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Radheyan Simonpillai

Radheyan Simonpillai
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 11% 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 94% 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 75% 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 9% 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 51% 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 61% 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 16% 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
48% 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 76% 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
3/5 86% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) A superhero dressed only in briefs and a cape slingshots underwear at a mad scientist named Professor Poopypants. Just those names had my son rolling in his seat. And despite the lowbrow gags, or perhaps because of them, I cracked a few grins, too. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
3/5 53% City of Tiny Lights (2016) Ahmed gives a stellar, attentive performance, his eyes darting about to catch the details in every scene. It's easy to miss the meticulousness of his work in a film with excessive stylistic tics.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
1/5 20% Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) The entire appeal of a Wimpy Kid movie is in seeing that kid play off against those who aren't so wimpy.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
1/5 71% Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 (2017) Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 is exactly what's wrong with the Canadian film industry.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2/5 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Hustling hard with words and fists, Hunnam exudes the same charisma that made Jason Statham a star. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
2/5 85% Disneynature Born In China (2017) Born In China never breathes a word about that country's environmental problems. Global warming is one of the reasons the snow leopards featured in the film are endangered. But never mind that; just look at how cool they are.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/5 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) A midsection sequence where Cipher taps into computers in vehicles and creates an army of CGI zombie cars might be the death of the franchise. When the cars are zombies, what part of The Fate Of The Furious truly feels alive?‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
2/5 46% Going in Style (2017) Having veteran Oscar winners Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin share a screen is a pleasure in and of itself, never mind what the movie is. In the case of Going in Style, the movie ain't much.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3/5 37% Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) It's still fun, peppy and fluorescent enough for its target under-7 audience. And this one comes with a heavy dose of girl power.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
3/5 51% The Boss Baby (2017) The Boss Baby is far from brilliant, but it's zippy, cute and tolerable fun, with some notable bits where imagination really does take flight.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
2/5 44% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Nobody involved cared to change a property that left infinite room for improvement, perhaps because that would merely have subjected it to comparisons to everything from Transformers to Godzilla.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
3/5 97% Burden (2017) The filmmakers keep things simple and straightforward, focusing on Burden's work and leaving it to you to see his relevance and influence today, from Jackass stunts to the nauseating "social experiments" by YouTubers like Coby Persin.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
1/5 21% The Shack (2017) For churchgoers it's a nice change of scenery, a visual aid beyond stained glass to reaffirm faith. For the rest of us, it's a trap. We're reminded how cruel the world can be, and if we don't believe in Spencer's pies, we stay miserable.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
2/5 35% 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 10% 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 30% 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 44% 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 32% 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 13% 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 40% 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 87% 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 94% 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 49% 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 64% 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 84% 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 83% 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 95% I Called Him Morgan (2017) 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