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Radheyan Simonpillai

Radheyan Simonpillai
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 54% Superfly (2018) The new SuperFly makes obvious drive-by observations about racism today, somewhere between its Scarface drama and Fast And Furious resolutions.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
2/5 54% Book Club (2018) The cast is picking up scraps from a screenplay that feels tossed off and left half-finished. They are jumping at an opportunity to play characters who proudly resist being put out to pasture.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Witkin & witkin (2017) Their individual processes and influences is great fodder for art enthusiasts, but the brothers' peculiar and purposeful life-long estrangement is what gives the doc a through line.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
4/5 88% Netizens (2018) Insightful and quietly furious.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
4/5 88% MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018) Contextualizes M.I.A.'s combustible mix of music and activism, where the search for identity continues between popstar and provocateur.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
1/5 12% Kings (2018) Frustrating and tone-deaf, the movie remembers the L.A. riots as an absurd comedy.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
2/5 32% Super Troopers 2 (2018) It's so firmly entrenched in that period and its gags that it opens with an asinine bit featuring American Pie's Seann William Scott and Damon Wayans Jr.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
3/5 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Steven S. DeKnight keeps things shuffling along but his big, busy and clunky movie would be nothing if it weren't for star John Boyega cracking wise in his own British slang.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3/5 39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Meg's clear emotional bass line is something an audience can hang and hold onto.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
3/5 83% Game Night (2018) There's a slapstick sequence made to look like a single take, where bravura filmmaking services hilarity and excitement‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) A beautiful, hallucinatory sequence, as Killmonger reaches peak villain and assumes his powers, is the most dramatically fraught and heart-wrenching moment in any Marvel movie. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
2/5 13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) More sex means less chatter. That's a good thing, because Dornan is much more eloquent when wrapping his tongue around nipples and ice cream than the hot garbage in the script.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
4/5 62% Peter Rabbit (2018) Balances the ramped-up pacing, postmodern winks and slapstick comedy you'd expect in current kids movies with the charm, affection and warmth that made Potter's books so cozy.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
2/5 59% The Polka King (2017) With a clipped and modestly entertaining 90-minute run time, The Polka King that relishes in Lewan's theatrics but rarely pauses to interrogate what's behind his facade. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
5/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) I realize I'm in a minority who feels that Anderson's work up to and including There Will Be Blood was just a warm-up to the beguiling craftsmanship and thorny emotions in his best films: The Master, Inherent Vice and now Phantom Thread.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
1/5 26% Bright (2017) Perhaps expecting Bright to ask pertinent questions or think beyond its "Orc is the New Black" conceit was too much. As such, the limited world-building is just window-dressing for a basic survive-the-night thriller that putters along on toxic fumes‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
2/5 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) The movie is about launching a product aimed for the holidays while simultaneously being that very thing.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Green White Green (2016) You'll see flashes of Spike Lee and Kevin Smith, but also a fresh new voice demanding to be heard.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
1/5 19% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Mel Gibson's Kurt tries to tell kids a joke about "two dead hookers" (i.e. violence against women) and mentors his grandson on how to grope.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
5/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) The Florida Project is perceptive to the charm and strength of character you can find in humble places. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Unarmed Verses (2017) The film lingers with thoughtful, engaging children.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
84% Loving Vincent (2017) Loving Vincent is a visual marvel, but this animated homage to Van Gogh doesn't have much narrative pull.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
3/5 88% First They Killed My Father (2017) Jolie, outdoing her previous directorial efforts, captures Cambodia's wartime horror in beautiful, haunting visuals.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 94% The Breadwinner (2017) There's room for humour, too, especially within the magical stories Parvana narrates, a complementary storyline rendered with breathtaking imagery and packing an emotional gut punch.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet The Carter Effect (2017) To fill out its run time and over-emphasize its point that [Vince] Carter put Toronto on the map not just in basketball but hip-hop culture, the film starts fumbling with facts. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2/5 55% The Upside (2018) Kevin Hart deserves better. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
