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Review: MACHINES Succeeds in Being Both an Art Film and Biting Social Commentary

Machines is a beautiful observation piece that succeeds in both being an art film and biting social commentary.

Review: JAGGA JASOOS Aims For The Moon And Lands Among The Stars

With the release of the incredibly ambitious Jagga Jasoos, director Anurag Basu cements his position as one of Bollywood's premier creative voices. With a career that started over a decade ago largely dedicated to making potboilers, Basu really started to...

Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies of 2017 Part 1

As we hit the halfway point of the year, it is time to look back over the past six months, specifically the cinematic offerings from Asia. This year’s crop of new releases has been a mixed bunch, with precious few...

Exclusive Trailer: KUNG FU YOGA, Jackie Chan's Very Fun Indian Adventure

"Master Chan still has a trick or two up his sleeve." That's how I concluded my review of Jackie Chan's Kung Fu Yoga, which opened in theaters in January of this year. Chan plays an archaeology professor who heads to...

Review: ANGAMALY DIARIES, An Unexpected Assemblage Of Collateral Chaos (In a Good Way)

There is no doubt that Indian cinema treads a lot of familiar ground year after year. The romantic musicals, the gangster epics, the over the top action blockbusters, the broad comedies, they all have a place on the revolving slate...

Hong Kong goes West - When Hong Kong film makers attempt to break the Western market - part 6

It would turn out that Enthiran wouldn’t be the only Indian film that Yuen Woo Ping would work on. He would go on to create the fight scenes for the romantic thriller I (2014). Although it does have some well...

Blood, Fire, & Betrayal Rule In BAAHUBALI 2: THE CONCLUSION Trailer

We had to wait a little but longer than expected for this day to arrive, but fans of SS Rajamouli's intense period epic Baahubali: The Beginning back in 2015 can finally get a taste of what they have to look...

Crowdfund This: Assamese Martial Arts Film LOCAL KUNG FU 2 Needs Your Help!

Almost five years ago we shared the trailer for a completely DIY, no-budget kung fu movie from the state of Assam in eastern corner of India. That film, Local Kung Fu, turned out to be a really fun little action...

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Announces its 2017 Lineup: HOTEL SALVATION, A DEATH IN THE GUNJ, SEXY DURGA, and More

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles announced its lineup for the 2017 edition this morning and its as solid as ever. The festival brings together a few festival favorites, several American and North American premieres, and some great looking...

Review: COMMANDO 2: THE BLACK MONEY TRAIL, Too Much Talking, Not Enough Punching

Vidyut Jamwal is an actor with the skills, looks, and talent to become an international action regular. I hesitate to say he could be a star on the level of someone like Jackie Chan or Jet Li, but he certainly...

TRAPPED: Watch the Trailer for Vikramaditya Motwane's Urban Isolation Thriller

Mumbai is a city of around 25 million people, so it's hard to imagine a person ever being truly alone. However, in director Vikramaditya Motwane's (Lootera) new film Trapped, that's exactly the situation that Rajkummar Rao (Shahid, Aligarh, Kai Po...

Review: In Shanker Raman's GURGAON, Blood Makes The Grass Grow

Family can be a tricky thing. The bonds forged between blood relations are often tenuous and fraught with jealousy and distrust. You can't choose the people with whom you make those bonds, and as a result, those people aren't always...

Rotterdam 2017 Review: SEXY DURGA, One Terrifying Night In Darkest India

Man is a dangerous beast. Long ago, before the time of cinema, before the time of television, and certainly before the time of the Internet, the Indian subcontinent was a land mostly known as a fruitful place for the nightmares...

Lawrence Kicks Serious Ass In MOTTA SHIVA KETTA SHIVA Trailer

Tamil film star Raghava Lawrence has become one of my favorite performers since his insane ghost story Kanchana released back in 2011. For that film he served not only as the star, but he also wrote, produced, choreographed, and directed...

Review: In KUNG FU YOGA, Jackie Chan Heads to India on an Adventure

Once it gets rolling, the exceedingly silly Kung Fu Yoga made me very happy. Jackie Chan stars as an archaeology professor, and if that puts you in mind of Chan's role as a globe-trotting treasure hunter in Armor of God...

Watch: MSG LIONHEART 2: HIND KA NAPAK KO JAWAB Trailer, Is This Real Life?

We've written a lot about India's Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan, the leader of the Dera Sacha Sauda religious sect in northwest India and his crazy film antics, but his latest work may take the cake. MSG Lionheart:...

Rotterdam 2017: Trailer For SEXY DURGA Hints at the Darkness Within

Among the titles competing for the International Film Festival of Rotterdam's (IFFR) prestigious Tiger award is Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's Sexy Durga. The film recently won an award at India's NFDC Film Bazaar and Sasidharan's previous film, 2016's An Off-Day Game...

J Hurtado's 12 Favorite Indian Films of 2016

2016 was a great year at the movies. The world of cinema has provided a tremendous amount of joy for which we should feel grateful. While that could apply to the world at large, it especially applies to the cinema...

Review: DANGAL, A Familiar Tale, Told With Bollywood Flair

I've been interrogated about my love-stroke-obsession with Indian cinema ever since I began writing about it on these pages a little over six years ago. I'm not Indian, before this summer I had never been to India, and I didn't...

Watch: MISS LOVELY'S Ashim Ahluwalia Returns With DADDY Trailer

Back in 2012, Ashim Ahluwalia lit up the festival circuit with his remarkable meditation on the '80s sleaze film boom in India, Miss Lovely. That film, starring the now ubiquitous Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the gentler half of a sibling duo...