The Possession of Hannah Grace: Film Review – Say Your Prayers!

Verdict: Holds your attention throughout with some genuine scares.  

Horror movies are letting go of old tropes. In the recent past, there have been some great attempts to revive the genre with good stories and genuine scares that hold your attention throughout the movie. Get Out had many meaningful layers hidden deep within its story, A Quiet Place brought us a story never seen on film before, and Hereditary shocked us with its unique attempt at story-telling. The Possession of Hannah Grace is the latest horror film that impresses both with story and technique. Directed by Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Rooijen, the movie stars Pretty Little Liars alumni Shay Mitchell in the lead role.

What’s The Possession of Hannah Grace About:

The movie begins with the exorcism of Hannah Grace (Kirby Johnson) – a young girl whose body and soul are possessed by an evil force. Every attempt to vanquish the force is thwarted and Hannah’s father realizes that the only way to save his only child is to kill her. Three months later, we are introduced to Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell) – an ex-police officer dealing with addiction issues. An incident causes her to lose her job as a cop and she is now working the night shift at a morgue. One night, a cadaver is delivered to the morgue in a grotesque condition. From the moment Megan takes it in, strange things begin to happen around the morgue. As stories start to unravel, she realizes that the cadaver is still alive and killing people to heal itself. Now, it’s up to her to get rid of the evil force before it consumes her.

What Works:

True to its genre, The Possession of Hannah Grace is awash with jump scares, long silent sequences, and gory murders. But unlike the trope, the movie doesn’t rely too much on these elements. The horror factor is amplified as the story behind Hannah Grace begins to unravel. Simultaneously, we learn a lot about the lead character who is riddled by demons of her own. The balance between good and evil has been portrayed well and there’s a fixed train of thought throughout the movie rather than a hogwash of multiple plotlines, like most horror movies tend to do.

Shay Mitchell is sincere in her role and it’s refreshing to see her experiment with this genre, much like her Pretty Little Liars co-star Lucy Hale who was seen in Truth or Dare. She brings a sense of confidence to her character and you feel comfortable pinning all your hopes on an addict who is also grappling with anxiety and depression. The supporting characters are mostly in the background of things, which works well with the film that mainly focusses on its two central characters. Kirby Johnson also delivers well as the possessed spirit and her bizarre performance stays with you much longer than you’d expect. Lighting has been used to perfection in the film and with minimal sound, the movie manages to evoke the fear and suspense with ease.

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What Could’ve Been Better:

The movie takes its time in the first half to establish both the story and its characters but seems too rushed once the picture is clear. The last 10-15 minutes could have been extended for a better effect and more long-term impact.

Why You Should Watch:

Horror movie fans have a treat awaiting them in theatres in the form of Hannah Grace. Possession has never felt this scary before and with plenty of jump scares, you’re likely to have a roller coaster ride of emotions throughout the film. Or you can simply watch your favorite television actress, this time in some real action that will make you fall in love with her even more.

5 Unique Ways to Make This Christmas Count

Oh yes! Christmas is around the corner and everyone is super excited with so much going on. There are the glowing Christmas lights, the festive music, the giving spirit, and the holiday parties. People all over the world find delight in decorating Christmas trees, preparing Christmas goodies, and waiting with excitement for Santa Claus’ visit. This Christmas season buzz is very special to many of us, and with much enthusiasm, we start planning for things that we can do on this special day. While giving and receiving gifts is fun, the celebration of Christmas can be more special by doing something special. Here are some ideas to make this Christmas a memorable one.

Celebrate with family

Christmas is a time to celebrate with your loved ones. But you don’t need to be cooped up at home for it. Spend the best part of the year engaging in fun activities around the town which will bring you and your family lots of joy and cheer. Take a look at what your city has to offer right here.

In Mumbai:

In Kolkata:

Plan a getaway

If you do not want to be in the city at this time of the year, you can also plan a mini vacation with family and friends. There are plenty of spots around you designed to bring you maximum joy this festive season and you can have lots of fun engaging in entertaining activities.

Farm Camping:

Beach Camping:

Enjoy a fancy brunch

If you’re an old soul who needs to tuck in early every night (even on Christmas Eve), there’s something special in store for you for Christmas Day. Wake up to the promise of a delicious meal served with the season’s greetings and prepared to give you and your family lots of fun burps!

