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Faster >> 30s review

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Driver's (Dwayne Johnson) brother was killed during a heist, where they were double crossed. He ended up in prison.

But he's out now, and out to avenge by killing every single one of the traitors. But, while on the one hand cops are closing in, on the other there's a serial killer out to get him. Will he succeed and survive?

Rating: Yellow - for this pacy thriller. A decent time-pass.
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Bridget Jones' Baby >> 30s review

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Bridget (Renee Zellweger) is living a fun, happy single life. But this fun lands her with an unplanned pregnancy. Worse, she does not know who the dad is - do you know who it is?

Rating: Yellow - well-made, decent time pass.
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Norm of the North >> 30s review

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A real estate development company is about to setup its projects in the Arctic - destroying the home of Norm, and the other polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. Norm comes to the city so that he can save his home! Will he succeed?

Rating: Yellow - a fun, animated movie! Great time pass!
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The Guardians >> 30s review

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The Russian secret agency 'Patriot' has developed the capability to elevate humans to supernatural levels. However, as things get out of control - the program has to be shut down.

But now that the times are difficult, some of the superhumans who've survived have to come out of hiding, and come together to save the world.

Rating: Yellow - an attempt at a superhero movie - very much like the x-men that falls way short due to below par film making. A decent time pass nonetheless.
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High Rise >> 30s review

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Laing (Tom Hiddleston), a young doctor, has moved into a high-rise in the London of 1970s. Soon he discovers that the high-rise is a microcosm of the human society - with the top floors holding all the power and the lower floors being the dark dungeons.

Soon the building begins to fail and there is an apocalyptic situation... what follows is darkness!

Rating: Yellow - though made well, it's a gloomy, dark movie. 
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The Fifth Estate >> 30s review

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Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) believes that if one whistle blower can reveal the ugly secrets of their organisation behind a mask the world can change. So he creates WikiLeaks and the process begins. You would probably know what happened on the site and in the news - but do you know what happened behind the scenes?

Rating: Green - based on the real life story of Julian Assange, this is a well-made movie that keeps you hooked till the end.

PS: The movie may be factually incorrect.
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The Next Three Days >>> 30s review

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Lara Brennan's (Elizabeth Banks) happy life is turned upside down when she is imprisoned for 20 years for murdering her boss. She attempts suicide. After which her husband John (Russell Crowe), a school teacher decides he'd break her out of jail.

Rating: Gold - a thriller as interesting as it could be. With the added spice of a regular man, and that too a soft-spoken school teacher attempting a crime as serious and dangerous as jail break. Must watch!

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This Is The End >> 30s review

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The biblical apocalypse has happened - and, the movie shows how the celebrities meet their end. Who do you think will go to hell and who will go to heaven?

Rating: Red - trash. This is the end, literally, of good movie making - an excellent idea, goes down the drain due to shitty style.
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Unthinkable >> 30s review

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Steven Arthur Younger (Michael Sheen) is a terrorist who has planted nuclear bombs in three places. The investigation agencies have been unable to get anything out of him. So they call in their secret weapon 'H' (Samuel L. Jackson) - the master interrogator.

Will he be able to get the locations in time to save the lives of millions of innocent people?

Rating: Green - an excellent movie with great acting, amazing story and unforeseen twists. A must watch for sure.
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I Saw The Light >> 30s review

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Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston) is  a country singer who is growing more and more famous by the day. But, while he's doing great professionally, his personal life is torn apart - by his alcoholism, his physical condition and torn relationships.

In a few years he does enough good work to become an all time great. But, 'a few years' is all he had!

Rating: Yellow - a decent movie with great music, and great performances.

PS: The movie can be expected to be factually incorrect in a number of critical places.
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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy >> 30s review

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Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is at the top of the male chauvinistic journalism industry - as the lead anchor for the most watched channel, in a time and place where people actually cared about news and news-anchors were celebrities.

But, the world is changing, and women are becoming equal partners in all areas. The all-male media industry is no exception - Channel 4 has hired Veronica (Christina Applegate) to join the anchoring team. And, then things go crazy!

Rating: Yellow - a decent, unusual comedy.
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The Transporter Refueled >> 30s review

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Frank Martin (Ed Skrein) is doing what he does best - transporting classified packages, no questions asked. However, when he's hired by a gang of 3 girls, things get personal as his father is kidnapped.

Will he be able to get his father out of danger?

Rating: Green - complete with transporter style action and a story full of twists. However, if you are a Transporter fan, needless to say you'll miss John Statham.
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The BFG - Big Friendly Giant >> 30s review

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Sophie, a young orphan, is kidnapped from her orphanage by the B.F.G.. She's taken away to the giant country. Soon she realizes that BFG is a good giant who's job is to catch dreams, sort them into good and bad, mix and match them into complex dreams and then deliver them to children.

