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Monday, December 29, 2014

The Interview (2014) Movie Review and Trailer

Dave Skylark and producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show "Skylark Tonight." When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission.

Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen

Writers: Dan Sterling (screenplay), Seth Rogen (story)

The Interview (2014) on IMDb

Stars: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Par

Perhaps the most controversial movie of the past 5 years was in the end a great comic feast. The movie that caused Sony Entertainment to get hacked and threatened was basically a below the belt hit at the current supreme leader of North Korea. To portray a living man in such manner is bordering on defamation and if that man is revered as a god by millions, then there must be some criticism against the appropriateness of the subject. Nonetheless, all aside the movie was hilarious!

The Interview (2014) - Official HD Trailer by TrailerWorld

The interview is a well complied action comedy describing the struggle of two friends in their pursuit of interviewing a greatly popular but highly detested personality, a dictator, Kim Jong-un. Aaron Rapaport, the producer of “Skylark Tonight”, along with his host Dave Skylark are known for broadcasting a popular television show, where they aim to make bizarre discoveries and headlines about celebrities. After a 1000-episodes bash, Aaron realizes that what he does is plain pathetic and that he should be doing stuff that benefits his viewers in some way. Tempt the fate and he soon gets a chance of interviewing the news sensation, Kim Jong-un. Plot twist? CIA. And from here begins a series of events leading to Kim’s interview and then his downfall as a dictator, followed by a revolution.
The duo, James Franco and Seth Rogen as we know them, have delivered a spectacular performance. The plot is new. There’s comedy. There’s action. A bit draggy, the story has good humor and keeps you glued to the screen until the end. Rogen is more or less the conventional Rogen that we are accustomed to seeing. Although Franco takes the lead with his impeccable comic-timing, both the actors have done justice to their roles. Lizzy Caplan, also appears sparingly, adding prettiness to the screen and has done a good job with her character.
For those of you who like comedy, this movie is not to be missed. It’s likely to give you a fairly good round of laughs. And if nothing else, watch it for Franco or Rogen. Enough said.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Gone Girl (2014) Movie Review and Trailer

With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
Director: David Fincher
Writers: Gillian Flynn (screenplay), Gillian Flynn (novel)

 Gone Girl
(2014) on IMDb
Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris

Gone Girl, a mystery thriller is the story of a prolific female writer Amy and her relationship with her unfaithful husband Nick. Based on a novel by Gillian Flynn, the plot may have been familiar to those who have read the novel. But for those of you who haven’t, you guys are in for some mind-boggling, enigmatic maze of events as they happen.

The story follows starts off when the Amazing Amy mysteriously goes missing on their fifth marriage anniversary from their house, a few years after having moved back to her husband’s native town. The husband, a below ordinary guy, financially dependent on his wife, becomes the prime suspect after a number of revelations in the investigations that follow and gets into the spotlight, followed by media freak shows everywhere, allegations, accusations and what not. Every clue (since its Amy’s favorite game) leads back to Nick, suggesting that he has murdered her because of their not-so-successful marriage. The rest of the story, you got to watch it to know it.
The movie stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as the male and female lead casts respectively, have given a stupendous performance throughout the film. All characters have been very well played but Carrie Coon who plays Nick’s sister Margo has also delivered a noteworthy performance.
So if you are looking for a not-your-average mystery film, I suggest you reorder your list because this movie has got everything that you could ever ask for. Happy watching.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Queen (2014) Movie Review and Trailer

An Indian girl’s journey of self-discovery when her wedding is cancelled.

Initial release: March 7, 2014 (India)
Director: VikasBahl
Music composed by: Amit Trivedi

Queen (2014) on IMDb

Cast: KanganaRanaut, Lisa Haydon, Raj Kumar Yadav, Mish Boyko, Marco Canadea.

Queen is a story of a young Indian girl, who is engaged to a typical Indian guy. The girl is devastated when her fiancé calls of their wedding. But she decides to take the honeymoon trip to Europe alone. The story is about her journey of Europe and how she discovers herself and overcomes her fears and phobias.

KanganaRanaut plays Rani in the movie. She is an under confident, shy eastern girl. Her fiancé calls off the wedding two days before it is supposed to happen. Rani is devastated and desolated. She then decides to take the pre booked honeymoon trip all by herself. In Paris, she makes a new friend, Vijayalakshmi, who works at the same hotel where Rani is staying. Together they enjoy. Vijayalakshmi shows her the brighter side of life and teaches her to be independent. Rani is a changed person when she comes back home.

