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DEAD MAN DOWN (15) SHARP shooter Victor (Colin Farrell) is a henchman for crimelord Alphonse Hoyt Bollywood treads into cheap laughs territory ;... [Birmingham Mail (UK)]

September 20, 2013


DEAD MAN DOWN (15) SHARP shooter Victor (Colin Farrell) is a henchman for crimelord Alphonse Hoyt Bollywood treads into cheap laughs territory ; week'sBOLLYWOOD

(Terrence Howard), working alongside his good friend Darcy (Dominic Cooper), to keep the kingpin safe from a madman who is targeting Hoyt''''s criminal operation.

Victor returns home to his apartment, stares into a neighbouring block and makes eye contact with a young woman, Beatrice (Noomi Rapace), who lives with her mother Valentine (Isabelle Huppert). Beatrice engineers a meeting with Victor and they embark on a nervous first date.

At the end of the evening, she tells Victor that she has video footage of him killing a man and will withhold the evidence from police if Victor agrees to kill a drunk driver who badly disfigured her. Dead Man Down is a slow-burning revenge thriller punctuated by explosions of outlandish violence.

BYZANTIUM (15) SEXY vampire Clara (Gemma Arterton) arrives in a rundown seaside resort with her fanged daughter Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan). They hit the jackpot when they encounter a lonely misfit (Daniel Mays), who lives in the decrepit Byzantium guesthouse, which would make a perfect base of operations for Clara''''s burgeoning prostitution business.

Byzantium is an intelligent and moody thriller adapted by Moira Buffini from her own stage play, which largely avoids the campy conventions we have come to expect from the creatures of the night.

HOMELAND -The Complete Second Season (15) CLAIRE Danes and Damian Lewis reprise their Golden DIRECTOR: Indra Kumar STARRING: Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani, Riteish Deshmukh THE PLOT: Married men Amar (Ritesh), Prem (Aftab) and Meet (Vivek) are leading unhappy lives.

Prem's wife has less time for him because she's too busy caring for her demanding in-laws.

Meet is married to a businesswoman too engrossed with her workload.

Meanwhile, Amar is always left holding the baby whilst his wife gallivants around.

Soon these restricted men are let loose by their wives when they are invited for the old boys' college reunion. They soon find themselves in the house of Rose, Mary and Marlow who are the wife, daughter and sister respectively of the principal.

They start dreaming of a life full of passion but that brings with it its own set of problems as these leering men soon realise!

THE VERDICT: Audiences will find director Indra Kumar's sex comedy hard to digest.

The story's basic premise depicts women as blatant sex objects exploited by horny men.

Whilst dialogues are full of innuendos with embarrassing double meanings, some camera closeups will make male viewers gasp!

The obscene narrative is continuous throughout until the end with no respite, even in the song sequences.

The only clean, laugh-out-loud scenes are from those inspired from Mr Bean movies but they are few and far between.

Without a doubt Riteish Desmukh is the funniest of lot. Comedy is Desmukh's forte and he feels completely at ease no matter how funny or obscene the scenario can be.

Aftab and Vivek have good comic timing and make their presence felt in some laughable moments. Six actresses paired up against three sex starved heroes deserves full credit for keeping things going in this rather trifling film.

Grand Masti on the whole is an infantile cheap, raunchy and saucy comedy - a Bollywood first.

GRAND MASTI. 12A. Verdict: Globe-winning roles as a CIA officer and a decorated war hero in 12 gripping' episodes of the US drama, loosely based on the Israeli series Hatufim.

This season, US Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody (Lewis) is a newly elected congressman and adjusts to responsibilities in the public eye. He is approached by Vice President Walden (Jamey Sheridan) as a potential running mate for the White House and gladly accepts.

If this one is successful at the box office then expect more on- screen vulgarity in future releases.

One thing is for sure - Bollywood has a very long way to go to match the calibre of the Hollywood film American Pie!

Manish Gajjar is the BOLLYWOOD consultant for VUE Cinemas based at Vue Birmingham - the No 1 choice for Hindi movies in the West Midlands. For more informationon film times and to purchase tickets in advance visit www.myvue. com or call 08712 240 240 (calls cost 10p per minute from BT, other network may cost more).

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