Director: Stephen Frears
Cast: Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Dustin Hoffman A tense thriller based on the life of Lance Armstrong (Foster), and his meteoric rise and fall as the champion of Tour de France, the film traces his return to the sport after a tough battle with cancer in 1999. Determined to win again, he develops a sophisticated doping programme with the help of infamous Italian physician, Michele Ferrari, and team director, Johan Bruyneel. A journalist, David Walsh (O’Dowd) uncovers the truth behind the sportsman’s success. A must watch.
— Team Indulge
Director: John Hillcoat
Cast: Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet
The phrase ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ is perfect for this heist thriller. It has too many sub-plots that make sitting through the film annoying, as if the heavy-duty action scenes weren’t enough. It follows a gang of crooked cops, led by Terrell Tompkins (Ejiofor), who plan the murder of a transfer officer, Chris Allen (Affleck). Meanwhile, they perform an audacious bank robbery, on the orders of Irina Vlaslov (Winslet), a Russian mafia queen. The roles don’t do justice to the eclectic cast. An extremely average film.
— Team Indulge
Director: Nalan Kumarasamy
Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, Madonna
Low on violence and high on humour, the plot (credited to a Korean film) centers on the unusual bonding between a kind-hearted rowdy and a pretty girl seeking a job. Refreshing in its take, it has the lead pair putting in splendid performances. The chemistry between the duo is just perfect. Its light, redemptive ending will make one smile. Engaging in its crafting and narrative style, the film is a rewarding watch.
— Malini Mannath