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W. [B] Faizan Rashid
Interweaving fact and supposition, Oliver Stone's compelling, fascinating "W" plays out like the Godfather in reverse. It is at once a biopic, an anti-war film and a...

Appaloosa [C] Faizan Rashid
"Appaloosa" is a film plagued with many problems. In an era where every Western almost yearns to be revisionist by playing on convention, Appaloosa is an anti-Western,...

Gomorra [B+] Faizan Rashid
The first word in ‘Organized Crime’ is organized. The Italian film Gomorra takes viewers on a fierce matter-of-fact journey that exposes how organized crime spreads in...

The Wrestler [A-] Faizan Rashid
Every athlete knows that they have a shelf life. When their time is up, they’re no longer glorified like they once were and perhaps, just perhaps, their ego’s get...

Firaaq [B-] Faizan Rashid
“Firaaq” is a commendable first attempt for actress turned director Nandita Das. It starts with very potent words – “This film is a work of fiction based on a thousand...

Momma's Man [A-] Faizan Rashid
What starts off as an almost perfunctory visit to the parents quickly manifests into a distress call for help in “Momma’s Man”, a film so called perhaps because Mikey,...

Che [A] Faizan Rashid
The Cuban revolutionary leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara was many things to many people. To some (especially those from third world countries) he was an effective and fierce...

Heaven On Earth [D] Faizan Rashid
Heaven on Earth is a film about an angel who goes to live with the Manson family in Canada. The angel (sans halo), named Chand (Preity Zinta) arrives from India, after...

Three Monkeys [B] Faizan Rashid
Uc Maymun is the sort of film, where while watching you realize, everything could be resolved much more quicker (and sooner) if the main characters only spoke to each...

Blindness [C-] Faizan Rashid
Fernando Meirelles' Blindness is a film depicting a social experiment gone wrong. In essence, it is the Stanford prison experiment for the blind, where groups are formed,...

The Class [A-] Faizan Rashid
What makes The Class unique, unlike other films that have been made about pedagogy and the art of teaching, is that it doesn’t explore the movie myth of one teacher...

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