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THOR: RAGNAROK (2017)

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Director: Taika Waititi
Casts: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo
Language: English
Genre: Action / Adventure / Comedy

PLOT:
Imprisoned, the almighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

REVIEW:
From the time Marvel introduced, the franchise of ‘Thor’, I always found it the trickiest of all to connect with whole new universe and the God like structure. Starting with a slight Shakespearian tone to it, the franchise progressed into a typical action drama only to evolve into a quirky, fantasy comedy. With a similar tone as ‘Guardians of Galaxy’, ‘Thor:Ragnarok’ surprisingly passes with distinction as a full-fledged comedy fantasy.

It’s not an easy task to convincingly blend such a grim universe of Thor…

THE LURE (2017)

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Director: Agnieszka Smoczyńska
Casts: Marta Mazurek, Micalina Olszanska, Kinga Preis, Andrzej Konopka, Jakub Gierszal
Music: Barbara Wrońska, Zuzanna Wrońska, Marcin Macuk
Language: Polish
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Horror

PLOT:
In Warsaw, a pair of mermaid sisters, Gold and Silver are adopted into a cabaret group. While one seeks love with humans, the other hungers to dine on the human population of the city.

REVIEW:
Many movies has explored the popular ‘mermaid’ in too many angles by experimenting and attempting to tie that concept with our human society, churning out either social commentary or fantasy. In ‘The Lure’, film maker Smoczyńska has made a dark romantic musical presented in a bizarre, sometimes self-indulging treatment. Not that she has not made her stand against the chauvinistic society, but Smoczyńska does it rather symbolically with her peculiar chaotic visual symbolism.

Set in the Communist-era Poland in 1980s, the film sets off with a scene of the house manager in a club d…

AVAL (2017)

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Director: Milind Raju
Casts: Siddarth, Andrea Jeremiah, Suresh, Atul Kalkarni, Anisha
Music: Girishh
Language: Tamil
Genre: Horror

PLOT:
Dr Krishna (Siddharth), a successful brain surgeon and his wife Lakshmi (Andrea Jeremiah), live peacefully in their beautiful house under the mountains. Their perfect life is disrupted after a family moves into the house next door.

REVIEW:
In a time where, Kollywood is dominated by template driven horror comedy films, ‘Aval’ has broken the dry ground through a solid, sleek supernatural thriller boasts with technical finesse. Right from the starting epilogue, the film feels and sounds like a film outside India. The main reason for this is its heavy influence of successful Hollywood films. That doesn’t mean that ‘Aval’ copies them but instead it draws influences from them and presents it with its own flavour and novel plot. The plot might not be completely original but the treatment and screenplay will keep the audience at the edge of their seats. The idea …

MERSAL (2017)

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