Movie reviews of Don Shanahan

These are all the movies and series that Don has reviewed. Read more at: Every Movie Has a Lesson.

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Number of movie reviews: 106

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Our Souls at Night

8.0

2017 | Drama | Love

There’s a special simplicity to what Robert and Jane do that doesn’t require fluff, pomp, or melodrama.

2017.10.09

Lucky

10

2017 | Drama

The journey’s brevity becomes a satisfying delight.

2017.10.06

Blade Runner 2049

8.0

2017 | Suspense | Science fiction | Mystery

May not have the volcanic fury of Sicario or the emotional punch of Arrival, but it resonates nonetheless on its own frequency.

2017.10.06

Te Ata

8.0

2017 | Drama

Te Ata is the kind of story young women of today need to see, hear, and experience.

2017.10.03

The Young Offenders

6.0

2016 | Comedy

Flabbergasted energy blasts out of both of them and it’s a hoot to watch.

2017.10.03

Emerald City

8.0

Drama

Hardscrabble set in the concrete jungle.

2017.10.03

The Dunning Man

6.0

Drama | Comedy | Crime

The film presents a seedy slice of Atlantic City calmed by nostalgic scene transitions of vintage footage of the city in its decadent heyday.

2017.09.28

American Made

8.0

2017 | Action | Comedy | History | Crime

Cruise plays Seal with a relaxed range of agape befuddlement and southern charm.

2017.09.28

Stronger

8.0

2017 | Drama

Stronger’s touching tone carries unmistakable courage and inspires an unshakeable stir of appreciation.

2017.09.22

Battle of the Sexes

8.0

2017 | Drama | Comedy | History

Quite the dramedy, showing the reverberations of pressure, passion, and responsibility placed on King’s stalwart shoulders.

2017.09.21

Rebel in the Rye

4.0

2017 | Drama

Faces the familiar dramatization tightrope walk between sugarcoated hero worship and biting character study.

2017.09.15

Brad's Status

4.0

2017 | Comedy

The dramedy carries a message, a fair and good one mind you, but one that will, unfortunately, fall on multiple deaf ears.

2017.09.15

The Villainess

6.0

2017 | Drama | Action

Missing clear substance to go with all of this style.

2017.09.14

mother!

6.0

2017 | Drama | Horror | Mystery

Begs endless questioning. Still, surviving and absorbing the film becomes a maddening experience.

2017.09.13

Viceroy's House

4.0

2017 | Drama | History

The Shakespearean love story angle comes across as conveniently nosey and unnecessary next to the bigger global picture...

2017.09.11

Crown Heights

8.0

2017 | Drama

With restrained focus and narrative efficiency, it shoulders a sobering presence to both impress and inspire.

2017.09.02

The Other Place

8.0

2017 | Drama | Crime

A red-hot poker prodding for provocative reactions.

2017.08.30

The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis

6.0

2017 | Drama

Displays an astute microcosm experience of such disquiet and paranoia.

2017.08.30

Logan Lucky

8.0

2017 | Action | Comedy | Crime

Because everything derivative is done with so much spunk, sizzle, and precision, the end result is still a bountiful amusement of zesty kicks.

2017.08.16

The Glass Castle

6.0

2017 | Drama

No matter how hard the narrative gets, you won’t be able to look away. This movie will hit you.

2017.08.14

Wind River

8.0

2017 | Action | Suspense | Crime | Mystery

Tighter than Hell or High Water and more humane than Sicario...

2017.08.11

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

6.0

2017 | Documentary

No matter how on the nose it can be in brief moments, the overall messages delivered by Al Gore ring incredibly true and cognizant...

2017.08.06

The Dark Tower

2.0

2017 | Fantasy | Horror | Action | Western | Science fiction

The ineffective length, the nonsensical plot, threadbare mythology, leashed acting, and limited thrills...

2017.08.05

Menashe

6.0

2017 | Drama

Weinstein writes and directs what constitutes as a love letter to a culture, a community, and to the essence of fatherhood.

2017.08.03

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