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Stories by Damian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Published:Monday | May 27, 2019 | 12:27 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Once again, Disney has seen fit to release another live action remake of one of its classic animated films. This time, it’s the story of Aladdin, the love story of a street rat, a princess, and a big blue genie to help them along the way. While the...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:17 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

As the decade comes to a close, a lot of film fans will debate ad nauseum about the movies that truly defined the decade. Whatever performance indicators you measure that definition by, it can’t be denied that the character of John Wick is the most...

Published:Monday | May 13, 2019 | 12:31 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

No one liked being a kid when they were one. Everyone couldn’t wait until they were big. Being big means staying up late, and eating what you want, and for Marsai Martin’s Jordan Sanders, it means a life without bullying. Fast-forward years later,...

Published:Monday | April 29, 2019 | 12:23 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

There are many films that try to be epic. Some do it through mind-blowing special effects, and others do it through chilling drama, designed to leave you in awe and possibly without words for what you’ve seen. There are a few films that have...

Published:Monday | March 25, 2019 | 12:09 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Horror has had its fair share of creatures – creatures from black lagoons, wolfmen, and men in masks. Each one is iconic in its own right, but the best ones give us some insight into how we view the world and, in some cases, ourselves. The latter...

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

For a moment, the wool was pulled over my eyes. The characters on screen reveal their connection to one another in subtle ways, and wonderfully sow the seeds for what will be future familial conflict. It seems Tyler Perry has rediscovered the...

Published:Monday | March 11, 2019 | 12:46 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Blasting her way into cinemas on International Women’s Day no less, Captain Marvel is the first female led superhero film to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It may have taken 11 years to get here, but the intergalactic hero has been...

Published:Monday | March 4, 2019 | 12:12 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Throughout the history of cinema, there have been several monumental friendships: Sam and Frodo, Thelma and Louise, Bill and Ted. Now, the world has to say goodbye to one more, as H ow To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World concludes the age-old...

Published:Monday | February 18, 2019 | 2:02 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

From the visionary minds of James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez comes a film that is very much of two minds. It’s the story of a young cyborg girl trying to find her place in the world, and the tale of her coming of age. It is also the story...

Published:Monday | February 4, 2019 | 12:16 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

In 1989, a movie was released entitled Driving Miss Daisy. It starred Morgan Freeman as the driver of an elderly Jewish widow (played by Jessica Tandy) whose finest personality trait was that she was never afraid to speak her mind, no matter how...

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

If you were a certain age, ­specifically eight, growing up at a certain time, specifically the late ’90s to the early 2000s, there was one show you were unable to escape: Dragon Ball Z. The show chronicled the adventures of Goku, a...

Published:Monday | January 14, 2019 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

One of my favourite films of all time, is Scent of a Woman, about retired Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade, whose blindness leaves him dissatisfied with his life. With the help of a young aide, he embarks on a tour of life's pleasures before deciding...

Published:Monday | January 7, 2019 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

There are certain films that are beloved the world over. The kind of movies that should you sully them with any sort of negative or less than enthusiastic (or supercali-fragilisticexpialidociou) feeling, you will be met with public outcry. One of...

Published:Monday | December 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

I've never been more exhausted by a film in my life. To say that Aquaman was a labour of love would be incredulous. Laborious as it may be, there is little love for Aquaman, although it is not a film that is without its charms. In fact, Aquaman, for...

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

Before Sam Witwicky's first car turned out to be a shape-shifting robot, it had its own story to be told. That story takes place in the 1980s, and is called Bumblebee. It details just how the Autobot soldier came to be a Camaro with faded paint -...

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

In 2018, The Incredibles, made a comeback, and Mary Poppins is set to make a return this Christmas. These long-awaited sequels have been a mixed bag of varying quality. On one hand, you have your Blade Runner 2049, and Halloween that feel purposeful...

Published:Monday | December 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

It is the holiday season and, many people are finding themselves frustrated. As we surround ourselves with our loved ones, we also come into close contact with those in our families we don't necessarily love but, instead, tolerate. That's...

Published:Monday | November 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

We've all seen our fair share of crime films. They're violent, full of flawed characters, and infinitely captivating. They can also be painfully repetitive. A crime film can be great, but it still falls under the same trappings as all the rest. It...

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

The wizarding world of Harry Potter is alive and well in 2018. Well, sort of. The newest film in the series, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, picks up where the previous film left off, showing us how wizards got on in the roaring '20s....

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...

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