2/5 34% Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2018) It's a heist movie yearning to pass the Bechdel test. But for all its fine intentions, the film gets lost and tonally confused as it veers from romance to gritty crime thriller to a soapy melodrama that even a fine cast couldn't possibly sell.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
2/5 51% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Writer/director Gilroy makes considered points about recent Black activism, its different variations and the contradictions between them but he throws it all into a confused mix that is so frustrating to follow and never emotionally engaging.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Disappearance (2017) Director Koole shows off pristine imagery and lush sound design, but he doesn't have much to hang it on.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3/5 83% Cocaine Prison (2017) The footage the two men take resembles a scrappy journal, like diaries scribbled down on toilet paper. Raw, intimate and sad.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
2/5 80% Valley of Shadows (2017) It would make an admirable short film, but at feature length the terror becomes tedium.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3/5 33% Home Again (2017) It's a flighty screwball scenario told with thrift-shop economy. But Meyers-Shyer develops it with real consideration for the emotional complications Alice would face.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
4/5 74% Never Steady, Never Still (2018) Each character, and their every exchange, feels lived-in, rich and poetic.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Ravens (2017) The material is bleak, but [Jens] Assur surprises with the warmth shared between these characters.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/5 85% It (2017) In Stranger Things' wake, It feels like the driftwood shoring up on the Stephen King nostalgia.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
4/5 82% Patti Cake$ (2017) Macdonald is a phenomenal presence. Her Patti, a turbulent swirl of vulnerability and resilience, anchors the film when it threatens to get too flighty.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
4/5 88% This Time Tomorrow (Mañana a esta hora) (2016) We're watching an everyday middle-class family's dynamic at play in precise details: in inaction, tone of voice and lazy glances; in presence and absence; and unspoken hostilities and warmth.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
2/5 13% The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017) Kids won't be so allergic to it. Nutty By Nature moves along competently and colourfully, hashing together known quantities that have proven amusing in less forgettable movies.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
4/5 96% Step (2017) There are quite a few moments in Step that will reduce you to mush, and not because Lipitz exploits those things that make life difficult for young Black women growing up in Baltimore, just blocks away from where Freddie Gray was killed.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
2/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) The movie may be a house on fire, but Idris Elba is a picture of calm gravitas, chomping on a cigar while it all burns down.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
2/5 8% The Emoji Movie (2017) Certainly the idea of an Emoji Movie is worse than what is actually onscreen. And I was actually a little amused when the "smiley" or other "meh" emoji struggled to express themselves.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
3/5 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) Finds pleasures in the way Theron can own her feminism and also more conventional ideas of femininity at the same time. She's both sexy and lethal in couture, and in one sequence uses everything in a kitchen to mop the floor with a room full of men.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
1/5 8% The Black Prince (2017) Remember Mufasa instructing Simba to claim his place on Pride Rock? Imagine Simba's response was, "That's well and all, but I'm just going to keep with the Hakuna Matata for a few decades first." That's what Maharaja Duleep Singh's story feels like.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
2/5 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Dialogue has never been Besson's strong suit, and so Valerian is at its best when it's wordless. The Fifth Element director's calling is finding the fun between the operatic and the trashy, with visuals that are both busy and elegant.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
2/5 59% Despicable Me 3 (2017) My son walked out of Despicable Me 3 declaring that he just had "the best day ever." That doesn't speak to quality but instead to how appealing the movie's elements are for audiences under the age of 10.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3/5 100% Nowhere To Hide (2017) An immersive look at life in Iraq after the U.S. pulled out, Zaradasht Ahmed's Nowhere To Hide doesn't debate politics or explain the country's state of affairs. The film is far too deep in the rubble and daily grind.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
4/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) The Big Sick stands out among the usual rom-com fare, and not just because of the cultural flavours of its lead‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
2/5 17% All Eyez on Me (2017) Shipp Jr. does a good-enough impersonation in the Karl Kani gear and all, but he doesn't bring that fire to the screen that made Tupac such an engaging personality. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
44% Rough Night (2017) It delivers a pretty good time, not for the tiresome broad comedy stipulated by the genre, but because funny people like Jillian Bell and especially Kate McKinnon know how to wield their physicality and make the most with off-hand comments.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2/5 74% Ballerina (2016) The ballet sequences remain curiously earthbound in an animated film untethered from physical reality that can't compete with the dazzling, gravity-defying dance-offs of live-action fare like the Step Up movies.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017