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Gone with the Wind >> Quick Review

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Scarlett O'Hara(VL) is the daughter of a rich Irish settler in southern US. Beautiful and vivacious, she is desired by all young men around her. But she is in love with Ashley Wylkes(LH) who in turn is set to marry one of his cousins Melanie Hamilton(OdH) who is a mature and a kind-hearted girl. Jealousy induces Scarlett to marry Melanie's brother Charles(RB). Soon after the confederate gets into a war with the Yankies. Charles dies. She's sent off to Atlanta to live with Melanie. There she comes across Rhett Butler(CG), a shrewd money-minded warrior, whom she had met earlier and who knows about her love for Ashley. He is one person who understands her, likes her and thus, starts flirting with her.
Soon after Ashley returns for a Christmas break. While going back he takes a promise from Scarlett that she'd take care of Melanie, who is now pregnant with his child. The confederate is on the verge of loosing the war, Atlanta is under siege by the Yankees. Scarlett braves…

The Crowd >> 30s Review

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John is a talented boy, but things take an unfortunate turn when his father passes away while he's still young. He sets out to become a 'somebody' in NewYork but ends up as just another face in the crowd. He meets Mary on a blind date, they click, they get married, and soon have two children. However, her daughter dies in a car accident. Still in grief, he gets angry at work and quits his job. After which he struggles to make ends meet and his life gradually falls apart.

Will he succeed in making a mark, and saving his family?

Rating: Green - a timeless movie, about the struggles of the middle class in the urban world. As relevant today, as it was when it was made!
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X-Men: Days of the Future Past >> 30s Review

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Humans have created Sentinels to destroy the mutants. But the Sentinels turn on them and destroy everyone. Now, the only ones left are a handful of mutants led by Charles Xavier - who is weak and ageing. Their only hope is to travel back in time and stop the creation of the Sentinels. The only person who can do it is Wolverine.

Will he succeed?

Rating: Green - another good movie from the X-Men stable. Must watch!
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X-Men: First Class >> 30s Review

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Charles Xavier, Erik Lensherr and Raven have discovered their unusual powers for the first time. And, they are still in the process of learning it and controlling it better. So are many more mutants. So Charles has opened a school, where everyone can learn about themselves better. The world meanwhile is in danger of a third world war, and US govt. seeks their help to save humanity.

Will they succeed?

Rating: Green - one of the best movies in the X-Men series. While the action and special effects are good, what makes this movie great is the story telling, as the characters are introduced and built one by one.
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine >> 30s Review

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Logan has settled down as a logger alongwith his wife, who is a local teacher. Stryker, who has led the unit that Logan was a part of has invested a lot on making him the war machine he is. When Logan refuses to join him back, Stryker sends his brother Victor to get him - who kills his wife.

Logan, now wants revenge, and will kill anyone who comes in his way. Will he succeed?

Rating: Green - another good movie in the X-Men series, taking us into the background of one of the most famous X-Men. Well made, fast, full of twists - worth a watch!
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X-Men: The Last Stand >> 30s Review

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Warren Worthington II's son is a mutant, and he is ashamed of it. For the love of his son, he uses his influence in the pharma world to develop a 'cure' - that can turn a mutant into a normal human being. But not all mutants are happy about it - they don't believe a cure is needed and are out to destroy it, led by Magneto. Charles on the other hand is pro-choice, and is willing to fight to protect the humans.

Will Magneto succeed?

Rating: Green - another well made movie in the X-Men series. Great story with unexpected twists that keep you hooked. Must watch!
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X-Men >> 30s Review

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The next phase of major human evolution is here - in the form of mutants. Humans are scared of the powers of the mutants, and mutants are unsure of their motives. Charles Xavier, who runs a school for mutants to help them come to terms with their powers, is leading the good mutants, Magneto the evil ones. Scared of what her powers are doing to the people around her, Marie runs away from home - incidentally, running into Wolverine, who is living a nomadic life after a memory loss.

Will Charles be able to stop Magneto from destroying humanity?

Rating: Green - a movie that keeps you gripped. It is almost 2 decades old, the special effects may not be as fancy as today's by there is something in there that still keeps you hooked. Must watch!
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The Bourne Legacy >> 30s Review

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When Jason Bourne uncovers the programs that destroyed his life, the careers of the people involved are at stake. So they decide to end it all by killing everyone involved - from the scientists to the super-warriors (subjects). But Aaron Cross miraculously survives! But to stay alive he needs medication, for which he looks out for Dr. Marta Shearing who worked on him when he enrolled.

