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'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.

'Bridget Jones's Baby': A mixed bag of inherent comedy

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What works for the film is the actors' sincere efforts in portraying their parts. Renee Zellwefer as the 43-year-old Bridget Jones, creates a touching portrait of a middle-aged, single mother. She is funnily clumsy and dramatic, full of angst, loneliness and with an enormous love for her baby.

'The Magnificent Seven': A rehash of an oft-seen plot

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The script written by Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk is alternately gripping and weak. It offers nothing new in terms of the plot. Nevertheless, it is still reasonably engaging for the first half of the 132 minutes of its run time. The second half gets into the predictable slot of the engaging battle with Bogue's henchmen.

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