Radheyan Simonpillai


Radheyan's first assignment for NOW was reviewing the Ice Cube heist comedy First Sunday. That was back in January 2008, while he was completing his MA in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto and working as a TA in film history. He’s been covering Cube and much more ever since. Born in Sri Lanka and raised in Scarborough, Rad currently lives in Leslieville with his wife and two adorable kids. He is also the film critic for CTV’s national breakfast show Your Morning, and regularly contributes to CTV News Channel and CBC Radio.

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Samuel Engelking

A stage musical based on the British-Indian filmmaker's hit movie Bend It Like Beckham is making its North American debut in Toronto this winter Read more


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Walt Disney Studios

After a debate about cultural appropriation surrounded Frozen, Disney agreed in writing to respectfully portray Sámi culture in the sequel Read more

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Trey Edward Shults’s film about an African-American family coping with trauma lacks delicacy and awareness Read more


21 Bridges Stephan James

Courtesy VVS Films.

The cat-and-mouse thriller has movie star swagger brought to you by Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman and Scarborough’s own Stephan James Read more


Elizabeth Banks's attempt to resurrect the silly concept in a post-#MeToo era is undone by lack of originality and zero chemistry between the leads Read more

Reviews 2 Comments

Martin Scorsese The Irishman

Niko Tavernise

The beef between director Martin Scorsese and Marvel fans reveals why many of the year's best movies are being made for streaming platforms Read more

Latest News & Features

Barry Honey Sherman

Courtesy of Kevin Donovan / Penguin Random House

Toronto Star reporter Kevin Donovan's book about the murders of Honey and Barry Sherman is full of fascinating detail but short on hard answers Read more

Books 2 Comments

Production Assistant Training Launch

Courtesy City Of Toronto

The city is launching a production assistant training program to remedy the lack of diversity behind the scenes on film and TV productions Read more

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The Nanette comedian will perform her stand-up show Douglas at Roy Thomson Hall in February Read more


Margaret Atwood A Word After A Word After A Word Is Power

Peter Bregg

Directors Nancy Lang and Peter Raymont's film is partly a love story about The Handmaid's Tale author's relationship with her late partner Graeme Gibson Read more

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Astrid Van Wieren anchors this drama about a social worker driven by charity, white-knighting and guilt Read more


The Dolemite Is My Name actor sees a line between Blaxploitation star Rudy Ray Moore, Eddie Murphy and his own sketch comedy with Jordan Peele Read more

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Craig Brewer's biopic about comic and blaxploitation king Rudy Ray Moore is a frictionless account of what African-Americans put up with in the 70s Read more


Louis C.K.: 2017

Cara Howe

At the first of seven sold-out shows at Yuk Yuk's, the mostly white, male audience ate up jokes about sexual misconduct, Asians, gays and Justin Trudeau Read more

Comedy 29 Comments

Esmaa Mohamoud and Bryan Espiritu

Samuel Engelking

High art and pro sports collide in Toronto artists Esmaa Mohamoud and Bryan Espiritu's sculpture marking the NBA champs' 25th anniversary Read more

Art & Design

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Samuel Engelking

The Toronto filmmaker's earth replica at the Ontario Science Centre displays the impact of human activity on a massive scale Read more

Art & Design

Multimedia show mixing live voice performances with puppets and digital animation grows on you Read more


East-meets-West animated film lands somewhere between How To Train Your Dragon and Pokémon Read more



Courtesy of TIFF

The cast, especially Sterling K. Brown and Taylor Russell, nearly rescue this Oscar-hyped movie from itself Read more

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Hustlers, TIFF 2019

Courtesy of Elevation Films

Lorene Scafaria’s real-life crime caper about exotic dancers who fleece Wall Street types is fun but shallow Read more


From indie upstarts and fierce activists to a literary legend, here are some Torontonians who made our film and TV scene exciting Read more

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NOW film critic, Rad Simonpillai, joins q's Pop Culture Panel to discuss Deadpool's success! Read more

NOW in the media

One of our film critics, Rad Simonpillai, reviews The 5th Wave, Dirty Grandpa, and 45 Years on CBC News! Read more

NOW in the media

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    Radheyan Simonpillai

    RPSM students Thomass Muir (left) and Mwinyi.