But will he be able to save Marta? And himself?

Rating: Yellow - another pacy flick in the Bourne series. But a movie that is flimsy compared to the originals - just a usual, time-pass movie. Decent one for that purpose though!
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The Bourne Ultimatum >> 30s Review

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Simon Ross, a London based reporter working on a report to unveil Operation Blackbriar, inadvertently bring Bourne out of hiding. New information that Bourne receives from the reported brings back some new memories - which give him enough clues to uncover his dark past.

Who was he?

Rating: Green - continuing the great work from the previous two movies, this one again is a fast action- suspense thriller. Keeps you on the edge of your seat!
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The Bourne Supremacy >> 30s Review

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Bourne is living in hiding in India with his girlfriend, when an assassination attempt happens. He survives, but girlfriend? He's angry and wants to find out why he's still being targeted - so he takes the battle to CIA's doorstep.

Will he be able to find out who he is?

Rating: Green - as good as the first movie in the series. Pacy, full of twists and suspense!
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The Bourne Identity >> 30s Review

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A badly wounded man is discovered by a group of fishermen who nurse him back to health. When he wakes up he doesn't remember anything about himself. He uses whatever information that he has in the form of what was on him to find more clues and more clues. While on his journey to rediscover himself he realizes that he's being hunted, and that he has advanced skills of a super-fighter to help hims save himself.

Will he find out who he is?

Rating: Green - a brilliant action-suspense thriller, based loosely on the novel by Robert Ludlum, that will keep you glued to the screen till the very end.
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10 Cloverfield Lane >> 30s Review

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Michelle has a car accident. When she wakes up she's in a bunker under the care of Howard, who tells her that the entire world is under Alien attack, and it's not safe to go outside. There's another guy named Emmett, who also chose to take refuge in Howard's place.

Just as she began to settle down, some incidents happen, which raise some suspicion about their story and their intent.

Is is safe to attempt to escape to the outside world?

Rating: Green - a different kind of a suspense thriller with just 3 people in the entire movie, living together in fear. Great acting and great screenplay, keep you hooked till the very end!

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Captain America: Civil War >> 30s Review

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Tony has been a bit consumed with the scale of casualties in Zachovia. When the government proposes a law to control the actions of the heros he supports. But Steve doesn't. There is a break-up between the Avengers - Black Panther, Vision, Black Widow, War-Machine and Spider Man on Tony's side; and, Buck Barnes, Falcon, Scarlett Witch, HawkEye, and Ant-Man with Steve.

Who will win?

Rating: Yellow - full of awesome action, and twists, till the very end. Just a tad too long and too many characters makes it somewhat boring and a bit lost. And I've begun to feel the lack of Tony's humor.
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice >> 30s Review

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Superman has been framed in an incident as responsible for the death of several men. Batman is powerphobic and believes if there's even a 1% doubt about Superman's intention, he should be killed. Lex Luthor, meanwhile, is developing a secret weapon to destroy humanity.

With Batman and Superman fighting against each other - who will win? And, what will become of the planet?

Rating: Yellow - a well-made super hero movie. Overall a decent movie, just very long and gets boring at times! And, Lex Luthor seems to be inspired by Shahrukh Khan's style in Darr. Decent time pass, nevertheless!
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Dishoom >> 30s Review

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Viraj, India's top batsman has gone missing just before the final match vs. Pakistan. Kabir Shergill has been specially flown in from India to take charge of the case, he's supported by Junaid Ansari, an Indian expat settled in Dubai.

Will they succeed in freeing Viraj?

Rating: Yellow - a well-made action comedy. Decent watch!
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Nil Battey Sannata >> 30s Review

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Chanda is a single mom bringing up her teenaged daughter Appu. But Appu is struggling in school as Maths is beyond her, and also she is hopeless about her future. To get her interested again in studies Chanda takes a radical step - she goes back to school to complete her education, in the same class as Appu.

Will she succeed in getting her teenager daughter back on track?

