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    Man vs. Bee (TV series)

    We have seen TV series that is about love, friends, colleagues, family, community, mystery, theft, greed, and even games. But, only Rowan Atkinson CBE can produce one about a bee and him, nothing more.  Man vs. Bee (2022) was utterly unbelievable and stupid, yet wholly funny. In the two hours run, the miniseries make you forget your worries and laugh in many places. Thanks to Mr Atkinson for that and the show gets a Raw rating from Mangoidiots. Kids will adore the show, the cute dog Cupcake is sure to become their favourite. To make his daughter proud a jobless man takes up the work as a house sitter to…

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    Vezham (2022)

    வேழம் (Vezham) is a serial-killer mystery film starring Ashok Selvan, Iswarya Menon and Janani. Debut director Sandeep Shyam has played it safe, opting to go with a familiar plot, yet managing to keep us engaged for a long time. We feel fatigued with the long climax and its two twists, had it been avoided the film could’ve left a mark. It gets Mangoidiots rating of “Raw”. The story starts with a gruesome murder in the beautiful woods of Ooty hills. Young lovers, Leena (Iswarya Menon) and Ashok (Ashok Selvan) while returning home on their bike are attacked by a masked killer, Leena dies in the attack and Ashok suffers the…

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    Lightyear (2022)

    Everyone has a favourite toy from their childhood, it could’ve been a simple soft stone that you picked on beach sand, but for you, it reminds the whole world that you have created in your imagination. Pixar successfully exploits this (nostalgic) feeling in its Toy Story franchise. Among the characters in Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear, the astronaut was a favourite and its dialogue “To Infinity & Beyond” is edged in our memory. The latest in the franchise is Lightyear (2022) and it is not a sequel or prequel to Toy Story but covers one of the space missions that Buzz travels. It is the movie that Andy (the boy) had…

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    Vikram (2022)

    In recent years, the big hero movies in Kollywood have disappointed me. Other than a few exceptions, sequels turn out to be lazy works of the makers. So, I had low expectations for Kamal Hasaan‘s Vikram (2022), a thin sequel to Vikram (1986) and in the same universe as Kaithi (2019). Using a textbook story of a good cop(s) vs drug mafia, but delivering it through high energy and brisk screenplay, Director Lokesh Kanagaraj has surprised me with an entertainer. Mangoidiots rates the film a raw, yet you may want to watch it. The first half of the film was dominated by two brilliant actors, Fahadh Faasil and Vijay Sethupathi…

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    Pothanur Thabal Nilayam (2022)

    Pothanur Thabal Nilayam (போத்தனூர் தபால் நிலையம்)📮, directed by Praveen and available on #aha, is a period film that was about solving a theft in a rural post office. I was impressed with the post office set that was used for most of the story. An intriguing plot that benefited from good casting, and fine recreation of the time period, but was let down by a painfully slow screenplay. It gets a “Raw” rating from mangoidiots. Pothanur is a small town near Coimbatore. Venkatraman is a family man, and as the postmaster for a village post office, he is known for his simplicity and honesty. One day in the 1990s, about…

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    The Pentaverate (TV Series)

    The Pentaverate (2022-) is a dark comedy starring Mike Myers, that is available on Netflix. It covers a fictitious secret organization, headed by five men who are all nice, reminding the rumoured Illuminati. A good fellow, a TV news reporter from Canada named Ken Scarborough infiltrates the organization in an attempt to expose them to the world. Did he succeed is the story that has been told over six episodes. The show gets a Raw rating from MangoIdiots. Mike Myers has played the title role and seven other characters. Good acting by Lydia West as Reilly Clayton, the assistant to Ken. The show features swear words, blood and gory scenes…

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    Cinema Bandi (2021)

    What happens when a few villagers find a high-end digital camera and decide to make a movie? This interesting plot gets explored in Cinema Bandi (2021). Director Praveen Kandregula has cast the lead actors aptly and they bring the characters to life, yet the film fails to keep you engaged after some time. The Telugu comedy is available on Netflix and gets a Raw rating. In a remote village near the Andhra-Karnataka state border, lives a hardworking autorickshaw driver Veerababu with his family. After spotting a camera left behind in his auto, he gets smitten by the cinema bug and decides to shoot one with the help of his friend…

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    Don (2022)

    Sivakarthikeyan in and as Don (2022) is a familiar college film. In Nanban (3 Idiots) we saw the hero, a topper who makes the professors realise what is education, in Don, we see a last-bench student who doesn’t know any subject, doing the same. Even with an unoriginal plot, the director does make us giggle in many places in the first half, and in the climax makes us sentimental, but sadly the film dragged far too long in the second half. With some freshness and a sharp scissor, Don could’ve been a hit, but it manages only a Raw rating. If you like SK then rush to the theatres, others…