Damian Levy

Damian Levy
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Jamaica Gleaner

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
25% Unlocked (2017) The type of movie that, much like the content covered in this spy thriller, will go unseen by most and forgotten by those that saw it, as if it never even happened. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Looking better than ever with characters you've spent over a decade with, Avengers: Endgame manages to find an incredible balance between gut-wrenching character moments and truly fantastic action sequences. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
Catch It On Cable 12% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) As someone who sat through Boo, and Boo 2, A Madea Family Funeral was a movie to die for. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2019
Catch It On Cable 47% Dumbo (2019) 'Dumbo' has a certain emotional insecurity that makes it almost impossible to connect with. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2019
Big Screen Watch 94% Us (2019) It's thought-provoking in the best way and succeeds to great lengths and fails with mere missteps. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
Big Screen Watch 78% Captain Marvel (2019) The whole time watching the film, I wanted to spend more time with its hero. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
Big Screen Watch 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) It's been 10 years, and taking flight with Hiccup and Toothless is just as exhilarating as it was the first time around. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
Read A Book 45% What Men Want (2019) Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the first truly terrible film of 2019. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
Catch It On Cable 78% Green Book (2018) If it were shown on television, I might stop by to see a bit of Mortenson and Mahershala, but I'd change the channel before it made my eyes roll. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
Half Price 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Emmet's journey in the sequel almost mirrors the first film. Almost as if the film had been assembled based on a handy instructional guide, instead of the explosive creativity I'd come to expect. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
Big Screen Watch 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) There are times when the film feels like a very strange fever dream, but one that makes sense as you endure it. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
Half Price 83% Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2019) The movie is surprisingly self-aware and has very strong moments of character that can be appreciated, even from a newcomer's perspective. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
Catch It On Cable 65% Aquaman (2018) It's not the greatest superhero film, but it's not the worst, and everything it has to offer has been done better. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
Big Screen Watch 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It's simply a fine companion piece to the original, and another example of a long-awaited sequel affecting the story and the characters you already fell in love with for the better. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
Catch It On Cable 40% The Upside (2019) Not only is the story unremarkably formulaic, but the characters feel like stereotypes. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
Half Price 38% Glass (2019) Glass, is a movie that has good ideas. It knows how to show them, but not how to talk about them. If it were a silent movie, it would win an Oscar. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
Half Price 92% Bumblebee (2018) Families can enjoy a sweet, simple, charming, and heartfelt story, about a young girl trying not to be quite so angry anymore, with the help of her giant robot friend. A tale as old as time. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
G.O.A.T 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Miles' world looks to be pulled directly out of the pages of a comic and, more than any superhero film I've seen recreates the feeling of immersing in an amazing fantasy. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
Half Price 84% Creed II (2018) It's a letdown for a good movie that had all the makings of greatness, but, ultimately, is let down by an overly predictable narrative. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
24% Nobody's Fool (2018) It won't stick with you for very long, but at the very least you'll enjoy your night out at the cinema. Tiffany Haddish carries every scene she's in and gives the movie some much-needed energy in it's flattest scenes. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
91% Widows (2018) What's brilliant about Widows is how easily it makes you empathise with the characters. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) All I wanted was the two hours I'd spent on it back. Still, nothing in the film made it deserve the lowest rating possible, and diehard fans of the series should find some enjoyment in it. At least, someone should. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
81% Overlord (2018) Overlord is a bloody and violent film -- that explosively punctuates its tension with moments of sheer joy for any horror fan. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Even if you hadn't ever seen Freddie Mercury speak or move, Malek seems to embody him through and through and crafts a performance that does justice to the legend and the man himself. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) Michael may be a killer of few words, but the film has so much to say. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
89% A Star Is Born (2018) The film is as good as a modern retelling can get--better, even, given that Cooper brings out the big guns with his intimate and purposeful directorial style. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
76% Smallfoot (2018) The best parts of the movie come in scenes where the characters act unpredictably. Unfortunately, Smallfoot wants to play everything so safe that it just comes off as dull. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
29% Venom (2018) I actually enjoyed it. Not in an ironic way, or with a 'so bad it's good' energy. I thought Venom was a solid, engaging--yet flawed--superhero movie. I don't understand it, either. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
No Score Yet The Intent 2: The Come Up (2018) It doesn't shy away from the ugliness that surrounds the two countries it's set in, and places it under a microscope. When it comes to authentic storytelling, the intent is certainly there. And it shows. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
68% Final Score (2018) Final Score does do enough to give you moments you remember after the credits roll, which is more than you can say for most generic action films. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Perhaps the film doesn't have any interest in subtlety. Its true purpose is to say what it has to say loudly, with striking visuals that hit you right in the pit of your stomach. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
72% Christopher Robin (2018) It's saved by the middle of the film, which endears you to the characters so much that you don't much mind when it gets a little silly. In fact, you almost expect it. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) It's adventurous, a little juvenile, but 100 percent authentic. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) It works at its best when you don't think too much about it - much like the way the characters seek to live their lives. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) It's just the right balance of self awareness and genuine authenticity that makes for a thrilling entry in the franchise. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
51% Equalizer 2 (2018) It tries to be a thoughtful action thriller, but ultimately feels like a charade. It looks ponderous, but really there's nothing there. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) It's a funny, charming, and perfectly fine movie to make you forget about life for an hour or two. Still, for those looking for something more, this movie is not that. It's a Saturday-morning cartoon, brought to life. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
57% Hotel Artemis (2018) With so many characters, each with their own plot, the film is needlessly convoluted. It muddles its narrative and causes its greatest strengths to buckle under the weight of the plot. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
87% Upgrade (2018) Upgrade is a lesson in doing more with less, with an ending that establishes it as possibly one of the greatest of all time. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) With a film that has so many plot points and moves so quickly, it gets exhausting before the first act is over. Not to mention the film is aggressively stupid. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) You don't often get a superhero film that talks about the necessity of female role models. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
88% American Animals (2018) American Animals was an intriguing, well acted, and diabolically clever film. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
70% Adrift (2018) Shailene Woodley delivers a performance that is moving and inspiring. Against all odds, she maintains an ironclad will that inspires awe. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
26% Traffik (2018) Traffik is as entertaining as sitting in literal traffic-waiting for something to happen, only to be disappointed by the result. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) The trio [of Ehrenreich, Glover, and Clarke] might've made an excellent film, had they been given better material than the exposition heavy dialogue in Solo. Would that it were so simple. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) I very much enjoyed Deadpool 2 when I enjoyed it, but when I didn't, I found it to be tedious. The plot is basic and, for a film that prides itself on innovation, also a little derivative. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
71% Sing (2016) In a year chock full of animated films with talking animals, 'Sing' possibly has the most heart. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
41% Office Christmas Party (2016) It's definitely a movie enhanced by a cinema viewing with a big audience and it has enough in it to feel that the escapism it tries to deliver. Just don't be surprised if you end up wanting to leave the party early. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) hankfully, with a cast like this one, you're treated to a vast array of characters to cling on to. Some of them feel more like action figures than characters, but it's a delight to have characters that are colourful - in more than one sense of the word. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
86% Sully (2016) A decent character study of the humanity behind the people we so quickly turn into celebrities in this Internet age, where every action is analysed and under scrutiny. - Jamaica Gleaner EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018