New Delhi: Director Nitya Mehra’s romantic drama Baar Baar Dekho, starring Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif, is a watchable take on how much work it takes to keep a relationship sturdy, says Gulf News. There are amateurish phases, but what keeps this love story afloat are the moments in which the couple tries to work through its skewed work-life balance. It’s a problem that many modern-day couples face and the diatribe about “you don’t spend enough time with me" hits close home. Both Kaif and Malhotra have enough sizzle to keep us guessing. Read More

Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Arbaaz Khan-starrer Freaky Ali, directed by Sohail Khan, fails to score, says Gulf News. The film’s predictability and loose plot, which Khan tries to cover up under the garb of a (not-so-funny) comedy, is quite tangible. You keep expecting it to grab your attention with each following scene. But that scene never comes. It’s really not worth the money to watch this one in the theatre. Read More

For Hollywood fans, American biographical drama Sully about US Airways Flight 1549 and its pilot Chesley “Sully" Sullenberger, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney and Anna Gunn, comes to India this week. The film’s low-key simplicity works in its favour, says The Verge. Eastwood and screenwriter Todd Komarnicki have plenty of opportunities to sensationalize both the crash landing and the National Transportation Safety Board investigation that follows. Instead, they dial the story down to Eastwood’s favourite tempo: the slow, thoughtful meander of serious people taking their time to chew over what’s important to them. Read More

Rolling Stone agrees Eastwood and Hanks make the heroic pilot story soar. The movie earns your attention and respect by digging deep, by finding the fear and self-doubt inside a man who’d never accept being defined as a hero. It’s an eye-opener. Like the film’s subject, Hanks makes the impossible seem effortless. There are few flashbacks to establish Sully and no pleas for special treatment. Yet Hanks—a master of subtle brilliance—lets us see all we need to know about what defines his character, creating a portrait of a man in full. Read More

In the south, Tamil film Vaaimai, directed by A. Senthil Kumar and starring Shanthnu Bhagyaraj and Muktha Bhanu, starts off with much promise only to deceive and end up with below average fare, says indiaglitz.com. A film that is ambitious enough to call for a change in the system should at least have a convincing screenplay even at the expense of logic but Vaaimai misses the very point it sets out to make. A 100 minutes spent watching the film feel like a week. Read More

Tamil science fiction thriller Iru Mugan, directed by Anand Shankar and starring Vikram, Nayantara and Nithya Menen, is a solid though predictable story, says India Today. In the two-and-a-half-hour run time, Anand manages to hold your attention. The first half is pretty pacy as he builds the plot with a little twist in the interval. But it’s the second half that lacks the punch. The film could’ve easily been Tamil cinema’s answer to Hollywood thrillers but it’s neither a damn-good film nor a bad one. Read More

Malayalam crime thriller Oppam, directed by Priyadarshan and starring Mohanlal, Samuthirakani, Vimala Raman and Anusree, is a perfect movie experience for the director and lead actor’s fans, says Filmi Beat. The movie is brilliant in technical aspects and the screenplay, which perfectly weaves the main plot and subplots together, is the backbone of the film. Read More

Malayalam revenge drama Oozham, directed by Jeethu Joseph and starring Prithviraj Sukumaran, Divya Pillai and Rasna Pavithran, is an unconventional, unique experience that will keep you engaged, says Filmi Beat. The movie stays away from unnecessary add-ons like romantic and sentimental sequences, which makes it a crisp watch. Read More

Several releases this week haven’t elicited any reviews yet. These include Telugu romantic thriller Jyo Achyutananda, Punjabi film Tiger, Bengali romantic film Love Express and Gujarati movies Wrong Side Raju and Tuu To Gayo.

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