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Radheyan Simonpillai

Radheyan Simonpillai

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 7% Fifty Shades of Black (2016) "If there were ever a purpose to these crass, imbecilic parodies, it's to remind us that the closest black actors come to starring in something like Scream, Paranormal Activity or Fifty Shades Of Grey is when Marlon Wayans spoofs them. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 29, 2016
3/5 80% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) "If Kung Fu Panda 3 feels like a step down, it's only because it's got a sterling pedigree to live up to. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 27, 2016
1/5 9% Dirty Grandpa (2016) "You gotta give De Niro a hand (and a maybe a tissue) for the way he dives right into this role. He chews through the icky dialogue and even lends the character some warmth in the process. The movie doesn't deserve it. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 22, 2016
1/5 17% The 5th Wave (2016) "Like the abandoned, bullet-riddled vehicles glimpsed onscreen, this movie is a pile-up of beat-up motifs that clog the story and leave no room for the characters to emote - ironic since it's supposed to be about holding on to humanity. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 22, 2016
1/5 13% Ride Along 2 (2016) "Hart and Cube's pairing should be comic gold, a chance to be daring and topical. Unfortunately, the writers behind this series wouldn't recognize a half-decent joke if it were read aloud to them like their Miranda rights. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 15, 2016
3/5 100% As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 3, O Encantado (Arabian Nights: Volume 3, the Enchanted One) (2015) "It's frustrating to spend six hours with a film and still feel like you're missing something. Even if he shrugs his shoulders about where it all leads, Gomes is among the very few filmmakers compelling enough to follow down that kind of rabbit hole. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3/5 100% Arabian Nights: Volume 2 - The Desolate One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 2, O Desolado) (2015) "It's frustrating to spend six hours with a film and still feel like you're missing something. Even if he shrugs his shoulders about where it all leads, Gomes is among the very few filmmakers compelling enough to follow down that kind of rabbit hole. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3/5 93% Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 1, O Inquieto) (2015) "It's frustrating to spend six hours with a film and still feel like you're missing something. Even if he shrugs his shoulders about where it all leads, Gomes is among the very few filmmakers compelling enough to follow down that kind of rabbit hole. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3/5 83% The Revenant (2015) "The heavenly visuals, which would look lovely mounted over a fireplace, ultimately serve filmmaking ego more than the grim, early 19th-century revenge tale they are telling. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jan 6, 2016
3.5/4 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) "Playing a gun-control parlor game for 90 minutes without letting a single bullet loose is an intense and bravura direction to take for a Western, that most American genre where the 2nd Amendment rings loudest. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Jan 6, 2016
1/5 20% Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015) "Here are two things that stopped being cute a long, long time ago: Baby Got Back and Alvin and the Chipmunks. They're both here in the fourth live-action movie from a series that continues to find its plot and gags by foraging in the trash. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 16, 2015
2/5 58% Noma: My Perfect Storm (2015) "Most scenes feel stagey, with Redzepi feigning intimacy but sounding like he's auditioning to be the next Gordon Ramsay. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 16, 2015
2.5/4 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "The nostalgic callbacks are so insistent that they can stop the narrative dead, like when some real drama is about to go down but everything pauses so we can have a meet-cute with C-3PO. Even the main villain comes off as some emo Darth Vader fanboy. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Dec 16, 2015
2.5/4 60% Joy (2015) "The comic tale is trademark Russell. That is to say, it's tonally bonkers and dramatically inert, enlivened by some decent gags and a terrific ensemble cast. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Dec 16, 2015
2/4 63% Concussion (2015) "Concussion plays Omalu's compelling work as your by-the-numbers lone crusader story, which is effective right up to the point when a bristling Smith barks, "Tell the truth!" " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Dec 16, 2015
3/4 88% The Big Short (2015) "Turns out Adam McKay is the ideal filmmaker to tackle the absurd and infuriating circumstances behind the credit bubble. The Big Short is a load of laughs that get stuck in your throat when you realize the harm behind the insanity. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Dec 11, 2015
3/5 73% A Royal Night Out (2015) "Spins a bit of WWII history into a fanciful, Roman Holiday-like screwball comedy featuring enough giddy romance and fawning over the royals to be a treat for Hello! Magazine subscribers. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Dec 2, 2015
1/5 No Score Yet The Games Maker "Writer/director Juan Pablo Buscarini manages the occasional cute touch and pleasing art deco designs in this made-on-the-cheap children's fantasy, where the special effects are poor and the starved imagination can only feed on J.K. Rowling's dust. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 14, 2015
3/5 88% Difret (2015) "It's not exceptional filmmaking - the characters are particularly thin - but that doesn't make it anything less than necessary viewing. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/5 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) "There's room for Charlie Brown in the imaginations of a new generation completely unfamiliar with his embarrassing dilemmas and resilient efforts to dust himself off, haters like Lucy be damned. Charlie Brown is the Dirt Off Your Shoulder OG. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/4 64% Spectre (2015) "Ace visuals and simmering performances from Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux, as a reluctant Bond girl, divert attention from the cockamamie plot and backstory cooked up for Christoph Waltz's shadowy and excruciatingly foreshadowed villain. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/5 68% The Keeping Room (2015) "When Brit Marling's Augusta wields her rifle in scenes that are both shocking and completely unconvincing, it feels superficially provocative but not the least bit empowering. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 28, 2015