Rating: Green - a very different, very well-made movie. One that you can watch with your kids!
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Buddha in a Traffic Jam >> 30s Review

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Vikram Pandit is a student of Indian Institute of Business. His Professor Jamshed Batki feels that corruption is not only omnipresent, it is necessary for the economy. When Vikram questions him, Batki challenges Vikram to complete the work he started for the benefit of the poor. What follows is the beginning of a revolution by Vikram.

However, soon he realizes that the people around him are not what they seem to be - there are layers he is yet to figure out. Will he succeed?

Rating: Green - an excellent film raising some fundamental questions about the Naxal problem in India. The challenge, however, is that it might be propaganda material with a uni-dimensional perspective - so take it with a pinch of salt, when it comes to forming an opinion about the issue behind the movie.
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Night at the Museum - Battle of the Smithsonian >> 30s Review

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Larry Daily has now left his job as a night watchman at the museum and is a successful businessman. He comes to know that his friends at the museum are in trouble - he visits the Smithsonian museum to get back Jedediah and Octavius who have been shipped by mistake.

However, he gets slightly late and everyone at the museum wakes up. Will he succeed in keeping everyone safe?

Rating: Green - a very interesting concept with its plethora of characters - a great adventure comedy! A movie that you can watch with the kids.
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Angry Birds >> 30s Review

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Red has always been an outsider in the island where all the birds live because of his temper issues. Chuck and Bomb have been outsiders too. When mysterious green pigs visit the island, they figure out something is not right. But nobody listens to them.

Before they realize all their eggs have been stolen by the pigs. Now it is upto these three to lead the attack of the birds on the pigs. Will they succeed?

Rating: Green for Red! A pacy animated comedy! Fun - at least for someone who has never played the game!
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Udta Punjab >> 30s Review

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Tommy Singh is the biggest rockstar in Punjab, also a drug addict. Kumari Pinky was a daily laborer who figured out how the drug smuggling in the border areas works - and tried to get rich by stealing some from the smugglers and selling it. See gets caught, raped, and is turned into a drug dependant. Preet is a doctor working in a drug de-addiction center. Sartaj is a corrupt police officer allowing drug peddling in lieu of commission. He soon discovers his younger brother is also an addict.

The movie is about how the lives of these four characters cross - will they be able to make a reasonable dent in the drug situation in Punjab?

Rating: Green - one of the best movies to come out of Bollywood in a long time. Focused on the real drug menace in Punjab and the involvement of everyone from top to bottom in it.
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Pursuit of Happyness >> 30s Review

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Chris Gardner, is a pharma-equipment salesman living with his wife and son. However, the sales are not happening - his wife leaves him, and he also loses the apartment. Now, he's on the road, with his son.

But with a stroke of luck he discovers there is a way out of his situation - by becoming a stock broker! After a lot of effort he lands an internship opportunity at a broker training organisation.

Will he succeed in converting this into a full-time job?

Rating: Green - has the potential to bring hope back in the life of those unfortunate enough to be poor. The movie is based on the life of Christopher Gardner, but of course there are creative liberties taken while telling the story!
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Terminator Genisys >> 30s Review

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Sarrah Connor, the mother of John Connor - the leader of the human resistance, is in danger as Skynet has sent a terminator to the past to kill her. If she dies, there will be no John, and there will be no human resistance. John sends Kyle to protect her. When he reaches there he is surprised to find Guardian, a terminator, has protected and trained her.

But a bigger danger is on its way. Will he be able to work together with a machine to save Sarah?

Rating: Green - an awesome science-fiction action flick!
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Warcraft: The Beginning >> 30s Review

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The world of the Orcs of Draenor is being destroyed by evil Fel magic. Gul'dan creates a portal to the world of Azeroth and transports the Orcs there to form an army to annex it. Llane Wrynn, the king comes to know about the presence of Fel magic in dead bodies and summons the Guardian of Tirisfal for guidance and protection.

Will the Guardian be able to protect the kingdom from evil Fel magic?

Rating: Green - a gory, depressing fantasy movie about greed for power and death. Well-made! Worth a watch!
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The Interpreter >> 30s Review

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Silvia Brooma, an interpreter with the UN, overhears a death threat against an African head of state, in an esoteric language. And, with this she ends up in serious trouble - the federal agencies, even ones supposed to protect her, are not sure whether they should trust her, while her life is now in grave danger.

