Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Damian Levy
Rating Title/Year Author
Big Screen Watch Captain Marvel (2019) Damian Levy The whole time watching the film, I wanted to spend more time with its hero. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Big Screen Watch How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Damian Levy It's been 10 years, and taking flight with Hiccup and Toothless is just as exhilarating as it was the first time around. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Read A Book What Men Want (2019) Damian Levy Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the first truly terrible film of 2019. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Catch It On Cable Green Book (2018) Damian Levy If it were shown on television, I might stop by to see a bit of Mortenson and Mahershala, but I'd change the channel before it made my eyes roll. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Half Price The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Damian Levy Emmet's journey in the sequel almost mirrors the first film. Almost as if the film had been assembled based on a handy instructional guide, instead of the explosive creativity I'd come to expect. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Big Screen Watch Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Damian Levy There are times when the film feels like a very strange fever dream, but one that makes sense as you endure it. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Half Price Doragon bôru chô: Burorî -- Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018) Damian Levy The movie is surprisingly self-aware and has very strong moments of character that can be appreciated, even from a newcomer's perspective. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Catch It On Cable Aquaman (2018) Damian Levy It's not the greatest superhero film, but it's not the worst, and everything it has to offer has been done better. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Big Screen Watch Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Damian Levy It's simply a fine companion piece to the original, and another example of a long-awaited sequel affecting the story and the characters you already fell in love with for the better. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Catch It On Cable The Upside (2018) Damian Levy Not only is the story unremarkably formulaic, but the characters feel like stereotypes. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Half Price Glass (2019) Damian Levy Glass, is a movie that has good ideas. It knows how to show them, but not how to talk about them. If it were a silent movie, it would win an Oscar. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Half Price Bumblebee (2018) Damian Levy Families can enjoy a sweet, simple, charming, and heartfelt story, about a young girl trying not to be quite so angry anymore, with the help of her giant robot friend. A tale as old as time. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2018
G.O.A.T Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Damian Levy Miles' world looks to be pulled directly out of the pages of a comic and, more than any superhero film I've seen recreates the feeling of immersing in an amazing fantasy. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2018
Half Price Creed II (2018) Damian Levy It's a letdown for a good movie that had all the makings of greatness, but, ultimately, is let down by an overly predictable narrative. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
Nobody's Fool (2018) Damian Levy It won't stick with you for very long, but at the very least you'll enjoy your night out at the cinema. Tiffany Haddish carries every scene she's in and gives the movie some much-needed energy in it's flattest scenes. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
Widows (2018) Damian Levy What's brilliant about Widows is how easily it makes you empathise with the characters. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Damian Levy All I wanted was the two hours I'd spent on it back. Still, nothing in the film made it deserve the lowest rating possible, and diehard fans of the series should find some enjoyment in it. At least, someone should. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2018
Overlord (2018) Damian Levy Overlord is a bloody and violent film -- that explosively punctuates its tension with moments of sheer joy for any horror fan. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Damian Levy Even if you hadn't ever seen Freddie Mercury speak or move, Malek seems to embody him through and through and crafts a performance that does justice to the legend and the man himself. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2018
Halloween (2018) Damian Levy Michael may be a killer of few words, but the film has so much to say. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Damian Levy The film is as good as a modern retelling can get--better, even, given that Cooper brings out the big guns with his intimate and purposeful directorial style. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018
Smallfoot (2018) Damian Levy The best parts of the movie come in scenes where the characters act unpredictably. Unfortunately, Smallfoot wants to play everything so safe that it just comes off as dull. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2018
Venom (2018) Damian Levy I actually enjoyed it. Not in an ironic way, or with a 'so bad it's good' energy. I thought Venom was a solid, engaging--yet flawed--superhero movie. I don't understand it, either. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2018
The Intent 2: The Come Up (2018) Damian Levy It doesn't shy away from the ugliness that surrounds the two countries it's set in, and places it under a microscope. When it comes to authentic storytelling, the intent is certainly there. And it shows. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2018
Final Score (2018) Damian Levy Final Score does do enough to give you moments you remember after the credits roll, which is more than you can say for most generic action films. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2018
