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Over the Moon (2020) is an animated musical film for kids that can be enjoyed by grown-ups too, I liked it. It blends Chinese mythology, a bright girl & caring parents, science and the emotional drama of losing a loved one.  Be warned, the story is childish and not a new one but one that has been narrated tastefully; and there are many songs too. The film is available on Netflix. A young girl named Fei Fei lives in a small village in China with her loving parents who run a small shop selling their home-made mooncakes. A sudden loss…

Tribhanga (2021) is an example of a familiar story being made into an engaging watch by having a fine casting, good screenplay and excellent acting by Kajol. Kajol is gorgeous in the film and has single-handedly turned an average film into a good watch. The movie is available on Netflix. The film covers the lives of women across three generations, their struggle, and how their aspirations affect their children. Anuradha Apte (Kajol) is a successful actress, an Odissi dancer and a single mother to Masha (Mithila Palkar). Anu has a troubled relationship with her mother Nayan (Tanvi Azmi), a Sahitya…

Rose Island (2020) is a comedy film based on the true story of a man-made island built off the coast of Italy in the 1960s in international waters and who declared independence status with the UN and European Council. The movie is available on Netflix and was an enjoyable watch, go for it. Reading the blurb for this film I was reminded of Principality of Sealand, which is near British waters where an abandoned World War II offshore platform wanted to be established as a sovereign state. Giorgio Rosa (Elio Germano) is a bright young engineer who likes to build…

Sir (2018) is a good film about social inequality and the cultural differences between the city and the villages in modern India. Told from the angle of a maid working for the son from an affluent family in Mumbai, the film communicates this without being sensual or artificial anywhere. Reading the description I got a different impression on what the movie will be and would’ve probably skipped it had it not been for a recommendation on Facebook by a friend. Though it was released in Cannes three years ago, it got a theatrical release only a few months ago and…

Extraction (2020) starring Christopher Hemsworth is a Bollywood fashioned action-thriller available on Netflix. A mercenary from Australia is hired to safely extract the kidnapped son of a Mumbai underworld don. Most of the story happens in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This is a typical action film that will keep you engaged, but I was disappointed to find nothing more than the stunts – a bit of an emotion play or love helps and that was absent here. Normally in this genre, you will see two gangs shooting and outsmarting each other, here the mercenary’s opponent role is played mostly by the Bangladesh…