Need For Speed (2014)

SCOTT WAUGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA/India/United Kingdom/France/Philippines, 2014.  DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Bandito Brothers.  Story by George Gatins, John Gatins, Screenplay by George Gatins.  Cinematography by Shane Hurlbut.  Produced by John Gatins, Patrick O’Brien, Mark Sourian.  Music by Nathan Furst.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick.  Film Editing by Paul Rubell, Scott Waugh.  After an illegal race on … More Need For Speed (2014)

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Earth

BBBB (out of 5) Beautifully shot romance set against the political backdrop of India on the brink of partition:  the British Empire is about to withdraw its control over the nation and talk is rife of defining a border to create what would eventually become present-day Pakistan. In Lahore, tensions among Sikh, Muslim and Hindu … More Earth

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Fire

BBB.5 (out of 5) A household is crowded with loneliness and frustration as two brothers run their businesses downstairs while, upstairs, their neglected wives take care of their aging mother-in-law and each other.  Sita has just become wife to Jatin, her head full of movie romance before her reality is destroyed by the realization that … More Fire

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The Fifth Estate (2013)

BILL CONDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/India/Belgium, 2013.  DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, Anonymous Content, FBO, Umedia.  Screenplay by Josh Singer, based on the book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, David Leigh, Luke Harding.  Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler.  Produced by Steve Golin, Michael Sugar.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production … More The Fifth Estate (2013)

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Tigers

BBB (out of 5) Struggling to sell pharmaceutical products created by local Pakistani companies, Ayan gives in to the pressures of corporate giants and starts working instead for Lasta (which the film very cheekily points out is subbing in for Nestle). He is immediately a success, bringing plenty of money home to his family and … More Tigers

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The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha (Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne)

BBBB (out of 5) A terrific storybook adventure bursting with comedy and music, aided by gorgeous direction from a lighthearted Satyajit Ray and a beautiful visual landscape. Sweet and simple Goopy is booted from his village for annoying everyone with his tuneless singing, wandering into the wilderness and meeting an equally shunned drummer who calls … More The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha (Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne)

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