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1st quarter ends on a dull note

The first quarter of this year ended on a slightly bad note, with the latest biggie “Himmatwala” fashioned out of what they call the Madras Cut, has tanked at the box-office. Similarly the Brahmi factor did not fully work out for the Telugu film “Jaffa”. The other Telugu film “Arvind 2” a sequel to the hit film “A Film by Arvind” too bit the dust. Read on for the complete review of the films released this week. Bengalis films are slowly evolving in to the commercial space with some fresh talent. So I tried to include Bengali films too in the review. Two Tamil films have received good reviews and opened well at the box-office

Telugu Films

Jaffa

This film with Brahamanadam as lead is directed by Vennela Kishore. Kishore earlier made Vennela 1.5, which flopped at the Box-Office. His latest film “Jaffa” too received negative ratings from critics with most Movie Rating sites giving it a rating of less than 1 out of 5. It opened with full houses and looks like the producers might recover their money. But Kishore might have to stick to acting for sometime.

All most all the websites rated 1/5

Arvind 2

Shekhar Suri impressed with ‘A Film By Aravind’ but could not repeat the same with his next ‘Three’. After a long gap, he is back with ‘Arvind 2’. But this film failed to generate any excitement due to the extremely inconsistent script.

Tamil Films

Azhagan Azhagi

Bad Movie. Nothing to write about

Chennaiyil Oru Naal (3/5)

The Tamil remake of the acclaimed Malayalam hit Traffic, Chennaiyil Oru Naal, comes with a stellar cast list and fair bit of marketing push. It has received good reviews and looks like it is going to do well at the Box-office. Definitely worth a watch for its novel intent and the way it has been presented.

Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga (3/5)

In the current times, comedy is the most preferred genre that guarantees good business and assured patronage and when you top this up with neat presentation and decent performances, the product is bound to hit the right notes with the audience. Pandiraj’s Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga falls in this category.

Kannada Films

Veera

Malashri is back with yet another action film. It received positive reviews but not sure how Kannada audience are still able to watch Malashri after all these days.

Malayalam Films

Kuttiyum Kolum

This film is directed by Pakru. He has made an entry into the Guinness Book of Records for being the shortest actor (2 ft 6 in (76 cm)). Apart from this interesting tidbit the film is a trash.

Bengali Films

Basanta Utsav

It’s a bouquet of five stories that are not interwoven but run parallely. A concoction of love, passion, lust and emptiness — relationships unfold amidst Holi celebrations in Santiniketan, thus justifying the title of Rhitabrata Bhattacharya’s debut film, Basanta Utsav.

Amar Bodyguard

Rich girl meets average bloke, dumps him for NRI hubby. Average bloke goes on a revenge spree.Bore fest.

English Films

The Place Beyond the Pines

The highly anticipated new drama from director Derek Cianfrance (“Blue Valentine”) powerfully explores the consequences of motorcycle rider Luke’s (Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling) fateful decision to commit a crime to support his child. The incident renders him targeted by policeman Avery (Golden Globe Award nominee Bradley Cooper), and the two men become locked on a tense collision course which will have a devastating impact on both of their families in the years following.

Trance

An art auctioneer who has become mixed up with a group of criminals partners with a hypnotherapist in order to recover a lost painting. This is an important film because Danny Boyle directed it. It is a psychological thriller and received fairly good reviews.

RottenTomatoes (3.5/5)

 

Movies of the Week

  • The Place Beyond the Pines
  • Chennaiyil Oru Naal
  • Trance

 

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