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Blood Money
After making a profound impact by killing the demons of Kalyug, the Bhatt banners' old favourite Kunal Khemu has now gone the unethical way. Directed by Vishal Mahadkar, Khemu's much-awaited solo flick Blood Money, doesn't seem to bring much hope for him. The story talks about a middle-class boy dreaming big, and finally getting entrapped into a structured white-collar crime conglomerate. Blood Money narrates the story of a small town man (Kunal Khemu), marrying his beloved (Amrita Puri) and landing up abroad in order to make life richer and bigger. No wonder impractically, the hero earns immense riches in a very short period of time, that finally drags him into a diamond smuggling trap. Proving his acting calibre in Kalyug, Kunal Khemu has been a very promising actor so far. Khemu's earnest act in Blood Money can definitely fetch kudos for him. Amrita Puri though pleasant enough, does not get much scope in the movie. Talking about the positives, the spotlight of the film's can be its soothing music. Like any other Bhatt movie, the film's music is powerful and harmonious.

Mirror MirrorMirror Mirror
Mirror Mirror achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors. It stays faithful to its source material, but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl, her father, the King, ventured into a nearby dark forest to battle an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by the Queen (Julia Roberts), Snow's evil stepmother, and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute, White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors the Queen has imposed upon the people of her land, all to fuel her expensive beautification. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion, she casts Snow White out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton. Mirror Mirror is richly designed, with breathtaking costumes, whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score.

Wrath Of The TitansWrath Of The Titans
Much like its Greek mythological source material, Wrath Of The Titans is light on dramatic characterisation, sticking to blunt moral lessons and fantastical battles to tell its epic tale. The 100 minute run time shows an eclectic hoard of monsters unleashed upon the gruff demigod hero, Perseus. Clash Of The Titans star Sam Worthington once again slips on the sandals to take on a a mission that pits Perseus against the greatest force in the universe: Kronos, formally-incarcerated father of the gods. A few years after his last adventure, Perseus is grieving for his deceased wife and caring for their lone son, but a visit from Zeus (Liam Neeson) alerts the warrior to a task even more urgent than his current sea fishing gig. Irked that the whole Kraken thing didn't work out, Hades (Ralph Fiennes), with the help of Zeus' disaffected son Ares, is preparing to unleash Kronos — and only Perseus has the required machismo to stop him. The movie reaches for that child sense of wonderment, but instead, cranks out a picture that may not even hold a child's attention.

BullyBully
Bully, a new documentary crosses over into both these arenas, an insightful piece of photographic journalism that tackles an acknowledged issue rarely dealt with directly: school bullying. The film follows a number of middle school-aged children, barely surviving the landscape of modern bullying. Alex Libby, 12, is routinely called fish face – at least, that's what his parents, school faculty and every other adult figure in his life thinks. In fact, Alex is the target of violent torture, from locker head-smashing to pencil stabbing to anything physically possible within the confines of a school bus. Alex faces a number of future paths based on the fates of kids in similar situations. Tyler Long, the subject of harsh bullying, ended his life at the age of 17. Ja'meya Jackson snapped after years of aggravation, eventually bringing a gun on to her school bus. She didn't pull the trigger, using the weapon as intimidation, but found herself locked up in a juvenile detention centre. The film doesn't have a detailed plan on how to stop bullying, and feels narrowly focused on a slice of American life.

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