Nibunan: A gritty whodunit that tapers off towards the end

In a poignant scene, Ranjith and his wife, who have just learned the shattering diagnosis, see an old man with advanced Parkinson’s being tended to by his wife. The otherwise steely Ranjith, in a moment of vulnerability, clasps his wife’s hand. It’s a touching moment.

Vikram Vedha: A wholly satisfying, smartly conceived thriller

Vikram (Madhavan) is a stone-cold encounter specialist who can sleep soundly, regardless of how many lives he’s ended that day. “Korattai vittu thoonguven,” he says, and explains that he’s able to do that because of his conviction that he’s the good, and he’s putting bullets into the bad. Vedha (Vijay Sethupathi), the contemporised version of…

Spoilers before

Film-going is generally not an exercise in surprise anymore.

Title trauma

Our filmmakers have gone the Bollywood way and are embracing titles that are so long that reviews of them need only mention them about five times in order to reach the required word count.

Ivan Thanthiran: A not-so-slick thriller

It’s all fairly inventive, like the depiction of social media and its world of memes as having the power to dethrone a minister, and the usage of curious devices like the miniature surveillance camera that is mounted on an ‘e’ (housefly), perhaps on account of all the e-stuff going on.