On the whole, the movie is amazing. From ‘London thumakda’ to ‘Harjaiyan’, the music is fantabulous. The story is different and unique. It is a must watch. Because this movie teaches you how to take control of your life and be independent.

Rating: 4.5/5

Ek Villain (2014) Movie Review and Trailer

Ek Villain Movie Review
Ek Villain (2014)
Guru’s pursuit of his lover’s killer.

Initial release: June 27, 2014 (Pakistan, USA, India)
Director: Mohit Suri
Music composed by: Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari
Screenplay: Milap Zaveri, Tushar Hiranandani
Producers: Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor

The Villain (2014) on IMDb

Cast: Shraddha Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra, Riteish Deshmukh, Kamaal Rashid Khan, Shaad Randhawa.

Ek villain is an Indian romantic thriller. It is a story about an orphan Guru, played by Sidharth Malhotra, who grows up into a thug. He meets Aisha, played by Shraddha Kapoor, who is in love with life and has unique wishes and desires. He falls in love with her unique personality. She later tells him that she has a terminal illness and about her to-do list. Guru helps her fulfill most of her wishes. He marries her and gets her proper treatment. She recovers miraculously. 

Ek Villain - New Trailer ᴴᴰ by

Rakesh Mahadkar, played by Riteish Deshmukh, is an unsuccessful man who is continuously nagged by his wife for being useless and poor. This makes him frustrated. He gets out this frustration by killing other women. Aisha happens to be one of them. He makes her beg for her life and the life of her kid but he kills Aisha while she was pregnant. The story is about Guru’s pursuit of her wife’s killer.

Overall, the movie is above average and totally unpredictable, which makes it stand out from other Bollywood movies. ‘Banjara’ being the most romantic number, the music is above average. I personally liked the movie because it’s emotional and unpredictable.

Rating: 4/5.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Happy Ending (2014) Movie Review and Trailer

Contributed by: Naima Khalid

Yudi becomes caught between finding inspiration and love. 

Happy Ending (2014) on IMDb

Initial release: November 21, 2014 (India)
Directors: Krishna D.K., Raj Nidimoru.
Running time: 136 minutes
Music composed by: Sachin-Jigar, Jigar Saraiya, Sachin Sanghvi
Screenplay: Krishna D.K., Raj Nidimoru

Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Ileana D’Cruz, Govinda, Kalki Koechlin, Preity Zinta.

Happy ending is a comedy of a romantic comedy(as Govinda uses the innuendo ‘Romedy’ in the movie). Saif Ali Khan plays Yudi, a young writer who is in search of an inspirational story for his new book. His last book had been released 5 ½ years back and he has had 8 ½ girlfriends within that time. While he is on the lookout for inspiration he falls in love with Aanchal who is a bestseller writer. She is the one who has replaced his contract.

Happy Ending (2014) Hindi Movie Official Trailer - Saif Ali Khan, Ileana D’Cruz, Govinda & Kalki by Farah Rani

The story is funny, typical and a bit worked up. The male protagonist is just living in the moment, partying, flirting with girls and going in and out of relationships. He does not have a care in the world. But the crux in the story happens when his contract expires and he gets broke. Now he needs a comeback in the writing industry. For that he has to have a stirring story. In his search for inspiration, he meets Aanchal, the one replacing his contract. They spend some quality time together. Their love for freedom, adventure and excitement makes them fall in love with each other but then they part because Aanchal is just not ready for a next level relationship. Yudi then realizes that she is his true love and gathers the guts to pursue her. They both finally come to the conclusion that the cliché “Opposites attract” is not always true and a part of us is always in search of another part of our soul that makes us feel wholesome and complete. That’s the only depth in the movie by far. The rest is all play-and-party.

Overall, the acting is just okay. For the most part the story is predictable. Music is at par but nothing spectacular. If you are looking for some fun on the weekend over a bucket of popcorn, then it is a movie to watch. Entertaining and a good time-pass.

Rating: 2.5/5

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ungli Movie Review and Trailer : Watch Dance Basanti Dance

A gang of friends decide to take justice into their own hands.

Director: Renzil D'Silva

Ungli (2014) on IMDb

Writers: Renzil D'Silva (story), Milap Zaveri (dialogue)
Stars: Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Sanjay Dutt

Ungli is an action drama, Bollywood movie that has a good cast and a different story line. In fact the story is quite like the not so successful C company, so after all it might not be entirely unique. The treatment however is very refreshing and the movie comes across as a sincere effort to convey a message. 

