stilted drama about a fractured marriage and how the tension between the parents impacts on their six-year-old daughter Shruti, who starts to believe that her mother is actually an alien.Jain, who has also written the film, delves fearlessly into a difficult subject – For Real attempts to show us how deeply traumatic parental discord is for a child.But Jain’s telling of the tale is painfully slow and mostly clumsy.Indian cinema pays little attention to children. For Real had the potential to make a substantial comment but the film never fulfills this. I’m going with two stars.
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Life Express Review

Overall Rating: 1.5/5
 

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Ratings:1/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

The issue - surrogate motherhood - isn't new, but if handled expertly, it would make for an interesting viewing. Sadly, LIFE EXPRESS fails and fails miserably. The serious issue has been tackled carelessly, callously and amateurishly and for this reason, it comes across as an exercise in boredom. In fact, the film falls flat at the screenplay level itself and since the direction [Anup Das] is equally unimaginative, even the talented actors in the cast fail to redeem the enterprise.  The director had a solid plot on hand, but first the writer ruins it with an impoverished screenplay and subsequently, the director wrecks it by showing no maturity, as far as execution of the material is concerned. On the whole, LIFE EXPRESS is a lifeless experience.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 
We have no problems with the premise of the film. After all, the dilemma between fulfilling hard-headed career goals and meeting the demands of gender role play (playing perfect wife and super mom) confronts many an alpha woman today. Hence successful banker, Rituparna Sengupta's choice of opting for a womb on hire ( Divya Dutta), until she has the time -- and the inclination -- for being a biological mother, doesn't seem so alarmist to us.Apart from the regressive tenor, the film takes a turn into no-man's land in the second half. Sad, because it actually begins on an interesting note, where it captures the highs and lows of an overworked urban couple trying their best to balance home and career. But post-interval, it bullock-carts into a village, peopled with starving, jobless folk who sell their wombs to feed their children. Totally unnecessary, this sob story on rural decay. End result? Life Express is a confused attempt that doesn't know whether to celebrate the modern woman or condemn her. We'd suggest, you celebrate her success and her choices.
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Friday, September 10, 2010

Dabangg Review

Overall Rating: 3.27/5
 

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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand  Site:IBNLive

Intended as a throwback to those masala 70s potboilers set in the hinterland of India, Dabangg has the ambition and the imagination, it appears, but suffers on account of schizophrenic writing. The film's second half is tiresome to sit through. One isn't looking for an intelligent storyline or character depth in this kind of movie, but there is no excuse for the uneven pacing, and for the film's middle portion that is unmistakably boring.The film then belongs to Salman Khan who dives into the character with an enthusiasm we haven't seen before. He relishes every moment of delivering those cocky lines, and turns Chulbul Pandey into possibly the most enduring character he's ever played. An ordinary, at best average film, Dabangg can barely contain the presence of its larger-than-life star. I'm going with two-and-a-half out of five for director Abhinav Kashyap's Dabangg. Watch it strictly for Salman, who delivers enough bang for your buck
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 

For anybody who wants to know what is the on-screen definition of Bollywood (read popular mainstream Hindi cinema), Dabangg is truly text book fare. It's loud, crazy, zany, exaggerated, larger-than-life, almost nonsensical, totally make-believe, comic book like, complete kitsch, generously peppered with the mandatory desi tadka (garnishing) of songs and dances that keep popping out of nowhere and is literally oozing with star charisma. Most importantly, it's not meant to make sense. It's only meant to entertain. And entertain, it does in overdoses. No, this isn't meant for people who are looking for different cinema. Nor is it meant for the viewer who likes movies to appeal to his head. Yet, for those who celebrate and serenade the `silliness' of mainstream masala movie lore and swear by its popcorn quotient, Dabangg is the greatest getaway of the season.
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Ratings:4.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama
Be forewarned. DABANGG is rustic, has loads of action, harps on the age-old mother-son and varied relationships [half-brother, step-father], eventually turns into a vendetta fare, has a number of songs placed smartly in the narrative [including an item number]... but the packaging is slick and polished. Sure, it's old wine, but packed in a brand new bottle, with a new brand ambassador [Salman Khan] endorsing this masalathon. Salman fans, rejoice! You walk in DABANGG with 100% expectations and you exit with 200% gratification. Entertainment guaranteed.On the whole, DABANGG is a full on entertainer with three aces - Salman Khan like never before, stylish action and super music.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Anupama Chopra Site:NDTV

