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Published:Monday | January 20, 2020 | 12:10 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Considering how many parodies there have been made for movies like Like A Boss, it’s a wonder that they still exist. Then again, it shouldn’t be that surprising. Comedies cost next to nothing to make, and they’re flocked to by the very people they’...

Published:Monday | January 13, 2020 | 12:35 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

When Martin Scorcese compared superhero movies to theme park rides, he did so attracting the ire of fans the world over. Though his comments weren’t unfounded, I couldn’t help but find them reductive. A theme park ride has little story, character...

Published:Monday | January 6, 2020 | 12:18 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

I can’t help but feel a disconnect from period pieces. Everything about them is as foreign to me as the lands of Mordor. The way they speak, the way they move, even the way they dress bountifully in ruffled garments. All of this amounts to a film...

Published:Monday | December 30, 2019 | 12:28 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Jumanji: The Next Level is technically the third Jumanji film, but it has all the makings of a second film in a franchise. That makes sense, considering the last Jumanji movie felt more like a reboot than a follow-up to the Robin Williams original...

Published:Monday | December 23, 2019 | 12:25 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

There’s a moment in the middle of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker when Rey is approached by a new droid. It takes a step back as she reaches her hand out, bringing her to the conclusion that it had been harmed before. “It’s all right,” she says. “...

Published:Monday | December 9, 2019 | 12:12 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Making a whodunnit for modern audiences is tricky. It’s next to impossible to trick the audience. Even in the event that the diabolical plot is intricate enough to fool, it likely will be accused of trying too hard. On some level, it has to be...

Published:Monday | December 2, 2019 | 12:17 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

It seems odd to think that Frozen came out over half a decade ago. For some reason, it seems like it was just yesterday that the world was introduced to Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Christof, and, of course, Sven, the talking reindeer. Perhaps it’s because...

Published:Monday | November 25, 2019 | 12:15 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Reaching the end of a decade is always considered a time of reflection. We take stock of everything that happened and how those things defined the decade. They are judged by not only their quality but also their percussive impact. Without a doubt,...

Published:Monday | November 18, 2019 | 12:09 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Making a movie about Harriet Tubman is a near-impossible task. A quick perusal of her Wikipedia page tells you she was a woman whose only ­obstacle to continuing her heroism was death itself. Not to mention the severe consequences if you get her...

Published:Tuesday | October 29, 2019 | 12:22 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Will Smith is one of the most versatile actors of his and his son’s generations. He’s been a comedian, a ladies’ man, an action hero, an inspiration to humankind, and Hitch. For a leading man like that, the only suitable opposite is, of course,...

Published:Monday | October 14, 2019 | 12:23 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

We live in a world where everything that’s old becomes new again, but I’m honestly surprised there’s a new Addams Family movie. Beloved franchise aside, surely there comes a point when the creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky family stops being...

Published:Monday | October 7, 2019 | 12:18 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

There have been many comic-book villains to grace the silver screen, each of them ranging somewhere between instantly forgettable and memorably iconic. Those who fall towards the latter usually get more than one incarnation. The pinnacle of these...

Published:Monday | September 30, 2019 | 12:14 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Imagine a movie about an outcast main character, typically a young child or an adolescent, who has a particular vocation that he’s especially skilled at, but may or may not be the root of his ostracism. After the main character goes to his secluded...

Published:Monday | September 23, 2019 | 12:21 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Deep in the perilous empty of outer space, the once-thought-dead Dr Clifford McBride may actually be alive, hiding out near the edge of the solar system. This potential revelation comes with a threat to all human existence known as ‘the surge,’ a...

Published:Monday | September 16, 2019 | 12:08 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

The year is 2007. The room is pitch black, with only flashes of neon to light the way. Booming speakers deafen any hope of meaningful conversation. Our main character, Dorothy/Destiny, played by Constance Wu, is increasingly disillusioned by her...

Published:Monday | September 9, 2019 | 12:25 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

There’s a point about one-third way into the film that’s crucial to the entire movie. The members of the Losers club sit down, having not seen each other in over two decades. Each of them older, thought to be wiser, and yet unable to recall much of...

Published:Monday | September 2, 2019 | 12:09 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

These days, there are few directors who evoke a huge reaction like Quentin Tarantino. Say what you will about his films, you’ll always have something to say. His movies are so distinctly stylised, with each one feeling unabashedly his own, all the...

Published:Monday | August 26, 2019 | 12:16 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

To be perfectly honest, the life of a film critic is not as glamorous as it seems. Some weeks, you’re writing about the amazing experience of watching a movie that comes along once in a lifetime. Others, you have to be a grown adult walking into...

Published:Monday | August 19, 2019 | 12:09 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

If there is anything that’s a complete plunge into fantasy for me, it is a survival horror film set in, or above, a large body of water. I say that, not because I have any frivolous aspirations to explore the ocean depths, but rather, because I...

Published:Monday | August 12, 2019 | 12:19 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Since the days of Alfred Hitchcock, film-makers have made great use of communal travel for the purpose of intriguing narrative. Taking two or more people from different walks of life and sticking them in a confined space is a tried-and-true formula...

Published:Monday | July 29, 2019 | 12:09 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

In the past year alone, there have been two live-action Disney remakes, both of which took different approaches to the idea of remaking a beloved animated classic. The first, Dumbo, took elements of the original story and reconfigured them to suit...

Published:Monday | July 22, 2019 | 12:30 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Last year, I gave Bohemian Rhapsody a hearty amount of praise. In fact, to summarise my thoughts, I said that despite its repetitive nature and overall narrative flaws, the film was saved by its electrifying music sequences and its near-perfect...

Published:Monday | July 8, 2019 | 12:11 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

For many reviewers, talking about independent films is a bit of a struggle. Oftentimes, they aren’t as polished as your typical cinema fare. That’s the result of either a next-to-nothing budget, or the startling inexperience of the film-makers. Yet...

Published:Monday | July 1, 2019 | 12:32 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

There was a time when Pixar was synonymous with perfection. Their films were the envy of not just animation studios, but live action too. Despite that pedigree, it seemed there was one feat too great for the mighty Pixar. Sequels. They were able to...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:24 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

If there’s one thing Hollywood does well, it’s milking a franchise for all of its worth, before eventually moving on to the next big thing, as soon as the audience is ready to put it out to pasture. At least, that’s how it used to be. Nowadays, a...

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