There are some movies that need the massive viewing experience. Others want you to lie alone on the couch while they treat you to a new version of an old favorite. It’s an efficient movie week if you get every one. It’s good if you get it twice. Inside the velvety darkness of a theater, Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell wants you to take to the skies and burn down the roads with Top Gun Maverick. Ayushmann Khurrana’s Anek is a relatively calmer and deeper piece of cinema because it forces us to reflect on ourselves.
And if these aren’t the right reasons for you to go out and buy a ticket, we still have you lined up. Pass content on Upside Down, however, at your own risk.
Top Gun Maverick: In Theaters
A sequel to the 1986 Tom Cruise-starring blockbuster Top Gun, Top Gun Maverick is in theaters. The movie is sure to give you an adrenaline rush and deserves a viewing on the big screen. Shalini Langer of The Indian Express gave the film a four-star rating, writing in her review: “The film builds on Tom Cruise’s still agile shoulders, that bright smile, and his polished charm with years of stardom However, there is also a settlement, a recognition of age, of the passing of the years”.
Read the Top Gun Maverick review here.
Anek: In theaters
Ayushmann Khurrana and Anubhav Sinha, who gave a thought-provoking film, Article 15, have teamed up once again for a political thriller titled Anek. The film revolves around an undercover cop named Joshua, played by Khurrana, who wants to bring peace to the area while he keeps stirring the pot. Shubhra Gupta of the Indian Express felt that “the film oscillates between conviction and evasion”. In his 2.5-star review of the film, Shubhra added: “Ayushmann Khurrana and the film remain unsteady, being careful to stay in the middle of time, on one side, but also on the tightrope. Anubhav Sinha dips his toe into relatively uncharted territory, with mixed results.”
Read Anek’s review here.
Nirmal Pathak Ki Ghar Vapsi: SonyLIV
SonyLIV’s original series revolves around the character of Nirmal Pathak, who returns to his village after spending some important time in the city. Upon his return, he realizes that the town is still dealing with problems of caste, patriarchy and illiteracy. Now, whether he stays and changes society forever or leaves his town, he writes the crux of the story. Rohan Naahar of Indianexpress.com, in his assessment of the present, wrote, “SonyLiv’s latest original series bites off a lot more than it can chew and has all the finesse of an educational video intended for children.”
Read Nirmal Pathak Ki Ghar Vapsi’s review here.
Conversations with Friends: Netflix
Sally Rooney’s first novel titled Conversations with Friends has a screen adaptation, but it’s not among the best e-books for showing diversifications. Rohan Naahar, in his evaluation of the collection, wrote: “Pleasantly moody but subdued to the extreme, Conversations with Friends is too meandering to really understand. Not that it’s the responsibility of any show to be ‘understandable’, but a certain level of engagement is owed to the audience. However, too often, the 12-episode drama positively pulls you away.”
Read the Conversations with Friends review here.
Stranger Things 4: Disney Plus Hotstar
The first part of Stranger Things season 4 is streaming on Netflix and Vol. 2 of the fourth season will be released on July 1. Stranger Things season 3 ended with the kids battling the Mind Flayer, after which the team had to go halfway. Eleven left Hawkins with the Byers on an emotional note. Season 4 is about six months after the horrific incident at the Starcourt Mall.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Star of Disney Plus
The Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi web series has Scottish actor Ewan McGregor reprising the role of the titular Jedi Master. The collection is approximately 10 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith. The official synopsis for the show reads: “The story picks up 10 years after the dramatic events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith”, where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his greatest defeat: the fall and corruption of the best his friend and his Jedi. apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as the evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.”
F3: In theaters
Written and directed by Anil Ravipudi, F3 is the sequel to the 2019 hit F2: Fun and Frustration. It stars Venkatesh, Varun Tej, Tamannaah Bhatia, Mehreen Pirzada, Rajendra Prasad, and Sunil. Manoj Kumar R of Indianexpress.com found the film more irritating than entertaining. In his one-star evaluation of the film, he wrote, “Anil is really scraping the bottom of the barrel with Venkatesh’s leading man Varun Tej. His attempts at comedy lack both sincerity and originality.”
Read the F3 review here.