Chulbul Pandey, co-written by writer-director Abhinav Kashyap and enacted by Salman Khan, is the most thunderously crackling character I've seen in a Bollywood film in months. Dabangg, about Chulbul's love-hate relationship with his stepfather and stepbrother, is a structural mess. The first half is all set-up-each scene essentially being a showcase for Chulbul-so when interval arrives, you are still waiting for the story to begin. When the story finally kicks in, it turns out to be a tired rehash of conniving politicians, familial misunderstanding and revenge. The plot movement is random - anything is possible at anytime. Still I recommend that you see the film for the sheer pleasure of watching Salman Khan in top form. And for the nicely smoldering Sonakshi who despite their difference in age and experience, holds her own effectively.
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:KoiMoi
In terms of story, Dilip Shukla and Abhinav Kashyap offer no novelty as films with similar plot lines – family drama, mother’s death, love story between a police officer and a simple girl, enmity between local politician and police officer, fight to finish etc. – have been seen in the past. But the presentation is so fresh, the humour is so new, the characterisation of the main protagonist is so endearing, the performance of Salman Khan is so wonderful, the music is so outstanding, and the action is so brilliantly composed that the lack of novelty hardly becomes a sore point.Salman Khan lives his role and is the life of the film. He is so extraordinary that it seems, he was born to play this role and that the role was written for him and him only. Besides his endearing acting, he throws the right kind of attitude to carry off the role
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Khalid Mohammed Site:Passion4cinema

Sorry, even in the name of a mindless, ‘paisa vasool’ entertainer (!?), first-time director Abhinav Singh Kashyap’s Dabangg just doesn’t give you sufficient bang for your bucks. You’ve seen far superior Bollywood bone-crushers; here the ouchcome is a puerile pastiche of the wacky Rajnikant heabangers, Mithun Chakraborty’s vintage Boo-graders. Perhaps stupid are those who still expect a semblance of unadulterated fun, new thought and ideas, adding up to honest-to-goodness clean-cut entertainment. In the case of Dabangg the traditional niceties are conspicuous by their absence. Fun merely means Salman Khan dominating every frame with robotic facial expressions; thought is equivalent to freeze shots of Salman Khan during his countless rooftop leaps; and clean-cut accounts for dialogue.To see or not to see, then? If you’re a Salman Khan fan, umm yes. You could do worse like wandering into the fake We are Family. Otherwise, nahin nahin kabhi nahin.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Abhishek Munde Site:Rediff

Dabangg is a movie that throws all notions of subtlety out of the window and presents to you a picture that celebrates the loud and the kitschy.If you are the kind of a person who enjoys men's locker-room humour and thinks that Salman is the coolest person to have walked the earth, Dabangg is your totally up your alley.In a way Dabangg is an ode to Salman's off-screen persona -- macho, large-hearted, unpredictable and bigger than life.But is it a great movie? Possibly not. With no storyline to speak of, scenes that seem to pop out of nowhere and characters doing random things with no seeming logic, Dabangg isn't anything close to being a classified as a good film. Does it entertain? I would go with a loud and emphatic yes.Dabangg is not a movie for non-Salman fans. But for those who worship him it's a film you simply cannot afford to miss.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes

Dabangg means fearless. Someone who doesn’t care a damn! As much as this film doesn’t care a damn for any innovative storyline. As much as Chulbul Pandey tries to hide his tears behind his sunglasses, the film tries to camouflage its conventional storytelling behind Salman’s style. Try to find a novel storyline and there is none in Dabangg. Try to find Salman Khan and there is nothing else.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Aniruddha Guha Site:DNA
Robert Rodriguez, maker of the cult Western Desperado, starring Antonio Banderas, would have been proud of Dabangg. So would Manmohan Desai.Debutant director-writer Abhinav Kashyap combines ingredients from the films of the two filmmakers — spaghetti and khichdi, if you will — and serves a meal which is palatable but leaves you feeling a little too full in the end.Mad and incredibly entertaining — but not without flaws — Dabangg is for those who love masala in their films. And Salman Khan.
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Sunday, September 5, 2010

We Are Family Review

Overall Rating: 2.12/5
 

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   Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand  Site:IBNLive
This remake of that Julia Roberts-Susan Sarandon weepie is a mostly faithful adaptation, save for a few original digressions that were unwarranted. For one, it's hard to fathom any woman -- even one that's weeks away from death -- inviting her husband's girlfriend to live with them at her home; and those scenes in which both women happily share domestic duties are sheer sugarcoated stupidity. It's exactly the kind of exaggerated treatment that makes it hard to take these characters or their pain seriously.'We Are Family' isn't an unwatchable film. It's just not particularly engaging. Forget comparisons to 'Stepmom'; even 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' which Karan Johar himself directed was a more honest and moving film;I'm going with two out of five for director Siddharth Malhotra's 'We Are Family'. Decide for yourself if you want to do any family bonding this weekend!
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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