2/5 19% Jem and the Holograms (2015) "Intercutting the story's action with eclectic performance clips from YouTube delivers the film's most intriguing point. You're going to find much more raw talent online than anywhere else in this movie. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 22, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet A Trip To The Island "Aside from a playful structure and some game performances, it doesn't yield fruit. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 15, 2015
3/5 74% Goosebumps (2015) " Feels like a visit to those kid-friendly haunted houses where brightly coloured ghouls jump out to say "Boo!" - the effect more amusing than scary. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 14, 2015
4/4 100% Junun "Junun becomes an unassuming but resounding portrait of what India is today, a country rapidly evolving to join global influences while so much of it seems stalled in time. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Oct 9, 2015
2/5 64% Hyena Road "The film acknowledges political and moral quandaries in Canada's peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan but then applies the most disingenuous tropes from old-school combat films and westerns to gloss over the grey areas. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 7, 2015
2/5 26% Pan (2015) "Hook's got both hands intact and no ticking clock to fear. Once a resonant metaphor for adulthood - and the passage of time as approaching death - here Hook is just a meaningless stock supporting player trying to stand out amidst the clutter. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 7, 2015
4/5 85% Xenia (2015) "The plot frequently strays, but Nikouli and Gelia keep us focused on the growing, endearing fraternal bond between their characters. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 7, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Ville-Marie "A fine cast that includes Monica Bellucci and Pascale Bussières make the most of their joyless characters, who are minimally defined by whatever tragedy has them moping around Montreal. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 2, 2015
3/5 93% Coming Home (2015) "Bangs on those piano chords too hard, as if trying to drown out Gong and Chen's quietly wrenching performances. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 30, 2015
3/5 60% The Intern (2015) "The movie wants to believe that you can manage the perfect career and family life - that humanity doesn't need to be sacrificed for capitalism - and because we like these characters so much, we do, too. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 25, 2015
3/5 54% Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) "Intimate observations on the modern family are not what you expect from an animated sequel meant to keep Sandler's career undead. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 25, 2015
2/5 73% Unbranded (2015) "America has a wild horse problem, with over 50,000 mustangs waiting for adoption in holding pens. That's the central issue of this documentary, though it mostly takes a back seat to what might be classed as redneck porn. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 24, 2015
4/5 100% Wildlike (2015) "Purnell and Greenwood make the most of silence, discovering that much can be communicated through darting glances, weary movement and the slow buildup to a hopeful smile. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 24, 2015
4/5 96% Spotlight (2015) "Spotlight keeps its composure, follows every lead and delivers an important and compelling story. It may no longer land on your porch with a thud but it still hits you in the gut. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Sep 20, 2015
4/5 96% Room (2015) "A devastating, must-see movie. Finds hope and tenderness in an inhuman situation. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Sep 20, 2015
4/5 93% Sicario (2015) "French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve builds a taut, thrilling mood piece, where Roger Deakins' vivid cinematography holds your eyes hostage and Jóhann Jóhannsson's score pounds like a jackhammer on your pulse. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Sep 20, 2015
3/5 92% The Martian (2015) "Watney's fear for his own life takes a backseat to his stand-up, an attitude that is this consistently entertaining movie's biggest asset and also its flaw. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Sep 20, 2015
3/5 75% Black Mass (2015) "Scott Cooper's self-serious style has been oppressive in movies like Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace, but this time he actually has real material to take seriously. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Sep 20, 2015
3/5 62% Legend (2015) "Hardy's Reggie is smooth, clever, romantic and calculated. His Ron is fearsome, with eyes permanently bulging and a mouth mumbling out threats as if he were trying to speak and keep a squirrel trapped inside at the same time. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Sep 20, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Guilty (Talvar) (2015) "Class warfare simmers beneath the surface, informing how society and the media regard suspects on near-opposite ends of the economic spectrum. A more methodical filmmaker might have developed that for more insight. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 18, 2015
2/5 60% The Man Who Knew Infinity "Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel has mastered looking doe-eyed and browbeaten at the same time. That's pretty much all he brings to the table in The Man Who Knew Infinity. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 18, 2015
3/5 72% Everest (2015) "Director Baltasar Kormákur knows his way around the digitally fabricated high-altitude terrain, swooping in on cliffhanger scenarios and bringing us dizzyingly close to the edge, to vertigo, to something worthwhile. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 18, 2015
2/5 65% The Dressmaker "The cast often rises above this tonally bonkers fable, where dark comedy wraps around a melodrama, which all gives way to a noirish revenge story. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/5 50% Lolo (2016) "The result is sexier than your average Adam Sandler affair, but not a great deal funnier. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 15, 2015
2/5 59% Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) "Winning gags -- yakuza vampires and frog monsters included -- start off funny but then bludgeon you with repetition. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 14, 2015
1/5 No Score Yet Black "Here's a contender for the most repulsively offensive Romeo And Juliet adaptation ever. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 14, 2015
3/5 61% Truth (2015) "As much as Truth aspires to Zodiac's heights, it lacks Fincher's cool and methodical hand, and his sublime artistry. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 12, 2015
3/5 100% Eye In The Sky (2016) "The military thriller occasionally grinds to a halt to host a Reddit-like debate on drones. Surprisingly, it still works and manages to present valid, even-keeled positions, too. No trolling necessary. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 12, 2015
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