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Published:Monday | November 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

It starts out as a routine mission. In 1944, a year before WWII ends, United States military forces are sent to dismantle a German signal jammer located in a church. They are to get in, take out the device, and get out. However, when only a few...

Published:Monday | November 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

A movie's job is to tell a story. Sometimes that story can be about the characters in it or the world it's set in, or it can be a metaphor for something greater. Of course, it doesn't matter what the story is. It only matters how well the story is...

Published:Monday | October 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

At the beginning of A Star Is Born, you're swept up in the life of a rock star. The blinding lights, oppressive speakers, mob-like crowd. Bradley Cooper takes the stage as Jackson Maine, and it's clear that, despite the toll it takes, nothing...

Published:Monday | October 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

When I first heard of Smallfoot the animated picture about a yeti named Migo that has his world turned upside down at the sighting of a human, or as he calls it, a 'smallfoot', I was admittedly intrigued. It seemed the type of premise the very best...

Published:Monday | October 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Eleven years ago, there was a frustratingly terribly movie called Spider-Man 3. Its tyranny showed the world one of the most beloved villains of all time, a hulking, vicious being fuelled purely by hatred, as portrayed by the guy from That '70s Show...

Published:Monday | October 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

If you asked your typical moviegoer how many times they go to the cinema a year, the answer is likely to be counted on one hand.Of that number, you can bet that the usual suspects will be a superhero movie, the Oscar movie everyone else said they...

Published:Monday | September 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

It seems the '80s may never die. Just last week, audiences were treated to a Predator film, and now, we're lucky enough to have a bona fide Die Hard clone. By that, I mean a film that attempts to recapture the lightning in a bottle that was the...

Published:Monday | September 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Movies bring in audiences in different ways. Some have an influential director with a distinct and striking style. Some have a leading role played by a name that inspires absolute credulity. Others have a premise so intriguing, so incredible, and so...

Published:Monday | August 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

As the title suggests, Disney's Christopher Robin is not the familiar story of a boy and his adventures in the 100 acre wood. Instead, the film is all about what happened to that boy when he grew up. The film follows not Christopher Robin the...

Published:Monday | August 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

For the last five years or so, we've been singing the same tired old song - "Superhero movies are dying." Pretty soon, audiences will be exhausted with men in capes and women in tights. While the biggest movies continue to feature those same...

Published:Monday | August 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

After 10 years, the cast and characters of Mamma Mia are back with the lyrical title Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Sophie, played by Amanda Seyfried, has more than settled into her life as the daughter of three fathers, a wife and the child of Donna...

Published:Monday | July 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

In the annals of cinema, there have been a few films that not only define the genre, but aggressively elevate it.Audiences accept a certain standard. A level that films just aren't able to pass. Perhaps it's because of the technology of the time, or...

Published:Monday | July 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

It seems that whenever you go to the movies these days, you're never too far from the latest comic book epic. It's comforting to know that when the cinema gets saturated with superheroism, there are films made by great actors like Denzel Washington...

Published:Monday | July 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Throughout Ant-Man And The Wasp, I couldn't shake the overwhelming feeling of familiarity. Not just because this is the 20th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but because the film felt like something I had seen thousands of times before. It...

Published:Monday | July 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

How many times have you watched a movie, all the way to the end, and it was an ending you could've easily predicted?This isn't all bad though. Just like the rhythm of a song plays on our recognition of patterns, so too does the script of a film....

Published:Monday | July 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

When you think science fiction movies, one of the worst things you can hear is 'low budget'. Historically, that means cheesy costumes and seriously subpar special effects. So much of science fiction is world-building, and that's an expensive...

Published:Monday | June 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

At the beginning of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, there's a sense that this time, things are truly different. The once great and favoured park, is headed towards absolute destruction. No humans are in danger, but dinosaurs are about to become...

Published:Monday | June 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

At long last the Incredibles are back. Fans had to sit by aan outdated sitcom, it's best to note that while the first film had palpable family drama, its sequel is almost entirely a comedy. This is most notably, as it relates to Jack-Jack, the...

Published:Monday | June 11, 2018 | 12:09 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

When you're young, it's hard to feel like you don't have all the answers. All your life you're told the world is your oyster - nothing can stop you from achieving your dreams; if you work hard, you can do anything! Yet the truth is, not everyone is...

Published:Monday | June 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

They say love makes us do crazy things. For fiances Tami Oldman and Richard Sharp, the couple at the heart of the film Adrift, that means embarking on a month-long sail across the ocean after having only known each other for five months. Depending...

Published:Monday | May 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

'Nobody cares'. That's the response of a jaded yet wise Tobias Beckett, played by Woody Harrelson, after Alden Ehrenreich's Han Solo introduces himself. He's barely able to get out his first and last name before his would-be mentor dismisses him...

Published:Monday | May 21, 2018 | 12:55 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

The year is 2016. In a time of civil war and the dawn of justice, superhero movies are less like escapist fantasy and more like grim reflections of our day-to-day lives. Batman became a torturer, Captain America an enemy of the state. Enter the merc...

Published:Monday | May 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

There's a lot you can tell about a movie in the first five minutes. You can get to know it's characters, and the premise. The first five minutes are an extremely useful and telling part of a movie - it's where a film establishes tone, stakes, and...

Published:Monday | April 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Sometimes, real life gets to be more than anyone can bear. Whether it's the ills of the world or your own personal failings, everyone needs a way to escape it all. For many, that's just what the movies are for a chance to be transported to another...

Published:Monday | April 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Of the infinite sources that could inspire filmmakers and captivate audiences, the last thing I ever expected was to see a full-length feature film about the video game Rampage. Sure, movies have been made on a simple premise before, but Rampage was...

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