Damien Straker

Damien Straker
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Impulse Gamer
Location: Australia

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1/5 64% Rogue (2020) Rogue's lousy writing, poor casting, and crummy special effects impede what should have been a precise target. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2021
1/5 74% Cruella (2021) Poor craftsmanship and a clumsy script undermine Disney's latest origin story. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2021
3/5 96% Heroic Losers (La odisea de los giles) (2019) The film is funny and undemanding but not an outright winner. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
3.5/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Can You Ever Forgive Me? is ignited by Melissa McCarthy who gives the best performance of her career. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
3/5 95% Lapsis (2021) It is an undeniably bizarre movie and not always successful, but its boldness remains an intriguing proposition. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2021
2/5 50% De Gaulle (2021) The opportunity to shape this important story into a dynamic narrative, worthy of its British counterparts, is missed. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
2/5 61% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) The only commendable aspects are Jolie and Little's performances. Yet one must ask why Sheridan has relegated them to such an underwhelming, late night B-movie. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
2.5/5 56% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Andra Day's soulful performance is the lone reason to watch this otherwise middling biopic. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
2/5 70% Land (2021) While visually impressive, Land is marred by a lack of personal conflict and a terrible screenplay. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
2/5 25% Voyagers (2021) Voyagers is a dull space drama built on large sci-fi themes over deep characters and suspense. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
3.5/5 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Despite its imperfections, Judas and the Black Messiah resonates with anger and sadness. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
5/5 93% Nomadland (2021) Nomadland is one of the most understated and quietly painful films I have seen. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
4/5 98% Minari (2020) The film is commendable for its rich ideas and the empathy it crafts for its characters. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
3/5 89% High Ground (2021) Despite a strong, authentic depiction of Indigenous culture, High Ground leaves us longing for a more nuanced thriller. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
2.5/5 58% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Wonder Woman 1984 is an oddly careless disappointment that needed pruning and more refinement. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
4/5 98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) American Utopia's quirky presentation proves uplifting and surprisingly moving. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2020
2.5/5 86% In the Name of the Land (Au nom de la terre) (2019) The visuals are stunning but an opportunity for a more subtle cautionary tale was missed. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3.5/5 79% I Am Greta (2020) Hollywood often tells us that the smallest person can change the world and director Nathan Grossman's thesis is the same. If Greta can do it, why can't you? - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/5 98% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) Corpus Christi is buoyed by exceptional craftsmanship, including Bartosz Bielenia's nuanced performance and several deft stylistic choices. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
2/5 70% Tenet (2020) An incomprehensible and pretentious misfire from the usually reliable Christopher Nolan. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
3/5 84% Waves (2019) The audacious stylistic choices and powerful performances immerse us into a downward spiral before gentle acts of solidarity reconnect the characters. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
4/5 94% A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2020) Hlynur Pálmason subverts the Nordic noir genre and achieves emotional and artistic success. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
2.5/5 82% Hearts and Bones (2020) Hearts and Bones' dull visuals and undernourished script detract from its strong performances and sincere intentions. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2020
3.5/5 91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Rather than offering new insights into Breaking Bad's excellent story, El Camino reinforces the show's best traits and proves to be a necessary epilogue. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
4/5 92% Monos (2019) Essential viewing for anyone seeking an intense survival experience told with expert framing. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
4/5 89% Dark Waters (2019) The depth of the exposé and Ruffalo's subtle, humane work means the film is rarely short of compelling. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
2.5/5 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Birds of Prey is a sizable improvement over Suicide Squad but lacks a foolproof plan. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
4/5 94% Honey Boy (2019) Honey Boy's quiet humour is balanced with efficient dramatic stakes so that the toughest moments of family drama become highly gripping. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
1.5/5 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) A biopic about author Jack London's life would have been infinitely more interesting than this subpar family film. It will not be remembered as a benchmark for storytelling and visual effects. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
4.5/5 98% For Sama (2019) It is an essential documentation of what is happening to other people in the world who are just like us, but through no fault of their own are forced into the most terrifying and impossible circumstances. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2020
3/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) It illustrates its central conflict vividly, but a clearer allegory is lost in the deep mist. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
3/5 81% A Hidden Life (2019) The visuals are stunningly realised and complement deep thematic and moral ideas. Yet Life is terribly undisciplined. It is the story of a selfless man told by one who refuses to get out of his own way. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
4.5/5 95% Little Women (2019) Little Women shows that Greta Gerwig is a formidable director who excels at choreographing moments of grandeur and scenic beauty and by successfully balancing complex emotions. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
4.5/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) The painting that Marianne creates is like the film. The more details we accumulate, the deeper we are immersed into the thoughts and emotions of the women. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3/5 88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) This lightweight, enjoyable, and breezy film lacks the same gripping tension that defined The Shoplifters. Yet it is never devoid of good performances and interesting story ideas. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
2/5 20% Cats (2019) It lacks the depth of character and comprehensive world building needed to transcend its theatrical origins and become a complete movie with a fully realised narrative. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2019
3/5 88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Despite his privilege as a prolific white filmmaker, Loach has failed to write a third act where he unearths his own definitive conclusions for societal problems. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2019
2.5/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Those hoping for surprises, meaningful story arcs, engaging set pieces, and characters worth a damn, should shrug it off. The franchise that reimagined cinema and earned a second life is spinning its wheels in the coarse sand again. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/5 87% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) A brisk and interesting synopsis of man whose dogged pursuit of fame and power corroded any trace of personal morality. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
5/5 94% Marriage Story (2019) The way this film, one of the year's best, explores its thematic goal is compelling, real, and worthy of future accolades. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
2.5/5 77% Judy & Punch (2020) Despite the quality of the performances and the unique time period, the film is diminished by its indecisive tone and is difficult to recommend. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) The cast and the direction, particularly the shifting moods, make the film worth several viewings. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
3.5/5 82% The Report (2019) A gut-wrenching examination of past crimes and the necessity for all major political bodies to offer transparency. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) Gemini Man should have been stronger. It is undermined by a weak script and inconsistent visuals. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
2.5/5 68% Joker (2019) In Joker, a suitably creepy lead performance by Joaquin Phoenix is undermined by heavy-handed direction and a clunky screenplay. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
2/5 77% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) The content feels too meek and derivative of other shows and movies and doesn't justify the criticism of the books. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3.5/5 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) The film is dizzying but also rewarding because we are immersed in a unique culture that mirrors and enhances stories once only visible in the mainstream. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/5 83% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra's narrow story fails to match the sharp production values and Pitt's incredible performance. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/5 84% The Brink (2019) A solid but unremarkable documentary that could have pushed back harder with some commentary from the director, Klayman. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
4/5 86% The Nightingale (2019) The Nightingale should not be dismissed because of its tough content. Rather, its most difficult scenes should be understood and analysed to amplify the depth of its message. - Impulse Gamer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2019