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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 89% White God (2015) Superbly acted allegorical drama with a climax that is not only breathtakingly exciting but flawlessly handled.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2015
92% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) The quiz show conceit is never really used to its full potential, and the gangster subplot is just too dark for a film that aims to bowl you out on a fairytale high.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2015
4/5 87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) An unlikely mix of true-life tragedy and urban myth inspired this sweet, melancholy comedy ...‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2015
3/5 50% Snow in Paradise (2014) The film's subtle, underlying air of menace is nicely sustained throughout.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2015
3/5 85% The Turning (2015) It was first conceived as an art project, and is perhaps best viewed that way.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2015
4/5 91% James White (2015) Other actors would have milked the dramatic opportunities here for all they were worth, but Nixon and Abbott - the latter glimpsed briefly in A Most Violent Year - keep their sights on the heartbreaking inevitability of the situation.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2015
4/5 92% Pride (2014) Tapping the formula that worked so well for The Full Monty and Billy Elliot, Pride adds some feel-good moments of its own in a broad, light and characterful romp that smuggles in some powerful, serious points about unity and togetherness.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
5/5 91% Birdman (2014) The late-midlife crisis of a fading Hollywood star is the basis of this surprisingly profound and extraordinarily kinetic satire about life and success in the age of social media.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2014
3/5 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) Redmayne handles all the stages of Hawking's terrible disease with great tact, always careful to portray the man and not the illness.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2014
4/5 80% Black Sea (2015) The way enmities quickly escalate is a little bit of a stretch, but otherwise this is a smartly handled, old-school adventure, as Law's beleaguered captain struggles to keep control both of his men and his wayward, leaking vessel.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2014
3/5 32% Men, Women & Children (2014) It threads together the many story-lines, some of which you want to see more than others.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2014
5/5 88% Winter Sleep (2014) Talky it may be, but the acting is sublime, with director Nuri Bilge Ceylan able to contrast staggering, almost alien landscapes with scenes as intimate as anything on the West End stage.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2014
3/5 89% The Drop (2014) The tone is uneven, and the end a little queasy, but The Drop's unusual chemistry keeps the minimal plot ticking over nicely.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2014
3/5 67% Laggies (2014) Unlikely as it sounds, there's a refreshing innocence and intimacy to this pairing that really charms, and will work for female audiences in particular.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2014
5/5 95% Nightcrawler (2014) The nightmares that Bloom is selling are immaterial; what terrifies more is the cut-throat corporate culture that so willingly pays him - and pats him on the back.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2014
3/5 28% Charlie Countryman (2013) The culture clash between the average middle American and the rest of the world is used to entertaining effect in this kinetic crime thriller.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2014
4/5 67% Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014) A surprisingly thoughtful meditation on the key year that transformed guitarist Jimi Hendrix (played by OutKast's André Benjamin) from session player to superstar.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2014
4/5 41% Horns (2014) The black comedy is delicious, though the more violent set pieces are not for the faint of heart.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2014
3/5 48% The Judge (2014) It bodes well for Downey's post-Iron Man future, but, sadly, the promised sparks never fly.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/5 48% The Judge (2014) A great cast and promising premise get swamped in an awkward mix of airport-novel noir and blokey family melodrama.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2014
94% Whiplash (2014) Chazelle's terrific film takes us into the minds of two men searching for perfection.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2014
2/5 44% Life After Beth (2014) Just as the zombie genre refuses to die, this fitfully funny and well cast black comedy doesn't know when to stop either.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2014
4/5 53% I Origins (2014) An unusual, science-based metaphysical thriller that manages to be both provocative and romantic.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2014
4/5 53% I Origins (2014) Cahill's second feature film is another smart, inventive and engaging offering.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/5 44% Wish I Was Here (2014) The personal awakening story is enjoyable and self-deprecatingly honest ...‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/5 65% Life Of Crime (2014) A likeable, if predictable, black comedy that feels like a Tarantino movie made by well-meaning committee.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2014
