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Friday, July 29

Annabelle (Horror), WB, 8.30 pm
Cast: Ward Horton,
Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard
This second installment of The Conjuring series starts with John (Horton) and Mia Form (Wallis) living peacefully in Santa Monica. When Mia conceives her first child, John gives her a present—a doll she has been trying to find for a while. But things turn bad when Mia witnesses their neighbouring couple, the Higgins, get killed by police on grounds of Satan worship. Following a series of paranormal activities, Mia finds out that one of the satanic worshippers’ soul now possesses her doll giving it demonic powers. But getting rid of the doll is no longer an option. The movie’s background score also includes tracks from The Conjuring.

Black Swan (Mystery/Drama),
Star Movies Select HD, 9 pm
Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel
Nina Sayers (Portman) is a successful ballet dancer living in New York. But she finds it difficult to crack the upcoming performance of Swan Lake due to her inability to portray Black Swan, a sensuous character in the routine. Soon she’s advised by her director (Cassel) to let go of her inhibitions and observe Lily (Kunis), another dancer who lacks in technique but showcases uninhibited performances. As Nina tries hard to decipher the character of Black Swan, she finds herself flitting through surreal moments even as her distrust of Lily’s intentions grows into paranoia. A psychological thriller, the movie required Natalie Portman to undergo a year of ballet training.

?Baaghi (Action/Romance),
Zee Cinema HD, 9 pm
Cast: Tiger Shroff, Shraddha Kapoor, Sudheer Babu
Baaghi chronicles the twists and turns in the life of Sia (Kapoor), a wannabe actress, who has been abducted by Raghav (Babu), a martial arts champion. Though her father Khurana tries frantically to get his daughter back, due to Raghav’s influence even the cops refuse to help. With all his options running out, Khurana finally decides to turn to Ronny (Shroff), Sia’s long lost love. Can he save Sia? The plot of the film is loosely based on Telugu film Varsham (2004) and Indonesian film, The Raid: Redemption (2011).

?Tallulah, Netflix India
Cast: Ellen Page, Allison Janney
Set in New York City, Tallulah follows the story of Lu (Page), a free spirited young woman. When she decides to take custody of a baby girl who’s being neglected by her mother, Lu lands in trouble as she is perceived as a kidnapper by those around her. To avoid losing the baby, Lu asks help from Margo (Janney), her ex-boyfriend’s mother, while tricking her into believing that it’s her granddaughter. But the child’s real mother soon catches up with the farce. Tallulah sees Ellen Page and Allison Janney together after a nine year hiatus.

What If (Comedy/Romance) Romedy Now?, 9 pm
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Megan Park
Wallace (Radcliffe) has become a recluse since being unemployed and failing in his relationships. Sharing a home with his sister and nephew doesn’t help the cause either. But things change when he meets Chantry (Kazan), his best friend’s cousin, at a house party. Despite the mutual interest, they are unable to proceed as Chantry is already in a relationship with Ben, a UN official. While they decide to stay friends, the situation gets complicated as Chantry’s boyfriend moves to another city. The movie’s title was changed from The F Word to What If in order to avoid R rating in the US.

Tere Bin Laden—Dead or Alive (Comedy), Hotstar
Cast: Manish Paul, Pradhuman Singh, Sikander Kher
Sequel to Tere Bin Laden (2010), the film opens with Sharma (Paul), a struggling filmmaker from Delhi. When Sharma finally lands his directorial debut—a mission incognito in the US —Paddy Singh (Singh), a splitting image of Bin Laden, is assigned as the main lead in this project. But Sharma’s project falls into jeopardy soon owing to the global political scenario. He has Taliban on his trail looking for a Laden-doppelganger in order to make the world believe that their leader is alive whereas
the US franchise wants a video of Laden
being killed. A satire based on the war-on-terrorism policy of the US, the movie was
banned in Pakistan.


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