Radheyan Simonpillai

Radheyan Simonpillai

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 60% The Water Diviner (2015) " Crowe and his writing team milk the tragedy, lather the romance on with a spatula and even throw in some adventure, presumably because they got bored. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 22, 2015
2/5 53% The Age of Adaline (2015) " If Estée Lauder made a movie, it might look a lot like The Age Of Adaline, a swooning, fawning romance about a woman who achieves what no anti-wrinkle cream has before. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 22, 2015
4/5 60% Unfriended (2015) " Translates horror conventions fluidly so that you hold your breath not when you're waiting for what's behind the door but for what's buffering. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 17, 2015
3/5 69% The Dead Lands (2015) " The tale of warring tribes in pre-colonial New Zealand embraces Maori language and mysticism. Ethnography is its purpose, but a fine cast makes sure this modest movie has a pulse. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 17, 2015
2/5 29% The Longest Ride (2015) " You can forget about The Longest Ride being a competent movie; it's far from that. However, Sparks fans will be happy to know that my sleeve was damp by the end because my wife had no Kleenex handy. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 10, 2015
No Score Yet Resurrection of a Bastard (2015) " Remember the name Guido van Driel. The bold Dutch director makes an auspicious debut with The Resurrection Of A Bastard, a brutally violent and haunting crime movie adapted from his own graphic novel. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/5 59% Boychoir (2015) " You might forgive Hoffman for sleepwalking through this performance, given the deadly dull and predictable proceedings. No matter - even a yawning Hoffman is a mighty presence, especially compared to the raw actors in the choir. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/5 47% Home (2015) " Oh and Tip may not be the most memorable animated duo, but Parsons's high-pitched squeal and the groove in Rihanna's voice bounce off each other nicely. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Sitting On The Edge Of Marlene " Marlene is a drama queen in constant emotional flux, threatening to blow down the straw house the film constructs around her with every maniacal laugh or violent roar. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 19, 2015
2/5 50% Lost And Love (2015) " Given the widespread and devastating situation, the movie's quaint, comforting treatment is a letdown. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 19, 2015
2/5 27% The Search " After winning the Oscar for his glorified trinket The Artist, Hazanavicius throws a spotlight on human rights horrors. His well-intentioned children-in-peril story, set during the second Chechen war, is periodically moving but unwieldy and heavy-handed. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2/5 56% Champs (2015) " Directing a critical eye at the sociology and predatory business of boxing, the doc is periodically interesting but also unconvincingly broad. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 12, 2015
1/5 11% Unfinished Business (2015) " Jammed between pratfalls that include a man's face and a penis coming together is a sentimental story about the challenges of being a good, supportive dad. The movie wants you to hug your family - but wait, whoa, look at those tatas! " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 6, 2015
1/5 No Score Yet The Intruders " The Intruders stacks the deck with all the familiar horror signposts, as if straying from clichés were the most frightening thing of all. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 5, 2015
2/5 20% Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015) " The perpetrators took two years to plan the abduction, the mechanics of which provide the film's most interesting details. If only Alfredson and his writers were as meticulous in developing the characters and building a consistent tone. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/5 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) " The set-up can seem frustratingly constrictive and redundant, but that's the point. The film is no more exasperating than the rigid, patriarchal legal system it depicts. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 26, 2015
4/5 89% Siddharth (2014) " Mehta keeps his sociopolitical critique in the background, allowing it to inform but not interfere with his intimate and devastating story. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 18, 2015
4/5 80% In Her Place " An expertly plotted drama that packs a paralyzing emotional gut punch. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 12, 2015
1/5 13% Seventh Son (2015) " Moore vamps and camps it up, seemingly aware that the only way to liven up the dreadful material is by trying to out-wicked the Wicked Witch of the West. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 7, 2015
3/5 78% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) " The bulk of Sponge Out of Water stays submerged, hand-drawn and Banderas-free, still delivering the coy wit, surrealism and absurdity that come hand-in-hand with SpongeBob's frivolous, childish whimsy. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 5, 2015
3/5 35% Project Almanac (2015) " The disorderly and often derivative space-time frolic never reaches the heights of Chronicle or the "temporal dislocation" fodder it humbly makes reference to, but it still manages to have fun. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 30, 2015
1/5 11% The Boy Next Door (2015) " Why Lopez and Step Up's Guzman didn't join forces for a sexy dance-off instead of a piss-poor Fatal Attraction-style domestic thriller is beyond me. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 27, 2015
2/4 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) " These characters coolly roam through every precise, purposeful scene like the metaphors they are, seemingly motivated by artistic intent as opposed to baser human desires. Even Michael Corleone had a temper; a libido; a pulse. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Jan 24, 2015
1.5/4 73% American Sniper (2015) " Unlike the movie version of Chris Kyle who never makes a mistake, Eastwood and his writer are prone to flubs that cost them their "fog of war" stance. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Jan 23, 2015
2/5 28% The Wedding Ringer (2015) " Most times, the movie is comfortable with the lowest common denominator, but there are periodic bits that give Gad and Hart room to click. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 16, 2015
