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The Meg – You might need the biggest boat

More than 40 years after Steven Spielberg terrorized audience with Jaws, The Meg is here to instill the same fear in a grander way. Billed as a Jason Statham film, it has the surprise factor of Jaws as well and with bigger and better graphics, it comes out as one of the better shark films…

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August 15, 2018


The Darkest Minds – More Messy, Less Dark

Once every few years, the trend of action films changes in Hollywood; there was a time when one-man-army films were popular and they were replaced by wizardry. Sadly, the era in which The Darkest Minds is released is still searching for its identity and that shows onscreen. This supposedly thrilling Young Adult (YA) adaptation of…

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August 8, 2018


Karwaan – a light-hearted journey of self-discovery

Usually, films revolving around deaths are dull, slow and boring with a limited audience that likes to cry their heart out for no valid reason. Akarsh Khurana’s Karwaan is nothing like that because here, an accidental death brings three different kinds of people together who might not have met each other in normal circumstances. And…

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August 6, 2018


The Equalizer 2 – Drag, boring and not cool at all

Denzel Washington is one of the best actors Hollywood has produced in the last 25 years, however, he needs to understand that not everyone can play a Liam Neeson after turning 60. In his latest flick The Equalizer 2, the actor has done some fabulous stunt but the repetitive plot, the unnecessarily dragged arcs and…

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July 21, 2018


Soorma – made for India, not for Pakistan

  Every country has heroes – be it sportsmen or scientists – and India has their share of heroes as well. However, not every biopic is meant to be screened in Pakistan and that’s exactly what has happened to Soorma, Sandeep Singh’s biopic who is as unknown an entity in Pakistan as Khalid Bashir is in…

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July 16, 2018


Smaller in size, bigger in impact

They may be small but Ant-Man and The Wasp are as big a threat to bad guys as any other Marvel superheroes. In the sequel to Ant-Man, they share the title, the action sequences and the credits when it comes to bringing back the original Wasp who went missing in the Quantum realm 30 years…

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July 8, 2018


Race 3 – When Salman Khan decides to play Sikandar

                          There are two kinds of Salman Khan – one that plays a character in a movie and the other that is a character in one. For the worst part of his career, Sallu played characters and his films flopped but once he…

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June 25, 2018


Na band na baraati – it can’t get worse than this

  With great power comes great responsibility and that’s the reason the person who uses the power well, succeeds. Be it Spiderman or Pakistani film producers, if you try to be responsible, be with it power or money (or both), things will end up in your favour. If not, then the result would be an…

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June 19, 2018


For the love of Star Wars

    By Omair Alavi Han Solo is to Star Wars what Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name was to Spaghetti Westerns – no matter how hard you try, you can’t disassociate one from the other. In Solo – A Star Wars Story, we get to know about the backstory of Han Solo who goes…

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June 3, 2018


Deadpool 2: Return of the anti-hero

By Omair Alavi Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool 2 is perhaps the best way to come out of the shocking climax of Avengers: The Infinity War; the guy who played Thanos there (Josh Brolin) is the one who saves the day as Cable; the film is also the perfect reply to the silliness of both Marvel and…

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May 28, 2018


When earth’s mightiest heroes take on their worst nightmare

By Omair Alavi The Avengers are back but they are still in the Civil War mode, meaning that half of the guys are on Tony Stark aka Iron Man’s side and the other half, on Captain America’s. The person who emerges as a major threat during this fight is Thanos who is out to collect…

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April 28, 2018


The Rock saves the day … again!

By Omair Alavi It’s a Wolf, It’s an Ape, It’s a Sea Monster … No, it’s all three in Rampage where Dwayne The Rock Johnson battles against the mightiest beasts and saves the world with one thing that these monsters didn’t bank on – friendship. Rampage is the story of a bond between an ape…

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April 23, 2018


This cake has all the right ingredients

By Omair Alavi When the trailer of Pakistani film Cake was released, people termed it a mixture of Kapoor & Sons, Khoobsurat and Pikubut in reality, Cake is far better than all these films. In fact, once you are done with the film you will realize that there are so many stories in our lives that could do well if translated intelligently…

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March 31, 2018


Pacific Rim’s Uprising went downwards instead

  By Omair Alavi There are good sequels, there are bad sequels and then there is Pacific Rim Uprising, a sequel that had a lot of promise but instead of raising the bar pushed it downwards so badly that the makers might need a third installment to restore the audience’s faith in the franchise. Yes,…

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March 29, 2018


Raid: A simple and enjoyable crime thriller

By Muhammad Raza Haidery Inspired by true events in India, Raid is an enjoyable crime thriller flick which brings something for everyone. The movie should be on your list to watch if you are looking for solid dialogue delivery, confrontation scenes between the protagonist and the antagonist along with performances by the leading stars. Raid…

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March 28, 2018


REVIEW: Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

  BY: Omair Alavi Shadi Ka Super Hit Punchnama His name may be ‘Luv Ranjan’ but he is full of hate for those cunning women who try to take advantage of desperate men – in Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety he revisits the formula of his Punchnama series and comes out as a winner. With…

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March 3, 2018


REVIEW: Hareem Farooq’s ‘Parchi’ fails to fire on all cylinders…

BY SHAHJAHAN KHURRAM KARACHI: It seems as if Pakistani directors and producers are hell-bent on producing films that feature the same mix of comedy, romance and a robbery/extortion as the plot’s epicenter. The same thing occurs with Parchi but the lackluster project fails to impress on several counts.  Hareem Farooq features as the bold, thuggish Madam Sahab– a…

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January 5, 2018


Justice League : Even the Animated Series has better plots!

  By Omair Alavi DC’s search for a perfect Superhero film once again hits a wall with the release of Justice League, the film that could have changed the game for both Warner Bros and DC. Thanks to Zack Snyder and his persistence with mediocrity, not even the might of Superman and Batman combined with…

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November 30, 2017


Disappointing is the word for Simran

  By: Omair Alavi   Kangana Ranaut is considered to be one of the most daring actors of the modern era; however with great power comes great responsibility and by doing Simran, she has shown her irresponsible side to her fans. Had the film been good, people would have appreciated it like they did Queen…

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September 19, 2017


Review: Atomic Blonde

By: Omair Alavi   What would you get if you mix the villain of the last Fast and The Furious flick with John Wick? The result is Atomic Blonde where Charlize Theron is ‘the’ man who takes down Germans as if they were ants in her backyard. The film would have fared even better at…

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September 8, 2017


With great plots come greater responsibility: A Gentleman

  By:Omair Alavi A Gentleman may not be as simple as its title suggests but it is one of those ambitious movies, which require extra care – especially, post interval. The film has one of the best first halves in recent Bollywood history; however, the directors lose control over the plot once the second half…

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September 5, 2017