Movie reviews of David McGinnis

These are all the movies and series that David has reviewed. Read more at: Fellowship of the Screen.

Number of movie reviews: 100 / 100

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Moira Buffini’s script is nevertheless engaging enough, despite its many historical liberties. Review

7.5

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26 february

26 feb

For Nomadland, that means Zhao and her team — including an as-good-as ever McDormand, meaning she is extremely good — traveled the country in vans for months, looking for the right faces and personalities to help tell the story. The result is something wholly original, empathetic, and beautiful in its own way. Review

10

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26 february

26 feb

Kaluuya has demonstrated his range and intensity in Get Out and Widows, but this ought to launch him into the stratosphere — and onto the Oscar stage, if there is any justice. Review

8.8

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26 february

26 feb

His second collaboration with Hanks also yields another exceptional performance, showing a soulful vulnerability that not even Spielberg regularly asks of the actor. Yet, for all of its well-made parts, News of the World is only a solid outing, not a transcendent one. Review

7.5

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28 january

28 jan

The performances are so dynamic and the dialogue is so rich that it never feels artificial or constrained — a remarkable accomplishment for director Regina King. Review

8.8

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28 january

28 jan

Vinterberg’s script is full of deeply human moments, and the cast is uniformly outstanding. Review

8.8

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23 december

23 dec

The film is a true actor’s showcase and Boseman is on a glide path to win the first posthumous acting Oscar since Heath Ledger. Review

8.8

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23 december

23 dec

WW84 is a throwback to an earlier age when you went into every superhero movie assuming it will be dumb and mediocre, except it’s not doing it on purpose. Review

6.3

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23 december

23 dec

Soul pulls ingredients from different schools of spiritual thought that coalesce into something deeply poignant. Similarly, the animation toggles between photo-realism and the abstract with breathtaking ease, perhaps the most visually inventive effort by a studio that never stops inventing. Review

10

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23 december

23 dec

It’s staggering (and award-worthy) work that makes the film worth watching all on its own; factor in Ahmed’s live-wire turn and the story’s emotional punch, and Sound of Metal is undoubtedly one of the best of the year. Review

8.8

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13 december

13 dec

Wolfwalkers is a film to let envelop you, buoyed by spirited voice performances and Bruno Coulais’s sprightly, percussive score. For Moore and Cartoon Saloon, it is a showcase for masters at work. Review

10

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13 december

13 dec

David Fincher’s Mank is no masterpiece, but it is an artisinally crafted curio, and for a subset of cineastes there might be more value in that. Review

7.5

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13 december

13 dec

The story of the 2018 Boys State, documented here, finds those answers elusive. Review

10

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24 november

24 nov

It’s fun, and amusing (though rarely laugh-out-loud funny), and the long-limbed Dev Patel is incredibly charming as the titular man of many names. Review

7.5

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24 november

24 nov

It might not be the kind of film you dissect in detail and there aren’t any huge surprises, but there’s plenty of danger afoot, a cheerfully progressive message, and as I said above, Millie Bobbie Brown is a special talent. Review

7.5

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24 october

24 oct

Dick Johnson Is Dead is a joyful experience — a loving paean to a unique man who, as of this writing, is very much alive. Review

10

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24 october

24 oct

It slots beautifully next to Parks and Rec, Schitt’s Creek, and other recent comedies that make you care more about how the characters evolve than whether every single joke lands perfectly (though most certainly do!). Review

8.8

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24 october

24 oct

It’s every bit as uncomfortable and gut-bustingly funny as the original, even if Americans no longer need prodding from a weirdo in a costume to act like ignorant bigots. Review

7.5

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24 october

24 oct

It’s some the best screenwriting of this century, and he’s going to have my attention with each new project. Chicago 7 is no different, and it serves as the distillation of what he cares the most about: principled people making impassioned speeches, especially in a courtroom. Review

8.8

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24 october

24 oct

It’s safe, to a fault. Review

6.3

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8 september

8 sep

The film is not, as it were, a Good Time. But as a claustrophobic fever dream straddling the line between loneliness and madness, it’s one of the boldest artworks of the year. Review

8.8

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8 september

8 sep

Tenet lands by necessity in the bottom half of Nolan’s oeuvre. It’s loud and ambitious and the product of an arrogantly fastidious auteur who has not just been given all the money he wants to do whatever he wants, but believes himself to be, despite the facts on the ground, the savior of the theater industry. Review

7.5

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8 september

8 sep

Andrew Fried’s We Are Freestyle Love Supreme is a fascinating document. Review

7.5

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20 august

20 aug

While I Used to Go Here isn’t quite memorable for its dialogue or incidents, the feelings it engenders linger. For a bit, anyway. Review

6.3

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20 august

20 aug

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