Ungli | Official Trailer | Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Randeep Hooda, Sanjay Dutt by Dharma Productions

Ranvir Ahooda, Kangana Ranaut and Imran Hashmi have played their roles very nicely and render great vale to the overall movie experience with their presence. It was great to see Sanjay Dutt as a part of this project as he is definitely a screen sparkler. 

The songs are very well done and add beautifully to the story rather than being an obligation. Dance basanti with Shraddha Kapoor looking gorgeous is a very catchy number and  adds spice to an otherwise preaching intensive script.

Dance Basanti Official Video Song From Ungli Movie by Bollywood Masti

Acting is above average, story is nice but predictable, music is at par but nothing spectacular. The movie on the whole however touches ones heart and has a likable feel to it so I really liked it personally. All in all a nice entertainer that is definitely worth time and money spent on it.

Rating: 3.5/5

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jessabelle (2014) Movie Review and Trailer by The Film Guide

Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return -- and has no intention of letting her escape.

Jessabelle (2014) on IMDb

Director: Kevin Greutert
Writer: Robert Ben Garant
Stars: Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter

Jessabelle is a new addition in the horror movies this year. It is in fact a pretty good effort and delivers with a strong story line and a considerable amount of scares. The plot has great margin for performances and has been justified by some really up to the mark acting. The characterization, atmosphere and feel of the movie provides for an unsettling experience that captures interest of the audience. The spirit is well crafted and look pretty scary.

Horror Movie 'Jessabelle' - Official Trailer by The Seven Sees

Sarah Snook is very attractive and comes forward as a good actor. She portrays the subtle change of shades in Jessie's character to perfection. Her performance is fresh and very gripping. Mark Webber plays an honest role and fills in the customary part of the male protagonist. Joelle Carter is mysterious and pretty and her presence keeps the audiences wondering as to how her character is connected to the haunting of Jessabelle. To me Joelle is a very strong reason for the whole suspense of the movie.

Horror fans will find Jessabelle (2014) very entertaining and it is a great movie to watch with friends and family.

Ratings: 3.5/5

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wolves (2014) Movie Review and Trailer by The Film Guide

The coming-of-age story of Cayden Richards. Forced to hit the road after the murder of his parents, Cayden wanders, lost, without purpose... Until he meets a certifiable lunatic named Wild Joe.

Wolves (2014) on IMDb

Director: David Hayter
Writer: David Hayter
Stars: Jason Momoa, Merritt Patterson, Lucas Till

Wolves (2014) is a well-made horror/thriller that shows the coming-of-age story of a werewolf who has no idea of his being one. Cayden Richards in fact discovers his identity as a wolf during a make out session with his girlfriend and eventually finds himself in a pool of blood of his own parents. He flees off to a small town prompted by a fellow wolf called wild Joe. What follows is an extremely interesting story of revenge and love and horror and thrill. 
Wolves (2014) is a very well made movie with reasonable graphics and good acting. The wildness of the creatures is quite attractive and provides a mystic feel to the whole story. The passionate physicality of the leads is a strong visual experience. The anger and ferociousness of the werewolves is also a very appealing facet of the movie. 

Jason Mamoa is powerful and dark. Lucas Till does an above par job playing the lead. He is charming and intimidating at the same time. The female lead Merritt Patterson is very pretty and also has great screen presence, She seems to be the one to watch out for in the future.

All in all a good watch.

Rating: 3/5 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Ouija (2014) Horror Movie Review

Ouija (2014)
A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.

Ouija (2014) on IMDb

Director: Stiles White
Writers: Juliet Snowden (screenplay), Stiles White (screenplay)
Stars: Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff

Ouija (2014) is a horror flick that centers around two friends who used to play with a Ouija board when they were young girls and thought that it was just harmless fun only for one of them to discover its real power and die in the process. The other friend then calls upon some of her close friends to find out what happened to the deceased girl. They discover the evil powers of the board and have to fight them in order to survive.

Ouija - Trailer #2 by Filmow

The movie combines the mystery of the magical board and the horrors of possession. It is a great mix of youthful friendship and the fight against evil and has some great scares. The atmosphere of the movie is eerie and creepy and the presence of the board is unsettling. The way the board possesses its victims is very well done.

Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto and Daren Kagasoff have all acted well and at no stage does one feel the need for better acting or the lack of portrayal.

Rating: 3.5/5

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Nymph (2014) Movie Review and Trailer

Two young American women go on a Mediterranean vacation and uncover the watery lair of a killer mermaid hidden beneath an abandoned military fortress. What was once a carefree adventure becomes a deadly fight for survival.

