Stories By 'OBIE SHRESTHA'
The danger of becoming used to seeing a certain actor play an iconic character for a considerable stretch of time—more so if that actor is particularly skilled and has made the part his own—is that you risk never truly being able to accept anyone else in a given role.
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Young Miguel Rivera (Anthony Gonzalez) would like nothing more than to be able to make music and play to adoring crowds, much as his idol, the late Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), had done in his heyday—before dropping dead in a tragic prop-related accident.
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hen Wonder Woman—starring Gal Gadot as the iconic lasso-hurling, metal-cuffed, super-strong Amazonian hero—came out earlier this year, it seemed like DC Comics films had finally managed to put an end to a long-running bad spell.
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The level of stress suffered by writers and directors working in these big-budget superhero franchises has to be off the charts.
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Newton Kumar (Rajkummar Rao) is a stickler for the rules. And though he may have managed to walk a straight line for most of his young life—content in the knowledge that his principles and actions have been more or less in alignment—no sooner has he entered adulthood than it becomes clear that it’s not going to be easy to keep things this way.
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Chances are, if you’ve watched the promos for Secret Superstar—written and directed by newcomer Advait Chandan—you’ll already have figured out the story’s broad strokes.
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