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Radheyan Simonpillai

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

Dec 15, 2017 9:56 AM Interviews & Features 1 Comments

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

Feb 17, 2016 4:09 PM NOW in the media

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

Jan 22, 2016 2:56 PM NOW in the media

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Regina King shines in Netflix's police procedural, but the series shoehorns Black Lives Matter into conventional entertainment more

Feb 16, 2018 11:05 AM Reviews

Having the first Black superhero movie from a major studio, populated by Black talent in front of and behind the camera, comes with a bitter pill more

Feb 14, 2018 4:58 PM Interviews & Features 2 Comments

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The nearly plotless BDSM romance series goes out with a bang – and the less speaking by Jamie Dornan the better more

Feb 8, 2018 3:15 PM Reviews

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Ramped-up pacing, a new romance and lots of slapstick don’t detract from story’s warmth and charm more

Feb 8, 2018 1:53 AM Reviews

Jack Black is solid as the real-life hustler reaching for the American Dream, but the film dances around the disturbing truth more

Jan 23, 2018 6:00 AM Reviews

Golden-lit Christian romance modelled after a Nicholas Sparks story fails to build any chemistry between its leads more

Jan 18, 2018 12:37 AM Reviews

Emmy Award-winning Master Of None actor/writer discusses Chicago's South Side, "Digital Blackface" and appreciating Greta Gerwig's very white Lady Bird more

Jan 17, 2018 5:51 PM Interviews & Features

Paul Thomas Anderson’s drama set in the world of high fashion is fluid yet impossibly precise more

Jan 3, 2018 8:00 PM Reviews 1 Comments

From a doc about M.I.A. to Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins's follow-up to Moonlight, here are the movies on our radar this year more

Dec 30, 2017 12:00 PM , , , Interviews & Features

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The Will Smith-Joel Edgerton buddy cop thriller about violent race relations is brutally inept more

Dec 29, 2017 6:40 PM Reviews 7 Comments

But wrestler John Cena’s generic lead performance is overwhelmed by supporting cast more

Dec 13, 2017 4:53 PM Reviews

From A Bad Moms Christmas to Underworld: Blood Wars, here are the year's cinematic stinkers more

Dec 13, 2017 11:59 AM , , Interviews & Features 1 Comments

Calling one a comedy and the other a drama shows how tone deaf the industry is about Black lives more

Dec 12, 2017 7:30 AM Interviews & Features 1 Comments

Still, this low-budget schlockfest is an improvement over the original, thanks to an amusing redneck sidekick character more

Nov 29, 2017 11:30 PM Reviews

Joyce Wong’s modest drama is bleak but effectively done more

Nov 29, 2017 4:05 PM Reviews

Film about the backstory of the Dickens classic features some good performances, but the story isn’t very filling more

Nov 23, 2017 11:30 AM Reviews

Animated film about women dealing with violence and abuse under the Taliban has substance, humour and emotional power more

Nov 23, 2017 6:30 AM Reviews

Drama about a socially awkward lawyer who emerges from another era gets sentimental but doesn’t engage us emotionally more

Nov 22, 2017 1:03 PM Reviews

Focusing on TIFF Cinematheque’s new series about Black artists, artistic director Cameron Bailey explains that TIFF’s new mandate is to change what it means to go to the movies more

Nov 15, 2017 5:06 PM Interviews & Features

The timing couldn’t be worse for this tasteless comedy that encourages boys to grope girls more

Nov 9, 2017 7:00 PM Reviews