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Damian Levy Perhaps the film doesn't have any interest in subtlety. Its true purpose is to say what it has to say loudly, with striking visuals that hit you right in the pit of your stomach. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
Christopher Robin (2018) Damian Levy It's saved by the middle of the film, which endears you to the characters so much that you don't much mind when it gets a little silly. In fact, you almost expect it. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2018
Teen Titans GO! to the Movies (2018) Damian Levy It's adventurous, a little juvenile, but 100 percent authentic. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2018
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Damian Levy It works at its best when you don't think too much about it - much like the way the characters seek to live their lives. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2018
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Damian Levy It's just the right balance of self awareness and genuine authenticity that makes for a thrilling entry in the franchise. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2018
The Equalizer 2 (2018) Damian Levy It tries to be a thoughtful action thriller, but ultimately feels like a charade. It looks ponderous, but really there's nothing there. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2018
Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Damian Levy It's a funny, charming, and perfectly fine movie to make you forget about life for an hour or two. Still, for those looking for something more, this movie is not that. It's a Saturday-morning cartoon, brought to life. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2018
Hotel Artemis (2018) Damian Levy With so many characters, each with their own plot, the film is needlessly convoluted. It muddles its narrative and causes its greatest strengths to buckle under the weight of the plot. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2018
Upgrade (2018) Damian Levy Upgrade is a lesson in doing more with less, with an ending that establishes it as possibly one of the greatest of all time. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Damian Levy With a film that has so many plot points and moves so quickly, it gets exhausting before the first act is over. Not to mention the film is aggressively stupid. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2018
Incredibles 2 (2018) Damian Levy You don't often get a superhero film that talks about the necessity of female role models. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2018
American Animals (2018) Damian Levy American Animals was an intriguing, well acted, and diabolically clever film. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2018
Adrift (2018) Damian Levy Shailene Woodley delivers a performance that is moving and inspiring. Against all odds, she maintains an ironclad will that inspires awe. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2018
Traffik (2018) Damian Levy Traffik is as entertaining as sitting in literal traffic-waiting for something to happen, only to be disappointed by the result. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Damian Levy The trio [of Ehrenreich, Glover, and Clarke] might've made an excellent film, had they been given better material than the exposition heavy dialogue in Solo. Would that it were so simple. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2018
Deadpool 2 (2018) Damian Levy I very much enjoyed Deadpool 2 when I enjoyed it, but when I didn't, I found it to be tedious. The plot is basic and, for a film that prides itself on innovation, also a little derivative. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2018
Sing (2016) Damian Levy In a year chock full of animated films with talking animals, 'Sing' possibly has the most heart. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2018
Office Christmas Party (2016) Damian Levy It's definitely a movie enhanced by a cinema viewing with a big audience and it has enough in it to feel that the escapism it tries to deliver. Just don't be surprised if you end up wanting to leave the party early. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2018
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Damian Levy hankfully, with a cast like this one, you're treated to a vast array of characters to cling on to. Some of them feel more like action figures than characters, but it's a delight to have characters that are colourful - in more than one sense of the word. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2018
Sully (2016) Damian Levy A decent character study of the humanity behind the people we so quickly turn into celebrities in this Internet age, where every action is analysed and under scrutiny. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2018
Almost Christmas (2016) Damian Levy At the time of year when you've already spent money you didn't want to spend, then perhaps save what you have left and miss this one. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2018
Arrival (2016) Damian Levy Arrival does such a great job at crafting anticipation, and the payoff doesn't come until much later. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2018
Doctor Strange (2016) Damian Levy It's by far one of the most visually interesting films out this year, with a world filled with new concepts that I left the film convinced of, thanks to the compelling visuals. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2018
The Girl on the Train (2016) Damian Levy The movie is successful, I suppose. It's just not a movie that can't be enjoyed just as much at home. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2018
Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) Damian Levy On paper, everything Tyler Perry does is not only smart, but it's also important. At it's best, you have films like 'Madea's Family Reunion', at it's worst, you have this film. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2018