Insidious: The Last Key

How often do we see big movies starring an older woman in the lead role? Well, not many and the Insidious franchise is one of them. Let’s find out what the fourth installment of this franchise has to offer.

The story of Insidious: The Last Key is about a new paranormal case which takes Elise, brilliantly played by Lin Shaye, back to her childhood home, which had supernatural horrors and a very abusive father. It is essentially Elise’s origin story. This time it’s an evil force which locks up innocent souls forever and it’s up to Elise to stop it at any cost.

The Insidious franchise is known for mixing horror with mystery and thriller. This film delivers that too. With a runtime of around 100 minutes, the movie is crisp and without any dull moments. All though the climax could have been more intense and fiercer.

As Elise is the central character, the personal family drama elements sometime overtake the horror elements. But there are enough moments in the movie which will definitely scare the hell out of you. The sidekicks of Elise, played by Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson, also bring in laughter on many occasions.

Even though its a sequel to the third film, there are not many connections to its overall story. So without losing much, you can watch this film without watching the previous films. But to understand and familiarise with the concepts, references, and characters we recommend to watch the first three films in order.

Insidious: The Last Key may not be the best in the franchise but is still an enjoyable horror flick.

Rating: 💋💋💋


Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Directed by: Adam Robitel

Starring: Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Josh Stewart, Caitlin Gerard

Duration: 103 minutes


​Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

There are a lot of expectations from a remake or reboot of any classic film. This time it was Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle that hit the theatres, which is a reboot of Robin Williams’s beloved 1995 classic film – Jumanji. So let’s find out what this film has to offer.

The original concept of Jumanji, is adopted into a video game where a group of high school teenagers get sucked into the world of a video game while serving detention together. The nerd, the jock, the popular girl and the outcast are transported to the lush jungles of Jumanji. All of them are transformed into the game characters and now have to finish the game to go back to their real world and to do this each one of them has only 3 lives.

Being a remake the comparisons with the original are obvious. Jumanji 2 is more commercial and massy. It has lots of comic dialogues and is also more gimmicky. But it falls short with the emotional touches which made the original one a classic. Though considering today’s audiences, it will definitely work.

This transition from a board game to a video game is fun and enjoyable. There is nothing new in terms of characters or storytelling. A large part of why this movie works is the cast. Jack Black & Kevin Hart bring a lot of laughter because of their hilarious conversations. Dwayne Johnson brings in his macho action and style.

Jumanji 2 is a slightly above average family entertainer. If you want to watch something fun and light, this film definitely delivers that.

Rating: 💋💋💋


Genre: Action,Comedy,Adventure

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Bobby Cannavale

Directed by: Jake Kasdan

Duration: 119 minutes

Mindhunter (Season 1)

Mindhunter takes us into the 70’s when the term ‘serial killer’ wasn’t coined yet. The show follows FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) as they travel around the US interviewing serial killers and recording their responses. They’re joined by Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), a psychology professor, who helps them develop a system to categorize the killers and possibly predict future behaviors. The story is based on the nonfiction book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by former FBI agent John Douglas.

This may be the first web series where the hook for the next season has been spread across all the episodes. And this technique definitely works to keep you glued to your screens.

The transformation of the character of Agent Ford is the highlight of the show. A curious and sincere person is almost brought on the verge of becoming a psychopath. This aspect becomes pretty clear in the last two episodes which will definitely surprise you. 

All the actors have done a splendid job. Especially Jonathan who played the character of Agent Ford. The look and feel of the whole show have been kept gloomy and less colorful which aptly supports the story. Everything about Mindhunter’s premise is familiar, but the execution is not.

David Fincher, who has directed first and last few episodes, brings in his expertise of creating a creepy and tense mystery drama. You may find some similarities with his murder mystery film, Zodiac.

It is not an edge of the seat thriller and has no action at all. It’s all about cracking the cases using conversations and brains. First two episodes will test your patience. But, don’t give up and you may enjoy it slowly.

Rating: 💋💋💋


Genre: Crime, Drama

Created by: Joe Penhall, Mark Olshaker

Starring: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Hannah Gross, Anna Torv, Cotter Smith

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Star Wars franchise which began its journey in 1977 with the release of Star Wars: A New Hope, continues to have a large fan following until today. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the ninth film of the Star Wars universe and the second film of the new trilogy which was started with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As it is one of the biggest releases of this year, let’s find out what it has to offer.

The story takes off where the previous film ended. Rey finally meets Master Luke Skywalker on an unknown planet and asks for his help to save the Rebels from the First Order.

The film has a cast of good actors which includes Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac. There is nothing new in terms of the story, but the treatment and matured character arcs make it an interesting watch.

Writer-director Rian Johnson has successfully maintained the soul of the Star Wars franchise. The story and characters have a depth which really connects with you. Especially the Jedi-triangle of Kylo, Rey, and Luke, who are the highlights of the film.