In Mumbai:


In Bangalore:

Shop till you drop

‘Tis the season to be jolly and if shopping makes you the happiest, then that’s what you need to do this Christmas! Embark on a magical ride with India’s first European-styled Christmas market that is designed to provide you with a unique festive experience. Get ready to splurge!

Party to the fullest

If you want to end the year by letting your hair down, there are plenty of options for that too! Check out the Christmas parties your city has to offer and dress in your festive best for a night of foot-tapping music, non-stop dancing, yummy delicacies, Christmas drinks, and more.


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So are you ready to make this Christmas season a memorable one? Check out what your city has in store for you.

Here’s What You Need To Watch At Prithvi Theatre This Month

With an intimate amphitheater-style seating, Prithvi Theatre is considered to be one of the best venues for quality plays since 1978. Set in the heart of Mumbai’s suburbs, the theatre is a warm and inviting space for theatre and art enthusiasts as well as a relaxed hangout with its open-air cafe. It is a vital breathing space in the bustling city for millions of students.

Theatre groups dream to perform here and you would definitely be delighted to see some of your favorite actors live at this venue. Here are the plays you need to look out for this month:

Motley Theatre Group’s The Truth

Directed by Ratna Pathak Shah and starring stalwart actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Meher Mistry, Shruti Vyas, and more, this is the play you need to watch this month. It is based on Florian Zeller’s play and takes us into the murky spaces where modern-day relationships skid and swivel and yet somehow manage to find their feet. Read our review of the play here.

Theatrewaalas’ Gal Kufr Di

A story set against the backdrop of the 1984 pogrom – a time that shook up most of northern India and claimed thousands of lives – this play revolves around two characters whose lives were disrupted as a result of this chaos. It encapsulates abuse at multiple levels – be it religious, physical, mental, or emotional, or against man, woman, child, and society as a whole.

Rangbaaz Production’s Bade Miyan Deewane

Based on Shaukat Thanvi’s novel “Budhbhas”, this play is about a rich eccentric octogenarian who is used to living a luxurious and flamboyant life. But things take a turn when he is swept off his feet by a beautiful young girl in his neighborhood, who incidentally is also the love interest of his son.

Ansh Theatre Group’s Epic Gadbad

It’s the season of weddings and here comes a historical one, or is it a hysterical one? Aarti’s wish for a fairy tale leads to a lavish debacle through an unpredictable rollercoaster ride called Gadbad. Catch the play to know what happens next.

Rangshila’s The Great Raja Master Drama Company

In a bid to save his tailoring business, Raja Master in a flash of inspiration decides that The Great Raja Master Tailor Company should now become The Great Raja Master Drama Company. The rest of the play revolves around the events of the opening night of the first play production.

Untaboo’s Growing Up

Directed by Trishla Patel, this play traces the life of four teenagers who are confused about the changes affecting their bodies and minds and will leave the audience with a positive attitude towards puberty. The play also tackles the okay and not-okay touch, helping parents break the ice with their children.

T-Pot Production’s Jannat Central

This dance drama tells the story of two girls – J and Nutty – who are polar opposite by nature but united in their love for dance. Throughout the play, we explore the complicated relationship between a father and his daughter and discover the true meaning of “Jannat”.

Akvarious Production’s A Special Bond Part Three

Part Three of this decade-old play juxtaposes the life of Ruskin Bond with his work. We see a young lad of British origins become a celebrated writer in India, and how his own adventures inspired his memorable stories. It is an honest celebration of the writer and his legacy.

Ekjute Theatre Group’s Yeh Hai Bombay Meri Jaan

Set in the city of dreams, this play gives an insight into the numerous strugglers who are willing to sacrifice everything to achieve their goals. The clinically and cleverly written play by Nadira Babbar will tickle your funny bone and raise some crucial questions about values and relationships.

Tamaasha Theatre’s Words Have Been Uttered

Over the years, dissent has produced powerful cultural expression through poetry, song, theatre, satire, and stories – and here’s your chance to witness it all. Experience the profound expressions of dissent on caste, gender, the relationship between the individual and the state, and language from all over the world. Read our review of the play here.

So what are you waiting for? Skip the booking queue by getting your tickets to these amazing plays, only on BookMyShow. 

