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New Delhi: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s much-hyped comeback in director Sanjay Gupta’s crime-thriller Jazbaa, co-starring Irrfan Khan, is a ‘one-time watch’, according to Mid-day. While Gupta’s adaptation of the Korean film is mostly taut and engaging, the performances and dialogues, especially Khan’s, are impressive. Barring some unnecessary melodrama, it makes for decent viewing.

The Times of India mentions that the film has turned out to be a judicious comeback for Rai who packs in a powerful performance. While Khan is flawless, Gupta gets the storytelling quite right.

For Hollywood fans, Robert Zemeckis’ 3D biographical drama film The Walk comes to India this week. Based on French artist Philippe Petit’s walk between the Twin Towers in 1974, the film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley and Charlotte Le Bon. Variety magazine calls it not just a staggering spectacle but also an eminently relatable human story. Zemeckis blends character and technology to achieve impossible feats and the film ends up as an event that needs to be witnessed.

The Atlantic reviewer mentions that you might sometimes get tired of the technical prowess and the absence of quiet, poetic moments, but Zemeckis’ rendition is too painstaking and thrilling to be ignored.

Continuing the surge of biographical dramas, Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet also releases this weekend. The Verge emphasizes that the film may hero-worship its protagonist and never really delve deeply into his life, but it moves at “a terrifically engaging pace" and ultimately holds human connection in higher regard than technological progress.

BBC agrees that the film dodges a lot of details but writer Aaron Sorkin makes sure the pace is electrifying even though he presumes the audience is familiar with the outline of Jobs’ life and career.

British-American fantasy adventure film Pan, directed by Joe Wright stars Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara and Levi Miller. The film which is supposed to be a prequel to J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan story has been described by Forbes as “a painfully bland and very unnecessary origin story". While the action and adventure is engaging, the story is formulaic and the performances unimpressive. Most importantly, the reviewer feels, we don’t really need to know how Peter became Peter Pan at the end of the day.

The Telegraph is slightly more impressed and feels that the film, though overcrowded, is “wonderfully old-fashioned" and doesn’t worry too much about Barrie’s work.

Also releasing this week is Telugu and Tamil historical film Rudhramadevi, starring Anushka Shetty, Allu Arjun and Rana Daggubati that has been directed by Gunasekhar. The movie is eagerly awaited but hasn’t received any reviews yet. Neither have Rajesh Latkar’s Marathi action drama Biker’s Adda or Pankaj Batra’s Punjabi film Dildariyaan.

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