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Published:Monday | January 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

To say that Molly's Game has been done before is a bit of a misleading statement. The film is about the titular Molly Bloom, a young woman who, as the film puts it, "built a multi billion empire"centred around running a high stakes poker game. While...

Published:Sunday | December 31, 2017 | 11:02 PMDamian Levy

Ladies and gentlemen, come one come all. See the strangest show of 2017. Fitting of course, since 'The Greatest Showman' is a musical depicting the rise of P.T Barnum, and his circus of colourful characters. However, while an element of surrealism...

Published:Monday | December 25, 2017 | 12:08 AMDamian Levy

Set 20 years after the original film, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle invites viewers to jump back into the world of Jumanji. This time the game has changed. Literally. After being sent to detention teenagers Spencer, Bethany, Spencer and...

Published:Monday | December 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

After the end of The Force Awakens, it's safe to say the films are decidedly safe. Since its return, the franchise has remade one movie, and made another as a tangential story. So, walking into The Last Jedi, I was as underwhelmed as one can be for...

Published:Monday | December 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Every year, the must-see movie season comes in many waves. There's the over-the-top entertainment of the summer, the quiet surprises every other spring. The one you can always rely on, though, is the fall. It's the time when the best and brightest...

Published:Monday | December 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

For most of the 21st century, the name Pixar has been synonymous with quality. I say most because, well, nobody is perfect.The studio's more recent missteps have left something to be desired. That something is the picturesque visuals, matched by...

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

About 15 minutes into Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, I was convinced. This film with a title that will never roll off the tongue had become one of my favourites of the year.It tells the story of Mildred Hayes, played by Frances McDormand...

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

Chances are there's not a soul alive who didn't grow up in some shape or form with the Justice League. Though the characters are American inventions, they're regarded the world over as iconic. Therefore, despite all evidence to the contrary, I...

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

For the second time in nearly 50 years, the Agatha Christie novel Murder On The Orient Express has been adapted to film. The story follows the incomparable detective Hercule Poirot and his impossibly huge moustache.Hercule finds himself aboard The...

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

After being mostly absent from the silver screen for the last two years, Thor: Ragnarok sees the return of the God of Thunder - quite unlike we've seen him before.The movie opens up with the Norse God covered in chains and describing a plot to...

Published:Monday | October 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

In 1993, there was a movie called Groundhog Day. It starred Bill Murray and was directed by Harold Ramis. It was about a weatherman who gets stuck repeating the same day over and over, waking up to the same song as the day restarts. Since then, a...

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

By the time this review is published, it will have been 3 days since I saw Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween. Three days since I questioned why I decided to give my time, my attention, and pay the price of admission for what presented itself as...

Published:Monday | October 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Before terror strikes the cinema, there's nothing I'd like to see more than a hard-hitting revenge story, mixed with a tense political drama.Good thing this week saw the release of The Foreigner, a hard-...

Published:Monday | October 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

It's been 35 years since Blade Runner was gifted to the world. The 1982 sci-fi noir thriller with philosophical undertones changed the face of cinema and is one of the more intelligent blockbusters there is.Since its release, many have tried to...

Published:Monday | October 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

The beauty of cinema is that it can transport you to a time and place you didn't think you could experience yourself - a bygone era that is so different from the times you live in, it feels as though it took place on a different planet.Battle of the...

Published:Monday | September 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

Victoria and Abdul tells the story in which Queen Victoria found friendship in the most unlikely of places, from a lowly Indian merchant.It is a film that will present itself as harmless, something you watch on a Sunday afternoon. A feel-good,...

Published:Monday | September 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

American Assassin is a mess. Not a great way to start a review. You can probably tell where this is going.It's the story of Mitch Rapp, played by The Maze Runner himself, Dylan O'Brien. A tragic, superhero-esque origin story sees Rapp lose the love...

Published:Monday | September 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

After what seemed like the driest movie period in years, finally, there is something exciting happening at the cinemas. It may be a remake of a miniseries adapted from a novel, but still, it's something.Stephen King's It tells the story of Derry, a...

Published:Monday | September 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

There are movies that stick with you, lingering on for days, weeks, months, even years after you leave the cinema. Movies that will go so far as to influence the way people think or act. Movies that become a part of a culture.Then there are movies...

Published:Tuesday | August 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

When a movie gets too self-aware for its own good, it can go either way. They can be fiendishly clever playing on the tropes of its genre, or it can feel like it reaches for brilliance but never quite makes the mark.The Hitman's Bodyguard might fall...

Published:Monday | August 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

The fourth film in the 'Conjuring' universe, Annabelle: Creation, takes the horrifying tale of the haunted doll back to its roots.Though, if you expected the origin of this nightmare to be anything more than a painstaking venture, be gone all ye who...

Published:Monday | August 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

For those who declare that cinema is dead and Hollywood is out of ideas, this is another notch in the win column for you. The Dark Tower is yet another adaptation of a classic story by Stephen King. This time, instead of killer clowns and rabid dogs...

Published:Monday | August 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

As they get older, most people find it increasingly difficult trying to make time for their social lives. Some have families, some have work, some have both. Girls Trip is a story about four women going on a relentless, wild adventure, reliving...

Published:Monday | July 31, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy

From one-half of the directing duo that brought John Wick to life, comes yet another film about a character with a very particular set of skills. This time, the titular atomic blonde is Lorraine Broughton, played by Charlize Theron, a spy for the...

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...

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