Keanu Reeves is the big name star of this spectacular martial arts fantasy based on a Japanese legend. He is the half-blood leader of a group of warriors (Ronin) who set out to avenge the death of their master and face down Mizuki (Rinko Kikuchi), a beautiful witch who can assume the shape of lizards, wolves and demons – as well as use her hair as chopsticks. With Japanese actors speaking the stilted English dialogue and some tremendous battle scenes, it should be more exciting than it is. Despite a wooden script, it ends on a thrilling high.
Mr Joe B Carvalho
Alia Bhatt stars as a girl who is abducted and taken on a life-changing road trip across India, in Imtiaz Ali’s independent drama. It certainly breaks with a lot of Bollywood conventions, being shot outdoors in the rough back roads of northern India, showing a gritty reality minus all the usual glamour and romance. Locations include a salt factory in Rajasthan and the snow-swept slopes of the Kashmir Valley.
When it first hit the screens nearly four decades ago, Sholay was considered by some to be the greatest Indian film of all time. In the style of a spaghetti western, it follows two criminals played by Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra who are hired by a retired policeman to hunt down a notorious criminal. Despite a lukewarm response when first released – the film ran for almost 200 minutes – word of mouth spread and it ran for nearly five years at Mumbai’s Minerva theatre. It’s now being shown in a remastered 3D format.