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  • Tughlaq Durbar

    Tughlaq Durbar

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    At first, Tughlaq Durbar seems to follow the template of a familiar moral drama: a ground-level political worker, Singam (a superb Vijay Sethupathi) faces tests of conscience as he tries to climb the political ladder. Will he remain a scheming politician or will he find a way to be a good human being too? But on top of this, there’s an entertaining layer straight out of Amaidhi Padai — Singam has to double-cross a senior in his party, Rayappan (Parthiban),…

  • Seetimaarr

    Seetimaarr

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Gopichand is one of the few actors who is keeping alive a certain kind of Telugu ‘mass’ cinema which is different from ‘masala’ cinema in one crucial way. While masala moments focus on enhancing emotional drama, mass cinema tries to deify the hero and make the audience whistle for the ‘Hero’ or towards the cinema’s hyper-masculine moments. And if you had any doubts about the kind of film Gopichand would act in, this film is titled ‘Seetimaar’ – literally ‘blow a whistle’. But the film disguises these whistle worthy moments using Kabaddi.
    Read the full review on Film Companion, here: bit.ly/3C5bHf5

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  • Joji

    Joji

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Who is there? One of the subjects of your kingdom. This exchange takes place in Joji, the third film by one of Malayalam cinema’s dream teams – director Dileesh Pothan, writer Syam Pushkaran and actor Fahadh Faasil. Joji is a reworking of Macbeth and while these words might suggest a period setting, Shakespeare’s tragedy has been reimagined in contemporary times, on a sprawling rubber plantation in Kerala. But Joji, the youngest of three brothers, is very much a subject of his father’s kingdom.

    Read the full review on Film Companion, here: bit.ly/3dIxzCI

  • Lootcase

    Lootcase

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    Lootcase is a long-drawn but fairly well-crafted comedy about ordinary people caught in an extraordinary situation. The premise is far from original: A lower-middle-class family man finds a red suitcase full of cash outside a public toilet. With corrupt politicians, murderous gangsters and ruthless cops at war in the hunt for this missing suitcase, it’s amusing to see that the man’s biggest problem is hiding and spending the loot without inviting suspicion. Which is why Lootcase, much like Delhi Belly,…