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Damien Straker

Damien Straker
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 78% 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 50% 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 80% 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 25% 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 84% 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 68% 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 87% 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 88% 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 79% 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 90% 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 89% 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 16% 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
4/5 99% Get Out (2017) Although Get Out is a horror movie laced with hysterical comedy, the most distinguishing facet is how forthright and unflinching its politics is.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
2/5 73% Berlin Syndrome (2017) A disappointing thriller that tries straddling European arthouse aims and the demands of tightly plotted genre cinema.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
2.5/5 80% Colossal (2017) Its fluctuating tone and scale are at odds with an originally told, well-cast but unsatisfying creation.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
1/5 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Scarlett Johansson is simply too talented for subpar crud like Ghost in the Shell.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
2.5/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Beauty and the Beast is passable family entertainment but its necessity remains questionable.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2/5 67% Life (2017) The truth is that Life is an Alien knock-off and a carbon copy of every retro sci-fi film ever made about the dangers of life in space. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2/5 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Despite the enormity of its scale and the detail of its creature effects, Kong's story lacks imagination and sags at its midpoint.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
4/5 90% Loving (2016) Loving is a political film with a surprising amount of emotional punch and one of the most accessible films Nichols has made in his career.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
2.5/5 82% David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (2017) The title David Stratton: A Cinematic Life stipulates the indecisiveness of this unfocused documentary.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
2.5/5 93% Logan (2017) Logan makes sadism fun! ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
2/5 75% Jasper Jones (2016) Nothing gels coherently in Jasper Jones.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
2/5 35% The Great Wall (2017) This should have been a much richer or at least exciting adventure.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
3.5/5 93% Fences (2016) The film is Denzel Washington's showpiece and for a good while it is hard not to be swept up in his striking commitment to Troy's erratic and hateful mind.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
2.5/5 84% Silence (2017) Scorsese is indulgently using an epic setting and a historic period to assure us that he's still a believer. How relieved he'll be knowing we're all sleeping a little easier now.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
2/5 35% Live By Night (2017) Affleck has simply given himself too much work to do on this project.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3/5 85% Lion (2016) Some films are simply great stories and nothing more. Lion is one such example of this, although its treatment leaves a bit to be desired.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
4/5 98% Moonlight (2016) There are too many quality aspects, particularly the performances, to ignore this film, which has stimulated much discussion.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
3/5 88% Jackie (2016) To be moved by this film, directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín, it is important to absorb it as a visual experience first and allow yourself to be entranced by its images.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
4/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) It ends on a cheerful note, free of sentimentality, which is true to the film's careful mixture of big laughs and meaningful drama.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
4.5/5 92% La La Land (2016) La La Land is itself a hugely successful and joyous hybrid of the arts, or to quote the film's rousing opening song Another Day of Sun: "a Technicolor world made out of music and machine".‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
3.5/5 96% Paterson (2016) The film's stubbornness to entirely reveal its intentions and its perpetual love for poetry is both fascinating and bizarre.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2017
1.5/5 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) Violence is a staple of all three films Kurzel has made so far, but now he's commercialising and packaging it to sell video games. ‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
2/5 60% Allied (2016) There's too much polish on the actors and far too little on the script.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2016
3/5 83% The Founder (2017) The Founder is an interesting story that focuses on the wrong person.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
3.5/5 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Its mystery and its emotions are, in the moment, something to be treasured.‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2016
2.5/5 89% Doctor Strange (2016) Kevin Feige pulled on his hyper-blade express shoes and dashed for the room...‐ Impulse Gamer
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016