Will she survive? Will the murder be successful?

Rating: Green - a great suspense thriller! Must watch!
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Reservoir Dogs >> 30s Review

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Joe Cabot hires six criminals who don't know each other for a heist. Everything is meticulously planned. But on the day of the heist - at the right time and the right place - police shows up. Two of them are killed, remaining four somehow reach the warehouse.

Now, they all suspect each other of being a police informer. Will they be able to stay alive and out of jail, and figure out who the mole is?

Rating: Yellow - a well-made heist movie. Though it feels a bit dated, especially when you compare with some of the latest flicks.
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The Other End of the Line >> 30s Review

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Priya Sethi works for an Indian call center serving American clients with the alias Jennifer David. While helping out a client Granger Woodruff trace some fraudulent transactions on his credit card, she falls for him. And, travels all the way to San Francisco to meet him. While he falls in love with her, he still doesn't know that Priya is Jennifer.

Meanwhile, Priya's Indian family comes and takes her away. Will they be able to unite and marry?

Rating: Yellow - a decent time-pass, though quite irritating at times - especially the 'seemingly fake Indian accent' by the lead.
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Nim's Island >> 30s Review

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Nim lives on a secret island with her marine scientist father. She loves spending time with her friends and reading Alex Rover's adventure stories. But things take an unfortunate turn when her father who is away for research gets stuck in a storm.

Desperate and alone she writes to Alex, hoping he would help. What she does not know is that Alex is a germaphobic and agoraphobic woman who rarely steps out of her home - all the stories are fiction!

Will Alex be able to overcome her fears and help her little fan who is in distress?

Rating: Green - an unusual concept, well executed. An adventure movie that you should watch with your children!
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Whiplash >> 30s Review

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Andrew, a talented young drummer, at a prestigious music academy finds himself under Fletcher, the best professor of the school. But the professor is concerned about nothing but musical performance, and is willing to go to any extent for it - even destroying the confidence and lives of his students.

Andrew forms a unique love-hate relationship with Fletcher. But, will he survive and achieve musical greatness?

Rating: Green - a musical thriller - full of some great music and thrill. Very different! Must watch!
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Love Games >> 30s Review

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Ramona Raichand and Sam Saxena are a couple of nymphomaniacs who play love games - finding the most loving couple in parties and seducing the husband/wife - whoever seduces first wins. Life is good. Until...

...Sam falls in love with Alisha, a doctor - also a victim of serious domestic abuse. But Ramona is unwilling to let him go.

Will he succeed in saving Alisha and getting rid of Ramona?

Rating: Green - a great suspense thriller - must watch!
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Dracula Untold >> 30s Review

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Prince Vlad rules over a small peaceful kingdom, and has a loving wife and a son. But the turks are here - demanding 1000 young men including his son, to join their army and fight for them.

Seeing no other way to save them turns to darkness... will he be able to save his kingdom and his family.

Rating: Green - a dark fantasy movie with amazing visuals and crisp screenplay

Warning: the movie may just make you fall in love with the most hated villain of all time!
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Avengers: Infinity War >> 30s Review and Trailer

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Thanos, the biggest villain of all time has arrived. He wishes to bring balance to the Universe by killing half of all living beings alive. To do so, he must have all the six infinity stones. Once he does, he will be as powerful as god.

In his way stand the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Will they succeed or will Thanos wipe out half of the Earth's population with the snap of his fingers?

Rating: Green - not the best Marvel movie, boring in parts, but thanks to Thanos! Yes, what saves this movie is not Iron Man or Doctor Strange or Black Panther or any of the other bunch of superheroes who've all got nothing but cameos, what saves this movie is Thanos, with a little bit of Thor and a pinch of Hulk humour. 

But the best moment of the movie was not during the movie, it was after - when more than half the people in the cinema hall were still sitting in shock at what happened, well after the movie got over!
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The Big Lebowski >> 30s Review

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Jeff Lebowski - The Dude, is living a chill life when someone attacks him at home and urinates on his rug mistaking him for the millionaire Lebowski. He meets Lebowski to get compensation for the rug - but apart from the compensation, he also ends up getting a one-off job. And then things go crazy...

Rating: Yellow - a loony movie - fun, entertaining - a decent time pass!
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