• The Sea Beast

    The Sea Beast

    ★★★½

    Pirates of the Caribbean meets How To Train Your Dragon in this simple, sweet & sumptuously animated sea voyage that's crafted with sincerity & rendered with finesse. The Sea Beast is a fascinating story about fantastic beasts & sailors who venture out to hunt them and makes for an unexpectedly delightful adventure-fantasy that packs no shortage of heart, heroics & humanity.

  • The Duellists

    The Duellists

    ★★★★

    Sir Ridley Scott's feature film debut is a competently crafted, confidently narrated & consistently amusing historical drama that presents the then-new filmmaker exhibiting a clever eye for visual flair, period details & historical authenticity as he brings this 19th century account to screen with deft composure & clarity to deliver a picture that still remains one of his most under-appreciated efforts.

  • Lightyear

    Lightyear

    ★★★

    From the famed animation studio that garnered an unparalleled legacy & devoted fan following over the years with its steady output of original, emotional & groundbreaking family-friendly triumphs, Lightyear is arguably the first in Pixar canon that feels more like it was commissioned by its parent company instead of a picture that was purely envisioned by Pixar's own think tank.

    Co-written & directed by Angus MacLane, the film is a spin-off of Toy Story series and serves as the film that inspired the…

  • Jerry Maguire

    Jerry Maguire

    ★★★½

    Juggling elements of comedy, romance, drama & sports with finesse and handled with such tenderness that it has you under its grip before even revealing what it is about or where it is headed, Jerry Maguire is a hilarious & heartening delight that's crafted with sincerity, told with affection and vastly benefits from passionate performances from its fab cast to deliver one hell of a roller-coaster.

    Written & directed by Cameron Crowe, the story threads several subplots which at first seem trivial yet…

  • Jurassic World Dominion

    Jurassic World Dominion

    Continuing the Jurassic Park franchise tradition of every subsequent sequel being weaker than the previous one, Jurassic World Dominion is as embarrassing & incompetent as any blockbuster can get. An insipid, moronic & lacklustre entry with nonsensical plot, soulless characters & dull action, this sixth & final instalment is possibly the weakest of them all and is one of the worst films of the year so far.

    Directed by Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), the film picks what Fallen Kingdom had setup with its ending…

  • Collateral

    Collateral

    ★★★★

    Swirling with style, shot with sophistication and steered by strong performances, Collateral is a silently escalating & consistently gripping noir thriller that begins on a serene note but switches to next gear once the main plot surfaces and our primary characters are within the same frame. As the cat-n-mouse situation intensifies between our cab driver & his latest fare with additional lives at stake, their fates become entangled forever.

    Directed by Michael Mann (Heat & The Insider), there are several things that this…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★★

    Blockbuster filmmaking at its most perfect, genuine, complete, crystalline & pure.

  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★★★

    Swirling in 1980s flavours, packed with fearless aerobatics and presenting Tom Cruise in one of his breakthrough roles, Top Gun is as brash as it is unabashed and delivers a thrilling, riveting & action-packed adventure when the story is unfolding in the air but it also hits the snag and loses its momentum whenever the drama is required to continue on the ground.

    Directed by Tony Scott, the premise is rather simple and the unnecessary romance is as generic as it…

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★★

    From the visionary auteur behind The VVitch & The Lighthouse comes yet another meticulously researched & extensively detailed period piece that's steeped in myth, culture, superstitions & folklore. Rendering the world of Vikings on the film canvas in all its primal glory & unadulterated savagery, The Northman is an ingeniously crafted revenge fantasy epic that's bold, ambitious & engrossing throughout and easily ranks amongst the finest films of the year.

    Co-written & directed by Robert Eggers, the story follows a Viking prince on a quest to…

  • Oblivion

    Oblivion

    ★★

    A visually arresting yet narratively flat sci-fi offering that dazzles the eyes & piques the curiosity but still falls short of its grand ambitions, Oblivion brings its post-apocalyptic vision to life in fine detail and is thorough with its futuristic set pieces but the commitment evident in the production values is sorely missing in the script, thus resulting in a film that exhibits potential & promise but no tools to harness it.

    Directed by Joseph Kosinski, the premise is an action-adventure story…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★

    An unabashedly fun & unapologetically entertaining roller coaster ride of emotions that invites its viewers on a whirlwind adventure through spacetime without losing sight of its emotional trajectory and leaves them in an overwhelming state of sensory overload, Everything Everywhere All at Once is one of the most intriguing, imaginative & impressive concepts to surface on the big screen in recent years and is masterly steered by a fantabulous performance from the legendary Michelle Yeoh.

    Written & directed by Daniel Scheinert & Daniel Kwan…

  • Jack Reacher

    Jack Reacher

    ★★½

    Opening on a promising note with a shocking prologue that kicks the premise into action, it really is a shame that Jack Reacher is unable to sustain the intrigue & interest as it journeys forward and makes for a mildly entertaining crime thriller that despite being finely crafted and always on the move never for once manages to keep the viewers thoroughly invested in the unfolding set of events.

    Written & directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Rogue Nation & Fallout), the story indulges in…