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Published:Monday | January 9, 2017 | 12:38 AMDamian Levy

After weeks of the holiday season, going from house to house and being surrounded by loved ones, Fences, comes along with a reminder of the dark side of family. Based on the 1983 play of the same name, Fences, takes place in 1950s Pittsburgh and...

Published:Monday | December 26, 2016 | 12:02 AMDamian Levy

I almost said 'Sing' is a 'talking animals' movie, but of course, it's a 'singing animals' movie.It tells the story of the Koala Bear - Buster Moon - a theatre owner who loves his job, but isn't very good at it. After his beloved theatre is under...

Published:Monday | December 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Set very nearly before A New Hope, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story tells the tale of a group of rebel underdogs as they attempt to gain the plans to the Death Star that were such a crucial plot point nearly 40 years ago. To that end, much of Rogue One...

Published:Monday | December 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

For many people, the annual office Christmas party is a droll experience. No one really wants to be there, and it somehow turns the joyous event of Christmas, into a sad lonely affair. Office Christmas Party is for those people. It's an escapist...

Published:Monday | December 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

As a fairly young, but avid, viewer of motion pictures, many of the movies that are based on true stories are about stories I either don't remember or wasn't alive to see. However, in the ever-flowing stream of time, events continue to occur and...

Published:Monday | November 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Despite being declared the 'most wonderful time of the year', Christmas has its fair share of critics. Truly, some people don't enjoy agonising over the perfect gift and then spending money on it, for people that they don't really...

Published:Monday | November 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Arrival is what I imagine a remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still by Christopher Nolan would be like. Much like that movie, Arrival is a film that shows us a more grounded look at the familiar story of alien invasion.The story takes place in...

Published:Monday | November 14, 2016 | 12:35 AMDamian Levy

Despite such a diverse array of genres, perhaps the biggest criticism of Marvel films is that they feel quite similar. Seen one, seen them all, with the origin story formula displayed in Iron Man, applied ad nauseam to films like Ant-Man and...

Published:Monday | November 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

The Girl On The Train is a movie based on a book that's about not judging a book by it's cover.It tells the stories of three women, each at different stages of their lives. Rachael, the girl on the train, pines for the life of the youngest woman,...

Published:Monday | October 31, 2016 | 12:12 AMDamian Levy

Maybe once it was a good idea. Dress up like the matriarch of a black household, hire hard working black actors and actresses, and write stories that appeal to a group of people who've historically been under and misrepresented. On paper...

Published:Monday | October 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Zach Galifianakis can't seem to catch a break these days. I haven't seen Masterminds myself, but from what I'm hearing, it's not much better than the movie this review is focused on, Keeping Up with the Joneses. Both feature Zach playing everyday...

Published:Monday | October 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

With a name like The Accountant, it's hard to imagine anything but hyper-aggressive keyboard-clacking, horn-rimmed glasses, and a job that few like. While Ben Affleck's character in this film is an actual accountant, his job description entails more...

Published:Monday | October 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Ripped from the headlines of the bygone days of 2010, Deepwater Horizon reimagines the tragic events of April 20 in which the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, causing the deaths of 11 crewmen and the worst oil spill in US history. The film...

Published:Monday | October 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

At the beginning of Queen of Katwe, my worst fears about the film seemed to have become a reality. This story of a Ugandan girl turned international chess champion had been translated into a watered-down feel-good Disney movie; one with no real...

Published:Monday | September 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

The Magnificent Seven is the perfect summer blockbuster released in the fall.Based on the 1960 original, which, in turn, was based on the 1954 Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven tells the tale of a town brought to its knees by a greedy mining...

Published:Monday | September 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

John and Laura Taylor, played by Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall, have reached a point where most people would be satisfied. They have a big house, nice car, and a great relationship.Unfortunately, Laura can't get pregnant, so the one thing they...

Published:Monday | September 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

 Based on the true story of one-time lightweight champion of the world Roberto Duran, Hands of Stone is a very busy movie. It chronicles the rise of Roberto Duran from the streets of Panama......

Published:Monday | September 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

War Dogs is the everyday tale of a young man trying to find his way in the world and then slowly. but surely, making a name for himself gunrunning and war-profiteering.Okay, it's not an everyday tale, but it is the story of War Dogs. Down on his...

Published:Monday | August 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Sausage Party is not a light movie. Instead of toys or fish, this movie asks the question: What if the items in a supermarket were thinking, feeling beings with their own aspirations and desires? The answer, of course, is that they would realise...

Published:Monday | August 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Pete's Dragon is a pretty well done family film. It's based on the 1977 original, but seemingly in name only. Yes, there's a boy named Pete and a dragon, but other than that, the narrative is different.The best remake is one that takes the idea of...

Published:Monday | August 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Bad Moms is every mother's hidden fantasy brought to life.The movie follows the life of one Amy Mitchell, a mother of two who looks at her life of one crisis after the other and says "perhaps not". Tired is she of pointless PTA meetings and kids she...

Published:Monday | August 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Suicide Squad is a movie that tries to shift the focus away from heroes and on to the villains. In a world where supermen are showing up and cities are being destroyed, America needs a way to fight back. Enter the suicide squad, or 'Task Force X'. A...

Published:Monday | August 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Jason Bourne. A man trained to be the ultimate super spy by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). After having exposed the agency's secrets to the world he goes into hiding, getting by through underground street fights against guys he can knock out...

Published:Monday | July 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Based on the 1984 original of the same name, Ghost-busters is a remake through and through. After the city of New York experiences a rise in paranormal activity, a number of keen-eyed scientists obsessed with the other side decide to band together...

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