WE ARE FAMILY belongs to the Rajshri gharaana and tells the story of a family facing two life-changing developments: The woman of the house is diagnosed with a terminal illness and two, there's a stepmom on the scene. A difficult subject to handle, without doubt.On the whole, WE ARE FAMILY is a perfect family film with a good mix of emotions and humour. Plus, a brilliant climax, which will ensure that the film grows with a strong word of mouth. The last film which came close to being a family outing was PAA. Before that, the only quintessential family film was BAGHBAN. WE ARE FAMILY is the kind of film that should work instantly with ladies and when ladies watch such films, they bring their spouses and children along. Recommended!
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 
 Kajol and Kareena provide heart and soul to a predictable script. Venita Coelho's adapted screenplay lacks the verve of the original, Stepmom. The film is a desi version of Stepmom and honestly acknowledges it. Wish there was that something `Extra' to look forward to in We Are Family, specially when the film boasts of two of the most suitable contenders -- Kajol and Kareena.Of course, the two do keep flashing their light eyes at each other and exchanging barbed words when the individual territories are intruded upon. But the fire doesn't burn the screen and the smoke just doesn't hit your eyes. Also, there is an overriding sense of grief and sobriety that haunts the proceedings,End result? You end up squeezing a lot of wet tissues -- specially in the second half -- by the time the movie ends and walk out with a leaden heart. 
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Ratings:1/5 Reviewer:Khalid Mohammed Site:Passion4cinema

.Because even in the tear-jerking pursuit WaF flounders badly, evoking more derisive  guffaws than half a sob. Practically every character is pure cardboard. The rebaked screenplay —  set in Australia if you please – prompts instant allergy. The music is atrocious. And the three kids – one more is added to the original  pair – are so ickily precocious that they set your teeth on edge. The three-way love-hate story featuring a 30yish divorced woman, a coo-coo-cooing Hotty and an ex-husband, a bestubbed dude,doesn’t arouse your empathy or concern at all.  Expectedly, Kajol is the saving grace. It’s not her career-best, far from it, but she’s the only one on the scene who instinctively knows the meaning of intensity and how to deliver it. Despite her nuanced performance, here’s one Family you’d hate to see move in next-door. Don’t answer the doorbell please.
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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:Koimoi
Remake of the Hollywood film, Stepmom, the film has some heart-wrenching emotions post-interval. Even the scenes between Shreya and Maya and between Shreya and the kids in the first half are brilliantly written and evoke reaction from the audience. However, the screenplay (originally penned by Gigi Levangie, Jessie Nelson, Steven Rogers, Karen Leigh Hopkins and Ron Bass) as also Venita Coelho’s adapted screenplay falter at many important points as the drama fails to completely address the Indian audience. In that sense, the screenplay seems like a manipulated or tailored one which is rather simplistic.
What’s Good: The performances of Kajol and Kareena; some emotional scenes post-interval.
What’s Bad: The un-Indian subject; the screenplay; the music is below the mark.
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 Ratings:1/5 Reviewer:Preeti Arora Site:Rediff
We Are Family begins on a note of confusion. As the film progresses, the sense of confusion increases leaving the viewer disoriented. At the end of two hours, debut director Sidharth Malhotra's film -- which is intended to be a sob story -- did leave the audience in tears. Of boredom.We Are Family falls into the same genre of films such as Ta Ra Rum Pum or Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic which are purportedly about kids but it's the same melodramatic mush being dished out in a new wrapper. A sensitive, real film such as Stepmom has been turned into a cliched Bollywood potbroiler.Stepmom fans, please keep away. Don't even watch the trailer. Actually, the same advice is valid even for those who haven't seen Stepmom.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Saibal Chatterjee Site:NDTV
We Are Family looks pretty. But then which Karan Johar production doesn’t? Trouble is there is little in the film that could take your attention away from the surface-level inducements.That is true of We Are Family as a whole. It has the essence of a fabulous weepie. What it delivers teeters on the edge of mediocrity, swinging wildly from the vacuous to the mawkish. But We Are Family is recommended for two reasons. One, Kajol is in fine fettle here. Two, it’s a rare Hindi film that is a legitimate remake, inspiration acknowledged and rights purchased.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Renuka Rao Site:DNA
As is typical of a Karan Johar film, We Are Family boasts of lavish backdrops and picturesque settings but is devoid of intensity, so much so that it almost looks superficial.Many scenes in the film are stretched unnecessarily which makes you feel restless and impassive mostly because you know what’s coming next. It leaves you with a hunch that a bit of creative metamorphosis in the screenplay could have done wonders for the film and its viewers.Add to it the extended climax (yawn!) which is thoroughly ravaged by the quintessentially melodramatic Bollywood extra touch and what you have in the end is a disappointing tearjerker.
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