The Hateful Eight
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Kurt Russell, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Madsen
The movie is Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film, and while it’s certainly not his weakest effort, it is also far from his best. Two hours and 45 minutes is much too long for what transpires in this snowy dramatic mystery. The violence is bloody, and is as compelling as the mystery surrounding the characters. The film of course has Tarantino’s style of storytelling, but it does get a bit tiring to go through an ordeal that seems far too long.
— Team Indulge
Chalk n’ Duster
Director: Jayant Gilatar
Cast: Shabana Azmi, Juhi
Chawla, Divya Dutta
Set in a public school, it tells the story of senior teachers, Vidya Sawant (Azmi) and Jyoti Thakur (Chawla), who take immense pride in what they do. But things change as new management comes on board, with the hope to make the school presentable for rich families. The film has its heart in the right place, as it tries to address the state of the Indian education system, but the sloppy execution is slightly disappointing. Watch it for Azmi and Chawla as they shine right through.
— Team Indulge
Cast: Sivakarthikeyan, Keerthi Suresh
Unpretentious in its scripting and narrative style, unabashed in its intention of providing the audience some fun-time, the film keeps one engaged for the most part. The gags flow in quick succession as the plot progresses, the lines sparkling. Sivakarthikeyan is eminently watchable as Murugan the actor’s exuberance infectious. Soory matches him step to step, in their wacky acts. It’s a speedy first half, with some slackening moments in the second. A fun film and an unabashed commercial entertainer, it is ideal festival fare.
— Malini Mannath
Director: Patricia Riggen
Cast: Antonio Banderas,
Based on a true incident, The 33 narrates the story of a group of miners trapped in the San Jose Mine, Chile. When their own company deserts them, the government steps in to help.
Did you know: To lend authenticity to scenes, director Riggen shot inside real mines like the ones in Colombia.
Director: Raja Krishna Menon
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur, Purab Kohli
Director Menon tries to portray the evacuation of Kuwait-based Indians during the 1990 Iraq-Kuwait war. In the movie, Kumar plays the role of a businessman who puts his own life at risk to save his countrymen.
Did you know: Rubbishing comparisons drawn between the 2013 Hollywood movie Argon and Airlift, Kumar recently said that this is a movie all Indians should be proud of.
Kya Kool Hain Hum 3
Director: Umesh Ghadge
Cast: Tusshar Kapoor, Aftab Shivdasani, Mandana Karimi
Touted as India’s first porn-com, this movie is part of the Kya Kool Hain Hum series. Both Kapoor and Shivdasani essay the role of porn stars having the time of their lives until Kapoor’s girlfriend brings marriage into the picture.
Did you know: The censor board passed the movie after 34 cuts.
— Team Indulge