Rating: Yellow - nice movie overall, just dated animation. You may want to check out the latest BFG movie though.
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Kubo and the Two Strings >>> 30s review

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Kubo and his mother live in a cave far from the village. Every day he goes to the village to tell a story which is received very fondly by the villagers.

He is however, in danger from his mother's sisters and father who want to turn him into a dark magician like they are. After his mother dies protecting him - he sets out on a journey to find his father's armor, the only thing can protect him.

With him is the guardian monkey and the guard beetle. Will he be able to save himself?

Rating: Green - one of the most well made animated movies of recent times, with a great story and amazing twists.
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Passengers >> 30s review

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The starship Avalon is carrying more than 5000 passengers to their new home - planet 'Homestead Colony'. The journey is 120 years so all crew members and passengers have been hibernated to prevent further ageing.

However, due to a malfunction the pod of Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) opens - 90 years from his destination, stranded on the ship, alone. What will he do tomorrow?

Rating: Green -  for a plot that is unusual and for a screenplay that is full of interesting twists.
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Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women >>> 30s review

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As the result of blatant and widespread female infanticide no women are left alive. Ramsharan (Sudhir Pandey) is unable to find a wife for his 4 sons, even when he is willing to pay a significant sum of money.

One day Pandit Jagannath (Piyush Mishra) discovers a girl who has been kept hidden by her father, who has isolated himself from the world for the fear of his daughter's life. Ramsharan and Jagannath are able to buy the girl as a bride for a significant sum of money.

What follows is a tragedy that will open your eyes to a sad sad world which probably actually exists in some parts of India.

Rating: Green - for an extremely realistic depiction that feels like a documentary while having a very gripping story. However, beware! This is not an entertainment flick.

Mission: Impossible (4) - Ghost Protocol >> 30s review

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Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team have limited time to stop Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist) - a terrorist with access to Russian nuclear arms codes.
An attempt to do so in the Kremlin backfires - as entire IMF is disavowed by the government after the incident. Now the team, on their own has to stop the attack.

Rating: Green - fast with interesting twists and remarkable action scenes. Jeremy Renner's presence is probably the biggest difference between this edition and the two previous ones.
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Mission: Impossible III >> 30s review

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Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman) has killed the IMF agent sent by Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) to recover the Rabbit's Foot. Now Ethan himself must get back into combat.

However, situation gets complicated with Owen threatens harm to  Ethan's fiancee Julia (Michelle Monaghan).

Rating: Yellow - for the action. Again, not much else to talk about.
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Mission: Impossible 2 >> 30s review

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Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has to work with Nyah (Thandie Newton) to recover the antidote of Chimera - a deadly virus, from a former agent Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott). Will he succeed?

Rating: Yellow - for the great action. Not much else to talk about.

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Mission: Impossible >> 30s review

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Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is the lone survivor of an attack on his team during a secret mission. He is also the prime suspect - and his own agency is against him.

He must work alone to find out the real culprit and clear his name. Will he succeed?

Rating: Green - an excellent suspense thriller that keeps you at the edge of your seat.
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Deja Vu >> 30s review

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Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) has been brought in to investigate the blowing up of a ferry with crewmen from the USS Nimitz and their families. The investigative team is using a special technology that allow them to see a little while back into the past.

Doug gets the idea of using the technology for trying to prevent the incident from happening. Will he succeed?

Rating: Green - for the master class acting and twists!

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The Fifth Commandment >> 5s review

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Chance Templeton (Rick Yune) turned down an assassination job that targeted a person close to his family. After which he himself becomes the target. Will he be able to save himself and the ones he cares about?

Rating: Yellow - for the action. There's little to talk about beyond that.
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Angel Heart >> 30s review

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Harold Angel (Mickey Rourke) is a private detective who takes small, safe cases. His life takes a turn when a mysterious client, Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro), hires him to find a missing person- a person named Johnny Favorite, who has been in coma since WW-II got over. His task is to find out whether Johnny is dead or alive.
He finds out that Johnny is no longer at the hospital. He had been taken away secretly 12 years back and the doctor had been paid to maintain records in his name. Things get complicated when one by one all people he traces down get murdered. The doctor, Johnny's friend-the guitarist, Johnny's girlfriend, her father. He is now a murder suspect and struggling to cope up with what's happening around him. And his weird, spooky dreams are only adding to the problem.
Rating: Yellow - for being a tad too slow, coupled with a rushed climax. Otherwise it is an unusual story supported by brilliant acting.

