Karnan movie review: This film needs to be experienced emotionally and visually. It is an approximation of generations of sufferings of people, who have been subjected to unspeakable atrocities owing to where they belong in the caste hierarchy.
The Mauritanian movie review: The Mauritanian is a grim reminder, at a time when the US is long past its Bush-Obama binary, that the Guantanamo facility still stands despite promises to shut it.
Vakeel Saab review: Director Venu Sriram and Pawan Kalyan also honour the main subject and the message of the original film, which says ‘no means no’.
Minari review: This Oscar nominee is unique in many ways – in its perspective of an Asian family finding its roots in rural America and its piquant observation on the ways of the West and children.
The Big Bull movie review: In comparison to Scam 1992, The Big Bull comes across badly with authenticity being a major issue in Abhishek Bachchan-Kookie Gulati film that is out on Disney+ Hotstar.
Joji review: Scriptwriter Syam Pushkaran, director Dileesh Pothan and actor Fahad Faasil are long-time collaborators, and the smoothness in their latest coming together is proof that story is king.
Mandela movie review: This political satire is direct and obvious in its messaging. And that adds to the movie's strengths and makes the narration more effective.
Nomadland review: The film's biggest accomplishment is putting a woman at the centre of this voyage of the self, relieving herself in the open, revealing herself in the open, driving her own destiny.
Wild Dog review: Cinematically, this Nagarjuna starrer is average at best. More or less it feels like a television film.
Koi Jaane Na review: The film’s title is prophetic because no one seems to know what is going on for every painful minute of two hours.
Sulthan review: Karthi starrer comes with high production values and strong emotional beats, making it an engrossing watch.
Irul review: The set-up of this Fahadh Faasil and Soubin Shahir starrer has promise and the actors are up for it too. However, the story-telling lets them down.
Silence… Can You Hear It review: Manoj Bajpayee takes the lead in this Zee5 police procedural as he solves a tricky murder.
Rang De review: Nithiin and Keerthy Suresh film feels like a comforting blanket in these unpredictable times. It provides much-needed warmth and allows you to delight in a sense of nostalgia.
Saina review: Parineeti Chopra gives us a good, solid Saina Nehwal. When she raises her racket after a hard-fought win, you cheer.
Aranya review: Aranya is redeemed by its soothing cinematography, Resul Pookutty's sound design, and, of course, Rana Daggubati's acting.