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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Atomic Blonde

6.0

2017 | Action | Suspense | Mystery

Lacks zip, zilch, and zero in the style department.

2017.07.29

Detroit

8.0

2017 | Drama | History | Suspense | Crime

Let the emotions, good and bad, come and talk about them.

2017.07.28

Dunkirk

6.0

2017 | Drama | Action | History | Suspense | War

What greatly overcomes these failings are Dunkirk’s incomparable production value and technical prowess.

2017.07.18

The Little Hours

6.0

2017 | Comedy

Everyone involved is clearly having a blast with this raucous stage and creatively uncouth material. The trouble is consistency.

2017.07.14

A Ghost Story

6.0

2017 | Fantasy | Drama | Love

Lowery’s chamber piece summons and subverts the precepts of a traditional spectral fable to striking results.

2017.07.12

The Big Sick

10

2017 | Drama | Comedy | Love

Nimbly moves with a constant levity, even when the potential for heavy drama invades.

2017.07.11

Spider-Man: Homecoming

8.0

2017 | Adventure | Action | Comedy | Science fiction

His style of pluck and mettle for this character is a breath of fresh air.

2017.06.29

War for the Planet of the Apes

10

2017 | Drama | Science fiction | War

Andy Serkis has taken the potential of performance capture technology and turned it into precision of unparalleled heights.

2017.06.27

Baby Driver

8.0

2017 | Action | Crime

Perfect preposterous escapism for the summer season.

2017.06.26

The Beguiled

6.0

2017 | Drama | Western

The charm never reaches a boiling point.

2017.06.25

Lost in Paris

8.0

2017 | Comedy

A triumph of physical comedy filled with unpredictable errors, adorable characters, and burlesque stylings.

2017.06.23

The Book of Henry

4.0

2017 | Drama | Suspense | Crime

The landscape of the enriching love across parents and children is pitch perfect. The attempts at trepidatious suspense away from that recklessly miss.

2017.06.16

Score: A Film Music Documentary

8.0

2017 | Documentary

Goes behind-the-scenes and into the recording studios to watch the mad scientists in action.

2017.06.15

The Hero

8.0

2017 | Drama

Sam Elliott composes ever fiber of his range and stature into this role.

2017.06.15

Cars 3

8.0

2017 | Adventure | Animation | Comedy

Hen that heart gear hits, all of the repetitiveness washes away to a satisfying series of smiles...

2017.06.13

My Cousin Rachel

4.0

2017 | Drama | Love

A thicker and spicier brew of intrigue and tension applied to this story could have gone a long way...

2017.06.08

I, Daniel Blake

8.0

2016 | Drama

Loach’s realism is backed by boundless heart that can squeeze tears from even the stoutest viewer.

2017.06.08

It Comes at Night

8.0

2017 | Horror

Operates with purposeful mystery to respect and challenge the intelligence of its audience to piece together its many open-ended and unanswered questions.

2017.06.06

Churchill

6.0

2017 | Drama | Suspense | War

Offers a rare lead performance from Cox and, like the chameleon he’s always been, he reminds us of his indomitable intensity.

2017.06.04

Wonder Woman

8.0

2017 | Adventure | Fantasy | Action

Deserves every opportunity to earn each piece of that dictionary definition of "wonder."...

2017.05.31

Dean

8.0

2017 | Comedy

One of the best directing and writing filmmaking debuts of a comedian in recent memory. This is an absolute treat.

2017.05.30

Baywatch

6.0

2017 | Action | Comedy

The gumshoe plot and increasingly terrible CGI effects unravel the film in a hurry after a breezy first half, but enough enjoyment is still easy to rescue.

2017.05.25

Alien: Covenant

8.0

2017 | Horror | Suspense | Science fiction

Scott has assembled a top-shelf collection of artistic talent to expand upon the hellishly stunning level of designs and atmospheric creations from Prometheus.

2017.05.16

The Dinner

4.0

2017 | Drama | Suspense

A meal this rich shouldn’t be this empty.

2017.05.05

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