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District 13: Ultimatum >> 30s review

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Captain Damien Tomaso (Cyril Raffaelli) has been framed in a false drug case by the police. While on the other hand the gangs of District 13 have been framed in a false case of killing policemen.

All this has been done by the corrupt security agency chief who has got kick-backs from the builder Harriburton. They intend to wage a civil war and totally flatten D13 so that new construction can be done there.

However, Damien and Leito (David Belle) are out there to save the day.

Rating: Green - for being a pacy action flick with good fight scenes - slightly different from other action movies because of all the jumping around - which is extremely gracefully executed. Must watch for lovers of the genre.
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The Shawshank Redemption >>> 30s review

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Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), a successful banker, is handed a life sentence - for a crime he didn't commit. However, he's holding onto hope of one day being able to get away from one of the most secure prisons of the time.

Gradually he starts settling in and building friendships - specially with Red (Morgan Freeman). Will his hope one day translate into freedom or will he spend the rest of his life in prison with his new friends?

Rating: Green - an excellent story supported by great acting.
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Kill The Messenger >>> 30s review

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Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), a journalist in the 1990s is working on a story about the drug flow in the US ghettos. While doing his research he discovers a dangerous truth - that CIA is importing drugs and selling them in the ghettos to fund the Nicaraguan rebel army.

Will he be able to get this truth out in the public, and will they believe?

Rating: Green - an excellent movie based on a real-life story. Gripping till the very end.
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Good Will Hunting >>> 30s review

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Will(Matt Damon) is a janitor in MIT. He is also a mathematical genius - and, one without any formal training whatsoever. Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgård) is a mathematics professor who discovers his talent and sees him placed with the big names such as Einstein and Salk.

However, there's a glitch. Due to a disturbed childhood Will has closed himself to the world and he has absolutely no interest in Lambeau's vision. In comes Sean (Robin Williams), a psychologist, who helps Will open up as a person, believe in himself and acknowledge what he truly wants.

Rating: Green - for a great story, and even better performances. A must watch for sure.
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Big Hero 6 >> 30s review

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Tadashi (Daniel Henney) invented Baymax (Scott Adsit), a personal healthcare robot, to help people in need. However, he's killed in a fire in an exhibition leaving his younger brother Hiro (Ryan Potter) depressed. When he discovers Baymax in his bedroom and gradually develops a great bond with him.

However, his city is now in grave danger as a super-villain is about to wreak havoc. The movie is about Hiro, Baymax and several of Tadashi's genius club friends come together and become Big Hero 6.

Rating: Yellow - a great animation film by Disney - must watch for animated superhero movie lovers. Not sure if others would enjoy the movie as much.
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Drive Angry >> 30s review

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Jonah King (Billy Burke), the leader of a Satanic cult murdered Milton (Nicolas Cage)'s daughter and kidnapped his grand-daughter for sacrifice. Milton is out to save her.

The twist is that Milton has just escaped from hell to do this, and is being pursued by the accountant (William Fichtner) - the devil's right hand man!

Rating: Green - for the thrilling action that keeps you hooked until the very end. One of the very rare movies with a trashy storyline to get a green - but it totally deserves it. When you watch it - remember to breathe! ;)

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Immortals >>> 30s review

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The gods after winning the war against the titans, imprisoned them on Earth. King Hyperion intends to release them and with their aid destroy humanity and take over Earth. The gods, bound by their vow, are unable to intervene.

Zeus, however, has chosen Theseus - a peasant - to be the leader of humans in this war. Will he be able to save his kind?

Rating: Green - spectacular visuals make this mythology action film a must watch!
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Gabbar is Back >> 30s review

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Gabbar Singh Rajput (Akshay Kumar) is out to end corruption - one corrupt man at a time. To achieve this he's setup a parallel 'army' replete with sophisticated intelligence techniques.

As heroistic as it may be, it is however illegal. Will CBI officer Kuldeep Pahwa (Jaideep Ahlawat) and constable Sadhuram (Sunil Grover) be able to stop him?

Rating: Yellow - a run of the mill anti-establishment action film. A decent timepass. Just one of the many remakes of telugu movies that AK has been a part of.- as always I wouldn't be surprised if the telugu version, even with the dubbing, is better.


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End of Days >> 30s review

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The end of the year is around the corner. Satan has arrived for the party. And, of course, he's also eyeing a girl - who he intends to impregnate with his baby during the 'shubh muhurat' between 23:00 and 00:00 hrs on New Year's eve.

If he is successful, the party (read 'the world') will end. But don't worry our man Jericho (Arnie) will stop this from happening. Cheers!

Rating: Yellow - the plot may sound ludicrous but the movie is actually made quite well and is a decent watch. Especially for those who are into the supernatural horror action genre.
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