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Chaar Din Ki Chandni
Don't ask who's who, what's what, and why things happen here and your life will be much easier while watching this utterly scrambled comedy. A homage to those magnificent maestros of mirth David Dhawan, Anees Bazmi and Rohit Shetty, Chaar Din Ki Chandni takes the theme of outrageous festivity to a new height. Characters, all 27-28 of them, are screaming, guffawing or performing. There's a wedding at the centre of the bustling canvas. Anupam Kher and Om Puri as the two patriarchal heads of two demoniacally dysfunctional families go through the motions of free-falling slapstick without tripping over the jokes. The rest of the vast cast features some surprising actors, like Chandrachur Singh and Anita Raj both of whom return after quite a gap. Regrettably the tightly-packed canvas allows no room for any actor to shine beyond the cheesy lines of the script. Miraculously, the love story between the star-crossed couple survives. Tusshar and Kulraj are no Romeo and Juliet, but then this is no epic love tale. Tusshar's Sardar act is amusing; the packaging and presentation of the comic ambience throws forward a certain quality of humour that isn't meant for all tastes. As far as ensemble comedies in Bollywood goes Chaar Din Ki Chandni is spunkier and more energetic than what you've probably seen in the other recent ones.

The Deep Blue SeaThe Deep Blue Sea
Master chronicler of post-War England, Terence Davies directs Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering love threatens her well-being and alienates the men in her life. In a deeply vulnerable performance, Rachel Weisz plays Hester Collyer, the wife of an upper-class judge (Simon Russell Beale) and a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. Her encounter with Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot, throws her life in turmoil, as their relationship leaves her emotionally stranded and physically isolated. Nearly abandoned by Freddie, Hester attempts to win him back through a desperate gesture. This only serves to estrange her more from the men in her life and reality itself. The film begins with the camera craning across a nondescript corner of London to find Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz) staring quietly out a window – in the midst of a suicide attempt. As she quietly awaits death, Hester flashes back to scenes from her troubled life. The film is an adaptation of British playwright Terence Rattigan's 1952 play, featuring one of the greatest roles for an actress in modern theatre. Like that quiet, haunting little moment, The Deep Blue Sea is not a showy movie.

The Raid: RedemptionThe Raid: Redemption
After watching The Raid: Redemption, the definition of modern action movies would be up for debate for many action lovers. This martial arts extravaganza is choreographed with unimaginable precision and is shot with just as much finesse. The Raid squares its fights into a compact apartment high-rise, forcing the sequences to be intimate and brutal. It is full of bloodshed, more jaw-dropping than any large-scale battle. The film follows Rama (Iko Uwais), a rookie S.W.A.T. team member recruited for an infiltration mission against one of Jakarta's deadliest mobsters, Tama Riyadi. Tama resides at the top of a dilapidated high rise, home to a few tenants and a boatload of mercenaries ready to protect their head. When Rama and his squad arrive to take out Tama, they're quickly discovered, flipping their mission from attack to survival. Like its spiritual predecessor Die Hard, The Raid peppers its scenario with familiarities that keep audiences afloat during its non-stop action.

Friends With KidsFriends With Kids
Jennifer Westfeldt writes, directs and stars in Friends With Kids, a modern-day romantic comedy revolving around Julie (Westfeldt) and Jason (Adam Scott), two New York City residents who realise that they are actually aging urban professionals when their circle of friends – power couple Ben (Jon Hamm) and Missy (Kristen Wiig), and bohemian Brooklynites Leslie (Maya Rudolph) and Alex (Chris O'Dowd) – transform into stressed-out full-time parents. Julie and Jason live in the same building and are about as close as two platonic friends can be, so they concoct a crazy idea to raise kids. Friends With Kids explores themes of love, family, and philosophies on child rearing in the most overt ways possible – primarily through scenes of the characters sitting around discussing these subjects directly, rather than through action or inference. Friends With Kids purports itself as being a progressive look at modern family values and structure, it is also somewhat of a disappointment, due to the fact that the so-called 'progressiveness' of the subject matter ultimately devolve into a rom-com love story.

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