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'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.

'Dear Zindagi': Lengthy life lessons sans drama

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The film lacks drama and is stretched to over 2.5 hours on a wafer-thin plot, making for tedious viewing. Humour comes in the form of some light-hearted moments but is not enough to give respite.

'Rock On 2': A rocking sequel

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Come to think of it, "Rock On 2" is pretty much the most engaging and authentic sequel I've seen coming out of Bollywood in recent times. If as William Shakespeare volunteered, music is actually the food of love, then this film is a feast.

'My Father Iqbal': Does not rise to expectations

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Set in Bani, a small town on the border of Himanchal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, "My Father Iqbal" is based on a true incident. It is the story of a conscientious engineer, Iqbal Khan, who sacrifices his life for his family, country and his own integrity.

'31st October': A cathartic experience

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The script written by Producer Harry Sachdeva is blatantly straightforward and basic. It effectively shows the organised massacre along with plight and helplessness of the Sikhs. And it is astutely mounted with moderate production values.

'Train To Busan': Thrilling with meaningful lessons

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The film serves as a potent allegory to portray a dog-eat-dog world, where humans are just another lot of selfish animals.

'Jack Reacher...': Tom Cruise's finest film in years

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vIt's like watching three strangers playing ‘housie' on a particularly exciting day when the Gods have decided to rain an unseasonal harvest. As the awkward trio tries to create an inhabitable space for themselves within the given ambit of their shared awkwardness, a deadly assassin (Patrick Heusinger) hunts them down until the young girl is left to fend for herself.

'Love Day: Pyar Ka Din': Tedious and uninspiring

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Technically, the film is poorly mounted, in all respects.

'M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story': Chugs along touching right nerve

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With a run time of 3 hours and 10 minutes, the film is extremely lengthy. The first half of the narrative meanders at a snail's pace with nothing meaningful happening and the second half salvages the film with revelations of Dhoni's personal life.

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