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Movie Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction

Written By Minhaj Uddin on Friday, 27 June 2014 | 12:39

Critic's Rating: 3.5/5

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, JackReynor, Bingbing Li, John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, John DiMaggio, Reno Wilson, Peter Cullen

Direction: Michael Bay

Genre: Action

Duration: 2 hours 46 minutes

Story: The Autobots are in hiding as they're being hunted down by the CIA with the help of a ruthless bounty hunter Transformer. When a broke inventor accidentally 'finds' Optimus Prime, the CIA and the Decepticons make a beeline for them.

Review: Transformers takes a little time to really build up, with the necessary character-establishing scenes of the humans. Cade Yeager (Wahlberg) lives in the Texas countryside with his daughter Tessa (Peltz). Struggling to pay the bills, he invests every cent into buying and re-purposing what Tessa calls 'junk'. She is skeptical that the eager Yeager will one day make a game-changing invention. Yet later, when the pace kicks in, Bay ensures that you are blindsided by a juggernaut of metal.

CIA agent Harold Attinger (Grammer) finds out that Yeager knows where Optimus Prime (Cullen) is. Attinger gets a Decepticon called Lockdown, whom he has formed a tenuous alliance with, to track down the Autobot leader as well as other Autobots because they are no longer welcome on Earth.

The technology that makes the Transformers is then recycled and reverse-engineered by tech tycoon Joshua Joyce's (Tucci) company KSI, to create a new breed of Transformers. But does Joshua really understand the alien technology well enough to create and more importantly, control?

Prime regroups with Bumblebee, Hound (Goodman), Drift (Watanabe), Crosshairs (DiMaggio) and Brains (Wilson) to fight the Decepticons. Yeager,Tessa and her boyfriend Shane (Reynor) help out. But while the effects are totally off the hook, the dialogues sound like a random collection of one-liners. Indeed, the machines display a wider range of emotions. But then again, you don't watch a Michael Bay film for intense dialogues. The idea is, why shoot a person just once when you can take a cannon instead and literally shred not only the person, but the car next to him, the building behind him and a few bystanders, with a few hundred bullets and shells for good measure. Be it fiery photogenic explosions, smashing buildings, mega monster battles and more, there is no doubt that action rules this film.

Source: [TOI]
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Movie Review: Ek Villian

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh, Aamna Sharif

Direction: Mohit Suri

Genre: Romance

Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes

Story: When Guru's love Aisha is threatened by Rakesh, a villain, the evil within him resurfaces. He too bays for blood and how.

Review: Guru (Sidharth) is a gangster who is happy to let his gun speak. Till the effervescent, virginal Aisha (Shraddha), a Good Samaritan, crosses his path. Opposite attract. His gun goes silent as the two of them chase the rainbow together. The texture of their relationship has that fairy-tale quality. And just when they start to build their castle, brick by brick, their life is stopped on the tracks by a psychotic serial killer Rakesh (Riteish).

Guru, who had dropped his gun in exchange for a bed of roses with Aisha, rediscovers metal. Inspired largely by Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-Woon's I Saw the Devil (2010), Mohit Suri's romantic thriller is Bollywoodised for the desi market.

While the Korean film relied on too much blood and gore, Suri's film mixes romance and violence in equal measure, letting the plot meander a bit butallowing for some sharp twists as well. So there are those sweet moments interspersed with the melodious galliyan track rendered beautifully by Ankit Tewari. And there are also those look-over-your-shoulder thrills because suddenly, you have not one, but two villains running amok on screen. The cat and mouse game between the two bad men is exciting. However, there is some repeated violence that makes you squirm and wish that the writer had kept the plot tighter.

Sidharth kills with his good looks and delivers an angry man performance deftly; Riteish strikes the right amount of fear in his maniacal gear. Shraddha is bubbly and achingly beautiful. But the supporting cast should have been chosen more discerningly. Aamna Sharif as Riteish's nagging wife is an irritant and Remo Fernandes as the mafia don should definitely have had more menace.