Director: Milan Todorovic

Writers: Marko Backovic (story), Barry Keating (screenplay)

Stars: Kristina Klebe, Dragan Micanovic, Natalie Burn

Nymph is a creature horror flick that tells the story of a couple of hot friends who set out on an adventure to a secluded island and encounter a killer mermaid. The movie also has a killer on the loose who kills young men and women more like the "I know what you did last summer" killer. Although tried and tested the movie does have an entertainment value and certainly does not bore the audience at all. It is scenic and maintains interest by having some shock value. Also the idea of a killer mermaid is much more exciting than that of a shark or a sea creature, The fantasy of having a mermaid as a lethal monster is fascinating.

Kristina Klebe seems strong and acts well as a serious character with past issues with water. Natalie Burn is very attractive and lights up the screen every time she graces it. Her accent has a special sensuality to it and her body is scorching hot and has been put to great use by the director Milan Todorovic. 

All in all an entertainer if not expected too much of.

Rating: 3/5

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Mom's Night Out 2014 Movie Review and Trailer

Moms' Night Out (2014)

Directors: Andrew Erwin (as The Erwin Brothers) , Jon Erwin (as The Erwin Brothers)

Writers: Jon Erwin, Andrea Gyertson Nasfell

Stars: Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton

Moms' Night Out (2014) on IMDb

All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and fun - a long-needed moms' night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation, and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours ... what could go wrong?
Mom's Night out is a situation comedy aimed at highlighting the perils of motherhood and parenting. It tells the story of a mother called Allyson who plans an evening out with her friends to break out of the routine that all of them have been following tirelessly. In order to avail the luxury of a carefree night with friends, these women must trust their husbands to take care of the kids and be responsible for this one night. What unfolds is a hilarious story of how dependable men have become on women and how important a mother is to the entire family.

Sarah Drew and Patricia Heaton have acted effortlessly and bring forward the misery of motherhood without making it seem as unwanted. They portray women who love their kids and love being mothers but find it hard to cope up with the tiring routine and responsibility of  parenting.

The story is simple and hence talking too much about it will give too much away. It is sufficient to say that your time spent on this movie is certainly worth it. It has some giggles and some emotional moments that keep a grip on the audience. I recommend it for a nice family time.

Rating: 3/5  

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Big Hero 6 (2014) Pre-release Movie Review

Movie: Big Hero 6 (2014)

Directors: Don Hall, Chris Williams

Writers: Don Hall (story), Jordan Roberts (story)

Stars: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung

The new animated movie called Big Hero 6 is an amazing tale of six friends who under the leadership of Hiro embark on a mission to save a city called Sanfransokyo. Hiro transforms his friends into hi-tech heroes to fight off a devastating event that befalls the city. 
The movie is a great addition to the animated movies genre and the concept and story is very promising. The formula maybe tried and tested but the treatment looks fresh and gives the audiences great entertainment.

Rating: 3/5

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Movie Review #DVD #TomCruise

Movie: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Director: Doug Liman
Writers: Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay), Jez Butterworth (screenplay)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

Plot: An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with the alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer to defeating the enemy.

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) is the latest Tom Cruise movie to have hit the audiences. The movie is a sci-fi, drama, thriller that revolves around a love story between two officers who are fighting a war against the alien race. Allied forces officer Cage finds himself trapped in a time loop aster being splattered with alien blood and soon figures that he is not the only one to have experienced the loop. He soon finds Rita a celebrity warrior who has gone through the loop previously only to have an accident take it away from her. What follows, is a constant effort that Cage makes to win a war he cannot possibly lose if he maintains the loop against an enemy that is already using the loop to slowly drain down and defeat the human race. Cage's motive however is more governed by somehow cheating Rita's death which seems inevitable in the process.

Tom Cruise and Emily blunt have put in good performances and the acting overall has been a strong asset of the film. The idea of the film is also interesting and has a lot of margin for acting and storytelling. To me, however the loop has not been tackled too well by the storytellers and the director. The movie seems to be too occupied with repeating the cycle and hence each cycle does not offer too many moments to keep the audience involved. The looping demanded subtlety which the directors failed to achieve. I would have liked lesser loops shown in the movie with each one providing more thrills and a greater junk of storytelling.
The production values are top notch. The aliens are well crafted and the look of the film is slick. The treatment does complete justice to the huge star cast and on those grounds the movie delivers because the audiences are surely bound to be impressed by what they see on the screens. It is equally enjoyable on DVD and in the cinema.

If you are a Sci-Fi fan or for that matter a Tom Cruise fanatic this is a must watch. The movie is good, could have been legendary, but it definitely ranks among the year's to-watch list.

