Mission Majnu Review

Mission Majnu is now streaming on Netflix, and is the streaming service’s first major release of 2023 from India. At its heart, it’s a spy thriller focusing on intelligence gathering by Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agents operating deep within Pakistan, but the title is the most obvious giveaway that there is a love-story … Read more

Monica, O My Darling Review: Netflix Movie Is Overstuffed and Undercooked

Monica, O My Darling — now streaming on Netflix — wants you to think it’s a hatke movie. For those who don’t speak Hindi, hatke in this context means different from what you’re used to, as in not something you would usually see come out of Bollywood. In statements, it’s been described as a mix … Read more

Jamtara Season 2 Review: As Poor as Season 1, if Not Worse

Jamtara season 2 — out now on Netflix — is an idea looking for a story. The returning director Soumendra Padhi and his new writers’ team of newcomer Kanishka, and Ashwin Verman (Cookiees) know where they want some of their characters to end up, but they take the most mundane route to it. Through its … Read more

Jamtara Season 2 Review: As Poor as Season 1, if Not Worse

Jamtara season 2 — out now on Netflix — is an idea looking for a story. The returning director Soumendra Padhi and writer Trishant Srivastava know where they want some of their characters to end up, but they take the most mundane route to it. Through its eight-episode run, no one from Sunny (Sparsh Shrivastava) … Read more

Darlings Review: Alia Bhatt Movie Doesn’t Understand What ‘Dark Comedy’ Is

Darlings — the new Alia Bhatt movie, out Friday on Netflix — purports to be a black comedy revenge thriller. In it, a young woman (Bhatt) stuck in an abusive marriage seeks vengeance for the years of violence afflicted on her by her alcoholic husband (Vijay Varma). When it comes to time spent though, the … Read more

Darlings Review: Alia Bhatt Movie Doesn’t Understand What ‘Dark Comedy’ Is

Darlings — the new Alia Bhatt movie, out Friday on Netflix — purports to be a black comedy revenge thriller. In it, a young woman (Bhatt) stuck in an abusive marriage seeks vengeance for the years of violence afflicted on her by her alcoholic husband (Vijay Varma). When it comes to time spent though, the … Read more

Jaadugar Review: Jitendra Kumar’s Netflix Movie Is a Reprehensible Relic

Jaadugar — now streaming on Netflix — gets everything wrong from the first minute. In it, Jitendra Kumar plays “Meenu” Narang, a toxic and insufferable man-child who thinks he knows what love is. Meenu declares that he loves someone the first time he meets them. (Ew.) Meenu proposes marriage repeatedly, at times weeks after he’s … Read more

Jaadugar Review: Jitendra Kumar’s Netflix Movie Is a Reprehensible Relic

Jaadugar — now streaming on Netflix — gets everything wrong from the first minute. In it, Jitendra Kumar plays “Meenu” Narang, a toxic and insufferable man-child who thinks he knows what love is. Meenu declares that he loves someone the first time he meets them. (Ew.) Meenu proposes marriage repeatedly, at times weeks after he’s … Read more

She Season 2 Review: Imtiaz Ali’s Name Now Means Nothing

She season 2 — now streaming on Netflix — might be one of the worst things Imtiaz Ali has ever put on paper. From the start of season 1, Ali’s tenet with She has been that sexuality can empower women. But he hasn’t had the faintest idea how to go about it. (And though Ali … Read more

She Season 2 Review: Imtiaz Ali’s Name Now Means Nothing

She season 2 — now streaming on Netflix — might be one of the worst things Imtiaz Ali has ever put on paper. From the start of season 1, Ali’s tenet with She has been that sexuality can empower women. But he hasn’t had the faintest idea how to go about it. (And though Ali … Read more