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Published:Monday | July 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Dunkirk is a movie about the 400,000 British and French soldiers trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk, France, beset on all sides by German opposition. Any attempt to escape is not treated kindly. Even standing still can be a precarious option as at...

Published:Monday | July 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Despite being prequels to a well-known movie franchise, the recent Planet of the Apes films have had unprecedented success, both critically and commercially. The third film chronicling the beginning of the saga, War for the Planet of the Apes, takes...

Published:Monday | July 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Picking up right after his debut in Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming opens with Peter in conflict. He's had a taste of an amazing fantasy and, suddenly, regular, old, high-school life just doesn't do it anymore.Seeing Captain...

Published:Monday | July 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

In a world where every weekend movies are released, the Baby Driver is perhaps the most unique film to come out this summer.It's a nice respite for those of us sick of the usual mega-blockbuster that often defies logic and wears the viewer down with...

Published:Monday | June 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

It's been 10 years since the first Transformers film was released in cinemas. Since then, we've watched the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons wage on, getting grander and grander with each film. With Transformers: The Last Knight, I...

Published:Monday | June 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

The famed Cars franchise races back into cinemas. After the spy-themed fever dream that was Cars 2, the series has taken a cue from other trilogies before it and returned to its underdog story roots.The focus switches back to Lightning McQueen this...

Published:Monday | June 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

There are action comedies, there are horror comedies. The Mummy is unique in being a full-on action horror comedy.The fourth film in the franchise disregards the ones that came before it. Fraser is out, Cruise is in, and he's bringing a shroud of...

Published:Monday | May 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth release in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, finally sees the return of Captain Jack Sparrow. This time, Jack has found himself caught up with another adventure involving the literal...

Published:Monday | May 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

When 1979's Alien was first released, the world was introduced to one of the most iconic monsters in cinema history. Now, 38 years later, that same monster is being reintroduced to audiences with Alien: Covenant.Set 10 years after the last...

Published:Monday | May 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword brings the summer movie season to a screeching halt. After the promising start of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, this film serves as a harsh reminder of the worst a blockbuster can be.Director Guy Ritchie of Lock...

Published:Monday | May 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

In many ways, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is much like its predecessor. It follows a band of self-centred ne'er do wells, in the unexpected position of having to care about something other than themselves. Complete with yet another soundtrack...

Published:Monday | May 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Gifted is the story of seven-year-old Mary (played by Mckenna Grace), a child whose idea of a good time is figuring out complex equations that would stump the brightest minds on the planet. Despite Mary's mental prowess, she's about to face one of...

Published:Monday | April 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Perhaps refreshingly, albeit regrettably, Unforgettable, is a reminder that, yes, bad movies do still exist. Although, with one so aggressively bad as this one, it almost seems done out of spite. Unforgettable is the story of Julia, played by...

Published:Monday | April 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Imagine at the end of your life, after working yourself to the bone, the people you dedicated your life to suddenly turn around and put you out to pasture. That's the scenario for the heroes of Going In Style (Joe, played by Michael Caine; Albert,...

Published:Monday | March 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

When the five teenagers we've come to know and love finally don their armour, the evil Rita Repulsa remarks how cute it is that they finally have their super suits and dinosaur robots. She says this with an irony that is present all throughout the...

Published:Monday | March 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Disney's Beauty and the Beast is the latest animated classic to get the live action treatment. While some might see it as a soulless cash-in on nostalgia, others will revel in the chance to see a new spin on a tale as old as time.I'm not offended by...

Published:Monday | March 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

The eighth wonder of the world is back this week. I can't count the number of times King Kong has graced the silver screen, but Kong: Skull Island is his latest, but not greatest.This modern take on the classic film is set in a post-Vietnam war 1973...

Published:Monday | March 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Set in the not-too-distant future of 2029, Logan is an X-Men movie quite unlike any other. Gone are the black jumpsuits and supersonic jets. All that remains is Hugh Jackman, playing Logan for the eighth and final timeLogan must come to terms with...

Published:Monday | February 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Dev Patel returns to the world of Academy Awards.Lion, starring Patel as the main character, Saroo, tells the story of a young Indian child who, through a series of dire and horrific circumstances, gets separated from his family.It's based on a true...

Published:Monday | February 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

It's easy to think that originality in Hollywood is dead. Case in point: The LEGO Batman Movie, a film built on a line of toys based on a comic book character. The cynic in me wants to give up on cinema altogether. Then a movie like 2014's John Wick...

Published:Monday | February 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

After you've been called the Spielberg of a new generation, it's hard not to fall below expectations. Still, M. Night Shyamalan fell pretty far.Split aims to be a return to form for the once celebrated director. A genuinely interesting concept. It's...

Published:Monday | February 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

I wasn't around for the 1960s, but everything I've seen from the time period confirms two things. It was a great time for the USA's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), but a bad time for black people.Worse if you were a black woman...

Published:Tuesday | January 31, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

With 14 Academy Award nominations to its name, it's hard not to walk into La La Land affected by the hype surrounding it. A movie hasn't been nominated this much since Jack and Rose sailed the ocean (to Celine Dion, no less, although this movie has...

Published:Monday | January 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

The title Monster Trucks doesn't inspire confidence. As I sat in an empty cinema, that inspiration dwindled further. Still, Monster Trucks is one of the only big releases these days not based on something else. So there's that.It follows the story...

Published:Tuesday | January 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

The world has no shortage of war films. Additionally, there is no shortage of World War II films.Yet Hacksaw Ridge is just that. A World War II film that, in fact, has a story worth telling. I suppose one more couldn't hurt. The story is of US army...

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