You would find many resemblances to the previous Star Wars movies like the Luke-Vader-Emperor climax scene from Return of the Jedi and few others. The film depends on too much of nostalgia. But it does so with cleverness and depth. The visual effects and action sequences are really good and enjoyable.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is undoubtedly one of the best Star Wars movies and it is a treat to fans. So go ahead and book your tickets this weekend. We promise you, you won’t be disappointed.

Rating: 💋💋💋 & 1/2

(Note: To really understand the story at a deeper level, we would recommend you watch all the previous Star Wars movies. If that is not possible then at least watch the previous film, which could considerably help you understand the story in a better way)


Genre: Action, SciFi, Adventure

Directed by Rian Johnson

Based on: Characters by George Lucas

Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Kelly, Marie Tran

Music by: John Williams

Cinematography: Steve Yedlin

Daddy’s Home 2

Just two years after the average Daddy’s Home released, this Christmas we have its sequel hitting the theatres. Is it really worth watching? Let’s find out.

Daddy’s Home starred Will Farrell who played Brad, and Mark Wahlberg who played Dusty, both of whom reprised their roles in Daddy’s Home the sequel. Daddy’s Home 2 introduces two grand ‘daddies’ to spice things up. Enter Mel Gibson and John Lithgow, visiting the newly-blended families for Christmas.

While the first film gave more focus on the duo of Brad & Dusty, This time the other characters too get equal importance and screen presence. Watching the first film can help you familiarise with the characters and few story references in this sequel. Surprisingly, John Cena gets more than a special appearance this time. 

The first film used up all the gags out of the premise of Brad and Dusty’s rivalry over the care of their step and biological children, respectively, and there nothing new to tell in the sequel. We find many familiar scenes like Brad almost dying because of electric shock, from the first movie. Nevertheless, there are enough jokes to crack you up.

The duration of this movie is around 93 minutes, but feels much longer. Few of the scenes were unnecessarily stretched out, Especially, the scene before the ending which was too  childish.

Overall, Daddy’s Home 2 is a stupid and forgettable comedy. It is worse than the first film, but can be seen as a family entertainer. So if you’ve got nothing better to do this Christmas, you could give it a watch.

Rating: 💋💋


Genre: Comedy, Drama

Directed by: Sean Anders

Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson


Wonder, based on the 2012 best-selling novel by RJ Palacio of the same name, tells a story of a boy named August, nicknamed Auggie, who was born with a condition that causes facial deformities. Even after going through 27 surgeries he still looks noticeably different from other kids his age. After years of home-schooling, Auggie is sent to attend a regular school. And the different kind of problems he has to face and how he fights back, forms the crux of the story.

Wonder is blessed with stunning performances by its great cast which consists of Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Izabela Vidovic, Noah Jupe, Danielle Russell and others.

All the characters are very well developed. Instead of only focusing on the central character, the story shows the point of view of other characters too. This really helps the viewer to connect with the film. Every moment of emotion fits like a puzzle with each viewpoint and that convincingly flows in every scene.

Co-writer and Director Stephen Chbosky never allows the story to go over dramatic and successfully manages to keep it real and believable. The movie rightly delivers the message of kindness, forgiveness and the importance of self-love, which makes it a wholesome family entertainer.

Overall, Wonder is a simple and warm emotional drama with a lot of heart. It is a gem of a movie which is rare to find in today’s age of superhero and blockbuster films.

Rating: 💋💋💋 & 1/2


Genre: Drama, Family

Directed by: Stephen Chbosky

Screenplay by: Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, Stephen Chbosky

Based on: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Starring: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin, Daveed Diggs

Murder On The Orient Express (2017)

Murder On The Orient Express is based on Agatha Christie’s 1934 classic novel of the same name, which has been earlier adapted into a film and a couple of tv shows too. So whats different this time? Let’s find out.

World’s famous detective, Hercule Poirot(played by Kenneth Branagh), is trying to take a vacation while traveling on a packed luxury train from Istanbul to England. But unfortunately, even here he is interrupted by a murder of a fellow passenger. Now everyone on the train is a suspect and Poirot has to find the killer. The passengers are from different countries, having different careers but are somehow connected with each other. That was a small hint which should excite you to go and watch this film.

The ensemble cast comprises an enjoyable mix of actors Johnny Depp, Olivia Colman, Derek Jacobi, Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, Penélope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley. Kenneth Branagh delivers a performance that overpowers everything else.

The film starts as any typical detective film but ends on a different tone. The film mostly involves verbal discussions so pay good attention to the dialogues to understand the details and to follow the unfolding of the mystery.

The cinematography is grand and beautiful. It is not a fast-paced thriller, but a medium paced mystery-suspense drama. The film fails to create the sense of urgency and tension which murder mysteries are supposed to offer.

If you are a fan of murder mysteries, you should definitely give this film a try.

Rating: 💋💋💋


Genre: Drama, Mystery, Suspense

Directed by Kenneth Branagh

Based on: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley

Cinematography: Haris Zambarloukos