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Damon Wise

Damon Wise
Damon Wise's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine, Times (UK), Uncut Magazine [UK], Radio Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 87% Lion (2016) Though there are shades of Slumdog Millionaire in its gripping depiction of a young boy thrown by fate onto the streets of India, this affecting true story still has plenty to offer. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 19, 2017
4/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Affleck is on electrifying form as Lee, a surly janitor living alone in a Boston suburb. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 13, 2017
5/5 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) One of the most brutal and intelligent nerve-jangling thrillers of 2016. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 3, 2016
4/5 100% Sonita (2015) A powerful and unsettling journey. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/5 92% I, Daniel Blake (2016) I, Daniel Blake is a small film about unheard voices that punches above its weight, made all the more relevant in the wake of the EU referendum. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/5 79% American Honey (2016) Despite the arty flourishes and repetitions, this is a heady, intoxicating experience, interspersing the blurry hedonism of youth with jarring, sharply etched vignettes that remind us just how beautifully this director works with actors. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 14, 2016
4/5 60% War on Everyone (2017) Although lightweight and silly with the best sight gag in recent memory, War On Everyone, for all its bile, strikes a surprisingly feel-good chord. Fun for all the delinquent, rainbow family. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 82% Captain Fantastic (2016) Viggo Mortensen leads the charge in a spirited road movie about a family of social justice warriors from actor-turned-writer/director Matt Ross. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
4/5 98% Hell or High Water (2016) It's a familiar story but one very well told, skewed by dry detail and snappy dialogue, scoring three top-notch performances with a great dustbowl soundtrack by Warren Ellis and Nick Cave. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
3/5 70% Café Society (2016) The set-up is light and fun. LA is made luminous by Vittorio Storaro's magnificent camerawork. The plot, however, mostly treads water ... ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 2, 2016
4/5 79% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2015) In other hands, this could easily be a pious period piece, but this isn't the story of a social experiment gone wrong. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 31, 2016
2/5 81% Chevalier (2016) The film really doesn't have much more to say on the subject of male one-upmanship. Or much else, for that matter. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 24, 2016
3/5 74% The Keeping Room (2015) The tension is slow-building but palpable, and the movie ends with a nail-biting home invasion and a refreshing feminist sting. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
5/5 96% Son of Saul (2015) An intense, immersive experience that harrowingly but respectfully explores the personal and public horrors of the Holocaust. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/5 90% Dheepan (2016) The final explosion into violence seems too pat in what is otherwise slick, sophisticated storytelling. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 8, 2016
4/5 86% Goodnight Mommy (2015) Where others would simply concern itself with the mystery - who's really crazy here, and why? - directors Franz and Fiala are more interested in the human psychology, reflected in a creepily serene coda. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 3, 2016
4/5 96% The Survivalist (2015) First-time director Stephen Fingleton grippingly ramps up the tension as supplies dwindle and loyalties are tested. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 11, 2016
3/5 60% Concussion (2015) There are flashes of what made the story interesting in the first place, not so much in the David v Goliath aspect of Omalu's work but in his fascinating approach to forensics. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 11, 2016
3/5 89% A Bigger Splash (2016) [The] climax ... ought to be powerful and ironic yet simply falls flat - a crushing damp squib of an ending for a film that begins with a tone of anarchic, irreverent promise. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2016
4/5 74% Youth (2015) Caine makes hay with a soulful role that brings his playful, world-weary charm to the fore, sparking quietly with Keitel, who gives generous, easy-going support. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 28, 2016
4/5 35% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) Bullock's usual audience might be turned off by her character's dark cynicism, but as meaty political satire this stands tall in a near-empty field. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 22, 2016
4/5 81% The Assassin (2015) Episodic scenes of violence ensue but fans of martial arts should bed in for something more slow, spare and mysterious than the likes of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 22, 2016
4/5 35% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) Sparks fly, but the grim cynicism of modern politics adds subversive weight to the film's screwball comedy stylings and has a lot to say about modern politics, in the US as well as abroad. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 18, 2016
5/5 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) Tarantino has returned to his first film's template - colourful characters, a single room, blood and betrayal - but this time in a framework that is deliberately designed for repeat viewing. ‐ Financial Times
