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Moon Knight, the Disney+ miniseries is a refreshing departure from usual Marvel template

Director Mohamed Diab's six-episode-long Moon Knight covers themes of dissociative identity disorder, Egyptian mythology, love, and the eradication of evil from the world. 

Grim, scary, warped — the world of Ozark beyond psychological trauma and physical violence

The medley of several eccentric characters, backed by a superlative script and direction, makes Ozark one of the best thriller-drama web series of the last decade.

Tiger Shroff’s Heropanti 2 is enjoyable during the climax, when you know it’s about to end

Nobody is taking their brains to the hall to watch Tiger Shroff, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Tara Sutaria's Heropanti 2, but there's a limit to how much you can endure.

Ajay Devgn’s ‘Runway 34’ doesn’t take off. Screenplay is its worst enemy

For all the attempts at matching thrill and uncertainty with courtroom suspense, Runway 34 is ultimately that in-flight movie to fall asleep to.

London Files only tells of, doesn’t show UK’s seedy underbelly. Watch for Rampal’s solid acting

What could have been a genre-bending product seen in Bong-Joon Ho’s work is instead a third-rate thriller with the worst excesses of Sherlock and Luther.

Shahid Kapoor’s ‘Jersey’ asks if age defines cricketers. The film is almost a sixer

Jersey explores the idea of what makes a good father and how one is willing to go, while cricket acts as the conduit to move the story forward.

Netflix’s Mai is ‘sanskari bahu’ gone rogue. Thank Sakshi Tanwar’s sheer brilliance

Mai may not be a unique crime-thriller but Sakshi Tanwar and the cast will ensure that it's worth your time. 

You can’t ignore ‘Veyil’ on Amazon Prime, the Malayalam family drama keeps luring you back

Sarath Menon’s film studiously follows the life of protagonist Sidharth but does leave some plot holes.

Naradan on Amazon Prime Video has all that makes Malayalam cinema a worthy watch

The two-and-a-half-hour political thriller is a significant piece of craft in showcasing the country’s new-age sensationalist journalists.

Hurdang creates the world of Mandal student politics but not a convincing one

The film tries to look at the Mandal Commission and caste-based reservation through an upper-caste lens, but offers lazy arguments.

On Camera

YourTurn

Prannoy Roy in Abu Dhabi

You can call NDTV elitist, anglicised. But it defended democracy, gave us Ravish Kumar

In all these years of covering elections on NDTV, I do not recall a single occasion when I was asked or even hinted to say or not say something. I disagreed with Prannoy Roy off-screen and on-screen and that was never a problem.

51 cow universities, old pension scheme, jobs — what RSS affiliates want from 2023 Budget

Welfare schemes and ‘self-reliance’ figure high on Sangh organisations’ wishlists for finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget, which she will present on 1 February.

Defence

A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.