Rating: 4/5

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wer (2014) Horror Movie Review

Movie: Wer (2014)
Genre: Horror
Director: William Brent Bell
Writers: William Brent Bell (screenplay), Matthew Peterman (screenplay)
Stars: A.J. Cook, Sebastian Roché, Vik Sahay

Wer (2014) is a horror movie about a man who is suspected to have murdered several people brutally. His defense attorney is initially in complete denial of him being capable of killing at all. The murders are deemed incapable of a human beings attack and the bodies found are severely mutilated as if they were fed upon. To the horrors of the attorney and a few doctors it is soon found that the suspect is in fact suffering from some sort of a disease that makes him possess superhuman physical powers and agility. Could it be true that he turned into a werewolf every night or is it another kind of syndrome. You should see it to find out.

Sebastian Roche' was very convincing as the killing machine in this horror flick. He gave a mean performance as both the innocent, quiet, abnormal son of an old woman and the monster that was hidden beneath that innocence. A.J Cook looked hot and her acting was also very accomplished and convincing. Vik Sahay gave a good solid performance and held his own in a side role that demanded a seasoned performance.

All in all Wer is a scary and thought provoking horror film that is slightly unique in its treatment of the man-monster genre.

Rating: 3.5/5      

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Best of Me (2014) Movie Review and Trailer

Movie: The Best of Me (2014)
Director: Michael Hoffman
Writers: J. Mills Goodloe (screenplay), Will Fetters (screenplay), Nicholas Sparks
Stars: James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey
If you are looking for some plain old high school romance, look no further. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks, is just the thing. For those of you who have had the chance to see any other Nicholas film, the plot is predictable. Two high school love birds, torn apart by fate, are brought together after a time stretch of twenty years, again by fate to fall in love all over again. 

Directed by Michael Hoffman, The Best of Me stars Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato for the young couple and James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan for the latter. In all honesty, the plot of this film didn't particularly intrigue me to look forward to it which is why I won’t say it’s a must try. But having said that, after coming across movies like The Notebook and Safe Haven, again from the same guy, which undeniably did leave some impact on the audience, I would recommend you guys to give this obvious yet sweet romance a go. May be you will like it after all. Or may be you don’t, If nothing else, you sure will have some of those cliched "aww" moments.

Before I Go To Sleep (2014) Thriller Movie Preview and Trailer

Movie: Before I Go To Sleep (2014)
Director: Rowan Joffe
Writers: Rowan Joffe (screenplay), S.J. Watson (novel)
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong

Before I Go to Sleep Trailer by Stuff We Like

Ah finally here is some good mystery! Okay first things first. You have got to see the trailer of the upcoming mystery-thriller Before I Go to Sleep. Right. Now. Here’s why.  Because it already made through to my “movies to watch before you die” list. Apologies for the lousy humor. Anyway Before I Go to Sleep is about a woman who wakes up every morning with no previous memory due to some kind of memory disorder that apparently happened after she went through an accident. What accident? Well that’s still for us to find out. Interesting? I know. 

Nicole Kidman plays the lead which by the way I found a little creepy because I have always been accustomed to seeing her play neat, elegant, graceful characters. But I guess we can count on her. And boy that teaser, whoever put it together deserves a round of applause because I can guarantee that once you see it, you are definitely going to want to watch this film. I being a mystery fan am eagerly looking forward to it. And I STRONGLY recommend you to watch it. Why? Because it’s going to be EPIC.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

John Wick (2014) Movie Preview and Trailer

Movie: John Wick (2014)
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Adrianne Palicki, Willem Defoe
Genre: Action, thriller

An action thriller, John Wick is the story of a long gone bad guy who after being taken down by other gangsters and losing his dog, the last gift from his late wife, decides to hunt down the people responsible for taking away everything he had. Although the plot isn’t particularly new, the trailer has made a good first impression. 
The cast of the movie includes Keanu Reeves, Adrianne Palicki and Willem Dafoe, the reason why you can expect something good from this film. And with all the visual effects, the ambiance, the acrobatics, the gunshots, the squeals, the badass action that the trailer has featured, John Wick is likely to give you a good round of jolts and jaw drops and of course a not-so-bad Saturday night.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Horns (2014) Movie Review and Trailer

Movie: Horns (2014)
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Heather Graham, Kelli Garner, Max Minghella, Sabrina Carpenter
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Horns (2014) is a breakthrough movie for Daniel Radcliffe after he has broken out of the shadow of his Harry Potter image. Horns (2014) takes you through the life of a young man accused of his girlfriend's murder. He gets frustrated and turns against God and as a result horns appear on his head. The presence of these horns causes people around him to blurt out their deepest, darkest, meanest thoughts and that brings humor and darkness to the whole movie.

