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    Stills (from left); 'Pizza-2 The Villa', 'Goliyon ki Rasleela Ram Leela' and 'Thor: The Dark World'

    Thor: The Dark World
    Director: Alan Taylor
    Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    The sequel reveals a classic second-film syndrome. It makes no effort to push boundaries in any way. Rather, the focus is on recreating all that worked the first time around. Alan Taylor does a fine job retaining the balance of action, CGI effects and humour that Kenneth Branagh fashioned for 2011’s Thor.

    - Team Indulge

     

    Ram Leela
    Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
    Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone

    The film fits neatly within what one might expect from director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s literary adaptations. This desi Romeo & Juliet is set up amidst a tableau of feuding families, who are steeped in crime ranging from trafficking guns and hired killings to smuggling. Ranveer Singh gives a controlled performance. But the film belongs to Deepika Padukone.

    —Team Indulge

     

    Pizza-2 The Villa
    Director: Deepan
    Cast: Ashok Selvan, Sanchita

    Not a continuation of the earlier film, it only carries the Pizza franchise forward. Debutant Deepan takes a cerebral approach, blending science with the supernatural. High on technical finesse, the director has maintained the suspense. But some of the heavy jargon would put off a layman. Also, it needs constant concentration to comprehend it all. A one -time watch for lovers of the horror genre.

    —Malini Mannath

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