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Hansal Mehta exclusive interview: ‘We often limit ourselves by the way we think’

Hansal Mehta and Jai Mehta speak to Hindustan Times about collaborating on their new show Lootere, which released on Disney+ Hotstar.

interview Jai Mehta and Hansal Mehta on the set of Lootere.
Published on Apr 08, 2024 06:28 AM IST

The Lost Notebook review: A man's cinema visits become a medium of escape

The Lost Notebook revolves around a Hungarian man's meticulous records of cinema visits, which forges a connection to his family in the present.

The Lost Notebook premiered at CPH: DOCX.
Published on Apr 05, 2024 06:08 AM IST

Renegade Nell review: A fantastic Louisa Harland makes for a wild adventure ride

Renegade Nell revolves around the titular woman on the run, who unknowingly becomes an outlaw as well as the possessor of magical powers.

Louisa Harland in a still from Renegade Nell.
Published on Mar 27, 2024 05:40 PM IST

Marching in the Dark review: Compelling doc sheds light on Indian farmer widows

Marching in the Dark, directed by Kinshuk Surjan, turns its attention to the widows of farmers, who are pushed into huge debts and poverty.

Marching in the Dark premiered at Cph: Docx.
Published on Mar 24, 2024 01:40 PM IST

Favoriten movie review: Excellent doc observes a primary classroom in Vienna

In Favoriten, director Ruth Beckermann films a classroom in Vienna for around three years to see how the students respond to their teacher.

Favoriten premiered at Cph: Docx.
Published on Mar 23, 2024 01:30 PM IST

Sting Like a Bee review: A fascinating film-within-a-film study of Italian youth

Sting Like a Bee review: Reality merges with fiction in this experimental, intriguing documentary on the dreams and voices of Italian youth.

Sting Like a Bee premiered at CPH: Docx.
Published on Mar 22, 2024 02:56 PM IST

Road House movie review: Jake Gyllenhaal pulls all the punches

Road House movie review: Jake Gyllenhaal smartly plays an ex-UFC fighter-turned-bouncer at a Florida Keys roadhouse in this witty remake of the 1989 original.

Jake Gyllenhaal in a still from Road House, now streaming in Prime Video.
Published on Mar 22, 2024 02:01 PM IST

Motherboard review: Portrait of single parent's decades-long journey is a gem

Motherboard review: Victoria Mapplebeck becomes pregnant at 38, and decides to film her journey as a single mother. It results in a video diary of 20 years.

Victoria Mapplebeck's Motherboard premiered at Cph:Docx.
Published on Mar 21, 2024 12:55 PM IST

The Many Lives of Édouard Louis review: An immersive perspective from a writer

The Many Lives of Édouard Louis revolves around 31-year-old French author Édouard Louis as he talks about his work and a personal transformation.

The Many Lives of Édouard Louis premiered at CPH:DOCX.
Updated on Mar 20, 2024 08:56 PM IST

The Labour of Pain and Joy review: A revelatory look at childbirth practices

The Labour of Pain and Joy follows two Finnish birth attendants, who strive to provide better and safe conditions for women in labour.

The Labour of Pain and Joy premiered at Cph:Docx.
Published on Mar 20, 2024 01:38 PM IST

Life and Other Problems review: A strangely moving doc on age-old questions

Life and Other Problems review: Death of a giraffe sets forth a dizzying set of questions on the meaning of life and existence in this uneven documentary.

Life and Other Problems opened CPH: Docx.
Published on Mar 19, 2024 04:34 PM IST

A New Kind of Wilderness review: Intimate documentary of family seeking change

A New Kind of Wilderness, playing at Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, is a quietly affecting story of a Norwegian family dealing with loss.

A still from A New Kind of Wilderness.
Published on Mar 15, 2024 01:27 PM IST

Oscars 2024: Best moments of the awards ceremony

The 96th Academy Awards ceremony promised a number of surprising and endearing moments. Let us take a look!

From Ryan Gosling's kenergy to Anatomy of a Fall's Snoop, the Oscars put up a terrific evening.
Published on Mar 11, 2024 01:19 PM IST

Poor Things movie review: Emma Stone is captivating in a visually stunning tale

After The Favourite, director Yorgos Lanthimos and actor Emma Stone deliver a weird, unhinged coming-of-age fairy tale unlike anything else you've ever seen.

Emma Stone plays Bella Baxter in Poor Things.
Published on Mar 09, 2024 05:33 PM IST

All Of Us Strangers movie review: Andrew Scott is sublime in tender ghost story

All Of Us Strangers movie review: Andrew Haigh examines love, family and past trauma with lyrical intensity; aided with a superb performance from Andrew Scott.