2/5 60% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) " Paradise Lost's main focus is Josh Hutcherson's fictional and bland Canadian surfer boy Nick. We see Escobar filtered through his perspective, which is like trying to enjoy a dark roast Colombian coffee brewed at Tim Hortons. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 15, 2015
2/5 50% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) " For all the CGI whiz-bang and volumes of encyclopedia figures to play with, director Shawn Levy still hasn't figured out how to make the proceedings exciting. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2014
3/5 98% Song Of The Sea (2014) " The outcome is animation so imaginative and rich that I'm sorry to admit I longed for a bit more Pixar-brand pizzazz to perk up the sluggish plot and characters - just a bit, mind you. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 18, 2014
5/5 72% Inherent Vice (2015) " A wildly entertaining, beautiful and hypnotic puzzler from a towering talent, Inherent Vice proves to be so much more than just the best film of the year - though it is that too. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Dec 4, 2014
2/5 No Score Yet Women Who Flirt (2014) " Lessons on mastering the sexy #selfie are among the few delights in Women Who Flirt. That makes this energetic but derivative Chinese rom-com about as functional as a BuzzFeed list. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 27, 2014
2/5 71% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) " Following the absurd humour and Red Bull energy of series peak Europe's Most Wanted, Penguins Of Madagascar is just a deflated return to the franchise's blah beginnings. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 27, 2014
1/5 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) " Dumb and Dumber To settles for revisiting the inane toilet humour of the 1994 original, where fecal matter is repeatedly and democratically spread around. The Farrelly Brothers don't seem to realize that crap goes stale, too. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 14, 2014
2/5 50% Life's a Breeze (2014) " Flanagan and appealing newcomer Kelly Thornton, as Nan's teenage granddaughter, deliver the only tolerable performances, probably because they don't say much, and like us, just observe the silliness on display. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 6, 2014
2.5/4 72% Interstellar (2014) " If only the plot and the corny, exposition-heavy dialogue - where characters speak in fortune cookie - could hold up to the cinematography. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Nov 6, 2014
2/5 36% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) " If Gone Girl's success and artistry have motivated people to explore the marriage thrillers (or "chick noir") further, Before I Go to Sleep may be the counterpoint to give it a rest. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 29, 2014
2/5 89% Born To Fly (2014) " The doc feels more padded than the floor mats Streb's gravity-defying dancers bounce off. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 23, 2014
2/5 74% 1,000 Times Good Night (2014) " Poppe's intimate story feels contrived. Autobiographical films have a tendency to come off that way, likely because the director lacks distance and takes plot and character development for granted. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 23, 2014
4/5 97% '71 (2015) " The mix of genre contrivances and docudrama can be queasy at times. You won't have a moment to dwell on such faults thanks to stealthy direction by newbie Demange, who keeps the action moving between scenes and standoffs that are lurid and visceral. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 22, 2014
4/5 91% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) " Stewart became the first American female actor ever to win a César (France's answer to the Oscars) for her performance. It's deserved. She's a revelation, reminding us that her talent has been eclipsed by Twilight for far too long. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 22, 2014
4/5 88% Top Five (2014) " Rock spins his familiarity with the industry to get goofy and hilarious results, but as the day progresses he surprises us with an overwhelming sense of vulnerability and pain - an aspect of the business often taken for granted. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 22, 2014
4/5 80% 1001 Grams (2015) " The film may sound slight, but its charm is immeasurable. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 22, 2014
5/5 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) " Set in a dehumanizing economy, this is a powerful film about rallying self-worth. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 22, 2014
5/5 100% Phoenix " A thrilling, seductive game of deception fit for film noir, where lies seek to unearth truths that would rather stay buried. Throughout it all, Petzold concocts images that will sear their way into your memory. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Oct 22, 2014
5/5 96% Ida (2014) " Ida is haunting and devastatingly beautiful; perhaps my favorite film to come out so far this year, foreign language and otherwise. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Oct 22, 2014
4/5 92% Force Majeure (2014) " An incisive, stunning and satirical look at the emotional free fall when a man and his marriage can't live up to expectations. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Oct 22, 2014
2/5 91% Mommy (2015) " Dolan is an excellent manipulator of melodrama, which is in no way offensive until his film makes strong, dangerous statements about mental health and institutionalization. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Oct 19, 2014
3/5 77% Fury (2014) " On the one hand, Fury peddles disgust, insisting that we look long and hard at how horrifying war is. Yet that sentiment doesn't translate to its thrilling, first-person shooter battle scenes. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Oct 16, 2014
4/5 100% Tu Dors Nicole " Lafleur counters the lackadaisical narrative with direction, editing and sound cues that are playful but precise, mysterious but potent, making every note in this exceptionally well-made film something to savour. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 15, 2014
2/5 8% The Best Of Me (2014) " The Best of Me doubles down on the fawning. Both Luke Bracey and James Marsden whip off their shirts, strut their abs and perform intensive gardening, taking hand and shovel to fertile soil while sweating in the glistening Southern sunset. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 15, 2014
3/5 82% The Book of Life (2014) " A bursting-at-the-seams piñata of an animated movie, stuffed with so many glorious visuals, delightful gags and candy-wrapped life and death lessons that it implodes before anyone can savor how sweet a treat it is. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 15, 2014
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