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    Kalaga Thalaivan (2022), ordinary but fast paced

    This is a thriller movie that has a familiar motive and sequences, yet it was engaging. Thanks to brisk editing which keeps the story moving in high gear throughout. Arav is the antagonist and the background score is by Srikanth Deva and Arrol Corelli, who were the real heroes of the film. The film gets a Raw rating from Mangoidiots. Udhayanidhi Stalin is expressionless throughout, even in the romantic kissing scene, yet due to the screenplay his character is convincing and we root for him against the villain. He is given limited action sequences, which is a smart thing by the director Magizh Thirumeni. Kalaiyarasan and Anupama Kumar have done their…

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    Connect (2022), nothing new in this supernatural thriller

    Nayanthara starring Connect (2022) is about a daughter handling the loss of her beloved father, a doctor who loses the fight after treating COVID patients. . As the loving girl, Haniya Nafis impresses with her acting. Sathyaraj as the grandfather makes acting appear effortless. Still, with nothing new to offer, Director Ashwin Saravanan‘s Connect fails to connect with the audience. Gets our mangoidiots rating of Rotten. The story happens during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting complete lockdown. It was painful to relieve the ghastly scenes of ICU wards with patients, doctors in hazmat suits and the dying saying their farewell through video calls. Most of…

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    See How They Run (2022), unpretentious yet entertaining

    There are films which have a simple plot, familiar characters, and unpretentious handling by the director, yet are entertaining. The comedy, murder-mystery film, See How They Run (2022) was one of those films and gets our Ripe rating. The lead actors Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan were instrumental in ensuring the period film set in 1953 London was humorous and enjoyable. Available on Disney+ Hotstar. A murder happens backstage during Agatha Christie’s play in a famous London theatre. A voice-over says this is yet another Whodunit (Who has done it) genre story. Though it was of that genre, the screenplay was uncomplicated and easy to follow.  I liked the recreation of…

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    Sardar (2022), an enjoyable spy film

    Tamil Cinema in recent times has rediscovered the spy genre, we have seen it with Vijay‘s Beast (2022), Kamal‘s Vikram (2022), Suriya‘s Kaapaan (2019) and now Sardar (2022). In a dual role, Karthi has done a fine job in this spy thriller, Sardar (2022).  This, and the focus on a single theme: exposing the bottled water mafia, made this film by Director P S Mithran, enjoyable. Raashii Khanna is the female lead, with yesteryears actress Laila playing an important role. They are joined by Munishkanth in a character role and Youtube fame Master Rithvik, who delights us with his charm. Rajisha Vijayan, an actress from Malayalam is a promising addition to…

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    Naane Varuvean (2022), a mediocre paranormal film

    I like Dhanush, and I admire Selvaraghavan, an underrated director of Kollywood, so I was expecting a lot from their combination in this film, Naane Varuvean (2022). Instead, the film, a paranormal turned out to be average to say kindly. The story and screenplay proceed on the expected lines with no twists or surprises. Dhanush, known for his acting versatility has given a similar performance for both the roles (double-action) he plays. The movie gets a mangoidiots rating of Raw. Other than Dhanush, none of the other characters in the film leaves an impression. Prabhu comes as a trained Psychiatrist, but his prescription to the father whose daughter is possessed…

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    Deja Vu (2022)

    A writer comes to a police station asking for protection from his fictional characters who are threatening him. What was ridiculous at first, becomes serious as a lady’s missing case unfolds as told in the writer’s new novel that is being written. Tamil Nadu DGP calls for the help of an undercover officer, played by Arulnithi. In the first half, this plot was used well in Deja Vu (2022) and keeps us engaged, regrettably, the second half was dreary. The two-hour film gets a Raw from Mangoidiots. With his recent films, Arulnithi has proven he can act convincingly. In this one, he comes as a police officer but is never seen…

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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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    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…