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All posturing, no heft.
Shades of Thrones.
Spy comedy but make it richer.
Apple’s $250 million bet (mostly) pays off.
Marvel’s slump drags on.
Lost in the malaise.
Zoya Akhtar’s nepo baby-riddled imagining of Riverdale has the desire but little else.
Incompetence is the name of the game.
Joyous but lacking in substance.
My eight favourite titles from the Mumbai Film Festival.
The exact opposite of a spy thriller.
New name, same FIFA.
Kareena Kapoor Khan is the least interesting element in Sujoy Ghosh’s most mature movie yet.
Two Shah Rukh Khans, too many PSAs.
Gory and garrulous, unfunny and uninspired.
Overwhelming and emotionally exhausting.
Netflix’s Udta Punjab tackles toxic masculinity in a biting, understated fashion.
As Henry Cavill exits and the Netflix series fails to correct its faults, you get the sense this will never be the next Game of Thrones.
The sequel to the Oscar-winning original is mature, wilder, and more ambitious—but it’s ultimately one half of a movie.
James Gunn is hooked on a feeling—but his overstuffed movie occasionally gets out of hand.
Partly aimless, the Star Wars series’ third eight-chapter batch ended in a way that signalled it might be done for good.
Looks terrible, lacks the original’s freshness, and struggles with its extended cast.
Jonathan Majors is great but his Kang—the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s next big bad—suffers in a film that looks fake and struggles to sketch an arc for its growing ensemble.
Greta Gerwig expertly and hilariously sketches out the problems with our male-dominated world—but with zero subtlety.
A new Mission: Impossible? Not even close.
Best DC universe movie since Wonder Woman.
An own goal.
Another instantly-forgettable Disney live-action remake—I never want to revisit this Neverland.
Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler deliver utter garbage.
Enamoured by politics and conspiracies, the SonyLIV original series forgets what made it interesting.
The Disney+ Hotstar remake—with Anil Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur—is fine, but it can’t live up to the original.
Christopher Nolan goes nuclear.
No better duo than Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie when it comes to action blockbuster filmmaking in Hollywood today.
Chris Hemsworth-led Netflix sequel is bigger and more personal—but it fails to be any better.
Ana de Armas and Chris Evans’ charm can’t rescue this spy rom-com.
The incredible, intense, and innovative action is ultimately overwhelming, overdrawn, and results in an overlong movie.
The first season of the HBO series tweaks, expands, and moves beyond the 2013 eponymous video game in marvellous ways.
James Cameron delivers the biggest ‘video game movie’ ever.
An improvement on Fallen Order, but still flawed.
Time for a next-gen showdown.
Next-gen is expensive.
Ready for next-gen, but it isn’t here yet.
It panders too much to Chinese interests, and squanders the potential it had.
Netflix keeps making regressive reality TV because people keep watching it.
I watched a lot of TV this decade — it became work halfway in — so I figured I’d make something out of it.
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