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Radheyan Simonpillai

Radheyan Simonpillai
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 18% 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 95% 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
82% 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 92% 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 40% The Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2017) 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 50% 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 No Score Yet 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 31% 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 86% Never Steady, Never Still (2017) 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 9% 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 95% 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 9% 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 76% 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 60% 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 18% 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
45% 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 73% 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 56% 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 29% 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 83% 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 67% 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 48% 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 20% 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 33% 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