Mad Max: Fury Road
Exactly three decades after Max Rockatansky last appeared on the big screen, he’s back. This time it’s the grizzled face of Tom Hardy filling the role of the ex-lawman driven to desperate measures following the murder of his wife and child.
In a post-apocalyptic desert, oil, water and bullets have become rare commodities controlled by the tyrannical Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) believes she has the power to restore order and humanity to the world, but needs Max’s help.
What follows is pretty much one long and brilliantly sustained chase sequence through scorched land, with stunning explosions, stunts and some seriously pimped-out vehicles, as Immortan and his War Boys attempt to track down Furiosa and Max and recover the Five Wives.
The Mad Max series is hallowed property. The 1979 original propelled Mel Gibson to movie stardom while simultaneously rewriting the rules of the post-apocalyptic genre. Having George Miller, the mastermind behind the original, back in the director’s chair making full use of all the technology and budget available to him, ensures that Fury Road stays true to his own vision and should give fans the film they’ve been dreaming of for the past 30 years.
After disgracing themselves in a performance for the President, the Barden Bellas are suspended from performing on the national circuit. In order to piece together their shattered reputation, Beca (Anna Kendrick), Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) and the rest of the all-girl a capella group must travel to Copenhagen to compete in an international contest that no American group has ever won. You could argue that the sequel tries a bit too hard and lacks both the laughs and the humility that made the original a sleeper hit, but that said, it’s still overwhelmingly aca-mazing.
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As an infection sweeps the nation, one Midwestern famer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is forced to watch the daughter he has raised slowly become a zombie, knowing that he will soon be forced to make a very difficult decision. Don’t expect legions of the undead swarming the screen and gruesome deaths though, Maggie is an altogether more low-key affair, instead focusing on the human tragedy of a father who is powerless as his daughter deteriorates.
Bollywatch: Dil Dhadakne Do
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