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Radheyan Simonpillai

Radheyan Simonpillai
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 89% First Man (2018) There's more interesting and dramatic material orbiting Neil Armstrong. But those characters remain on the margins while Chazelle (as he did in Whiplash and La La Land) privileges the story of a single-minded white male reaching for the stars.‐ Fresh and Frowsy
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
2/5 28% Night School (2018) Instead of leaning into the very funny people populating it, the movie gets distracted with a laborious setup... and then a heist... and a prom... all just so it can keep skipping class.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
2/5 50% Disappearance (Verdwijnen) (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 28, 2018
3/5 33% The Predator (2018) The Predator delivers a good time without demanding that we think too hard about anything. But the fallout just goes to show how some of us don't think things through well enough.‐ Fresh and Frowsy
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/5 60% White Boy Rick (2018) Rick's whiteness, and the advantage that gives him, doesn't go unnoticed. The movie shows it without dwelling on it, leaving us to debate the politics of a wild and incriminating situation as it hustles along.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/5 81% Mid90s (2018) Hill shows his caution sometimes comically but also with preciousness in how he handles Na-Kel Smith's Ray.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
2/5 29% The Innocent (Der Unschuldige) (2018) Jaquemet cycles through all this mystery at an insufferably slow pace with a drab aesthetic. Yes, there are some images to ponder over, but they never cohere together in a satisfying way.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
2/5 50% Donnybrook (2018) Sutton's skill is making you care for these characters and keeping you rooting for them to find some redemption. But then he punishes you for such hopes, all to get across a blunt and hollow message.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
3/5 75% The Good Girls (Las niñas bien) (2018) We've seen this story before, but Abella keeps things interesting with her laser-like focus on set details and Salas's layered performance. The film doesn't go easy on Sofia but still gives Salas room to find her vulnerability.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
2/5 81% Quincy (2018) In Rashida Jones's documentary tribute to her own father, Quincy Jones, we see previous tributes to the legendary producer, which is just some next level redundancy.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/4 93% If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) In Beale Street, the issues being discussed through both #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo get tangled, but Jenkins is careful to make sure they don't oppose each other. These conversations can and must co-exist.‐ Fresh and Frowsy
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
2/5 86% Cities of Last Things (2018) There's a primal scene, an Oedipal drama and abandonment issues playing out in a film that throws ideas, genres and gendered violence together, all in poor taste.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
3/5 71% Mademoiselle de Joncquières (2018) As comical and critical as it is decadent, Emmanuel Mouret's film eventually hits a sour note that's unfortunately too predictable for a work made by a man.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/5 70% Assassination Nation (2018) What really gets cumbersome is how precious Levinson is with POC characters.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/5 100% The River (2018) This peculiar and impenetrable look at five boys raised on a secluded farm can be a frustrating endurance test. You'll be rewarded by darkly comic wit and a political allegory that will have you mulling over striking images long after it's over.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/5 83% Angelo (2018) There's a cold soullessness in this opulent and scathing take on Angelo Soliman's history - and purposefully so.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Edge of the Knife (2018) The preservation act challenges the cast to wrap their tongues around words they don't know. But their emotional performances overcome in a film stacked with stunning imagery, where the natural and mythical get tangled. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
2/5 43% Jessica Forever (2018) This film could perhaps be a miniature coming-of-age story, but Jessica Forever tacks on a dull, disposable dystopian plot with a faux femme-power element that feels purely decorative. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
4/5 60% Out of Blue (2018) There's a light, Lynchian touch throughout. The film can be hilarious while dealing with dark emotions, thanks especially to wonderful performances from Clarkson and Jackie Weaver. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
2/5 69% Manto (2018) Das's respectful biopic is elegantly directed and features terrific performances. But it's a slog recounting Manto's ordeals.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
1/5 10% Peppermint (2018) The movie stacks plenty of guns and ammo but comes up short everywhere else. The action is a monotonous escalation that never dances and rarely gets down and dirty.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
2/5 63% Jirga (2018) Busting up prejudices against Afghanistan's people is as high as this well-intentioned but morally simplistic white-guilt trip can aim. ‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/5 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) When the relationship gets going, it's legit down-to-earth and touching.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/5 93% Nico, 1988 (2018) Nicchiarelli and Dyrholm impressively fly in the face of that logic with a film that is eulogistic and hopeful.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
4/5 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlackKklansmen is messy and conflicted in that way, working through its own identity crisis, not necessarily on purpose, but the result is fitting. The film wavers in its attempts to entertain and provoke; to make light or go hard.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) McKinnon's weirdly lovable goofball charms, with Kunis doing fine work as a comic foil, elevate a movie that is otherwise dragged down by an antic, slapped-together Bourne plot.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
2/5 53% Our House (2018) With a brief runtime and a script that doesn't dig deep enough, both the drama and the scares are underserved.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
4/5 93% Angels Wear White (2018) Anchored by two strong performances...Qu rarely veers away from one girl or the other, a smart and sensitive decision to witness and digest the world from that perspective.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3/5 93% Blindspotting (2018) Gentrification, police brutality and the prison industrial complex are just some of the many, many talking points Blindspotting grapples with in ways that are intimate, insightful and wildly entertaining - but also frequently frustrating.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
2/5 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) The action turns out even shoddier in this second outing, particularly during a climactic blowout on an island hit by a hurricane. That may sound exciting on paper, but not when the winds render the dust-up barely visible.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2/5 63% Uncle Drew (2018) The movie has big personalities yet comes up short on laughs. But buried within is a sad sigh over the gentrification of street ball.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
2/5 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Operates less as a sequel and more as an audience-friendly corrective with franchise potential ("Let's remake Sicario - but more fun!").‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
2/5 49% 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 53% 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 89% MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018) The awkwardness of growing up can be doubly so when you're an immigrant, but when those moments are thrown up on the big screen, they transcend into a point of pride.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
1/5 10% 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 44% 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 41% 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 12% 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 64% 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 63% 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