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Central Intelligence movie review: Central Intelligence had a chance, for the simple fact that Johnson as the CIA strapper with a golden heart and Hart as the loser who gets sucked into his world are suited to their roles.

Even Dwayne ‘The Rock' Johnson can only juggle so much. High school bullying, large man with hyper-sensitivity issues, small man with hyper-expectations problems, CIA with a rogue agent, auctions with satellite codes on the block, and the whole free world with survival at stake. Not to mention a looming school reunion.

Still, Central Intelligence had a chance, for the simple fact that Johnson as the CIA strapper with a golden heart and Hart as the loser who gets sucked into his world are suited to their roles. In rare moments, they achieve just the goofiness the film is aiming for.

However, there are just not enough of those to lift the film from the unfunny mess that it is for most part, with many, many Hollywood film references, lot of gay connotations, and some heavy-duty and out-of-place vulgarity, of which we get only the unwholesome leftovers as the Censors snip their way through.

Directed by Rawson Marshall Thuber
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul

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Independence Day: Resurgence movie review – Some of the fights are impressive, most of the destruction routine (“The aliens are going for the landmarks,” comments Levinson at one point as the Tower Bridge of London collapses), and a large part of the dialogue perfunctory.

Roland Emmerich clearly has a thing for Earth. Independence Day, Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, White House Down are all his acts of destruction. But really, which planet does he inhabit?

In the 20 years since the blockbuster Independence Day of 1996, we are told, Earth has seen “no armed conflict” and “nations have put petty differences aside”, courtesy the events of that film. At another point, this “unification of Earth in unprecedented ways” is cited as the biggest reason “worth fighting for”. There can't be worse times for this to be said, but in the week of the Brexit, very, very bad timing.

When the aliens make mincemeat of these pretensions of peace, guess who forms the Independence Day version of Allied Powers? The Americans and the Chinese, plus one hulk of a warlord, who is cherrypicked from somewhere in the darkest Africa (literally, without power). There is not even a token Indian to counterbalance this loaded Asian statement, or even a destroyed Indian monument as the Indians were apparently judged too sensitive. That will hurt, in certain quarters.

However, one can take heart from the fact that the rest of the world, apart from America, China and the darkest Africa that is, is also reduced to either aged faces on screen or excitable nomads herded under a tent. Aside from a few drunken men on a ship occupying an extraordinary amount of screen time.

It can be argued that why look for geopolitics in Independence Day. Fair enough, let's move on to the aliens, starting with their spaceship. “We had 20 years to prepare. So did they,” says the film's tagline. Don't go looking for any vast improvements in either the aliens or the spaceship though, which but for one truly remarkable shot of the queen alien giving a schoolbus-full of children a chase through the Nevada forest remain the same as before.

The Earthlings have been busy, however, building new bombs, weapons and a defence station on the moon that comes in for some severe pounding.

Among the frontrunners leading the fight is Dylan (Usher), the son of the character played by Will Smith last time; Jake (Hemsworth), who ...read more

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The actor who was her neighbour states the facts amidst speculations

She was young, beautiful, talented and an established name. The suicide of Pratyusha Banerjee has sent shockwaves across the industry and has once again, highlighted the fragility of human life in today's stressful times. One of the individuals who is shaken at the news is actor Anuj Sachdeva. The Love Shagun star was her neighbour. When BollywoodLife got in touch with him, he said, “I am her neighbour. We live on the same floor. Yesterday I had heard her crying in her living room around 12.30 when I was going to drop my house-help off to the station. For a split second, I thought of checking on her but then I did not know Rahul or her personally so I thought it would be intrusive. I had heard about their fights from my domestic help an earlier occasion as well. I was not very close to her. Our friendship was limited to a hi and hello. This was, perhaps why I did not question her about her personal life. I thought it would be improper to barge into her personal space. After all, every couple have arguments. And they looked happy otherwise.”

The actor refutes reports that he spoke to her on the fateful day and says that she did not confide in him that Rahul was cheating on her in the lift. “It is false. When I returned home at night I came to know that she had ended her life,” he says.

Anuj reveals that he is shocked that she would commit suicide over a failed relationship. “I did hear about their fights but did not understand that it would lead to this. I had never seen them fighting, only heard about it from people in the building. Now, when I look back, I feel perhaps my ringing the bell two could have made a difference. I will regret this. If she had once spoken to me, I would have surely helped her out. This is extremely distressing, depressing and painful for me.”

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