What to Watch at the NCPA This Month

If you live in South Bombay, there’s probably only one place you go to for watching plays or concerts. Even if you do not live in town, you have definitely heard of this place. It’s one of the first names to pop up in one’s mind when one thinks of theatre in the city. The National Centre for Performing Arts, more commonly known as NCPA, is the hub for theatre, music, and dance performances and screenings in Mumbai. And if you enjoy watching these performances, here’s what you need to look out for in December:


A dramatic adaptation of a Shakespearean poem, this is the tale of a woman who is forced to find power in the most challenging of circumstances and empower others towards societal change. Starring Kalki KoechlinSuruchi Aulakh, and Deepal Doshi, Lucrece tackles current issues around sexual assault and patriarchy in a drama directed by Paul Goodwin.

The Mousetrap

The longest running show in the world is now in your city! An adaptation of a masterful whodunit by Agatha Christie, The Mousetrap revolves around a group of strangers trapped inside a house with a murderer. Experience the mystery and suspense of one of the greatest crime plays brought to you from London’s West End.

ABBA – Platinum The Live ABBA Tribute Show

Raell Padamsee’s ACE Productions presents a stunning tribute to one of the most successful musical acts of all time. The internationally acclaimed Platinum shall perform on some of ABBA’s greatest hits like Mamma MiaDancing QueenMoney Money Money, and many more. So, get ready for a musical celebration like never before!

A Very English Christmas

The choir of Somerville College, Oxford, is all set to make their debut performance in celebrating the Christmas season. The programme will include choral classics by BrahmsBachRutterVaughan Williams and more as well as some popular Christmas songs. So gear up ‘cause Santa Claus is coming to town!


Directed by Akarsh Khurana, this play is a comedy about the rat race and how we cope with it. Set in the smoking area of a corporate building over the period of a week, the play explores the stories of office employees discussing appraisals, politics, and relationships, while dealing with stress, fears, and insecurities.

NCPA Pravaha Dance Festival, 2018

Pravaha is dedicated to new creations in Indian dance. Come witness eminent dancers like Madhavi Mudgal (Odissi), Mallika Sarabhai (Dance Theatre), Vaibhav Arekar and Geeta Chandran (Bharatanatyam) as they present their newest art forms, born out of their many years of honed talent and experience.

Disney Aladdin

After a successful run of shows earlier this year, the superhit musical is back for Season 2. Get ready to be transported to a magical world with a world-class production boasting of spectacular sets, special effects, a wow-worthy magic carpet ride sequence, and sing along once again to classics such as Friend Like Me and A Whole New World.

Salaam 1950s Ke Naam

This magnum opus is Ekjute’s tribute to the golden era of Indian cinema. Take a walk down memory lane with conventional formulaic ingredients such as star-crossed lovers, revengeful families, love triangles, conniving villains, loving friends, dramatic twists, and convenient coincidences. This play has been written and directed by Nadira Babbar.

Boarding Das Christmas Special Marathon by Vir Das

The highest selling English stand-up comic in India is back in your city for the festive season. His World Tour featured a brand new special by the hilarious comedian, which he is bringing back to the motherland for an exclusive show on Christmas Eve. So put on your Christmas caps and hop aboard the comedy express.

Jis Lahore Nahi Dekhya

This long-running drama explores the story of two communities who have suffered the horrors of the Partition yet have the strength and humanity to rise above petty hatred and embrace the spirit of brotherhood. Discover the important message behind the schemes of the evil politician and fanatic that make a difference to the common man.

So what are you waiting for? Visit our site and start booking your tickets to these amazing performances and screenings now!

7 Movies to Look Forward To Post the 2.0 Mania

All year long, we have been awaiting the release of the Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer and now that 2.0 is finally out and we have already seen it, life seems a bit incomplete. So if you have nothing to look forward to, don’t fret. We have seven big movie releases for you this week that will help you get over the 2.0 hangover. They are just as awesome and feature some of the industry’s favorite stars. There’s also a big debut you might not want to miss! So here are the releases you need to watch out for this week:


Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Cast: Sara Ali Khan, Sushant Singh Rajput

After much speculation, Amrita Singh and Saif Ali Khan’s daughter finally makes her film debut in this romantic drama about love, religion, and spirituality. Set against the backdrop of the 2013 floods in North India, the film portrays how a Muslim pithoo saves a Hindu tourist from the disaster and the love that eventually develops between them.

Read more about the film here.


Director: Diederik Van Rooijen
Cast: Shay Mitchell, Stana Katic, Grey Damon

Megan Reed is working the graveyard shift in the morgue when she takes a delivery of a disfigured cadaver. Locked alone inside the basement corridors, Megan begins to experience horrifying visions and starts to suspect that the body may be possessed by a ruthless demonic force.


