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'Ben-Hur': This remake is epic in every sense

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There are visuals of great suffering as the Roman clampdown on the Jews, dragging Judah's entire aristocratic family onto the streets. Jesus Christ (played with hypnotic compassion by Rodrigo Santoro) is featured as a man on the street providing a healing touch to a wounded civilization.

'Happy Bhag Jayegi': A light-hearted, feel-good film

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With moderate production values, the film is technically well-crafted. The visuals, back-ground score and music are of fine calibre and mesh well in the final flow.

'Dishoom': Most fast-paced Bollywood bromance in recent times

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The best line in the film goes to Ms Fernandez who tells John, "You've just come out of your testicular cancer, now stop smoking."

'Bad Moms': Entertains you with raunchy humour

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The film aims to take a satirical look into the lives of such mothers who are bogged down by; peer pressure, their lazy and selfish better halves, dependent children and exploitative bosses. 

Ghostbusters: Enjoyable but not spooky enough

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Set in New York, the narrative begins with establishing Sir Aldridge's stately 19th century West Village brownstone Mansion which is now a museum in New York City, as haunted.

'Kabali': All style, no fire

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"Kabali" is a viscerally violent gangster film and amid all the bloodshed, betrayal and revenge, it's the story of a gangster who is desperate to reunite with his family after being locked up for 25 years.

'Madaari': Powerful and thought provoking

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Directed astutely by Kamat, the film is compact and never digresses from the core subject. It is engrossing and powerful. The screenplay is taut and the characters well-etched and real.

'Great Grand Masti': Adult humour overload

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The dialogues packed with innuendoes, double entendres and rhymes are poetry to the ears, except that these lines are profusely loaded with adult humour, that's neither crass nor profound.

Raman Raghav 2.0': Cleverly crafted, compelling

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This is not a biopic but a twisted fiction that encapsulates the life of two soulmates; the scar-faced serial killer Ramanna who also called himself Sindhi Dalwai, and the addicted to drugs Police Inspector, Raghavendra Singh Ubbi who was initially investigating the killings.

'The Conjuring 2' is intriguing but not terrifying

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Unlike its predecessor "The Conjuring", this film does not break any new mould in the horror genre. In spite of a heavy dosage of screaming, horror, destruction and gore, the essence of the shock value seems to be missing in "The Conjuring 2".

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