Jun 28, 2013

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    THE HEAT (M18)

    Comedy/117 minutes

    Rating: 2/5

    TWO cops are forced to work together. One cop, Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock), is a fastidious martinet who is lonely; the other, Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), is an instinct-driven, street-smart slob who is angry at not getting the professional respect she deserves.

    Together, they chase down a criminal mastermind, learning life lessons along the way - mostly that it is wrong to judge a book by its cover.

    What is surprising about this flat, uninteresting work is that director Paul Feig, who helmed the very funny and smart female-driven Bridesmaids (2011), is behind it.

    The film is indeed as dull and by-the-numbers as the trailer suggests.



    Fantasy comedy/106 minutes

    Rating: 3/5

    HIGH-SCHOOL student Kyosuke (Ryohei Suzuki) discovers that he has superhuman powers - when he wears a pair of panties on his face.

    To protect Aiko (Fumika Shimizu), whom he has a crush on, he has to defeat a creepy teacher (Ken Yasuda).

    It helps that director Yuichi Fukuda fully embraces the B-grade bizarreness of the material.

    Even as Kyosuke's hormones and imagination run amok, his burgeoning romance with Aiko is cutely chaste and awkward.

    It turns out Hentai Kamen is as much about the power of love as it is about the power of perversion.



    Comedy/141 minutes

    Rating: 4/5

    FOUR dreamers meet by chance. Each time Choocha (Varun Sharma) has a dream, Hunny (Pulkit Samrat) interprets it, before converting it into numbers to buy sure-win lottery tickets.

    They go on a roll and decide to set their sights even higher. As Choocha and Hunny plot ways to strike the biggest lottery, Zafar (Ali Fazal), a struggling musician, and Lali (Manjot Singh) become their partners in crime.

    Witty and stir-crazy, Fukrey is a cracker of a film which made me laugh so hard, my children who were with me have vowed not to watch a Bollywood comedy with me again.