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Hotel Mumbai (2018) is a fictionalized account of the terrorist attack on the iconic Hotel Taj in Mumbai that happened on 26th November 2008.  The film does a reasonable job of covering the terror unleashed by a handful of boys with sophisticated weapons on the metropolitan city of 15 million residents. On that line, I was expected more from the film but it came out being simple with only a few moments that took to your seat’s edge. It is available on the Zee5 streaming service. The first few minutes of the film sets the mood well, showing how the…

Space Sweepers (2021) is a Korean science fiction film, which gets a MangoIdiots rating of “Raw”. The plot is about how a bunch of misfits, space junk scavengers unknowingly get involved in saving the earth from complete destruction. They take on the most powerful and the greatest inventor in the universe, who is the owner of the largest corporation. The film was well-taken but fails to impress you as everything feels like you have already watched in earlier films on this genre of a dystopian world. It is available on Netflix. The lead actors playing the roles of Tae-ho, Captain…

True Memoirs of an International Assassin (2016) was a predictable comedy spy action film starring Kevin James. It is about a fiction writer being mistaken for a real assassin who gets caught in a multinational conspiracy. I like Kevin James and as a result, I liked the film, but others will hardly find anything interesting. It is available on Netflix. Sam Larson (Kevin James) is an aspiring writer who keeps writing spy-thriller stories which never gets published. An online publisher titles his recent work as the true memoirs of an international assassin that becomes a hit. Thinking he was a…

This Malayalam cinema was in my watchlist for some time. Initially, looking at the title Jallikattu I thought it was about the Pro-Jallikattu protest in Tamil Nadu in 2017. Instead, it was about a wild buffalo escaping from the slaughter knives of a local butcher named Varkey in a Kerala hill village. The film gives a different experience, one I have rarely felt with Indian films. A must-watch if you can handle dark-comedy and are comfortable with a lot of onscreen blood (mostly animal). Available on Amazon Prime Video. Though the plot is of a scared buffalo rummaging through the…

Master (2021) starring Vijay as the protagonist and Vijay Sethupathi as an antagonist has been anticipated from last year. And the wait has been worth for Vijay’s fans. Director Lokesh Kanagaraj of Maanagaram (2017) fame has taken an age-old story of good vs bad, teacher vs rowdy, and given a compelling film. The film which got a theatrical release on January 13th is now available on Amazon Prime Video. J.D (Vijay) is a college professor, an alcoholic yet sharp on his reflexes as all Indian heroes are portrayed, after earning the affection of his students and reforming the college, takes…