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In the weeks following the release of Gunjan Saxena (2020), there were reports of the film’s portrayal of the first woman officer in Indian Air Force to be inaccurate and disrespectful. Leaving that aside, I did like the movie a lot, it makes you feel good, which we need in these pandemic days. The film is available on Netflix. The late Sridevi’s daughter Janhvi Kapoor has given a fine performance as the protagonist, IAF pilot Gunjan Saxena. She is aptly supported by Pankaj Tripathi as Anup Saxena, the loving father to Gunjan. The film is based on a true story…

From his fine performance in the Forrest Gump (1994) to last year’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019), Tom Hanks impresses me in every film due to his versatility and by being faithful to the given character. His latest film, a World War II battle in the ocean Greyhound (2020) got released in Apple TV+ recently and the film was 100% about Tom Hanks. [If you have bought any Apple device say iPhone or iPad within the last year, you can activate a free one year subscription for Apple TV+ in India too]. During WWII, a convoy of 37…

Featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terminator has been one of the popular Sci-Fi franchises of the 80s and the 90s. Last year, when it got released the latest in the series – Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) didn’t get great reviews, so I watched it only now and it turned out to be an average affair. It is available on Disney+ Hotstar. The movie brings no ‘fresh’ ideas, so it was not as much fun as Terminator 2 (1991) or Terminator (1984). Coming only in the second half as a retiree living a family life, Arnold Schwarzenegger has got a limited scope and…

I wish Sibiraj and Director U.Anbarasan had worked harder with Walter (வால்டர்). They had a lot riding on the title that established his father (Sathiyaraj) as a main stream hero, sadly they have failed. The movie had most of the right ingredients – a reasonable story for an action film, two good supporting actors Samuthirakani & Nutty Natarajan, and, an convincing villain character – yet as a finished product the film fails to engage you. This story was (obviously) about an honest police office Walter (played by Sibiraj) who goes about investigating a series of newborn baby kidnappings. I felt…

The young director Karthick Naren gave an unexpected hit thriller with his debut film Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru (2016). It was unfortunate that the release of his second film Naragasooran has remained stuck for more than two years. Despite that, he has managed to make (t)his third film – Mafia: Chapter 1 (2020), best wishes to him. Starring Arun Vijay and Prasanna, Mafia: Chapter 1 is a familiar action story of a Police Investigator vs Drug leader. The screenplay didn’t have anything innovative, yet it manages to keep us from getting tired due to an engaging background score by Jakes Bejoy and…