A Most Violent Year | 2014

With an impressive movie lineup, till now, J.C. Chandor, follows it up with his best work yet, “A Most Violent Year”; this movie builds up a character driven, almost violent free gangster-like thrilling atmosphere, powered by Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain’s delightful performances; “A Most Violent Year”’s cinematography sets a discrete stark imagery, that gets the audience for the weightiness that the movie aims too. May be a little patient in its execution, but pretenselessly so.

A Bronx Tale | 1993

“A Bronx Tale” by Robert De Niro, reflects the director’s attachment to Martin Scorsese’s movies and its sensibilities. It is an intense and superb debut from the actor, which achieves the tightness that it anticipates and also has an even better morale, which we see absent in most of the crime movies. It is touching as it is fetching, with unswerving, fantastic performance from the actors including De Niro and Chazz Palminteri. “A Bronx Tale” albeit a touch flawed, but can be easily unheeded, for the effort that warrants attention.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 | 2014

This sequel to the reboot, has its moments. It is overstuffed with villains, but doesn’t falter like Raimi’s “Spiderman 3” and has an ending unlike most of the superhero movies. With its flaw of unbalanced narrative, balanced by sparking visual elements and wit, “The Amazing Spider-man 2” is just like Spidey’s character itself; confused, but heroic and successful.

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints | 2013

Debutant David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” is a poetic and the visually, the most satisfying film of the year. Well-acted and tenderly scripted, “Ain’t them Bodies Saints” strength lies in the effective low-key artistry of the Western scenes. Shot gorgeously, the dreamlike sequences gets the saga of love right. “Ain’t The Bodies Saints” might not be impressive as an action-western set-piece, which it is not, but surely succeeds visually with its rustic and folksy tone.

American Hustle | 2013

The charming and impeccable cast, alongside pacy, nifty direction from David O. Russell (who has been eyeing the academy awards every year) makes “American Hustle” a fun filled, spirited exercise. As the characters play with each other, Russell plays us. Not to be missed, “American Hustle” relies heavily on its cast and Eric Singer’s high-octane script. While Christian Bale, Dominic Cooper and Jeremy Renner excel, the brilliant Jenifer Lawrence and Wonderful Amy Adams shine at the top. “American Hustle” is flabby sometimes, but the pop energy is rapturous and entirely amusing.

American Sniper | 2014

There is a moment of a very silly awkwardness in Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper”. Bradley Cooper holds a baby in the film, as everyone in the theatre, recognizes, it is a dummy. But, overlooking such overlooked spots, the film, overall has many potentials of a typical American Oscar bait. Well intentioned, effortlessly directed, the movie grows well only to weaken a bit towards the end. “American Sniper” cabinets the acting skills of Bradley Cooper, but just manages, to pull it off as a respectable film, which could have been, given the director’s stature, a fantastic film.

All is Lost| 2013

J.C. Chandor’s “All is Lost” is quintessentially Robert Redford’s show. While the plot is not very new, Chandor’s movie is minimalistic, modest, affecting, adventurous and thoughtfully intense. The feat of the movie lies in how it places itself without a piece of land, human (other than Redford’s) or a piece of dialogue even (not considering the once-in-the-movie-one-worded monologue). Redford encompasses fear, confidence, loneliness and claustrophobia with all that he has got and delivers. “All is Lost” is a survival drama that is thrilling and beautiful.

Airplane!| 1980

“Airplane” is not a spoof altogether. It is full of gags and ridiculous deadpan. Directed by David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, this comedy is often hilarious, as it is silly. Faintly dated, it is corny and with a good tempo. But, is also, very essential that placed a holder, for the movies, that were to come. Effective with the cultural references and performed with great wit, by Robert Hays, Lloyd Bridges and Leslie Nelson, “Airplane”, is very funny.

Anegan| 2015

“Anegan” is a boring film. K.V. Anand falters with his intention and implementation of the same. Puzzling motives, irritable sequence of romance, jumbled scripting, makes “Anegan”, passable. A few moments, might interest the audience to look further, just to disappoint. Reliably, Dhanush does well and only his presence makes us sit through the whole mess of a pointless reincarnation story.