New Delhi: Kanu Behl makes an impressive directorial debut with Titli ,which the Hindustan Times calls the best Hindi film of the year so far. Starring Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial and Shashank Arora, the movie’s tryst with reality, amazingly crafted screenplay and outstanding performances will keep you hooked. Don’t even think of missing this, the reviewer says. (Read more here)

Firstpost emphasizes that the brutal tale will suck you in and constantly subject you to the pain of its characters. Shorey shines in this film that switches between extreme emotions to tell a story that will make you feel much better about your own life. (Read more here)

The Mint review agrees, calling it bleak, controlled and impressive.

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Randeep Hooda and Richa Chadda-starrer Main Aur Charles, based on the life of notorious serial killer Charles Sobhraj and directed by Prawaal Raman, is exhausting and confusing, according to Gulf News. There are interesting strands and details but they don’t quite weave together to create anything as magnetic as Sobhraj’s personality. (Read more here)

The Times Of India praises Raman for infusing life into the story of the notorious killer. Hooda is impressive but character actor Adil Hussain who plays real-life cop Amod Kanth is a notch above. (Read more here)

Scroll.in says that adult comedy Guddu Ki Gun starring Kunal Khemu and directed by Shantanu Ray Chhibber and Sheershak Anand is peppered with double entendres and puns and the humour is occasionally infectious. But the daring premise is stretched way too long and tests your patience. (Read more here)

Nitin Chandra’s Once Upon A Time in Bihar stars Kranti Prakash Jha, Ajay Kumar and Aarti Puri. The Times Of India says it’s a well-intended film with authentic settings and decent performances. But the sluggish pace and its inability to propose a solution lets down this movie about the socio-political problems plaguing Bihar. (Read more here)

For Hollywood fans, 3D live-action horror comedy Goosebumps directed by Rob Letterman comes to India. Rolling Stone calls it a “crazy-scary-funny" film that knows its audience and dishes out a flood of comic terrors inspired by R. L Stine’s legendary horror series. (Reas more here)

The Guardian says the film is a high-energy chase while adding that the reliance on CGI imagery can get tedious but watching the actual characters is a delight. (Read more here)

American comedy-drama Burnt, starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Omar Sy and directed by John Wells has been called patchy and predictable by Variety magazine. The film is weighed down by perfunctory sub-plots, a lot of characters remain undeveloped and you never really believe a word of what the movie tells you. Cooper is a pro at playing distressed characters but the script never quite rises to meet his ambitions. (Read more here)

The Hollywood Reporter refers to the food film as a half-baked effort, sloppy and shamelessly clichéd. You never reach the core of a lot of the characters’ identities and the film doesn’t manage to tug at your heart strings. For a film that revolves around a chef, there is surprising lack of connection between him and his food. (Read more here)

In the south, Tamil drama Om Shanti Om, starring Srikanth and Neelam Upadhyaya and directed by D. Surya Prabhakar, has opened to decent reviews. The Reporter Times calls it a perfect entertainer with good music, action and drama. The lead pair does a fine job too. (Read more here)

Some other releases this week haven’t inspired any reviews yet. These include Punjabi comedy Saadey CM Saab, starring Harbhajan Mann, Kashish Singh and Gurpreet Ghuggi; Marathi film Than Than Gopal, directed by Kartik Shetty and featuring Vivek Chabukswar; and Telugu film Kumari 21F, with Raj Tarun and Hebah Patel in the lead.

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