Review: Saving Mr. Banks

movies_saving-mr-banks-posterStarring: Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell, Jason Schwartzman, B. J. Novak, Bradley Whitford, Ruth Wilson, Annie Buckley, Rachel Griffiths

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

Everyone knows Mary Poppins, the Disney film, which stars Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke, but the book series it was based on, by P. L. Travers, is not as popular, at least not anymore. Saving Mr. Banks tells the story behind how the books became the much-loved film that we all know, with Tom Hanks starring as Walt Disney himself, and Emma Thompson as British author P. L. Travers.

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Bollywood Review: Ram-Leela

336747,xcitefun-ram-leela-posterStarring: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Supriya Pathak, Richa Chaddha, Gulshan Devaiah, Abhimanyu Singh, Sharad Kelkar, Sveta Salve, Raza Murad

Directed by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

The basic premise of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, two lovers from enemy families, has been used numerous times in Bollywood, whether filmmakers acknowledge the play or not. Even in the past couple of years we’ve had Issaq and Ishaqzaade, both essentially versions of Romeo & Juliet set in modern India, which is what Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s latest is as well, but while those two went for more gritty realist approach, SLB sticks to what he does best: grand, colourful, full-on musicals.

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