The language of Horns (2014) is definitely not everyone's cup of tea and is especially not safe for kids. The fact that the horns bring out emotions like anger, lust and deceit causes characters to act is obscene ways and many may be offended by certain scenes in the movie.

Daniel Radcliffe looks good for the first time in a long time. He has worked on his looks and body and might have gone under the knife and hit the gym. His acting skills are obviously high quality and he can hold a film on hos own. Juno Temple is angelic and acts well like always. Heather Graham looks pretty and does a funny cameo. A special mention for Sabrina Carpenter who looked awesomely pretty and is an actor to look out for in the future and also Kelli Garner who was funny and depressive at the same time. One person who takes the lead as far as acting is concerned is Max Minghella. He acts superbly as the deceptive antagonist of the movie. I was really impressed by his mature performance.

The production value, direction, script and dialog is all at par and the overall verdict for Horns (2014) is that it is an entertainer and is recommended for mature audiences. I will urge people to watch this clever movie which has some though provoking content.

Rating: 3.5/5 

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Devil's Snare (2012) Short Movie Review #ShortMovieReview #onlinestreaming

Movie: The Devil's Snare (2012)
Genre: Short, Drama, Horror
Cast: Emmett Lee Stang, Jennifer Nicole Stang

It is amazing to see that an 8 minute short movie can have such an impact on the viewer. I was amazed at the concept, the story and the way it was shot. The dialog was a treat to hear and was haunting and thought provoking. The end could have been scarier but the author chose a philosophical closing rather than a conventional terrifying ending.

The shrieks are definitely fear inducing and cause the viewer to get an instance shock. Emmett Lee Stang has acted well and looks convincing.

For a short The Devil's Snare is powerful and dark. Two thumbs up to Jennifer Nicole Stang.

Rating: 3.5/5  

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Stretch (2014) Movie Review and Free Online Streaming

Movie: Stretch (2014)
Cast:Patrick Wilson, Jessica Alba, Chris Pine, Ed Helms, Ray Liotta, David Hasslehoff
Director: Joe Carnahan
Writer: Joe Carnahan
Studio:Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, IM Global
Genre:Action, Thriller

Stretch (2014) Plot:  A hard-luck limo driver struggling to go straight and pay off a debt to his bookie takes on a job with a crazed passenger whose sought-after ledger implicates some seriously dangerous criminals.

Stretch (2014) is a fast paced action thriller with a reasonable entertainment value and passable production value. Although the story is not fresh and emulates a tried formula, the characterization and acting makes it quite watchable.

Stretch is based on a night's work of a Stretch, a limo driver who is under a huge debt and aspires to pay it off through a prospective tip by an unstable customer. As the night goes on Stretch finds himself getting involved in a deep and twisted scenario involving crime and law enforcement agencies.

The cast does a good job in entertaining the audience and lifting the movie from ordinary to pleasurable. Chris Pine plays a good part and is at times magnificent as the crazed, yet dangerous customer. Ed Helms brings a mysterious dark element to the whole storytelling as a dead limo driver who is an imaginary friend to Stretch. Jessica Alba has a cameo that does add value to the project. Patrick Wilson as Stretch fits the part as he looks like your average loser. He has also acted well. Guest appearances by David Hasslehof and Ray Liotta definitely bring some added value and some needed humor to the mix and all in all the cast out does the script and lifts the whole movie.

On the whole Stretch is entertaining and is a good flick if you want to enjoy a movie without thinking too much.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, October 6, 2014

Taken 3 Movie Preview and Trailer

Movie:Taken 3
Cast: Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace
Director:Olivier Megaton
Writer: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Studio:20th Century Fox
Genre:Action, Drama

Taken 3 Plot:  Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.

The Trailer looks very impressive indeed. The movie I feel is going to offer more of what we have seen Liam Neeson do in the past few years. He is in my opinion a better actor and his personality and grace can be used for more powerful roles. A walk among the tombstones and the Taken series have both restricted him to a specific kind of action movies and Taken 3 will be more of the same. I however, promises to be a good action thriller, All fans of Liam Neeson must be licking their lips and waiting for it.

