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Radheyan Simonpillai

Radheyan Simonpillai
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 91% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
2/5 43% 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 (2015) 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 (2014) 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 93% 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 15% 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 70% 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 (2015) 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 87% 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 14% 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 81% 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
Read More | 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 56% 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 93% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
2.5/4 59% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
2/4 60% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2015
3/5 75% 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 (2014) 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 89% 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
3/5 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) There's room for Charlie Brown in the imaginations of a new generation completely unfamiliar with his embarrassing dilemmas and resilient efforts to dust himself off, haters like Lucy be damned. Charlie Brown is the Dirt Off Your Shoulder OG.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/4 64% Spectre (2015) Ace visuals and simmering performances from Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux, as a reluctant Bond girl, divert attention from the cockamamie plot and backstory cooked up for Christoph Waltz's shadowy and excruciatingly foreshadowed villain.‐ AskMen.com
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/5 74% The Keeping Room (2015) When Brit Marling's Augusta wields her rifle in scenes that are both shocking and completely unconvincing, it feels superficially provocative but not the least bit empowering.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 28, 2015
2/5 18% Jem and the Holograms (2015) Intercutting the story's action with eclectic performance clips from YouTube delivers the film's most intriguing point. You're going to find much more raw talent online than anywhere else in this movie.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 22, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet A Trip To The Island (2014) Aside from a playful structure and some game performances, it doesn't yield fruit.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 15, 2015
3/5 76% Goosebumps (2015) Feels like a visit to those kid-friendly haunted houses where brightly coloured ghouls jump out to say "Boo!" - the effect more amusing than scary. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 14, 2015
4/4 100% Junun (2015) Junun becomes an unassuming but resounding portrait of what India is today, a country rapidly evolving to join global influences while so much of it seems stalled in time.‐ AskMen.com
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2015
2/5 55% Hyena Road (2016) The film acknowledges political and moral quandaries in Canada's peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan but then applies the most disingenuous tropes from old-school combat films and westerns to gloss over the grey areas.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 7, 2015
2/5 27% Pan (2015) Hook's got both hands intact and no ticking clock to fear. Once a resonant metaphor for adulthood - and the passage of time as approaching death - here Hook is just a meaningless stock supporting player trying to stand out amidst the clutter.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 7, 2015
4/5 85% Xenia (2015) The plot frequently strays, but Nikouli and Gelia keep us focused on the growing, endearing fraternal bond between their characters.‐ NOW Toronto
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
2/5 71% Ville-Marie (2015) A fine cast that includes Monica Bellucci and Pascale Bussières make the most of their joyless characters, who are minimally defined by whatever tragedy has them moping around Montreal.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Oct 2, 2015
3/5 90% Coming Home (2015) Bangs on those piano chords too hard, as if trying to drown out Gong and Chen's quietly wrenching performances.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 30, 2015
3/5 60% The Intern (2015) The movie wants to believe that you can manage the perfect career and family life - that humanity doesn't need to be sacrificed for capitalism - and because we like these characters so much, we do, too.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 25, 2015
3/5 55% Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) Intimate observations on the modern family are not what you expect from an animated sequel meant to keep Sandler's career undead.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 25, 2015
2/5 73% Unbranded (2015) America has a wild horse problem, with over 50,000 mustangs waiting for adoption in holding pens. That's the central issue of this documentary, though it mostly takes a back seat to what might be classed as redneck porn.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 24, 2015
4/5 92% Wildlike (2015) Purnell and Greenwood make the most of silence, discovering that much can be communicated through darting glances, weary movement and the slow buildup to a hopeful smile. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 24, 2015
4/5 96% Spotlight (2015) Spotlight keeps its composure, follows every lead and delivers an important and compelling story. It may no longer land on your porch with a thud but it still hits you in the gut.‐ AskMen.com
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2015
4/5 94% Room (2015) A devastating, must-see movie. Finds hope and tenderness in an inhuman situation.‐ AskMen.com
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2015