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'American Assassin' Writer on Changes From Book to Movie, Real-Life Similarities

"For better or for worse, in some ways for worse, the world didn't change, the world headed even more in the direction I was writing from," Stephen Schiff says. "So [the movie] does feel timely, and I'm glad it feels timely." Michael Cuesta's American Assassin is based on a book of the same name by Vince Flynn, who wrote an entire series of thrillers about counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But there are some key differences between Flynn's novel and the movie starring Dylan O'Brien as Mi ........

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Unlocked - Movie Review

‘Unlocked,’ a New Spy Thriller, Same as the Old Spy Thrillers The spy thriller “Unlocked” is an apt and not entirely unentertaining demonstration of the adage “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” The movie has a female lead (Alice Racine, played by Noomi Rapace) as its intrepid, smart, lethal spy, so that’s something. Instead of Cold War chess moves in the mode of “Funeral in Berlin,” it serves up the ostensible threat of Islamist terror. Racine is an u ........

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Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Movie Review

POTENT HUMOR, SOLID PERFORMANCES  3.5/5 StarsSTORY: 'Shubh Mangal Saavdhan' is a remake of the Tamil film 'Kalyana Samayal Saadham' made in 2013. The story revolves around Mudit Sharma (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Sugandha (Bhumi Pednekar) who fall in love and plan to get married. But the twist in the tale comes when the groom discovers that he suffers from erectile dysfunction. REVIEW: Is it possible to create a Hindi film around the 'touchy' subject of erectile dysfunction without being d ........

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Film Review: ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson's foul-mouthed chemistry makes this high-concept action comedy a pleasant late-summer surprise.   “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is about as close to a live-action cartoon as you’re likely to get this year — you know, the kind where someone blows a cannonball-shaped hole through Wile E. Coyote’s abdomen or a stick of dynamite reduces him to a pile of cinders, and the next thing you know, he’s up and chasing the Road Runner again. That’s not a ........

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VIVEGAM - FILM REVIEW

  Vivegam - An action film with international flavour in making style After delivering the super hit 'Veeram' and the blockbuster 'Vedalam' director Siva has teamed up with Ajith for the third time for 'Vivegam' which is much much bigger in scale as well as pre-release expectations. Let's see how the film has come out. Vivegam is the story of Counter Terrorist Wing Agent Ajay Kumar aka AK ( Ajith) who destroys the ploy of traitors to cause many man-made earthquakes and kill a lot of innoce ........

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Film Review: ‘Despicable Me 3’

The discovery of Gru's twin brother Dru pushes the Minions to the margins in an amusing but over-stuffed sequel to Illumination's hit franchise. On the surface, the “Despicable Me” cartoons appear to be sendups of the James Bond franchise, but beneath that slick, spoofy exterior, they’re really marshmallow-centered affirmations of good old-fashioned family values. In the original, reformed super-villain Gru (Steve Carell) agrees to reprioritize his life around his three newly adopted da ........

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Film Review: ‘Cars 3’

Lightning McQueen, now facing the perils of being past his prime, returns in a touching sequel that gets the series back on track. “Cars,” back in 2006, was the first Pixar movie that was far more beloved by audiences than critics. That meant something, since Pixar had long been a critical darling. The movie struck many reviewers as being less heady and artful, more insistently conventional, than the “Toy Story” films or “Finding Nemo.” And after it was followed up by the critical ........

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Film Review: ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’

The fifth time may not quite be the charm, but the latest entry in Michael Bay's crunched-metal robot-war mega-series is badder, and therefore better. Sort of. The “Transformers” films, as befitting a series spun out of a Hasbro monster-truck toy system designed to connect with the inner worldview of nine-year-olds, started off, in 2007, as exceedingly wholesome. What a difference a decade of baroquely semi-coherent robot-fury overkill makes! “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth ........

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OK Jaanu movie review

OK Jaanu movie review: Why do our young lovers sound so juvenile? OK Jaanu movie director: Shaad Ali OK Jaanu movie cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor, Leela Samson, Naseeruddin Shah, Kitu Gidwani Ok Jaanu movie rating: 1.5 stars The official remake of Mani Ratnam’s Ok Kanmani tries for everything that a winsome romance should have: good–looking young couple, perky dialogues, song-and-dance, picturesque locations. Ratnam’s pass at young love in Mumbai was a hit, but wasn’t a ........

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Film Review: ‘Underworld: Blood Wars’

It's gun-blazing, body-splattering business as usual for the fifth installment of the 'Underworld' series, in which fashionista Vampire Kate Beckinsale leads a war against the Lycans. It’s always fun to see a classy, venerable British actor grunge it up by letting himself be cast in the role of a real black-leather badass. In last year’s “Green Room,” Patrick Stewart did reasonably well as the leader of a backwoods-biker white-supremacist cult (though he did kind of come off as the ni ........

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