Dumb and Dumber To (2014) Preview and Trailer

Movie: Dumb and Dumber To (2014)
Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels
Genre: Comedy

Twenty years after the first installment Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are back to give audiences around the world a hell load of belly aches and tears of laughter. The trailer looks funny as hell and Jim Carrey's presence would most likely assure a riot of craziness. The title itself makes one nostalgic as one remembers the first edition of the epic comedy. 
One things is for sure, expectations are high and if the movie lacks the ability to rise up to them it would suffer greatly. I expect good things from it.

Haider (2014) Movie Review and Trailer

Movie: Haider (2014)

Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Kay Kay Menon, Shraddha Kapoor
Genre: Tragedy, Drama, Thriller

Jack Nicholson commented on Heath Ledger's state of mind after playing the Joker by saying that a role like that often never leaves you and can haunt you for the rest of your life. Every time Shahid Kapoor came on screen during Haider I could not help but recall Jack Nicholson's point of view. I seemed throughout Haider that Shahid has completely given himself up in pursuit of Haider and even deep inside those intense eyes one finds no clue of Shahid Kapoor.

Haider is an adaptation of Hamlet, a tale of deceit, love and the uncomfortable gray shades of relationships that we hold scared. The epic line, "To be or not to be..." is substituted by a poem that goes something like, "Hum hain ya hum nahin" and that inclusive, the poetry that surrounds the story telling has been artistically chosen and filmed. To comment on the story is futile since Shakespeare seldom falters at narrating a story. The presentation, the setting, the cinematography and the script are all immaculate and deserve all the accolades. The movie is a masterpiece and should be remembered for times to come.

The acting is supreme. Every character is believable and every actor has lost himself in the role. Shahid Kapoor has outdone himself and gives shades of his father's intense acting talent bordering on magical. He mesmerizes and captures the viewer like a bulbul-e-bismil. Three cheers for him and hats off. Tabu and Kay Kay were exceptional as well and Shraddha Kapoor did justice to her part.

What I did not understand was why Haider wasn't showcased in Pakistan. If anything it was more anti Indian army than anti Pakistan.

All in all a great movie and a must watch!
Rating: 4.5/5

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Interstellar (2014) Movie Preview and Trailer

Movie: Interstellar (2014)
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
Genre: Sci-Fi, Mystery, Adventure

Mathew McConaughey is back with a science fiction movie to add to the versatile presentations of amazing acting that we have been accustomed to. Interstellar looks like an emotional, mysterious journey into the unknown. The trailer looks slick and the treatments looks deep and tense. It seems like a movie you would want to listen to and watch with keen attention and try to understand and interpret. It won't be your average entertainer,
The cast boasts Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and of course Mathew McConaughey and one expects nothing short of good work from this trio.
Let us hope that like most McConaughey movies we get a jolt from this one too and that unlike most sci-fi flicks this one achieves greatness that the cast holds potential for.  

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Scribbler (2014) Movie Review and Trailer

Movie: The Scribbler (2014)
Cast: Katie Cassidy, Eliza Dushku, Sasha Grey
Genre: Thriller

The Scribbler (2014) is a well-made psychological thriller that aims to tackle a very complex topic of multiple personality disorder. With movies like Fight Club and Primal Fear achieving greatness through the proper exploitation of this topic, it remains no secret that with a mildly well-managed story surrounding multiple personality and an apt actor playing the lead The Scribbler stands a fair chance at creating an impression. The movie to be fair is not at all outstanding, but still has an entertainment value that ensures that audiences do not lose interest.
The cast showcases a reasonable amount of fire in the form of Katie Cassidy, Eliza Dushku and Sasha Grey. The actors, especially Katie Cassidy, have done justice to the plot to their best abilities. What lacks, maybe, is an attractive or popular male actor who could attract some female attention and bring some class to the entire project.
Multiple Personality Disorder is an interesting subject in its own and the sound of it renders a mystery to the movie that is bound to catch audiences. The Scribbler does a decent job of not sapping that down. It is however, a little far-fetched, dwelling too much into mutation and metaphysics that staying in the domain of psychology.
All in all people should give it a try, although it might not be everyone's cuppa tea.

Ranking: 3/5  

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mardaani 2014 Movie Review and Trailer #RaniMukerji

Movie: Mardaani (2014)

Cast: Rani Mukerji, Tahir Raj Bhasin
Genre: Action, Drama

Mardaani (2014) is an action thriller based on events from a true story. It revolves around a female super cop who tries to track down and capture the leader of a human trafficking gang that specializes in prostitution. 
Mardaani addresses issues of societal rot and inhuman abuse of women and how the women can face and fight back such issues. It focuses on the hidden power of a woman as an equal and sometimes more powerful and resilient force in society.
Rani Mukerji has given a very strong performance as a cop. She doesn't overdo the role and looks believable. Tahir Raj looks evil and very despicable as the negative lead. He shines through very strongly and doesn't let Rani over shadow him.
This movie is a must watch and should be seen by all women as an inspiration.

