Movie Review

Writer: Editor Category: Specials Edition: Dhaboman - Winter 2017

Our goal is not to review a movie to death. Instead, we want to provide readers our honest opinion without giving much away to help them decide. Ratings are based on reviewer’s experience.

Exciting, Enjoyable, So-so, Bad, Horrible   


Secret superstar (Hindi) Amir Khan, Zaira Wasim, Meher Vij

Review: A heartwarming movie that never seems to get boring. This is about a young girl who moves into stardom with the help of a famous musician, but honestly, there’s so much more to it.       Rate: Enjoyable (150 min)


Half girlfriend (Hindi) Sraddha Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor

Review: This is a love story sprouted in a basketball ground, hence the term half (from half court). While Arjun looks slightly overweight, the chemistry between beautiful Shraddha and innocent Arjun looks natural. Through several ups and downs in the story line the two manage to hold interest. Songs are particularly beautiful.     Rate: Enjoyable (135 min)


Blade Runner 2049 (English) Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford

Review: A sequel of a very critically acclaimed movie many years ago, it delivers what is expected. Visually pleasing, top actors with believable acting and a less complicated story line makes it both interesting and captivating.

Rate: Enjoyable (163 min)


Dunkirk (English) Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney

Review: A war movie is not for everybody, especially one like Dunkirk where the mayhem that the hapless soldiers were subject to was portrayed without reservation. But it is a job well done. One is bound to feel sad and taken. Based on true events.

Rate: Enjoyable (106 min)


Downsizing (English) Matt Damon

Review: An interesting idea that has a lot of good things going on for it, though at times turned very slow, even a little lost, but eventually things got going and moved well thereafter. However, overall it felt that the movie missed its potential.

Rate: So-so (135 min)


The foreigner (English) Jacki Chan, Pierce Brosnan

Review: Jackie Chan is a pleasing actor to watch, whether he is doing his masterful martial art or a revengeful, sad father resorting to explosives. This is a revenge drama that has plenty of violence, but never feels out of context.

Rate: Enjoyable (114 min)


The billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri(English) Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson

Review: This is an interesting movie that keeps on getting better and better, holds the interest in a tight grip and delivers at every stage. Based on fictional events that changes a small town. 

Rate: Exciting (115 min)



It (English) Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgard

Review: Well-made movie in the Horror genre. A group of friends goes back to their childhood town to take care of an unfinished business related to a horrific murderous existence. 

Rate: Enjoyable (135 min)


Battle of Sexes (English) Emma Stone, Steve Carell

Review: Based on a true story it evolves around the struggle for women tennis player’s demand for equal pay with their men counterpart. A large part of the movie is taken up by the contrasting romantic interest of the female protagonist that sometimes feels overbearing.     Rate: Enjoyable (121 min)


Star Wars – The last Jedi (English) Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher

Review:  An action packed visually tantalizing experience. The movies in this series are so mind capturing that one is bound to ignore any weakness in the story line. Why bother wondering about minor stuff when you are in a world far far away that looks so realistic that one must wonder – how do they do that? Loved every moment of it.     Rate: Exciting (152 min)


The mountain between us (English) Idris Elba, Kate Winslet

Review: Take a simple story, two wonderful actors and put them in the most beautiful settings of nature, what is the chance that it won’t work out? It is often slow and strained but captured the theme of the movie just right. Fans of nature and disaster movies would like it.      Rate: Enjoyable (112 min)


Flatliners (English) Ellen Page, Diego Luna

Review: While a new concept is explored, the end product is not that interesting or compelling.  Rate: So-so (110 min)


Mother (English) Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem

Review: Visually interesting movie, though slow moving and may appear to be complex, unclear but still succeeds to engage, full credit to Jenifer Lawrence.   Rate: So-so (121 min)


The pirates of Somalia (English) Evan Peters, Barkhad Abdi

Review: Based on a true story this movie is very engaging, interesting and even an eye opener. It is a tale of an American youth trying to break into journalism by risking his life to report on the pirates from Somalia.    Rate: Enjoyable (118 min)


Stronger (English) Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany

Review: Based on the true story of Boston Marathon bombing this movie is well made and delivers the story in a simple, appealing way.  Galaghan is an excellent actor and always adds something extra to his roles.     Rate: Enjoyable (119 min)


Last Flag Flying (English) Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne

Review: A war movie without the war, it is a heart warming story of three old friends, a grief-stricken father of a soldier killed in Iraq and a mixture of questions and answers about shared responsibility about defending one’s motherland. At times it is slow and even aimless, but that almost seems natural in the setting of the story. The actors are the life of this movie and carries it well.  Rate: Enjoyable (124 min)