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New Delhi: As is the norm, the first week of the year is bereft of high-profile Bollywood releases. Still reeling under the effects of Bajirao Mastani, Dilwale and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there are only a couple of Hollywood flicks and some regional films to look forward to this week.

3D action-thriller Point Break, directed by Ericson Core and starring Édgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer and Ray Winstone, is the remake of a memorable 1991 Keanu Reeves film by the same name. The reboot, however, ends up as a confusing, overblown dud, says the Los Angeles Times. The stunts are an unconvincing mix of CGI and practical effects and unlike the earlier film, the cast is far from charismatic. The reviewer calls this one “an endurance test". agrees that the remake does nothing to improve on the original film in a meaningful way. Core prioritizes sport action over character development and storyline but even that turns out spiceless. The reviewer wonders why anyone would pay extra to watch the 3D effects that aren’t artistic in any way.

Chinese-Hong Kong 3D fantasy adventure film Monster Hunt, directed by Raman Hui and starring Bai Baihe and Jing Boran, has emerged as one of China’s highest-grossing domestic hits. Variety magazine points that the jolly live-action fantasy may seem too elementary for some viewers but “its technical wizardry and zippy, Hollywood-influenced storytelling smarts dwarf any brand of tyke-skewing entertainment China has ever come up with". Its digestible story arc and snappy production design are remarkable.

The Hollywood Reporter adds that the visual effects and action choreography keep the film moving at a decent pace but a lot of the story elements are incoherent and work according to their own logic. Many characters aren’t fully realized but at the end of the day, the movie is fairly non-threatening.

In the south, Telugu romantic film Nenu Sailaja, starring Ram Pothineni and Keerthi Suresh and directed by Kishore Tirumala, is a complete family entertainer and a fine opportunity for Pothineni to reconnect with audiences after some unsuccessful films, says Indread. The lead performances are excellent but the music by Devi Sri Prasad overpowers everything else.

However, it is Nana Patekar-starrer Natsamrat, a Marathi film directed by Mahesh Manjrekar, which is the perfect treat you can usher in the new year with. Based on V.V. Shirwadkar’s iconic play by the same name on the fading glory of a celebrated theatre artiste, the film takes a harsh but beautiful look at how conveniently we forget performers once they’re out of sight, says Bollywood Life. Patekar’s heart-wrenching performance will make you laugh and cry and convince you that missing this gem of a film would’ve been a mistake.

Several other releases this week haven’t received any reviews yet. These include Tamil films Peigal Jaakirathai and Tharkappu; Telugu romantic movies Abbayitho Ammayi and Nannu Vadili Neevu Polevule; Ram Gopal Varma’s Kannada docu-drama thriller Killing Veerappan, starring Shivaraj Kumar, and based on the events that led to the killing of the Indian bandit; Gujarati comedy drama Hu Tu Tu Tu, directed by Shital Shah and featuring Parth Oza, Raunaq Kamdar and Shital Shah; and Bengali film Monchora, directed by Sandip Ray and starring Abir Chatterjee, Raima Sen and Saswata Chatterjee.

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