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Radheyan Simonpillai

Radheyan Simonpillai
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 36% The Great Wall (2017) Yimou's trademark visuals are like watching a bag of Skittles that knows kung fu. There's only a bit of that here, because now he has to make room for CGI monsters. This East-meets-West collaboration looks more like creative suffocation.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
1/5 9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) The danger is stripped away to the point that Anastasia has to keep reminding Christian that at any moment he can slip back into his dominant, punishing ways - just to justify the "Darker" in the title.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
1/5 34% A Dog's Purpose (2017) A Dog's Purpose went from being the kind of preening, maudlin movie most would have ignored to a movie many plan on boycotting. Apathy has been rebranded as political action. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
2/5 43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) There's a new xXx crew of super spies, giving Diesel the opportunity to rejig his "We're family" mantra with "X takes care of its own." Somewhere in L.A., Xzibit's like "b****, please."‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 33% Monster Trucks (2017) While Bay's Transformers movies are clearly the kind of rip-roaring event this movie tries and fails to be, Monster Trucks is actually more enjoyable because of its earnest attempt to salvage its plot.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
1/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester By The Sea is a scrupulously crafted, emotionally honest take on grieving. David Frankel's Collateral Beauty is the exact opposite.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
1/5 39% Why Him? (2016) Its comedy is rooted in a disdain for the Palo Alto types that Franco parodies; the white-collar types that Cranston embodies; and an audience who expected better from the actors who gave us Breaking Bad and Spring Breakers.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
3/5 85% Harry Benson: Shoot First (2016) There's much more fawning at the photographer's rare access, a thing that gets redundant and never comes close to achieving the kind of intimacy Benson had with his subjects. But Benson proves fascinating regardless.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
2/5 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) The office party is that peculiar event where you get turnt but proceed with caution. The movie has some fun with that dilemma, and even gets the spirits up when its mixer gets anarchic. But where do you go from there?‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
4/5 93% Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016) These are characters Xavier Dolan could have a field day with - just imagine the high-pitched screaming matches bouncing off the surrounding mountain landscape. But Being 17 is quieter and sturdier than that.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
2/5 48% Almost Christmas (2016) The Mo'Smoove factor is such a sure thing, it seems writer/director David E. Talbert barely bothered giving them a script to work with.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2016
4/5 89% Loving (2016) Jeff Nichols's lived-in drama is honest, sensitive and quietly powerful, taking its cues from Grey Villet's iconic Life Magazine photo of the Loving couple.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
3/5 74% Trolls (2016) Sprightly vibes are gorgeously visualized in trippy, textured, MDMA-fuelled designs with more bright colours than a bag of Skittles. It's a kid-friendly narrative about popping ecstasy.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
2/5 76% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) What now for Hollywood, which is bruising from the #OscarsSoWhite controversy while Kevin Hart shows up everywhere like he's the Orphan Black?‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2016
3/5 63% Storks (2016) It's like writer and co-director Nicholas Stoller didn't get the memo. He refuses to let Storks settle for the lazy cash grab it was clearly designed to be.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
3/5 83% Kicks (2016) Call it Bicycle Thieves In The Hood. At least that's what Justin Tipping's simultaneously dazzling and frustrating debut, Kicks, seems to be shooting for.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
1/5 No Score Yet King of the Dancehall (2016) It would have been so easy to get this movie right. The vibrant culture, pulsating energy and talented dancers busting up the floor are all here. All Cannon had to do was let us enjoy them.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
2/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) Yes, Paz's story is unique, and you have to admire the insistence in telling it, but Bleed For This can't help but follow the emotional beats that filmmakers, for better and worse, have stuck to in the past.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet Boundaries (Pays) (2016) The subject could have provided a great vantage point for a critical satire, but Boundaries lacks the laughs and the sting for that.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
2/5 82% Denial (2016) There's an artificiality to all this that doesn't sit right in a story about nailing down the truth.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
2/5 92% I Called Him Morgan (2016) The unavoidable distance from these people leaves much of the film feeling staid, dull and frustrating.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
2/5 15% The Wild Life (2016) contemporary relevance doesn't make this movie any more interesting. It just floats by on flat characters and predictable gags, a functional distraction for kids who are bound to forget it as soon as they hit the next episode of Dora The Explorer.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/5 85% Sully (2016) Neither Eastwood's controversial politics nor his worst storytelling instincts could really mess up Sully.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
5/5 94% Sand Storm (Sufat Chol) (2016) Strong-headed women spiral out of control against an archaic patriarchy in this scorching and intimate Israeli melodrama.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/5 86% Two Lovers and a Bear (2016) Nguyen's magic realist touches are better served here than in his Oscar-nominated previous effort, Rebelle.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
