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'Sarkar 3': Performances keep you riveted

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Amitabh Bachchan, whose character Subhash Nagare is designed on the lines of the late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, dressed in black flowing robes and sporting a grey French beard long with the characteristic rudraksh, emulates the chieftain to perfection. With his steely gaze and paused speech, he effectively conveys the conniving persona.

'Aftermath': could have been a lot Of things which it isn't

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The script continues its shaky journey through the indescribable grief of the two men without leaving any lasting impact on us. The fringe characters who are teased into the terrifying duet of depression are so sketchy they seem to de-energize the grief that resides at the core of the narrative. Neighbours, friendly journalists, nosy lawyers trying to pry open the two grieving men's wounded hearts occupy a dead-end .

'The Boss Baby': Refreshing and entertaining

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"The Boss Baby" is a cute, overtly dramatic animated film which at the core is about a child's imagination pertaining to sibling rivalry and a highly classified, industrial espionage. 

'The Salesman': A compelling story well told

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The film begins with a freak accident that leaves their home in shambles. This makes them shift base. At the new apartment, Rana is attacked by an intruder, one day. She is shaken to the core, but she lifts her chin, dusts the burden of self-pity and ventures to re-establish herself in a state of weightless normalcy.

'Before I fall': Astutely handled redemption fare

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You would hate it for being slow and repetitive causing you to lose interest in the narrative. Or, you'd love it for being a high-concept film. A film that will hold your interest and thereby touch the right chords in your heart.

'Kaabil': Hrithik paints every frame in glorious colours

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Hrithik's transformation from romance to rage is so credible, compelling and chilling you flow with his fury to the battered, bruised, bloodied, wounded love-soldier wondering if hell hath any fury like a blind man scorned.

'Raees': Nawazuddin redeems this flawed saga of gangsterism

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There is plenty of gratuitous action, rapid fire movement and swift reflexive responses to violent impulses. But Raees never succeeds in getting its act all together. It's all too hazy, scattered and sketchy, except when Nawazuddin walks in as the 'good cop' who vows he will get Raees by hook or crook.

'Passengers': Remarkable for its attempt rather than success

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"Passengers" gives us a lot to be happy about. While the leads impress us with their proclivity to seem preoccupied when they have nothing to do, Michael Sheen as a robotic bartender on board the ship gets the best lines and the most impassive attitude to the absurd proceedings. He actually makes it all seem tenable.By the time Laurence Fishburne shows up as the wheezing dying captain of the ship,we are already half asleep and well on the way to joining the spaceship voyagers in their lengthy slumber.

'Dangal': Strong performances and Aamir expectedly shine

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As a biopic, though one-dimensional, the film is well-packaged and presented in a realistic manner. Apart from a few predictable cinematic liberties, it lacks high-voltage drama and the entertainment quotient is dutifully obligatory. The plot keeps you engrossed right till the end and the climax, with the slow-motion shot of Geeta toppling her opponent, is exhilarating.

'Kahaani 2': Forced yet convincing

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Vidya once again in a new avatar as Durga Rani Singh delivers a power-packed performance with a broad spectrum of emotions ranging from a happy single mother taking care of her paraplegic daughter to a horrified and traumatised victim. There is just one scene, which deals with the sensitive issue of opening up to the abused child, where she falters and that too, because the scene is awkwardly handled by the director.

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