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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...

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

It's hard not to get giddy at a sequel. The promise of new material in a world you came to know and love is an exciting prospect. It can also be worrying. Yes, the world of Pacific Rim, one where humanity's last line of defence against an invasion...

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

Movies often don't come directly from the writers' room. More often than not, films are based on novels, comic books, or even other movies. It's a formula that has worked and continues to - except for video games.If a movie is based on video game,...

Published:Monday | March 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Every now and again, there comes a movie that is so shoddily made it begs the question why anyone would commit 300 to 400 words to it, but here we are. Death Wish is that movie, a film which was not content with being a mere blip in the release...

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

It only took four years, but the saga of Anna and Christian is finally at an end. What started as a tawdry and seductive affair, now finds itself caught up in the most daring adventure of all - lifelong partnership, far more frightening than...

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

To many of us, the life of a spy has always seemed glamorous. That is not entirely so for ballerina Dominika Egorova, played by Jennifer Lawrence. When an unfortunate accident leaves her unable to take the stage, she's left with little options to...

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

If I told you about the best film of last year, what would I say? Certainly not that it's The Shape of Water. No, instead, what I will say is that The Shape of Water is a movie that is unlike any other, which is par for the course with director...

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

For the last half of this decade, I have been blessed with the avoidance of a particular film series called The Maze Runner. When The Maze Runner came out, I ran the other way. When The Scorch Trials blazed into cinemas, the flames did not reach me...

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