Director: Christian Rivers
Cast: Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Stephan Lang

Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted to a new way of living. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller towns. In this post-apocalyptic world, two forces whose paths should never have crossed forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.

Read more about the film here.


Director: Santhossh Jagarlapudi
Cast: Sumanth, Eesha Rebba

In his upcoming film, Sumanth is seen as an atheist and a researcher who is investigating the mysteries around the Subrahmanyapuram temple. The promos have generated a decent buzz for the film and expectations are high, with Rana Daggubati lending his voice for some crucial moments in the film.


Director: Srinivas Mallam
Cast: Bellamkonda Sai Srinivas, Kajal Aggarwal, Mehreen Kaur Pirzada, Neil Nitin Mukesh

After getting a tremendous response with over 10 million digital views on the teaser, this star-studded action entertainer is all set to make a mark on the box office this weekend. The music, composed by SS Thaman, is touted to be the highlight of the film.


Director: Kunal Kohli
Cast: Tamannaah Bhatia, Sundeep Kishan

Based on his 2004 Bollywood film Hum Tum, director Kunal Kohli is back with the Telugu version with Tamannaah and Sundeep in the lead roles and Navdeep and Poonam Kaur playing supporting characters. This is also Kohli’s first Telugu film.


Director: Siddhartha
Cast: Dhananjaya, Irra Mor

After much delay, this Telugu and Kannada thriller is finally set to hit the screens. Pumped with action, romance, and thrills, the film explores the violent love story of a man who turns into a rebel in a battle between feudal-minded oppressors and the downtrodden.

Friday might be too far for these awesome releases so until then, head back to theatres rewatch your favorite actors on the big screen in 2.0. But don’t forget to book your tickets in advance so you can avoid the ‘sold out’ sign at the box office window.

Movies You Must Watch This Weekend

This week has been phenomenal for Hollywood film lovers. There’s something for everyone and we are not just saying that. We have a sequel the delightful animated film Wreck-It Ralph – Ralph Breaks the Internet, which is a fun, must-watch film for families and kids. A Private War releases this week which narrates the biography of Sunday Times’ foreign correspondent Marie Colvin and her brutal battle for truth. Oscar-contender Green Book which is a feel-good road trip comedy-drama has also released.  Starring Claire Foy of The Crown fame is the action-spy-thriller The Girl In the Spider’s Web. Also releasing this week is the much-awaited fresh take on the timeless tale of Robin Hood and his revolution. This one is highly recommended for action film lovers.

Robin Hood

If you’re a fan of Taron Egerton from Kingsman, you’ll like seeing him pull off equally awesome action sequences with a bow and arrows instead of guns. There’s plenty of action and humor in Robin Hood and even a fair bit of twists that everyone can enjoy.

Read the full review here >>>

A Private War

A Private War pays tribute to a war reporter who looked at conflict not through geopolitical lenses but through the people who suffer within it. As you see Marie Colvin’s story in A Private War, you’ll find yourself grieving for humanity.

Read the full review here >>>

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Disney knows how to get animated films right and Ralph Breaks the Internet is a must-watch for that reason. Even if you haven’t seen Wreck-It Ralph, you’ll find it easy to follow along. It’s smart, it’s funny, and most importantly, it’s immensely entertaining.

Read the full review here >>>

Green Book

Before Oscar season comes around, make sure to watch Green Book to know why it’s a film to root for. It will make you laugh and also maybe a bit teary near the end – and for all the good reasons. Green Book is a biographical comedy-drama that entertains and also uplifts your mood, and a film can’t get any better than that.

Read the full review here >>

The Girl In The Spider’s Web

The Girl in the Spider’s Web gives us a more nuanced look into the life of the resilient vigilante with Claire Foy. Returning in Foy’s new avatar, Lisbeth Salander is more vulnerable and motivated than ever before.

Read the full review here >>>

So are you ready for a movie binge in theatres? Book your tickets right away to avoid the ‘sold-out’ sign at the counter!