1/4 No Score Yet X Quinientos (2016) Few things are more frustrating than seeing people who can't exercise free will because they exist in a nihilistic film fascinated with violence.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Jesus (2016) Like a Chilean Larry Clark, Guzzoni shows a talent for raw, unsettling storytelling.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/5 100% Zoology (Zoologiya) (2016) That fanciful concept is played totally straight. Pavlenkova never loses sight of her character's vulnerability and emotional journey when a romantic possibility gives her a shot at joy.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/5 83% Goldstone (2016) Goldstone begins like a made-for-TV Outback riff on Lethal Weapon, but slowly its rugged and idiosyncratic beauty takes hold.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/5 100% Barakah Meets Barakah (Barakah yoqabil Barakah) (2016) The film is critical of oppressive customs and even a bit tragic, but it's also joyful, investing its hopes in characters representing a new generation that is too fun and sassy to be ignored.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/5 79% American Honey (2016) What sets American Honey apart is that it's genuinely hopeful. We're not just looking at a bunch of rootless and emotionally battered youth, but searching alongside them, not upwards but onwards, toward a happy place.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/5 98% Moonlight (2016) Jenkins balances raw honesty with dreamy imagery and keeps his narrative loose, riding emotional beats instead of getting trapped inside a finite beginning and end. That is exactly how it should be.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
2/5 28% Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) Mechanic: Resurrection aims to be no more satisfying than an oil change, and no one seems more bored by that prospect than Jason Statham.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
1/5 36% Up for Love (Un homme à la hauteur) (2016) Dujardin's man of short stature isn't allowed to have any other flaws because his height is plenty. The character would be akin to Sidney Poitier's John Prentice in Guess Who's Coming To Dinner if the actor had actually been white but donned blackface.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
4/5 96% Hooligan Sparrow (2016) This raw and startling doc isn't about young rape victims in China and the institutions that enable the culprits. Instead, it's about the methods used to silence the activists who draw attention to those problems.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
4/5 100% Ixcanul (2016) Whether we're closely gazing at Maria or watching her stride along the ashy volcano's side from a distance, Bustamante lets images linger long enough for their beauty to fall away, giving us a compelling and tragic look at where our coffee comes from.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
5/5 96% Gleason (2016) The videos are a way for Gleason to say everything he can to his baby boy before time runs out. That's enough to leave you a blubbering mess, but this doc, culled from home videos by director Clay Tweel, goes much further. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/5 25% Ben-Hur (2016) It's all a functional buildup to the chariot race, which is where Bekmambetov gets in close to the action. The trade-off is a less majestic scope for a more visceral thrill; not an improvement, but not a cheap imitation either.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/5 11% Nine Lives (2016) The movie is bad in all the predictable ways. That's probably why its strengths stand out. I'm talking about Robbie Amell and Jennifer Garner as the neglected family members.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2016
2/4 56% Jason Bourne (2016) The franchise just doesn't have the claws it once did; it can't conjure the same outrage in a movie that goes beyond the CIA for a post-Snowden look at how Silicon Valley can be corrupted for the sake of global surveillance.‐ AskMen.com
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
3/5 66% Nerve (2016) It's a lot of fun, thanks to a cast who make themselves at home in this instasnaptubing, neon-lit world.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
2/5 76% Lights Out (2016) Palmer, recently seen bathing in light in Terrence Malick's Knight Of Cups, is a formidable presence here, but she's crippled by a sloppy and tone-deaf script. It scores laughs when trying to be serious with emotions and psychology. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
2/5 59% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) The characters have a dated mentality, a welcome way to look at an era when Pokémon Go can thwart your best-laid viral marketing plans. But the movie doesn't seize the opportunity to skewer what fashion and social media have become.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
1/5 15% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) Given how much money these movies make, I suspect Manny and his prehistoric company will last long enough to deal with global warming and show us just how dull it can be.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
2/5 34% Equals (2016) Everything is antiseptic white, from the Brave New World wardrobe to the sleek, boutique-style architecture. It all feels like living in an iPhone, surrounded by people who are not much more engaging than Siri.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
3/5 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) The Purge movies are crudely slapped together B-movies that indulge in sadistic violence while wagging a finger at the society that craves it. While there's nothing remarkably improved in the third instalment, it feels far more immediate and relevant.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/5 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Tarzan doesn't swing into action so much as tip-toe around his imperialist birthright before getting tangled up in a plot about sinister Belgians (led by Christoph Waltz), blood diamonds and slavery in the Congo. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
1/5 38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) The most groan-worthy Bay moment comes early on when Megan Fox's journalist, April O'Neal, manages to find some reasoning to dress up like a nerd girl in a porn skit and a school girl with a hiked-up kilt--all in one scene.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 3, 2016
2/5 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) Goes through familiar, harmless and occasionally amusing plot motions to explain why these birds are so angry, and why they're perfectly justified in going bin Laden on buildings.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 18, 2016
2.5/4 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) As amiable as he is, Spidey's presence compromises the very stakes Civil War is trying to pitch.‐ AskMen.com
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016