You cannot fault the scale of Ek Villain or berate its lead star cast. But you wish you could celebrate this thriller like you did Suri's last movie outing Aashiqui 2. This one lacks soul.

Source: [TOI]
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Watch trailer: Jackie Shroff’s son Tiger in ‘Heropanti’

Written By Minhaj Uddin on Saturday, 5 April 2014 | 10:52

Actor Jackie Shroff’s son Tiger Shroff is all set to make his Bollywood debut with romantic action film ‘Heropanti’.

Tiger Shroff is looking no less than a hunk with his well chiseled body and sturdy sharp looks. The Shroff lad is seen doing killer action sequences and deadly stunts in the trailer.

Tiger lives up to the title ‘Heropanti’ totally as he pulls off action, drama and romance effortlessly. The female lead of the film Kriti Sanon, who is a south film actress and model also looks promising in the film.

‘Heropanti’ is a love story sealed with an impossible, tough fate, a story of the bold Bablu and the bratty Dimpy. It is set against brutal clans and an increasingly violent landscape.

Tiger has been specially trained for martial arts for his role in ‘Heropanti’.

The film is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and directed by Sabbir Khan, is expected to release on May 23, 2014.

The first official trailer of the film was released on Friday (April 4) by Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan in Mumbai.

Watch the official trailer of Heropanti:

Source: IndianExpress
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Katrina Kaif meets Ranbir Kapoor’s grandmother

No matter how many times they deny their affair, Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif are definitely more than “just friends”. Despite having fights over the past few months, all is for sure well between the alleged couple.

Says a source, “fights are common between couple, and it’s the same for Ranbir and Katrina, as well.”

Not very long ago, there was a picture doing rounds on various social networking site, of Katrina Kaif dining with Ranbir’s mom, Neetu and a few other relatives in London. Well, now if latest rumors are to be believed, Katrina recently stopped by Krishna Cottage in Chembur, Mumbai, to share a meal with RK’s grandmom, Krishna Kapoor.

Quotes an entertainment website, “Looks like Ranbir wants to get the final stamp of endorsement on Katrina from his grandmother, Mrs. Krishna Kapoor. He’s extremely close to her and values her opinion tremendously.”

Looks like Katrina is going all out to impress Ranbir’s family.

Source: Bollywood Celebden
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Is SRK angry with Karan Johar for inviting Salman?

It seems Bollywood's best buddies, superstars Shah Rukh Khan and filmmaker Karan Johar have drifted apart. With rumours doing the rounds that SRK is apparently miffed with the filmmaker, there are speculations that the superstar will not be a guest on KJo's 'Koffee With Karan.'

A Saharsamay report says that Shah Rukh Khan was supposed to come on the final episode of Karan Johar's chat show. However, he has refused to be a part of this. Koffee With Karan Season 4 has only two episodes left for telecast - one features Parineeti Chopra and Alia Bhatt and the other features Sunny Leone and Ekta Kapoor.

Rumours suggest that SRK is miffed with Karan as he invited his arch-rival Salman Khan to open the chat show. However, sources close to the filmmaker say that both SRK and Karan couldn't take out time to shoot the episode, and there is no hostility between the two.

In fact the report has quoted Karan as saying that he and SRK are still close buddies and no one can take away their relationship that has been built in last twenty years.

Well it seems making a choice between Salman and SRK is surely giving Karan Johar nightmares!

ALSO WATCH: Salman on Koffee With Salman

Source: TOI
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OMG: Arjun Kapoor kisses Alia Bhatt in public?

Well they might deny their relationship in public, the young lovebirds Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt leave no chance to romance or lock lips with each other. During film promotions for their upcoming movie '2 States', the duo not only showed their chemistry but also kissed in public, shocking thousands of college students.

A media report says that both Arjun and Alia were promoting their upcoming movie in a college and were interacting with students too. However, amid a crowd of students, they suddenly had an eye-contact and then they kissed each other.

Though both have kissed each other in the movie, a shown in trailer, but doing it publicly and that too in front of so many spectators was indeed shocking.

Watch: 2 States Trailer

Source: TOI
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