Read This Before You Watch Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

The second installment of the Fantastic Beasts series released last Friday alongside Bohemian Rhapsody and Boy Erased. Needless to say, it was a great week for Hollywood movies and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has emerged as a winner among the three well-received films. While Potterheads may have already watched the film over the weekend, there’s no reason for you to miss out on this magical marvel even if you are not acquainted with the Potterverse. You can simply enjoy the film for its engaging storyline, stunning visual effects, and the fantastic beasts that are the highlight of the film. So even if you haven’t read the Harry Potter books or watched the films, or missed out on the prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, here’s all you need to know before you book for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald:

1. It all starts with Grindelwald.

The Fantastic Beasts series is set years before the Harry Potter movies. Back at this time, the dark wizard was Grindelwald who like most bad guys, wished to rule the world. He set out gathering followers – witches and wizards only – who would support his cause to overpower the non-magical population (called Muggles or No-Maj). In the previous film, Grindelwald was captured by the MACUSA (American Magical Government) and sent to prison.

2. Dumbledore and Grindelwald may have had a thing.

If you have seen the Harry Potter movies, you know Dumbledore as the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This film shows a much younger Dumbledore who was the greatest wizard of his time but preferred to take up a teaching job at Hogwarts. Dumbledore’s greatest desire is to defeat Grindelwald, however, he cannot fight him himself. This is because much before the time that the movie is set in, Dumbledore and Grindelwald were fast friends with similar ambitions. It is also rumored that they were more than just friends and writer J.K. Rowling has not kept Dumbledore’s sexuality a secret. The full extent of Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s relationship might be explored in the next films of the series.

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3. Newt Scamander is not just a weirdo with animals, he is goals!

So if this is all between Dumbledore and Grindelwald, where does our protagonist Newt Scamander come in? Newt was once Dumbledore’s student and was sent to the US by his professor to keep an eye on Grindelwald’s activities. Highly eccentric himself, Newt keeps a suitcase full of magical beasts as he is a magizoologist. He shares a great bond with these animals, who would otherwise be termed “dangerous” by the general public. It is Newt’s good nature and decent heart that makes Dumbledore trust him to fight Grindelwald on his behalf.

4. Leta Lestrange comes from a dark background.

If you have seen the Harry Potter films, the name Lestrange will be familiar to you because of Bellatrix Lestrange. In short, the family has had many dark wizards, Leta being one of the exceptions. Because of her history, she was not very well-liked in school and had only one friend – Newt Scamander – who is known to love monsters. As they grow up, Newt and Leta grow apart and now she is engaged to his brother Theseus Scamander. It is fairly evident that Newt and Leta might still have some lingering feelings towards each other.

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5. Wizards and muggles are not really allowed to mingle.

Back till the early 20th century, wizards and muggles stayed away from each other for their own safety. They were not allowed to mingle, definitely not allowed to date, and muggles did not even know about the existence of the magical community. Thus, when Queenie (who is a witch) and Jacob (who is a no-maj) meet and fall in love, their relationship has to be hidden from the government.

6. Credence Barebone is the crux of the story.

All roads in Fantastic Beasts 2 lead to Paris, where Credence Barebone is apparently hiding. A young wizard, Credence was not allowed to practice magic by his no-maj foster mother. Thus, a dark monster grew inside him that almost destroyed all of New York City in the first film. Credence has a power that can be dangerous if not controlled and thus Grindelwald wants him on his side. The Ministry of Magic in Britain wants Credence dead as he is a liability but Dumbledore believes he can be saved. There’s also a mystery behind Credence’s past that makes him highly important.

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7. Newt Scamander and Tina Goldstein saved the day and might do it again.

In the last film, Newt goes to New York and meets Tina Goldstein, an American witch. They work against Grindelwald together and by the end of the movie, fall for each other. But Newt is sent back to Britain and Tina gets a job as an Auror (magical equivalent of a detective) in the MACUSA. In this film, they are seen back together in Paris, escaping the clutches of both the Ministry and Grindelwald, while trying to save Credence Barebone. Watch the movie to know whether they succeed in their mission.

So now that you have a fair idea of the Wizarding World, book your tickets for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald right away!

Bohemian Rhapsody: Film Review – Rami Malek Will Rock You

Verdict: An electrifying visualization of an enigmatic musical icon’s life.

Biopics are the flavor of the season and Bohemian Rhapsody is the newest addition to the list of movies about legendary icons we wish we could have met in real life. Not only does the film give us a glimpse into the world of Freddie Mercury but also explores the making of Queen – one of the best groups in the history of music. You can call it a musical of sorts with Queen’s iconic songs playing throughout the film. But what Bohemian Rhapsody really is a celebration of being different while making a difference.

