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'Nanu Ki Jaanu': An amusing redemption tale

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The film's director, Faraz Haider, understands that real laughter grows from characters and he establishes them with comical demeanour and enriches them with funny lines. He has a rich start with Nanu and his click of goons, prominent among them are Dabbu (Manu Rishi Chaddha) and Promilla (Reshma Khan), they are established as characters with funny traits. But what keeps the plot engrossing is the slapstick and situational comedy and comedy derived from stereotypes. The paranormal activities add to the light vein of the narration.

'Beyond the Clouds': Visually appealing but lacks soul

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Full of emotional turmoil, these moments are not a "surprise" in the sense of a plot twist, but a different perspective. It's the kind of shift you find in the sudden insight of life. It's about how you look at someone and realise that you have never really known them.

'Hichki': An emotionally inspiring film

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The film reveals how as a student she was expelled from twelve schools before finally being accepted whole heartedly at St. Notker's High School. The same school later accepts her as a teacher, mid-term, not because of her brilliant academic credentials but because of a crisis situation. She is hired to teach a class of underprivileged, reluctant misfits. How she wins everyone's hearts, forms the crux of the tale.

'Raid': A one-dimensional tale that hinges on a weak plot

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The raid spans over a couple of days with Rameshwar trying to use all his clout to put a spanner into the proceedings.

'Welcome To New York': Trips on tactless plot

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Touted as India's first comedy in 3D, this makes this film the dimmest, one has seen in years. The comedy here is not humour, but absurdity.

'Pad Man' is a noble masterpiece, period!

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There is the period film. And then there is the film about the periods. Excellence comes in many packages. But rarely in a small secret package wrapped a newspaper. Sometimes, these packages cost Rs 55 and are completely out of reach for the non-urban women of India.

'The Commuter': Typical Liam Neeson fare

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This film, like all Liam Neeson's previous solo endeavours, lands up being just another thriller, packed with Neeson's brand of badass action.

'Kaalakaandi': Black humour hard sold

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What makes "Kaalakaandi" interesting, though, is its dark comedy, easy to relate situations and characters. It is one of the easiest films to love and one of the hardest to think of as a work of art. It approaches the notion of pure filmmaking as entertainment; it is a nearly flawless example of- itself.

'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' is a stunner

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This is a film where we are expected to constantly keep searching for signs of emotions in characters that are not prone to being emotionally demonstrative.

'Kadvi Hawa': A timely warning about global warming

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Look at what we've done to Mother Earth. She is no longer Mother, she is Muddle Earth heading towards Murder Earth. In director Nila Madhab Pandya's new work aptly entitled "Kadwi Hawa", the bitter truth of ecological plunder, is wrapped in a parable about a blind restless patriarch played by Sanjay Mishra who wanders the merciless hinterland of Mahua.

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