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Published:Friday | November 26, 2021 | 8:27 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

For the second time in five years, there’s a new Ghostbusters movie in cinemas. Yet another attempt to recapture the lightning in a bottle that was the 1984 classic. A quality modern-day Ghostbusters seems to be as elusive as the spectres they...

Published:Friday | November 12, 2021 | 12:07 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

What more is there to do with the superhero genre? This year alone, Marvel Studios has released a film about a super spy on the run, a mystical martial artist, and a film featuring two and a half generations of Spider-Men is set for later this year...

Published:Friday | November 5, 2021 | 12:07 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Seeing a movie without prior knowledge of it is rare for a film critic, but The Last Duel is one such instance. I was aware it was directed by Ridley Scott and starred Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Three Hollywood giants whose recent films have been...

Published:Friday | October 29, 2021 | 12:07 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Despite the existing 1984 film adaptation, Dune is a project that has long been deemed unfilmable. While the audience for the classic sci-fi story is vocal, it’s not exactly sizable. Several attempts have been made but the fact is, a mature,...

Published:Friday | October 22, 2021 | 12:07 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

As a horror icon, Michael Myers is one with little definition. ‘The Shape’, as he’s known, gives very little in his menacing but barely audible breathing, a nondescript jumpsuit and mask with no discernible features. The scarce details haven’t...

Published:Friday | October 15, 2021 | 12:07 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Of the cinematic roles that have spanned multiple decades, James Bond carries a level of prestige others lack and is at the mercy of a very possessive audience. Generations can point to the James Bond they loved, which isn’t always the one they had...

Published:Friday | October 8, 2021 | 12:08 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

At just over 90 minutes, Venom: Let There Be Carnage is minuscule compared to your usual comic book blockbuster. The film is content with keeping things brief, something that mostly works to the movie’s advantage. The action is charged, and all...

Published:Friday | September 24, 2021 | 12:07 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Turn on your television in the last decade, and you’d likely come across a familiar premise – a mild-mannered suburbanite turns to a life of crime to help make ends meet. Consumed by greed and the thrill of a life of crime, they push their luck,...

Published:Friday | September 17, 2021 | 12:05 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

After crafting a universe-spanning 24 films and multiple television series, the 25th film in the interconnected Marvel franchise attempts to go back to basics. They are introducing a new face to the ever-growing pantheon of characters, with Shang-...

Published:Friday | September 10, 2021 | 12:07 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Having skipped the original Escape Room, I was worried I’d have missed some crucial information going into this sequel. This seems to be an anticipated anxiety, as the first five minutes of the film are devoted to getting you up to speed....

Published:Friday | September 3, 2021 | 12:05 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

There are many roles that feel like the result of divine intervention — actors who come along at the right time for the performance they were born to play. For Jennifer Hudson, that destiny is manifested in Respect, as she pays tribute to the Queen...

Published:Friday | August 27, 2021 | 12:07 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

There’s a moment in Jungle Cruise in which cruise captain Frank single-handedly wrestles a hungry cheetah and wins. The movie has an explanation for why this impossible thing occurs, and for the most part, it’s acceptable, but it was not lost on me...

Published:Friday | August 13, 2021 | 12:07 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

For the uninitiated, comic books can be incomprehensible. They’re chock-full of strange elements. Yet beneath the trippy visuals and concepts lie undeniable humanity in its characters and their stories. The Suicide Squad is a film that embraces...

Published:Friday | July 23, 2021 | 12:07 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

I’ll admit it, it’s fun to be (at the movies) in 2021. The recent slate of blockbuster movies have been a reminder of how good they can be. With the winning combination of state-of-the-art visual effects with compelling and fantastical stories, it...

Published:Friday | July 16, 2021 | 12:07 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

After a year of continuous shutdowns, audiences around the world are celebrating the return of the movies. As cinemas are declared safe to reopen, blockbuster films plagued by delays are finally seeing the light of a projector booth. So many, in...

Published:Wednesday | July 14, 2021 | 12:10 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

When on the run from the United States government for her crimes in Captain America Civil War, Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff takes some much-needed vacation time. Camping out in hiding doesn’t last long, though, as she’s soon under attack...

Published:Friday | July 9, 2021 | 12:06 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Welcome to the cinematic fight of the century. You’d think that after being crowned King of the Monsters, Godzilla would be sitting pretty, but heavy is the head that wears the crown, and you never know who’s looking to snatch it. In one corner,...

Published:Friday | July 2, 2021 | 12:06 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

It’s hard to think of a film series with more humble beginnings. What began as a gritty exploration of underground street racing has evolved into a spy action-adventure franchise, with the kind of special effects one used to expect from movies with...

Published:Monday | April 13, 2020 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

As the cinemas continue to be closed and new movie releases remain retired, streaming platforms have had to fill the gap. This week, I caught up with one of the newer Netflix-only releases that had everything going for it in terms of cinematic...

Published:Monday | April 6, 2020 | 12:15 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

AN ACTOR’S association with a part can be so severe that they cease having a separate identity altogether. Robert Downey Jr may as well be billionaire superhero Tony Stark, and Vin Diesel has been Domonic Toretto for the last two decades. There...

Published:Monday | March 30, 2020 | 12:08 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

For the last four years it has been customary that every Monday the Eentertainment section of The Gleaner would contain a review of a film playing in the local cinema. Unfortunately, for the time being, that will no longer be the case. This is due...

Published:Monday | March 16, 2020 | 12:07 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Movies deal with several ideas, but more often than not, chief among them is identity. In films, identities are several, and expose us to a wide variety of peoples. Our favourite movies often have characters we can relate to, in situations we find...

Published:Monday | March 9, 2020 | 12:26 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

The world of Onward is the familiar mixed with fantasy. On the one hand, you have all the usual signs of modern-day city living, but on the other, the creatures are like those often seen only in the books of Tolkein. It’s a world where magic once...

Published:Monday | March 2, 2020 | 12:06 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

The year 2018 saw the release of an amazing action film called Upgrade. Initially, I reviewed it as being “some of the most imaginative, fun and wildly expressive” action I’d seen in a long time. Sadly, since Upgrade there hasn’t been anything to...

Published:Monday | February 24, 2020 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer

Movie trailers are a funny thing. They’re meant to get you hyped, but there’s a balance to making a good one. Show too much and you ruin the movie. Show too little, and there’s nothing to get excited about. Show your character as a mutated,...

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