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Charlize Theron is better than the standard action in Netflix’s The Old Guard: review

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Some actors excel at playing ordinary; Charlize Theron has never really been one of them. Even in rare (and excellent) outliers like Tully or Young Adult, there’s always the sense that she’s biding her time, waiting for the moment her character can break free from some sad basement suburbia and get back to the business of slaying or saving the day.

In other words, squaring up for exactly the kind of role she takes on in The Old Guard, a movie that finds Theron once again playing a life form vastly superior to humans. As Andromach the Scythian — you can call her Andy — she’s the leader of a band of immortal warriors that includes Matthias Schoenaerts and If Beale Street Could Talk’s KiKi Layne.

And she’s great at it, unsurprisingly, even if her lonely enforcer is rarely as fierce as Mad Max: Fury Road’s Furiosa nor as fun as Atomic Blonde’s platinum assassin (though her hair, chopped into a glossy chocolate pageboy, does at least bring back memories of Aeon Flux’s iconic bob.)

Maybe that’s because poor Andy has spent a thousand-plus years fighting for justice and freedom, and now her worst foe is a peevish pharma bro (Harry Potter’s Harry Melling) intent on forcibly extracting the warriors’ deathless DNA for his own nefarious ends. Or maybe it’s that she, and we, have seen so much of this before.

Some fans literally have, at least on the page: Greg Rucka’s script is based on his own cult graphic-novel series of the same name, and he handles the basic mythology breezily enough in a few brief expository flashbacks that show how the crew came to be over millennia (a Crusades battle here, a little Napoleonic warfare there).

Layne’s Nile is the new kid, a nervy young Marine who wakes up in an Afghan field hospital to find a fatal injury mysteriously healed; one moment it’s a gaping flesh wound, the next it’s disappearing like a time-lapsed kitten scratch. That makes her a convenient proxy for the audience, though the story doesn’t leave a lot of room to mourn the life she’s forced to leave behind.

Or to bring much nuance to the much-heralded queer romance between Old Guards Joe and Nicky (Marwan Kanzari and Luca Marinelli); mostly it just marks the spot — a happy flag planted for LGBTQ representation — and moves on. Chiwetel Ejiofor is also largely wasted as the government agent who’s been tracking them all for years.

Which seems like even more of a shame considering the kind of intimate storytelling director Gina Prince-Bythewood hails from; her sensitive handling of romantic dramas like Beyond the Lights and Love & Basketball would seem to serve those areas of the film far better than it does its bloody but mostly quotidian fight scenes.

That leaves a movie that, beneath its strong female presence and few contemporary bits of flair, has a sort of inevitable bog-standard action feel, just entertaining enough in its live-die-repeat machinations to pass the minimal engagement test. But as the plot lurches toward its climactic showdown, it’s hard not to wish for more of nearly everything but bullets: more banter, more backstory, more scale and visual wit. And more, too, of the fellow warrior (Van Veronica Ngo) who may have been Andy’s only equal before cruel fate (or just a mean screenplay) stole her away.

If The Old Guard doesn’t bring many new tricks, it does have what seems like a pretty sweet deal with Netflix; the final scene slyly opens the door to a sequel, and an opportunity mere mortals are rarely granted in the real world: the chance to rip it all up and start again. B–

The Old Guard begins streaming on Netflix July 10.

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Arshi Khan on Her Web Series Mary Aur Marlow: “It Will Have Bold Content but Still Is a Fun, Comic Show”

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Actress Arshi Khan is out exploring her comic side in the OTT space and she is aware her new show comes with loads of double meaning. Bigg Boss 11’s Arshi Khan Feels Controversies Exits Because Audience Likes Watching Contestants Fight.

Arshi is seen trying her hand at comedy in the web series Mary Aur Marlow. She stars opposite Akshay Mishra in the series that revolves around Mary and Marlow, where Mary (Arshi) ends up becoming a sexpert for grassroots level people who cannot afford to go to the doctor or specialist.

Since Mary’s Hindi is not up to the mark, Akshay, who plays Marlow, helps her communicate with the people she sets out to help. However, when he tries using ‘shudh’ Hindi, it leads to unintentional double meaning language.