All Of Us Strangers movie review: Andrew Scott in a still from the film.
Published on Mar 08, 2024 01:37 PM IST

The Zone of Interest movie review: A chilling study of human complicity

The Zone of Interest review: It first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year, where it won the Grand Prix.

The Zone of Interest is nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture.
Published on Mar 02, 2024 01:12 PM IST

Anatomy of a Fall movie review: Sandra Hüller stuns in this Oscar-nominated film

Anatomy of a Fall review: Oscar-nominated French film revolves around Sandra, who is arrested for murder following her husband’s death. Did she do it?

Anatomy of a Fall is nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Published on Mar 01, 2024 03:08 PM IST

Iwájú review: Disney scores a winner in futuristic coming-of-age tale

Iwájú threads in global themes of class disparity, self-discovery and technological advancement in a unique, pressing aesthetic.

A still from Iwájú.
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 09:22 PM IST

The Teacher’s Lounge movie review: Germany's Oscar nominee is compelling

İlker Çatak’s The Teacher's Lounge, which is the official German Oscar entry for Best International Feature, is a nail-bitingly intense drama.

Leonie Benesch in a still from The Teacher's Lounge.
Published on Feb 27, 2024 10:02 AM IST

Shōgun review: This engrossing historical epic is one of the year's best shows

Shōgun, which is based on James Clavell’s 1975 historical fiction novel, chronicles political upheavals in 17th century feudal Japan during the pre-Edo period.

Hiroyuki Sanada in a still from Shogun.
Published on Feb 26, 2024 08:33 AM IST

Poacher cast exclusive interview: ‘This is the work one can only do selflessly’

In this exclusive interview, creator Richie Mehta and actors Roshan Mathew and Dibyendu Bhattacharya open up about creating the new Prime Video series Poacher.

interview Roshan Mathew and Nimisha Sajayan in a still from Poacher.
Published on Feb 26, 2024 06:25 AM IST

SAG Awards: Lily Gladstone's win shakes up Best Actress race ahead of Oscars

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2024 had quite a few surprise wins, but the one that will be interesting to watch is the Best Actress race as Oscar voting begins.

Lily Gladstone and Emma Stone in a still from Killers of the Flower Moon and Poor Things respectively.
Updated on Feb 25, 2024 07:05 PM IST

Liked Poacher? You should watch Julia Roberts' Erin Brockovich

Steven Soderbergh's Erin Brockovich, which won Julia Roberts an Academy Award for Best Actress, is the recommendation of the week.

Julia Roberts in a still from Erin Brockovich.
Published on Feb 24, 2024 06:23 PM IST

Shōgun creators explain the need for adapting the book for a new generation

In this exclusive interview, Shōgun creators Justin Marks, Rachel Kondo, Michaela Clavell talked about the research that went into the making of the show.

interview A still from Shogun.
Published on Feb 23, 2024 06:09 AM IST

BAFTA: Oppenheimer continues to dominate, while Poor Things catches up

Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer won top awards at the BAFTAs, while wins for Poor Things and American Fiction foreshadow strong turns ahead of Oscars.

Oppenheimer and Poor Things won multiple BAFTAs this year.
Published on Feb 19, 2024 04:59 PM IST

Ganesh Rajagopalan exclusive interview: ‘The Grammy win is yet to sink in'

In this exclusive interview, Ganesh Rajagopalan talked about his decades-long collaboration with Shakti, and creating the album This Moment during the pandemic.

Ganesh Rajagoapalan.
Published on Feb 19, 2024 01:55 PM IST

This Is Me…Now: A Love Story review: Jennifer Lopez leads bizarrely fun musical

This Is Me…Now: A Love Story is an autobiographical musical that has Jennifer Lopez take on therapy for wanting to be loved. The rest follows her music.

Jennifer Lopez in a still from This is Me...Now: A Love Story.
Published on Feb 16, 2024 06:17 AM IST

One Day review: Netflix hits gold with beautiful, decades-spanning love story

One Day review: Leo Woodall and Ambika Mod are wonderful in this unmissable tale of love and longing. It might also leave you bawling your eyes out.

Leo Woodall and Ambika Mod in One Day.
Published on Feb 15, 2024 06:17 AM IST

Puppy Love movie review: Lucy Hale and Grant Gustin's rom-com is forgettable

Puppy Love review: Grant Gustin and Lucy Hale cannot save this strictly safe and formulaic romantic comedy undone with a half-baked screenplay.

A still from Puppy Love, now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Published on Feb 10, 2024 03:14 PM IST

Monster movie review: Hirokazu Kore-eda gives us one of the year's best films

Monster movie review: The director of Shoplifters delivers another terrific film that plays out like a thriller told through shifting perspectives.

A still from Hirokazu Kore-eda's film Monster.
Published on Feb 10, 2024 01:32 PM IST
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