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Stories by Damian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | December 2, 2022 | 12:10 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

The year is 1950. Jesse Brown is only 24 years old, and he’s the first black aviator in the United States Navy. As impressive as that is, it’s only the beginning of his tremendous story. Thankfully, in 2022, that story gets to be told, with one of...

Published:Friday | November 25, 2022 | 12:07 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Unsurprisingly, movies tend to romanticise movie-making. The magic of make-believe is oftentimes lamented on with a rose-tinted lens. The opening of She Said features a young woman working on a movie set. By her bright eyes, it’s clear she’s...

Published:Friday | November 18, 2022 | 12:06 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

How do you follow up on a cultural phenomenon? The task that lie ahead for director Ryan Coogler seemed insurmountable. Making a movie of any kind is a miracle, but the sequel to a film that spoke to an under-represented voice, a voice that...

Published:Friday | November 11, 2022 | 12:06 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Divorcees Georgia and David would do just about anything never to see each other again. At their daughter’s graduation, their only request is to be seated as far as possible from one another. The movie opens immediately, addressing their contempt...

Published:Friday | November 4, 2022 | 12:13 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

The story of Emmett Till is long overdue a cinematic treatment. The shocking and gruesome details should have been depicted on the world’s biggest screens, if only to further the mission of Mamie Till-Mobely and to bring to light the horrifying...

Published:Friday | October 28, 2022 | 12:06 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Black Adam has been a long time coming. In the 15 years since Dwayne Johnson’s casting, superhero films have become the most successful in the world, and Johnson himself has become an international superstar. Over a decade of development delays...

Published:Friday | October 21, 2022 | 12:06 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Sometimes, you’re just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Dr Rose Cotter was simply going about her day, when a new patient presented in the throes of what seemed to be a psychotic episode. She describes hallucinations, faces of ordinary people...

Published:Friday | October 14, 2022 | 12:06 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

It’s been four years since Michael Myers was last seen. Laurie Strode has lost her daughter and devotes her life to moving past the trauma she’s endured since the fateful night in 1978 when the Bogeyman came to her door. She makes the best out of a...

Published:Friday | October 7, 2022 | 12:09 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Where should we begin when speaking about Don’t Worry Darling The behind-the-scenes drama of the movie presents one of the most scandalous campaigns in recent memory. There was allegedly adultery, verbal abuse, and public spitting, all of which...

Published:Friday | September 23, 2022 | 12:07 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

For the first 5 minutes of Bullet Proof, there’s next to no dialogue. All that you hear are gunshots, tense music, and the occasional yell or grunt. It’s remarkable restrained and lets the action speak for itself. The film feels focused, relying on...

Published:Friday | September 16, 2022 | 12:09 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

During intermission for Barbarian, I whipped out my phone to find out who was behind the visual monstrosity I was enduring. What sick and twisted mind would envision this grotesque and unsettling film? Who is so demented as to put this story on...

Published:Friday | September 9, 2022 | 12:07 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Who among us hasn’t fantasised about a whole new life? To be whisked away from the problems of the day to day, and flung into a whirlwind of adventure and intrigue. For Nathalie Emmanuel’s Evie, the transition is from struggling waitress to royal...

Published:Friday | September 2, 2022 | 12:07 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

What is your most heartfelt desire? For Tilda Swinton’s Alithea, she hasn’t got a clue. As a narratologist, she studies the stories told around the world; the myths that explain the unexplainable. As a woman of science, she’s convinced herself that...

Published:Tuesday | August 30, 2022 | 12:08 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

This past Sunday, just two months shy of its second anniversary, the New Kingston Drive-In had its final showing. Scores of movie fans showed up to support the venue’s grand finale, with attendance higher than it had been in months. Just past the...

Published:Friday | August 19, 2022 | 12:07 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Think of a terrible family vacation. Odds are the worst thing that happens is a dull car ride, or some miserable squabbling. While those sound uncomfortable, it’s paradise compared to the Samuel’s South African holiday in Beast. For Idris Elba’s Dr...

Published:Friday | August 12, 2022 | 12:07 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Aboard a Japanese bullet train, an assassin-turned-pacifist named Ladybug embarks on his latest assignment. Sworn against violence, he aims to get in, grab a mysterious briefcase, and get off at the train’s next stop. Unfortunately for Ladybug, he’...

Published:Friday | August 5, 2022 | 12:11 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

The mark of any good film-maker is turning a bad idea into a good one. While a film about superpowered animals of the DC universe is far from the worst concept, it’s not exactly one that inspires confidence for anyone over the age of 10. Talking...

Published:Friday | July 29, 2022 | 12:08 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Sometimes you see things you can’t explain. A phenomenon that’s completely alien, and the only thing that feels familiar is how distinctly unfamiliar it is. Personally, in the presence of such a thing, I would opt to hightail it in the opposite...

Published:Friday | July 22, 2022 | 12:11 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

With a powerful voice and electromagnetic stage presence, Elvis Presley is undoubtedly one of the most significant performers of the 20th century. He also happens to be one of the most controversial. History remembers the legend known for taking...

Published:Friday | July 15, 2022 | 12:07 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

In his 8th appearance as the Norse God of Thunder, Chris Hemsworth returns to the role that made him into a superstar. After saving the earth, the heavenly realm of Asgard, and half the universe, one wonders what more the character will have to...

Published:Friday | July 8, 2022 | 12:07 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

It’s been five years since the Minions were on the big screen, though their absence has not been felt. In terms of sheer merchandise the yellow menaces and in blue denim are inescapable, something that’s noted by their young employer Gru in this ‘...

Published:Friday | July 1, 2022 | 12:09 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

We know it’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all, but what if you loved, lost, and was cursed with the violent ghost of your lost loved one? That’s the plight of one Yuta Okkotsu, whose deceased girlfriend emerges to...

Published:Friday | June 24, 2022 | 12:07 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

A good horror movie can make a frightening scene out of just about anything, from a haunted house with a demonic presence to a monster with gnashing teeth and a thirst for blood. While there’s creativity in a well-designed threat, done poorly,...

Published:Friday | June 17, 2022 | 12:06 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

There’s always that perfect couple whose life could not be better. They have good jobs, their health, and what should be the perfect marriage. Yet, something doesn’t feel right for Gerard Butler’s Will and Jaimie Alexander’s Lisa. What that...

Published:Friday | June 10, 2022 | 12:10 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

After five films of running from monsters in a jungle, the last Jurassic film had a drastic upping of the stakes. The dinosaurs are loose, and humans are at their mercy. The film opens with scenes of prehistoric creatures invading people’s everyday...

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