Review: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back by Farheen Jawaid

The post is the unedited copy of the review published in Mag the Weekly on the 12th of November 2016. Copy of the published version is at the end of the post.

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Jack (Or Tom): Run Man Run, Just Not Alone This Time

By Farheen Jawaid

Stars - Mag 3.5Jack Reacher (2012), the prequel to Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, was one of those movies that was okay in most parts, rose to something better by the time the end credits rolled, and when it came on TV elevated to a solid four-star entertainer.

Why you ask? Jack Reacher has an old done-right Hollywood action-thriller feel to it. It is a creeping feeling that warms up with time. Its story was generic, but the actors and the execution made it intricate, maybe even sophisticated. Like an onion with its layers – even if there is nothing new at the core, it’s a delight to see something with depth (the film, not the onion).

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Oscar Buff’s Guide to the Best Picture Nominees – 2013

This article is about to be printed in Images on Sunday today.

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Animadversion: Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol–Reviewed by Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid

This post is the unedited version of the review published in our column “Animadversion”, iMAGES on Sunday (Dawn Newspaper), on Sunday January 1st 2012. The link to paper-published edit is at the end of this post.

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Your Mission, For the Fourth-time…Should You Choose to Accept?

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

Believe you me: the Burj Al-Khaleefa scene will knock your socks off! I am not exaggerating, I am telling.

It goes down like this: Ethan Hunt – Tom Cruise, believable, sincere and aptly wearing beaten down look – has to disable the security system at the Burj, and to do this he has to scale the world’s tallest building. From the outside. With a set of malfunctioning adhesive gloves. And so, the vertigo inducing high-concept sequence, perhaps the key element of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’s marketing campaign, becomes a dizzying pulse-throbbing adventure by itself.

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Animadversion: X-Men: First Class–Reviewed by Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid

This post is the unedited, lightly updated copy of X-Men: First Class’s film review published Sunday June 12, 2011 in our film review column Animadversion (iMAGES on Sunday, Dawn Newspaper). The link to the published version can be found at the end of the post.

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I Can Read Minds and Bend Steel… So What?!

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

Flashing back, briefly to a Nazi prison camp in 1944, a few years before pulp sci-fi labeled mutants as latex-skinned monsters or deformed aliens from B-movies, a young Erik Lehnsherr (Bill Milner) insentiently triggers his embryonic superhuman-genome and yanks open a barbed iron gate with his power of magnetism.

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Animadversion: Sucker Punch–Reviewed by Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid

Below is our unpublished review of Sucker Punch, once destined to be printed in iMAGES, but left out on strict, prejudiced moral grounds. Sucker Punched, the review was!

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Alice in La-La Land, Swinging a Samurai Sword

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

“All that gyrating and moaning, the dance should be more than just titillation” What dance? That dance – or the excuse for sexual gyration – that flings male consciousness into dumbfoundry. A dance that’s left for imagination in Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, a movie of reality within a fantasy within a daydream made in the image of a pubertal male’s fetish of seeing youngish women in bordello garb waving samurai swords.

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Animadversion: The King’s Speech – Reviewed by Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid

Below is the copy of an unpublished review, slated once to appear in our column Animadversion, (iMAGES on Sunday, Dawn Newspaper).

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A Royal Twist in the Tongue

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

For Albert Frederick Arthur George – shortened first as Prince Albert, later King George VI – the pressure isn’t handling the British monarchy; it is the image of a big hulking microphone, and the booming voice of his stutter.

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83rd Oscar Predictions by Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid

Our Oscar Prediction for 2011, published Sunday February 27, 2011. Below is the unedited copy of our annual exclusive Oscar Predictions for iMAGES on Sunday, Dawn Newspaper. The link to the paper version, now online, can be found at the end of the post.

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The Prediction Game

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid & Farheen Jawaid

In just a few short hours (depending on when you’re reading this), the 83rd annual Academy Awards – aka the Oscars – will air live via Star Movies in the wee hours of the morning; and as per our exclusive tradition we present our picks for 2011.

But before we begin, a little 101 on the process: Our predictions are not a dip-stick poll that rummages information from the internet. We predict winners using the age old model of watching (almost) all the contenders, in as many categories as humanly possible. The predictions are then shortlisted by industry trends, previous winning at other industry awards – and most importantly – last minute Oscar pushes by distributors, and of course experience. Predicting winners is just a small part of a bigger, more intricate, game.

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