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reviewed Mukhbiitr. November 11, 2010
            Mukhbiir is not long enough.  It’s just over 2 hours long, does not stop for a standard bollywood type song/dance routine, but it is still …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. April 14, 2011
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There is an underlying sweetness to Slumdog Millionaire which is belied by its overt brutality. This movie is a nasty, gritty and very realistic depiction of the slums, but in the end it proves to be …
reviewed Asoka. February 13, 2009
   Are you up for something completely different, something the likes of which I guarantee you have never experienced before? A film that has the lush romantic aura of Franco Zeffirelli's …
reviewed Hey Ram. August 20, 2009
Hey Ram
   Bollywood films ( those wonderful movies from India) have the reputation of being mindless fluff--of being nothing more than pretty people singing and dancing while falling in and out love …
reviewed Darna Mana Hai. September 23, 2009
Darna Mana Hai
      As a lifelong horror fan and a recent convert to the wonderful world of Bollywood, I was looking forward to sampling the exotic world of Bollywood horror. Would it draw …
reviewed Chandni Chowk to China. September 26, 2009
Chandni Chowk to China
Did you ever see a movie that made your jaw drop?  A movie that was so stunningly bizarre that it was all you could do to keep your eyeballs in their sockets? Well that's what I was hoping …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. November 16, 2009
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   I enjoyed this film but I did not feel it was as great as all the hype it has received.  The director uses flashbacks in a confusing manner starting with an adult Jamal being tortured …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. March 03, 2010
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This story is so well crafted that the viewer suspends their reason and disbelief, and by the end of the movie we all overlook the simple but persistant message of the film... women are stupid.  …
reviewed Chance Pe Dance. August 30, 2010
Chance Pe Dance
Guys don't come much cuter than Shahid Kapur and he sure can bust a move, but when you come down to it that's all  Bollywood's CHANCE PE DANCE has going for it. The film's overwrought …
reviewed Fanaa (2 Disc Set). October 13, 2007
Fanaa (2 Disc Set)
The first half of the movie is a light hearted romp in the Bollywood tradition. I truly enjoyed it. The actors sing and dance their way through a tour of the beautiful places in Delhi. The lovers meet, …
reviewed Salaam Bombay!. February 24, 2003
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Salaam Bombay!
Pros: beautiful, moving, good acting     Cons: bleak, dark, depressing     The Bottom Line: Mira Nair's tribute to prostitutes, drug addicts, and street children …
reviewed Fida. November 05, 2010
   What follows in italics is my boilerplate for defining a certain type of Bollywood film; Fida fits this category.  If you have read other reviews that start with this, then skip past.   …
reviewed Raavan. November 10, 2010
Oh boy!!  FINALLY get to see a Bollywood film in a theater and THIS is the one it turns out to be! What a disappointment, but then I've never had good luck when it comes to Abhishek Bachchan's …
reviewed Baadshah. December 02, 2010
I can't say that I loved this flick but I certainly did enjoy it and I think that most of Shahrukh Khan's fans will too unless they have something stiff up their rectum. I'm not kidding here, …
reviewed Chance Pe Dance. April 19, 2011
Chance Pe Dance
Over the past few years trends have changed and some of the "old ways" have begun to make a come back.  Beginning in the 1930s with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers with RKO and the 1940s …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. May 18, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
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"…If you look hard enough, Life can give you all the answers." This is one phrase I've always been told and director Danny Boyle's adaptation of the novel by Vikas Swarup tells a very …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. January 29, 2009
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Would you ever believe a "Slumdog Millionaire?"     I've been thinking about this movie for the past week as I've been tempted to write a review about it, but wanting to ensure that …
reviewed Gandhi, My Father. May 01, 2009
Gandhi, My Father
While reading a collection of Gandhi's writings I came upon a mention of his son having converted to Islam. I was very surprised since Attenborough's film had completely skipped over any children …
reviewed Veerana: Vengeance of the Vampire. October 21, 2009
Veerana: Vengeance of the Vampire
There are vampires and there are vampire movies, and then there's VEERANA: VENGEANCE OF THE VAMPIRE a Bollywood horror flick circa 1987. One would think that this flick is about some hot vampire …
reviewed Om Shanti Om. May 07, 2009
Om Shanti Om
Let's just get it out of the way right now; I loved this movie. It's a very enjoyable comedy  (even though most of the in-joke references to earlier Bollywood filmstars went over my …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. February 01, 2009
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Jamal is a teenager appearing on the Indian TV game show, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," and he's doing so well that the host and the police think he's cheating. When he's taken in for questioning (and …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. January 14, 2009
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"Sometimes I think sitting on trains   Every stop I get to I'm clocking that game   Everyone's a winner, we're making our fame   Bonafide hustler making my name"   (M.I.A. …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. February 25, 2009
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I know it's been said a million times already and I hate to sound cliché, but it's a statement that rings true every time you say it. Who would have thought Danny Boyle, a man from Manchester could have …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. March 04, 2009
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A viewing of "Slumdog Millionaire," even if costs a hefty $12 ticket at Westwood's Landmark Theaters, is worth every penny.  Set in the vibrant city of Mumbai, India, the film tells an impassioned …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. April 07, 2009
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I loved Slumdog Millionaire, but anyone expecting a serious meditation about the social problems effecting India will be disappointed here - it's entertainment, not a documentary.     This …
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