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Radheyan Simonpillai

Radheyan Simonpillai

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 78% 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
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2/5 62% 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
Posted Jul 20, 2016
1/5 12% 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
Posted Jul 20, 2016
2/5 33% 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
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
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
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
Posted May 4, 2016
2/5 17% Ratchet & Clank (2016) "The Ratchet & Clank video game series goes for easy brand extension on the big screen, repurposing old parts and plots in a space adventure that shows few signs of creative life." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 2, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Hit It Hard "The film's charm comes from the man himself. He's refreshingly candid and humble, refusing to tone down talk about his addictions or blame anyone else for his mistakes." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 1, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Gary Numan: Android in La La Land "Numan is an awkward sort, diagnosed with Asperger's, who credits wife Gemma with holding things together and being the sparkplug in his life. Their relationship is endearing. The music just gets in the way. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 1, 2016
1/5 0% Precious Cargo (2016) "Two late-80s icons go head-to-head in Precious Cargo: Die Hard's Bruce Willis and Mark-Paul Gosselaar. If that latter name doesn't, um, ring a bell, think Zack Morris. It's the onscreen match absolutely nobody asked for." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 1, 2016
1/5 7% Mother's Day (2016) "There's only a token black character in a movie set in Atlanta, where blacks outnumber whites by no small margin - Georgia's film tax credits must be incentive to lure more white people into the city." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted May 1, 2016
1/5 16% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) "Now we should worry that studios will use this movie's probable failure to discourage future female-centric blockbusters. Don't blame the stars, all wonderful in their limited capacity." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 21, 2016
4/5 80% The First Monday in May (2016) "Rossi and his subjects explore that uncomfortable compromise between art and commerce, which, in its own way, can also be something beautiful. Where else would art historians work alongside Wong Kar-wai, Baz Luhrmann and Rihanna?" ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/5 90% Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) "The movie deals tangentially with #BlackLivesMatter but what it's really about is the space: a place where a community can get together to share their anger, pain, faults and joys. That matters too. That's what these movies are." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 15, 2016
3/5 97% The Dark Horse (2016) "Potoni can't trust his own instincts, let alone convince others to trust him with vulnerable kids. Curtis makes you see that internal tension, raising the stakes on what would otherwise be a conventional inspirational drama." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/5 92% The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016) "Tackling the same dehumanizing economy the Dardennes dealt with in Two Days, One Night, director Stéphane Brizé is far more schematic, leaving little room for any emotion -except despair. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2/5 25% Kill Your Friends (2016) "Takes the obvious jabs at record labels, shows its cards early and spends the rest of the time humming the same tune." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 30, 2016
2.5/4 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) "Since the movie is opening in the midst of the Syrian refugee crisis and just days after the Brussels attacks, the hostility conjured between these superheroes feels incredibly and uncomfortably pertinent. " ‐ AskMen.com
Posted Mar 24, 2016
2/5 44% Miracles from Heaven (2016) "The kindness of average mortals is far more comforting than the stuff that involves bright lights. If only the film threw more of its weight behind believing in people." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 17, 2016
1.5 No Score Yet Coconut Hero "Coconut Hero turns into a film about an oddball kid relieved to find out he has a brain tumour, a new escape hatch from his small Canadian town seemingly populated by Wes Anderson's bastard children." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 16, 2016
4/5 46% Knight of Cups (2016) "Malick captures fleeting moments and ethereal visions and lets them swirl alongside the remnants of a shredded script like confetti in a vacuum." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 16, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet Hip Hop-eration "The novelty of older white folks bouncing to hip-hop is not lost on some of the younger dancers in the film, who point out that this demographic usually calls the cops on them. The film rides that novelty, because really that's all it's got." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 10, 2016
4/5 95% The Little Prince (2016) "Saint-Exupéry's darker tones and intense emotions are all here, echoing the Little Girl's own self-discovery in a dual narrative that dares to be more evocative and sophisticated than children are accustomed to." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 10, 2016
2/5 68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) "The half-jokey, half-serious dynamic that works so well in The Big Short - where laughs get caught in your throat - fails to find its groove here. " ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Mar 4, 2016
1/5 16% Gods Of Egypt (2016) "Yes, they are mostly white, though Black Panther himself Chadwick Boseman shows up as Thoth, the god of wisdom, a character who tips this movie's diversity scale by cloning himself a hundred times." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 25, 2016
1/5 23% Zoolander 2 (2016) "Anna Wintour and Valentino join in on the very obvious gags about their industry, acknowledging that Ben Stiller's preening and witless runway "satire" contains nothing to make them remotely uncomfortable." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 12, 2016
3/5 68% Snowtime! (2016) "There's a lightweight charm to this tale of grade-schoolers in a small, still mountainside town who engage in a deliriously epic snowball war to fight boredom." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 12, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Star Men "Explanations about black holes and spectral light are neat, but these guys really get deep on their relationship to life, death and each other." ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Feb 12, 2016
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 86% 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 11% 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 16% 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 15% 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 89% Arabian Nights: Volume 3, the Enchanted One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 3, O Encantado) (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 97% 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 82% 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 16% 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 53% 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 61% 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 61% 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 74% 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 40% 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
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