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Damien Straker

Damien Straker
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) It's the failure of Soldado to employ a hero we can sympathise with that nullifies its ideas and makes the film achingly dull to watch no matter how topical or layered it may seem. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
2.5/5 89% Brothers' Nest (2018) It's not a flawed movie because its not Kenny. It's because the third act has no rhythm and grows sluggish and purposeless.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
2.5/5 74% Breath (2018) The movie need to be balanced by having one or two less surfing scenes in favour of discovering its elusive story hook.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
3/5 87% Tully (2018) Despite the rich setup, the plot is undercooked. It's a cute idea in need of development. The longer it hides Tully's identity the more apparent it is that it doesn't have a story or personal conflict to explore.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
3.5/5 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) The major concession is that the film's organic structure and its resistance to showcase one indestructible character adds much-needed spontaneity to Marvel Studios' ageing formula.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
3/5 77% Last Flag Flying (2017) It is funny and well-acted but its emphasis on banter over incident makes it a minor entry in Linklater's filmography.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
4/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) The cleverness and the charm of the world means we sometimes forget we're watching talking animals, which is a major attraction of this unique and sometimes hilarious animated feature.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
2/5 32% I Feel Pretty (2018) Its glossiness is what prevents Schumer from utilising her darkest edges, the same properties that have defined her ongoing comic schtick. Now will the real Amy Schumer please stand up?‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Del Toro takes the central relationship seriously, and the weight of the villain makes us care for the characters and hope they'll be buoyed by their friendships.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) As it stands, A Quiet Place is muted in form but also in its depth compared to progressive and subversive horror stories from various mediums.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
3/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) The Death of Stalin overcomes several obstacles to prove that it is both funny and cinematic.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
3.5/5 91% Human Flow (2017) A humane documentary that opts to spread itself across many different countries and dramatise a visually immersive, ground-level viewpoint of the refugee crisis. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
3.5/5 83% Game Night (2018) It's an enjoyable snack, and the guests are good company and don't overstay their welcome during a mostly fun evening. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
2/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) Red Sparrow is long, slow and unpleasant to watch. It's best to forget its horrible state and hope Lawrence quickly finds a stronger part that allows her charisma to shine.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
3.5/5 84% The Square (2017) The film is peculiar, funny and baffling, but never superficial. It delves into class, power and cowardice in a similar vein to Force Majeure.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
2/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) Aaron Sorkin's audio-visual choices are so overwrought they confuse the story and overshadow the actors.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
1/5 24% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) It marks Eastwood's worst film I've seen at the cinemas and will hopefully be buried before his next project arrives.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
3/5 97% Black Panther (2018) Until the formulaic final quarter, the film is fast, enjoyable and has several funny moments. The main actors are engaging, and its fun being introduced to new faces too.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
2.5/5 87% The Post (2018) It is a strong and important story, but as a film the execution is stagy, convoluted for the first hour, and it doesn't pay enough attention to its leading woman's narrative.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
3.5/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) There is much to admire about I, Tonya but it is also a very gruelling experience to undertake.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
2.5/5 77% All the Money in the World (2017) The film is far less interesting than the scandals surrounding its development. Despite a handful of memorable visual flourishes and some decent performances, it fails to determine whose story it's interested in unfolding.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
3.5/5 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Martin McDonagh's film style, combining ultra-violence and comedy, isn't a gimmick but pertinent in achieving his thematic goal of addressing complicity.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
3/5 51% Downsizing (2017) The script's arching idea is that the world is populated by people who feel emotionally smaller than you because of far graver social problems. Size is relative in this world.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
4/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) Unique is too small a word to describe the filmmaking somersaults Sean Baker has achieved with this excellent coming of age story.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
2/5 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Sadly, Wonder Wheel is not the film to break Allen out of this late creative rut.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
2.5/5 40% Justice League (2017) Given the generic state of the plot and how uninteresting the characters are, Justice League wasn't worth the trouble.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/5 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) It's an ambiguous and sometimes compelling mystery, but there's too many puzzle pieces missing.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
2/5 54% Three Summers (2017) Rebecca Breeds is the star of Three Summers and the lone reason to endure it. Any other sensible justification seems scarce.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
4/5 83% Detroit (2017) This is a film for smart people who are willing to engage with challenging, adult cinema to learn how dangerous it was for minorities in the 1960s and to become more aware of contemporary social conflicts.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2017
2.5/5 84% Loving Vincent (2017) Opting to use a very peculiar art form in a full-length feature film has come at the expense of variations in how the narrative's drama is projected over the course of the entire story.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
1/5 29% Suburbicon (2017) Suburbicon is as though Get Out was made by silly White people and it was terrible. Who the hell would want to watch that?‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3/5 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) It's a pity that the film is as patchy as it because individually some of the working parts here are undeniably impressive.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
1.5/5 69% mother! (2017) Mother! doesn't have a story. It's merely a collection of strange images and bombastic sound effects cobbled together in the hope that we'll make our own justifications for its obscurity and ineptitude.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
2/5 34% American Assassin (2017) While American Assassin starts okay the unsurprising trajectory of the story diminishes the lasting impressions a more adult and ambitious thriller would have successfully made.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
3.5/5 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) There's still enough new insights and statements of power to make the film worth seeing, along with its unfortunate and disturbing timeliness of its historical images.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
2.5/5 86% American Made (2017) The script for American Made has failed to overcome the film's turbulent production.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
3/5 89% Maudie (2017) Maudie delivers as an occasionally touching portrait of the woman because of an incredible leading performance by Sally Hawkins who dissolves into the title role seamlessly.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3.5/5 87% Wind River (2017) There's strong aspects and promising signs for Taylor Sheridan, but it doesn't reach the high bar already set by his very best work. I'm still looking forward to seeing what he develops next.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
3/5 80% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) While the film is worth watching because of the validity and importance of its subject matter and its message, this follow-up is not of the same calibre as the first movie as it doesn't share the same tight narrative structure.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
4/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) Nolan's film successfully combines the blurred moral lines of heroism and self-preservation with the larger canvas of an enormous wartime blockbuster.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2017
3.5/5 91% A Ghost Story (2017) It is a film of big ideas and questions rather than one built around formulas for cheap scares, which is an important distinction to consider before seeing it.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
2/5 78% The Beguiled (2017) This remake is unnecessary, compromised and lacking in visual flair. The original is therefore still the best version of the story and readily available to watch on DVD.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
3/5 90% Lady Macbeth (2017) Florence Pugh's performance and the film's unexpected approach to freewill and combating repression should suffice for an audience wanting their period dramas to be tougher and grittier than they expected.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
3.5/5 100% Chocolat (2016) Although it is not a subtle film in handling its thematic content, it remains an affecting and important one.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
3/5 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Some people have fiercely dismembered this new film starring Rachel Weisz but my thoughts fall somewhere in the middle after seeing it with almost no prior information of its content.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2/5 15% The Mummy (2017) It's tonally unsure of itself, the plot is littered with gaping story holes, and the general stupidity on display undercuts the pivotal efficiency required to make blockbuster movies of this kind hum and spin their wheels.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
3.5/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) An enjoyable adventure because of its two strong leads, its effortless tonal shifts and its aversion to narrative traps.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
4/5 88% 20th Century Women (2017) Mike Mills' new film 20th Century Women resonates because it is intimidating and deep.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted May 28, 2017
1/5 48% Wilson (2017) This laugh-free, intolerable imposter of a comedy about a sad sack who discovers the value of family is less fun than contracting smallpox.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
3/5 100% Whiteley (2017) An informative summary and one that is stimulating to look upon.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017