Posted Jan 7, 2016
4/5 69% The Danish Girl (2015) Vikander is sensational in that rarest of things: a love story about a woman who finds her inner strength while letting go. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 20, 2015
4/5 71% The Hallow (The Woods) (2015) Hardy perfectly rations the in-jokes and suspense, building to a gooey and unnerving crescendo that recalls the heyday of the fright-flick. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
5/5 94% Sicario (2015) [A] visceral and savagely compelling action drama. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 8, 2015
2/5 44% Irrational Man (2015) Woody Allen's films not only split into one of two genres these days - funny or not funny - they've also begun to repeat the tropes and themes of earlier, more successful efforts. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 11, 2015
4/5 89% Dope (2015) The stakes are high, but Dope is far from grim: it's a fast, funky and good-hearted take on the urban heist movie. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 3, 2015
3/5 76% Bronson (2009) Hardy does an admirable job of making this monster human, which he achieves with surprising wit and a visceral, attention-grabbing passion. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 3, 2015
3/5 85% The Wolfpack (2015) Moselle has crafted the cinematic equivalent of a pencil sketch, but the boys make compelling viewing as her thoughtful, engaging subjects. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/5 61% Southpaw (2015) There may be no prizes for guessing how things turn out for Hope, but the role certainly allows its star to triumph. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/5 61% Southpaw (2015) Don't get too caught up in the all-too-familiar plot, just savour Jake Gyllenhaal's powerhouse performance in a riches-to-rags-to-redemption sports movie that punches well above its weight. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/5 94% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) A documentary that simply draws a picture of an organisation that is wealthy, secretive and controlling, a narrative that has been dominant for years. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 82% The Overnight (2015) The Overnight really belongs to the weirdly adorable Schwartzman, who literally lets it all hang out as the absurdly well-endowed Kurt. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
4/5 34% Knock Knock (2015) Roth and Reeves lock us in for an increasingly terrifying thrillride. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2015
4/5 96% The Look of Silence (2015) What we hear is shocking enough; thankfully Oppenheimer leaves most of these savage horrors to our imagination. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 11, 2015
4/5 77% London Road (2016) Not all the songs work, but when they do they chill the spine and reinforce the mood of this powerful story about ordinary people who no longer wish to live with darkness. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 11, 2015
4/5 94% Charlie's Country (2015) [Charlie's Country] not only captures some of the sad realities of today but also tells a poignant and universal story of a man struggling to come to terms with his place in a changing society. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 1, 2015
3/5 92% The Goob (2014) Some typical Britfilm flourishes are present and correct - moody shots of the Goob whipping through the long grass, brandishing a stick - but the Norfolk setting, its sincere leads and an affecting score keep things a touch above the usual. ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 28, 2015
4/5 69% The Dead Lands (2015) An exotic and satisfying alternative to the average Hollywood punch-'em-up, an offbeat war story with a neat sideline in ancient magic-realist philosophy. ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 28, 2015
4/5 69% The Dead Lands (2015) Neatly balances a folkloric coming-of-age tale with violent action thrills. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 25, 2015
4/5 82% Glassland (2016) Some may find the ending more cryptic than understated, but for those who embrace it, Glassland is a haunting study of the damage done by personal demons and desperation. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015
4/5 93% Force Majeure (2014) Couples, be warned: this isn't date-night material. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/5 60% The Signal (2014) Although this ingenious sci-fi horror hybrid never quite delivers a story as dazzling as its visuals, its ambitions set it apart in an age of carbon-copy superhero movies. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
4/5 38% The Face Of An Angel (2015) [An] intelligent and surprisingly sensitive meditation on the way our society and its various media react to violent crime. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
5/5 89% Mommy (2015) It borders on pretentious but never is, thanks largely to Dorval's wonderful, authentic performance as the titular everywoman. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 19, 2015
2/5 32% Wild Card (2015) The fight scenes are deadpan and electric, as they should be in a Statham film, but the attempts at comedy and pathos are sorely misjudged in a loose-knit storyline that simply ambles to an underwhelming conclusion. ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 19, 2015
4/5 97% It Follows (2015) Just when it seemed that there would never be another original teen horror movie comes this rough-edged but pleasingly creepy American indie ... ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
4/5 89% White God (2015) Superbly acted allegorical drama with a climax that is not only breathtakingly exciting but flawlessly handled. ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2015