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'Thithi': Ground-breaking, rule-bending masterpiece

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Every year, there is one outstanding non-Bollywood film that throws forward a socio-cultural dilemma in a style so direct and blunt that it doesn't feel like cinema. "Thithi" is that rare achievement of 2016. It is so real, it is unreal!

'Housefull 3': Packed with quirky characters, crass gags

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The actors, except for Jackie Shroff, indulge in buffoonery to the hilt. They all are loud, over-the-top characters who go overboard with their exhibition and that’s because their characters demands them to do so.

'Veerappan': Brilliant camerawork engages you

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The script written by R.D. Tailang and Ram Gopal Varma, is based on narratives from N. K. Senthamarai Kannan, the Police Commissioner, who headed Operation Cocoon, an initiative launched by the Special Task Force of Tamil Nadu Police to nab the forest brigand and his associates.

'Phobia': Real and Palpable

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Radhika, who essays Mehak brilliantly, portrayed a gamut of emotions with ease and conviction. She almost carries the film squarely on her shoulders.

'Waiting': Actors rule the roost

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The characters are well-etched and the actors play their parts earnestly. Kalki Koechlin as Tara Deshpande and Naseeruddin Shah as Shiv Natraj, shine in their respective roles displaying a broad spectrum of emotions from serious to comic.

'The Angry Birds Movie' leaves you more annoyed than angry

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Thirteen years ago, Adam Sandler had anger management issues in a film called "Anger Management". This time it’s a red bird called Red who is prone to fly off the handle at the drop of a hat.

'Sarbjit' is a gem

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The film has tremendous visual velocity. Whether it’s Randeep’s Sarabjit locked up in a cell large enough to house a rat, or shots of Dalbir strolling forlornly amidst a bloom of yellow flowers, cinematographer Kiran Deohans captures the innermost sanctity of hearts torn asunder by political violence.

'Buddha in a Traffic Jam': Good intention, bad execution

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Correlating socialism and corruption, the film speaks about why socialism has no future and stimulates the audience for a revolution to change the world. But who will bell the cat?

'Pencil': A thriller that hardly thrills

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"Pencil" could have been an excellent edge-of-the-seat campus thriller, provided the makers didn't try and commercialise it for the masses. Had they stuck to the template (sans a romantic track) that was followed in the original, this could've been a path-breaking film.

'Criminal': Complex, but has strong performances

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The film is Kevin Costner's canvas and he leaves an indelible mark as Jericho, the criminal. He exhibits a fairly authentic portrayal of a heartless criminal, who over a period of time, turns sensitive.

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