4/5 90% The Guest (2014) Stevens is a charismatic antihero and the film plays expertly with genre expectations, leading to an inspired showdown in a haunted house prepared for a high-school dance.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2014
3/5 73% The Congress (2014) The humour here is dark and incisive, with an especially bold turn by Wright, who bears the brunt of some very harsh dialogue.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2014
2/5 37% God's Pocket (2014) A fitfully amusing Our Town that struggles to come to any kind of meaningful conclusion.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2014
4/5 62% L'écume des jours (Mood Indigo) (2014) For an hour, the film borders on genius, with playful visuals and unbelievable in-camera effects ...‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2014
4/5 82% Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) Binoche is excellent in a part that trades not on her beauty but her mind, portraying a woman whose talent made her dangerous in less enlightened times.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2014
4/5 83% Belle (2014) It's hard to imagine the true story of Britain's first mixed-race aristocrat being told more elegantly than in this warm and often very funny period piece, which brings a subtle political gravitas to its central fairy-tale romance.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2014
3/5 92% Sugar (2008) A familiarity with baseball is probably crucial to getting the most out of this quiet, absorbing drama.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 9, 2014
4/5 91% Frank (2014) Dreams of rock stardom become a warped reality in this barking-mad but affecting comedy about the side-effects of being a non-conformist genius.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2014
4/5 97% We Are the Best! (2014) A very welcome return from Moodysson. The music is Wyld Stallions-grade, but the charm and spirit of the three girls will have you moshing in your seat.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2014
5/5 79% The Raid 2 (2014) Though it is more ambitious in scope, The Raid 2 remains, primarily, a visceral pulp action movie, and this is where it truly soars.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2014
4/5 99% Starred Up (2014) A brutal, immersive prison survival story with a breakout performance by British actor Jack O'Connell.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2014
4/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Another meticulously stylish and deadpan Wes Anderson movie that walks the fine line between masterpiece and folly.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2014
5/5 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) The music choices alone will ensure this haunting, beautifully detailed film will live a long and lasting life.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2014
3/5 81% Crystal Fairy (2013) Not much happens, and its roots as an improvised project do show through, but the film does have the authentic ring of carefree wanderlust about it.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2014
5/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) This is an exhilarating story of decadence and debauchery, made all the more thrilling by DiCaprio's charismatic and physical lead performance.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2014
5/5 91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) Morgan Freeman is impressive as Dunn's crumpled sidekick, and Oscar winner Swank is terrific, too, but this is Clint's film, both as its tortured hero and as a great American director.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2014
3/5 67% The Railway Man (2014) [A] polished biographical drama ...‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2014
5/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Scorsese's funniest and most focused film in a long time, a jet-black sex and drug-soaked comedy featuring a bravura performance by Leonardo DiCaprio.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2013
5/5 96% The Act Of Killing (2013) It's a long and uncomfortable journey, but The Act of Killing is also fascinating, using film as a hall of mirrors to reveal not just the faces, but the twisted souls, of murderers.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2013
5/5 96% Gravity (2013) Bullock's almost balletic performance imbues this vertiginous fantasy with a humanity and grace that beautifully complements director Alfonso Cuarón's breathtaking vision.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2013
5/5 91% Nebraska (2013) A charming road movie that develops into a full-blown study of life and roots, offering a beautiful insight into the way families migrate and change.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2013
4/5 75% Kill Your Darlings (2013) A vibrant, insightful film about writers and writing, featuring Daniel Radcliffe's best post-Potter performance.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2013
5/5 92% Philomena (2013) A terrific, sophisticated comedy that tackles serious issues with a lightness of touch and a spirit of steel, Philomena is the British film to beat come BAFTA time.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2013
3/5 89% Le Week-End (2014) Roger Michell's film contains frequent nods to the French nouvelle vague (notably Jean-Luc Godard's Bande à Part), while Hanif Kureishi's screenplay may be a trifle bookish and spiky for some tastes.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2013