New Delhi: The two-week face-off between Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees and Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil is all set to end with the release of Akshay Kumar’s satirical comedy Jolly LLB 2.
The legal drama directed by Subhash Kapoor has its heart in the right place but is as long-winded as the trials in Indian courts, says Gulf News. The movie has been perfectly cast. Kumar as the underdog, hapless lawyer, Saurabh Shukhla as judge Tripathi and Annu Kapoor as the flamboyant legal mind help each other along nicely. It’s the pace that’s a letdown and there are moments when the thrilling bits of the case feel overly stretched. Read more
The film addresses many issues: terrorism, corruption, government apathy and does a fair job of it, says masala.com. But like any Bollywood entertainer, runs on two parallels: an important murder case and a bunch of jokes that have little or no relevance in the film. Had the film focused on the crime, without trying too hard to make it easy-breezy and crack jokes that don’t have much context, it would have made for a far more compelling story. Read more
For Hollywood fans, American romantic science fiction film The Space Between Us, directed by Peter Chelsom and starring Asa Butterfield, Gary Oldman, Britt Robertson and Carla Gugino, comes to India this week. Variety magazine says rarely has a teen melodrama gone so far—or fallen so flat—in a bald attempt to wring sympathy for an impossible romance. The film flails around trying to achieve the same broad heartland-friendly humour of Chelsom’s last hit, Hannah Montana: The Movie and is so overtexted with its elaborate sci-fi premise that Chelsom soon stumbles into big plot holes. Read more
It’s the kind of processed cheese tearjerker, completely devoid of shame, that can harden even the easiest criers into heckling cynics, says A.V Club. You want to take its lunch money or at least introduce it to better music. On top of that, it reeks of desperate post-production tinkering; the relentless flow of maudlin montage during the first act betrays a troubled production—finally in theatres, after several delays—that can’t even efficiently deliver its gallons upon gallons of schmaltz. Read more
Supernatural psychological horror film Rings, directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez and starring Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Vincent D’Onofrio, Aimee Teegarden and Bonnie Morgan, is a mediocre horror sequel that will only appeal to die-hard fans of the genre and source material, says Screen Rant. Even under two hours, Gutiérrez struggles with the pacing, and the movie crawls along and feels boring instead of scary. Read more
If crap movies carried penalties for inflicting torture on audiences, then Rings would merit a death sentence, says Rolling Stone. This overdose of cinematic Lunesta takes the horror out of horror show—and the show is lost as well, since Gutiérrez doesn’t seem remotely interested in rousing anything in us, besides all-consuming apathy. Read more
In the south, Tamil movie SI III, starring Suriya, Anushka Shetty and Shruti Haasan and directed by Hari Gopalakrishnan Nadar, is a template franchise film, says Firstpost. Much like a burger at McDonald’s, it tries to keep its ingredients and taste the same. The story is simple enough and there are moments, but few and far between. The only silver lining is Suriya, who makes it watchable. Read more
Marathi film Dhyanimani, starring Mahesh Manjrekar and Ashwini Bhave and directed by Chandrakant Kulkarni, often borders on the absurd, says Pune Mirror. The nature of the film changes at midpoint with a big revelation, but throughout the portion preceding it, the treatment pre-empts the revelation. As the film progresses, the gravity of the situation and the absurdity of the solutions go on increasing. Read more
Several releases this week haven’t elicited any reviews yet. These include Hindi film Hind Ka Napak Ko Jawab MSG Lion Heart-2, Telugu devotional film Om Namo Venkatesaya, Malayalam horror thriller Ezra, Kannada action film Masti Gudi, Marathi movie Fugay and Gujarati films Armaan: Story of a Storyteller, Love Virus and Than Than Gopal.