Rating: 3.5/5

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) Movie Review and Trailer #sincity

Movie: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)

Cast: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Ray Liotta

Genre: Crime, Action, Thriller

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is a good sequel to Sin City. It is a crime thriller that boasts slick and dark action with sexy moves and a good story-line. The use of black, white and red provide for an attractive viewer experience enhanced by the presence of Jessica Alba and Eva Green. The masculinity of Mickey Rourke and Josh Brolin brings about a very bad-ass feel to the movie. Love being the real villain in the movie has perhaps the most impressive role to play.
The cast is huge and they have performed to their best abilities. Jessica Alba looks uneasy and is not as hot as people often expect her to be. Eva Green however is dark and mesmerizing and has bared it all with quite an impressive affect. Her natural attire is definitely one of the highest points of the movie when it comes to its appeal for the audience. Mickey Rourke performs a role he was born to play and Josh Brolin is as hunky as ever. Bruce Willis and Ray Liotta can at best be described as guest stars who bring value to the movie on the whole.
All in all Sin City: A Dame To Kill For does not disappoint as a feature film and fans of cinema should give it a go.

Rating: 3.5/5

Saturday, September 27, 2014

#Disney Khoobsurat (2014) Movie Review and Free Online Streaming

Movie: Disney Khoobsurat (2014)
Cast: Fawad Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Kiron Kher
Genre: Drama, Romance

Disney Khoobsurat is a remake of an old Bollywood flick by the same name that starred Rekha and Ashok Kumar. The 2014 version however stars the newest heartthrob of the subcontinent Fawad Khan alongside Sonam Kapoor and the duo create some Disney style magic on screen.
A true Disney Tale, Khoobsurat is set in a royal environment of the Rathor family with grand locations and palaces. The Royal family is very aptly cast and the characterization of both Fawad and Sonam is flawless.
Fawad Khan looks the part as the enigmatic prince charming who personifies class and stature and is also exceptionally good looking. Fawad's undeniable looks have once again made him capture the audience through the entire screen time that he was provided by the script. His role is very well played and written and he looks very very attractive and leaves a lasting impression with his soft yet powerful performance.
Sonam, I thought contrary to popular belief, has really produced the best performance of her career thus far. She brought out the craziness that Milli possesses in a way that was the demand of the script. Her role makes the distinction of Royalty and a misfit perfectly clear and also brings laughter and freshness to every scene that she is in. Apart from the performance itself, it must be said that casting Sonam for this role or writing such a role for Sonam was an amazing decision because Sonam herself is known for being erratic with what she says and does and most of what she says makes very little sense. I thought that Sonam Kapoor's performance in Khoobsurat was outstanding and could even be award worthy. A special note of appreciation should go to the dress designer for Sonam who contributed heavily to the character of Milli and brought the real Milli alive. 
Kiron Kher as Manju was exceptional and hilarious in Khoobsurat and lifted the entire movie to a different level of comedy. The spontaneous dialog delivery from Kiron made this a role worth remembering for times to come.
Disney Khoobsurat is not only a sweet comedy but also a very well made movie with strong script and characters. It is an entertainer worth watching with the family.

Rating: 4/5

Friday, September 26, 2014

Anna Nicole (2014) Movie Review

Movie: Anna Nicole (2014)
Cast: Agnes Bruckner, Martin Landau, Adam Goldberg
Genre: Biography, Drama

Anna Nicole (2014) is a biographical account of the life of one of the most exuberant and over the edge model and actress from Hollywood. She was born Vicky Lynn and aspired to enjoy the limelight of Hollywood from her childhood times. The movie beautifully portrays her rise and fall in the modeling and acting industry with strong references to her drug abuse, motherhood, relationships that led to her eventual demise.
Agnes Bruckner dishes out a natural and outstandingly enjoyable performance as Anna Nicole Smith. Her dialect and body language is mesmerizing. She brought out the personality that Anna Nicole stood by and was popular for by acting out perfectly as an intelligent yet troubled model who wanted to reach the top and enjoy the lifestyle she thought was appropriate for her. Agnes Bruckner flaunts her assets and talent to bring to the screen an amazing portrayal of the true starlet that Anna Nicole was.
I recommend all movie buffs to give it a go.

Rating: 4/5