What’s Bohemian Rhapsody About:

The film wastes no time in initiating us into Freddie Mercury’s life before Queen and how he came to be a part of the band. Keeping the cinematic liberties aside, the story goes something like this. Guitarist Brian May (played by Gwilym Lee) and drummer Roger Taylor (played by Ben Hardy) were a part of a small band that Freddie (Rami Malek) joins when their lead singer quits. Soon after, he is in a relationship with Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton) who joins him on tours. On the professional side, John Deacon (played by Joseph Mazzello) joins the band and they continue playing gigs that catch the attention of EMI Records for their unique musical style. After a series of albums, Queen becomes one of the most popular bands in the UK and Freddie Mercury becomes a legend but struggles with his fame. The movie ends with the performance at Live Aid, which is Queen’s most celebrated performance in history.

What Works:

There were several reservations about the decision to pick Rami Malek to play Freddie Mercury. But as soon as the first posters and the trailers of the film were out, all doubts were cast aside as the Mr. Robot actor seemed perfect for the part. The movie goes on to justify the decision with Rami Malek delivering one of the best performances of his career. Being Freddie Mercury is not easy – it requires an actor to completely let go of his inhibitions and feel fabulous in his own skin. Rami Malek embodies this enigmatic spirit of the musical legend and is every bit as legendary himself. He is the highlight of the film and his efforts to look the part are surely commendable. Every other actor has small parts to play in the film and do a decent job of it. If Rami Malek hogs your attention here, it is only because he is playing the role of a man who was a scene-stealer.

As we mentioned before, the movie takes some creative liberties as all biopics do but this does not hamper the overall experience of enjoying the film. The best parts are in the second half where we get to see more performances by the band and also the creation of its popular songs. There is some drama to enjoy here with Freddie Mercury facing the dark side of stardom and the revelation of his sexuality causing him to make bad decisions. By the end of the film, we are witness to a thoroughly breathtaking performance by the band at Live Aid, during which it is hard to remember that this is only the film starring Rami Malek and not the actual performance itself.

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What Could’ve Been Better:

While some factual inaccuracies could be ignored, the first half of the film seems to jump from event to event without really putting its heart into it. It is only in the second half that the film starts to create that emotional connection and what follows is an electrifying celebration of Queen like it should be.

Why You Should Watch:

If you are a fan of Queen, there’s no reason your ticket should not be booked yet. Even if you haven’t heard this band before, this is a great way to be introduced to their music and their legendary lead singer, who hailed from India but made his mark globally. Bohemian Rhapsody is a complete entertainment package that can be enjoyed by all!

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Film Review – It Gets More Magical!

Verdict: The sequel absorbs you into its wonderful world, more magical than ever.

The second installment of the five-part Fantastic Beasts series is finally here. If the previous film did not live up to the standards of the Potterverse, this film is here to put you back under the magic spell that was cast by the Harry Potter series. With more fantastic beasts and finally some magic, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald takes us to the beginning of Grindelwald’s fight for power. The film itself is a beautiful foray into the magical world and has much to enjoy for a Potterhead and even other film-going audiences.

What’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald About:

By the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemGellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by the MACUSA (American Ministry of Magic). He escapes prison and heads towards Paris, where Credence Barebore (Ezra Miller) is suspected to be. Back in Britain, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) relies on Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to reach out to Credence and save him from Grindelwald and the Ministry of Magic, as the latter wishes to kill him. Also in Paris are Tina Goldstein(Katherine Waterston), who now works as an Auror for MACUSA, Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol) who leaves after a fight with Jacob, and Theseus Scamander (Callum Turner) and Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz) who work for the Ministry. There seems to be no other choice for Newt but to go to Paris, embarking on another magical adventure with his friend Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) and the suitcase of fantastic beasts.

What Works:

Potterheads wishing for more magic and more action from the movie series are in for a treat. After a tentatively mild prequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald surpasses expectations with its engaging story and brilliant performances. The cast is bigger than before and more prominent characters come into limelight in this film. Even as their storylines converge, the plot does not feel too cluttered and everything simply comes together brilliantly and heads in a definite direction. While J. K. Rowling is definitely the one to credit here for the story, director David Yates also deserves a mention for giving us a beautiful foray into the writer’s vivid imagination.

After the first film, Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, quickly rose to prominence as a fan-favorite character. If you enjoyed Eddie in the first film, you will love him in this one. It may have not seemed possible but he gets even more adorable this time and it’s his interactions with the animals he loves so much that really warms your heart. Jude Law is everything you’d expect a younger Dumbledore to be – equal parts wise and crazy. Dan Fogler brings in a light-hearted comedy effect and he always succeeds in getting a chuckle out of you. Even Callum Turner and Zoë Kravitz impress in their short but significant roles.

