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Radheyan Simonpillai

Radheyan Simonpillai
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 73% 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 77% 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 67% 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 61% 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
4/5 100% 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
4/5 94% Sicario (2015) French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve builds a taut, thrilling mood piece, where Roger Deakins' vivid cinematography holds your eyes hostage and Jóhann Jóhannsson's score pounds like a jackhammer on your pulse.‐ AskMen.com
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2015
3/5 92% The Martian (2015) Watney's fear for his own life takes a backseat to his stand-up, an attitude that is this consistently entertaining movie's biggest asset and also its flaw.‐ AskMen.com
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2015
3/5 74% Black Mass (2015) Scott Cooper's self-serious style has been oppressive in movies like Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace, but this time he actually has real material to take seriously.‐ AskMen.com
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2015
3/5 61% Legend (2015) Hardy's Reggie is smooth, clever, romantic and calculated. His Ron is fearsome, with eyes permanently bulging and a mouth mumbling out threats as if he were trying to speak and keep a squirrel trapped inside at the same time.‐ AskMen.com
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2015
3/5 100% Guilty (Talvar) (2015) Class warfare simmers beneath the surface, informing how society and the media regard suspects on near-opposite ends of the economic spectrum. A more methodical filmmaker might have developed that for more insight.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 18, 2015
2/5 61% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel has mastered looking doe-eyed and browbeaten at the same time. That's pretty much all he brings to the table in The Man Who Knew Infinity.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 18, 2015
3/5 73% Everest (2015) Director Baltasar Kormákur knows his way around the digitally fabricated high-altitude terrain, swooping in on cliffhanger scenarios and bringing us dizzyingly close to the edge, to vertigo, to something worthwhile.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 18, 2015
2/5 54% The Dressmaker (2016) The cast often rises above this tonally bonkers fable, where dark comedy wraps around a melodrama, which all gives way to a noirish revenge story.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 17, 2015
2/5 52% Lolo (2016) The result is sexier than your average Adam Sandler affair, but not a great deal funnier.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 15, 2015
2/5 61% Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) Winning gags -- yakuza vampires and frog monsters included -- start off funny but then bludgeon you with repetition.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 14, 2015
1/5 60% Black (2015) Here's a contender for the most repulsively offensive Romeo And Juliet adaptation ever.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 14, 2015
3/5 62% Truth (2015) As much as Truth aspires to Zodiac's heights, it lacks Fincher's cool and methodical hand, and his sublime artistry.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 12, 2015
3/5 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) The military thriller occasionally grinds to a halt to host a Reddit-like debate on drones. Surprisingly, it still works and manages to present valid, even-keeled positions, too. No trolling necessary.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 12, 2015
5/5 89% Dheepan (2016) Audiard's beautiful and furious story about three Tamil refugees posing as a family to escape Sri Lanka's brutal civil war and build new lives in France understands displacement on a sensory level.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 10, 2015
1/5 No Score Yet Midnight Sun (2014) This Free Willy-style adventure set in the Arctic won't melt your heart, but that's not the climate's fault.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 5, 2015
3/5 89% Meru (2015) Much as we value artistic distance, it's not like Chin could strap Werner Herzog to his back on his ascent to the heavens. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 5, 2015
5/5 96% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) Panahi defies his country's restrictions for the third time by making a film entirely in a taxi. The space may be confined, but Panahi's point is that the real prison exists outside the cab's windows.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Sep 5, 2015
4/5 100% Court (2015) The courtroom drama is more than a simple indictment, exposing the social divides between generations and castes at play in the farce before the judge.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3/5 97% Being Evel (2015) The film suggests a stronger argument: it takes a special type of a**hole to do the things that others wouldn't dare. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/5 87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) Director F. Gary Gray, whose relationship with Ice Cube stretches back to the video for It Was A Good Day, cuts through the violence in N.W.A.'s lyrics to drop the needle on the group's vulnerability, boyish camaraderie and genial humour.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 13, 2015
5/5 72% The Kindergarten Teacher (Haganenet) (2015) Bubbling beneath the troubling educational methods is a complicated conversation about art and the audience.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 12, 2015
3/5 40% She's Funny That Way (2015) You can yearn for more. Just remember that you've probably settled for less. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 12, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Teen Lust (2014) A teenage boy needs to have sex before dawn in order to save the world. That running gag fuels Blaine Thurier's low rent cross between Can't Hardly Wait and Rosemary's Baby, and it gets tiring pretty quickly.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Aug 12, 2015
3.5/4 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) As far as entertainment goes, Rogue Nation is second only to the original Mission: Impossible.‐ AskMen.com
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2015
2/5 17% Pixels (2015) Michelle Monoghan's Violet, a high-ranking military officer who always stays out of the boys' way, plays well within Gamergate rules.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 24, 2015
4/5 81% A Hard Day (2015) Unfortunate events collide, ricochet and twist with hair-raising precision. getting maximum tension and laughs out of every ludicrous scenario. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2/5 29% Only You (2015) The romance is built on deceit, implausible coincidences, a lot of sulking and montages that tell us things are going swell. That leaves no room for the two stars to actually charm each other - or us. ‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2/4 60% Southpaw (2015) In Southpaw, Eminem's encore, relapse and recovery is handled with boxing gloves and cliches.‐ AskMen.com
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2015
2.5/4 81% Ant-Man (2015) Just another run-of-the-mill Marvel origin story that surprises with bursts of flair and humor, as if remnants from Wright and Cornish's script managed to fight their way into the final cut.‐ AskMen.com
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2015
2/5 56% Minions (2015) Seeing the minions end up in your Happy Meal would not have been a stretch in this absurd, tangential movie. (Actually, it would have been more to the point.)‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 10, 2015
1/5 No Score Yet My Ex-Ex (2014) The gags in My Ex-Ex, directed by Nathaniel Warsh, are all about pushing the envelope because, really, this impotent low-rent comedy, which reaches for Apatow but falls well below Sandler, has nothing else to offer.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2/5 83% Testament Of Youth (2015) Early sections waste energy on the protagonist's Austen-lite flirtation with fiancé Roland (Kit Harington), a non-starter despite scenes of awkward chivalry amidst wilting petals and linens fluttering in the breeze.‐ NOW Toronto
Posted Jun 18, 2015