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Cannes Review: Amit Kumar’s “Monsoon Shootout” hits the bull’s eye

19 May 2013 9:20 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Monsoon Shootout cast with director Amit Kumar in Cannes

Amit Kumar’s bold noir set amongst corrupt cops in Mumbai acts as a brash, blockbusting corrective to Cannes’s more sombre excesses”, writes Guardian’s film critic Peter Bradshaw in his first look review from Cannes.

Bradshaw calls the film “rainy noir” and concludes in his review, “It’s an entertaining popcorn-movie with a twist, for which commercial success is on the cards. There should be space for pictures like it in Cannes.”

The Hollywood Reporter’s Deborah Young has also given the film a thumbs up. She writes, “The Fortissimo release should make good headway in territories open to India and exotic genre fare and put Kumar on festival radar.”

Here is an excerpt from The Hollywood Reporter Review:

A cunningly intricate first film from India, Monsoon Shootout combines the best of two worlds – a ferocious Mumbai cops and gangsters drama, »

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Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly receives extreme reviews at Cannes

18 May 2013 8:50 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly has received extreme responses from critics after its Cannes premiere on Friday. Twitchfilm’s Brian Clark Found it better than some of competition titles while Screen International’s Lee Marshall found its characters “hastily-sketched”.

International film website’s European Editor Brian Clark was all praises for the film in his review. Here is an excerpt from his review:

…this Fargo-meets-Mumbai-police-procedural is compulsively watchable, thrilling, darkly funny and extremely well-directed.

Kashyap also gets a lot of mileage out of the locations, which emphasize the mood of the action rather than functioning as exotic foregrounds, and the way he depicts the sheer scope of a hunt for a single girl in Mumbai is pretty stunning. The performances too are all strong, with a touch of stilted, manic-intensity that blends seamlessly with the mood of the film.”

At two hours and eight minutes, Ugly runs a bit long (though of course, »

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Top 3 Critic’s Picks In Theaters this February: Caesar Must Die, Porfirio and No

31 January 2013 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Apart from some foreign items Lore (Music Box Films – 2/8/13) and Kiarostami’s Like Someone in Love (Sundance Selects – 2/15/13), classic re-issue of Little Fugitive (Artists Public Domain – 2/1/13), a guilty pleasure in Soderbergh’s Side Effects (Open Road Films – 2/8/13) and experimental docu A Rubberband Is an Unlikely Instrument (Factory 25 – 2/8/13), it’ll once again slim pickings in the month of February. Here our this month’s top 3 Critic’s Picks.

Caesar Must Die – Paolo and Vittorio Taviani

Lincoln Plaza Cinemas & Film Forum on Wednesday the 6th – Adopt Films

Festival Awards: Golden Berlin Bear & Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (Berlin Film Festival – 2012)

What the critic’s are saying?: Screen Daily’s Lee Marshall appears to be much impressed stating “now into their eighties, the Taviani brothers show with this remarkable, fresh and moving drama-documentary they have lost none of that mix of observational rigour and sympathy for the underdog that marked early films like Padre Padrone, »

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