What gives the story its magical touch are the special effects used throughout the film that have their own kind of charm. These effects not similar to the VFX we are used to seeing in other films. The magic in the Potterverse is unlike any other. The transitions are smooth and even the detailing on the magical creatures is exquisite. This franchise has always exceeded its expected production value and it only seems to be getting better with each film.

What Could’ve Been Better:

If there’s one complaint we might have with this film, it is that Johnny Depp is not what we expected him to be. We have seen the actor in some brilliant roles in the past but as Grindelwald, it would have been much more satisfying to watch him in a deeper and a more defined role. However, he is a worthy adversary.

Why You Should Watch:

There’s no telling a Potterhead twice but even if you are not well-acquainted with the film series, you will find yourself thoroughly absorbed into the story. The film captivates you with its magic, its characters and the fantastic beasts that come with it all. In the end, there’s also a special surprise that will charm your socks off!

8 Films to Look Forward To Now That You Have Watched Thugs of Hindostan

With the release of Yash Raj Films’ Thugs of Hindostan, theatres this weekend have been houseful. Despite its mixed reviews, filmgoers have flocked to cinema halls to catch the magnum opus on screen. The negative publicity has made the audience even more curious about the film and some have gone back to watch it again. But if you’re over the Thugs mania, there’s a lot more to look forward to in cinemas. Bollywood, Hollywood, and Tollywood are gearing up for some big releases and there’s something for all kinds of film audiences to watch over the coming weekend. Take a look:


Director: Vinod Kapri
Cast: Pihu Myra Vishwakarma, Prerna Vishwakarma

A parent’s worst nightmare is about to come alive. In this drama thriller, two-year-old Pihu is stuck in an apartment with what is presumed to be her mother’s dead body. What ensues makes for an edge-of-the-seat social thriller based on a true story, which is sure to blow your mind.

Read more about the film here.


Director: Chandraprakash Dwivedi
Cast: Sunny Deol, Ravi Kishan, Sakshi Tanwar

Based on the story of Sahitya Academy Award winner Kashi Nath Singh, this political satire on the cultural changes of India has a deep-rooted heritage in Varanasi during the globalization period between 1988 and 1998. The film is all set to hit theatres after a wait of three years.

Read more about the film here.


Director: David Yates
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Johnny Depp

There’s magic in the air with the release of the second installment of the Fantastic Beasts series! Grindelwald has escaped the custody of the MACUSA and is now gathering pure-blood followers to rule over all non-magical beings, while Albus Dumbledore and Newt Scamander try to stop him.

Read more about the film here.


Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Allen Leech

A biopic on the most legendary musician of the ‘80s, this film traces the meteoric rise of Queen and its lead singer Freddie Mercury. From their iconic songs to their mind-blowing performance at Live Aid, the film is a foot-stomping celebration of one of the greatest bands ever.

Read more about the film here.


Director: Joel Edgerton
Cast: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe

After making the rounds of film festivals, this coming-of-age drama finally hits the screens in India. It explores the story of a teenager named Jared who after coming out to his Baptist preacher father is forced to attend a church-approved conversion program for homosexual teens.

Read our review of the film here.


Director: Srinu Vaitla
Cast: Ravi Teja, Anu Emmanuel

Ravi Teja joins hands with Srinu Vaitla once again with this masala drama marking their fourth collaboration after Nee KosamVenky, and Dubai Seenu. From what we have seen in the trailer, this film promises to be a wholesome entertainer for Tollywood fans.


Director: Rahul Sankrityayan
Cast: Vijay Deverakonda, Priyanka Jawalkar, Malavika Nair

A supernatural comedy thriller, this film revolves around Shiva who happens to be a taxi driver. When a ghost boards his taxi, Shiva faces some ghastly problems that he must resolve quickly and efficiently in order to stay alive.


Director: Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti
Cast: Shrinivas Pokale

This is the story of eight-year-old Chaitanya who lives in a remote village with his father who is a small-time landlord and an over-pampering mother. The film explores Chaitanya’s emotional world and follows him on an unexpected journey.

So will you be doing a re-watch of Thugs of Hindostan or would you like to catch a new story in theatres this weekend? Book your tickets in advance and make the most of your cinematic experience.