From the trailer and title, it is not surprisingly evident that the show has a lot of double-meaning dialogues. Former Bigg Boss 11 Contestant Arshi Khan to Enter Savitri Devi College And Hospital as a GHOST.

“It’s a double-meaning show but I think Mary Aur Marlow is also a fun title. After hearing the title, people think it will have bold content but when they watch it, they will realise it’s a fun show, which has a lot of comic scenes,” Arshi told IANS in a telephonic interview.

Reacting to the government’s decision, to put all digital media portals, including online news and Over-the-Top (OTT) platforms under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting regulation, Arshi said: “The government should definitely regulate digital platforms because nowadays there are a lot of web series that are showing vulgar content and people of any age group can access the internet. So, the government surely needs to keep an eye on them.”

Arshi feels she has good comic timing. “I never find it difficult to do comedy on screen because I feel my comic timing is really good, so I like to act in shows which have comic content,” Arshi said.

“I had a really nice experience shooting for this series and I had a lot of fun working with (director) Anirudh (Kumar) while we were shooting for it. We have released just one episode of the show and I hope the audience will have a lot more fun watching the next episodes,” she added about the show, currently streaming on Big Movie Zoo App.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Nov 30, 2020 06:36 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).





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Richa Chadha’s Shakeela To Release In Theatres On Christmas 2020 And The New Poster Looks Fab (See Pic)

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Richa Chadha’s Shakeela is set for a theatrical release this December. The movie, like many other films across the globe, was delayed due to the pandemic. But it is one of the few Indian titles opening in cinemas, as theatres resume operations this year. Let us see if the Richa Chadha starred biopic is able to reignite the box office or not. The movie is based on the life of Shakeela, an adult film actress of the 1990s who was a rage in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada cinema. Richa Chadha’s Stunning ‘Shakeela’ Calendar Will SHOCK You With its Cheeky Titles – Pick Your Fav!

On the new poster of Shakeela, to mark the announcement about the theatrical release, Richa is seen holding a gun, wearing a red saree. In the background, there is another poster for a film called, “Kacchi Jawani”. All the promotional material that has released around Shakeela has been fab. Shakeela New Poster: Let Richa Chadha Take You Back to the ’90s Glamour – View Pic.

Check Out The Poster For Shakeela Here:

Shakeela sounds like a great project. It looks vibrant and colourful so far. This will be one of the films that will ride on Richa’s shoulders as a heroine, which we hate to say, but is still a rare feat in Bollywood.

The movie wrapped up its shooting in Jan 2019. “I’m looking forward now that the film has wrapped up for the release next year. We have kept the story to the most authentic version of her real life. Shakeela herself has been pivotal to making this film happen and helping us an in-depth knowledge into her life which has helped us tell the story in its most authentic version possible,” Richa had said in a statement back then. Well finally the movie is releasing. Can’t wait to watch.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Nov 30, 2020 06:25 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).





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Jo Hukum Mere Aaka: Samikssha Batnagar to Essay the Role of Krushna Abhishek’s Wife in the Comedy Series

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Actress Samikssha Batnagar, who was seen in the 2017 comedy Poster Boys, is all set to return in the web series, Jo Hukum Mere Aaka. The show also stars actor-comedian Krushna Abhishek. The Kapil Sharma Show: Krushna Abhishek Opens Up On His Absence From Govinda, Sunita and Narmada’s Episode of The Show.

Samikssha has started shooting for the project, which she describes as a “hilarious, rib-tickling comedy”.

“Shoot has already started. It’s absolutely mind-blowing and hilarious. We have got a great team on board and we are all raring to go,” she said.

The series reunites Samikssha with her Poster Boys director Shreyas Talpade who is also her co-star in Jo Hukum Mere AakaKrushna Abhishek Talks About Nepotism, Says ‘Yes, I Am Govinda’s Nephew But He Doesn’t Work In My Place’

The story deals with a jinn who can make the opposite of what one wishes for come true. Samikssha essays Krushna’s wife Sudha.

The series is directed by Rajiv Ruhia.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Nov 30, 2020 06:13 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).





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