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: 88 / 88

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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

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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

It’s dumb, to be sure, and not just for parody purposes; the actual Eurovision event, judging from the YouTube rabbit hole I fell into afterwards, is beyond parody already. But the giant hamster wheels and silly accents belie a warm center. Review

7.5

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12 july

12 jul

Long after its foreshadowed, grimly poetic conclusion, First Cow haunts like a Biblical parable. Review

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12 july

12 jul

Palm Springs is genuinely clever, a bit mad, and the best comedy of the year to date. Review

8.8

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12 july

12 jul

The Vast of Night is a micro-budgeted wonder. Review

8.8

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13 june

13 jun

Da 5 Bloods is difficult and messy, as Spike Lee films often are. But it’s also urgent and powerful, vibrantly alive in its contradictions — a bold statement made as only Lee can make it. Review

8.8

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13 june

13 jun

Emma. is, awesomely, the first feature for longtime music video director Autumn de Wilde, and she brings not just impeccable visuals but playfulness and grace as well. Review

8.8

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21 march

21 mar

I don’t know if this is the show we need right now, but it has accidentally become the show of right now. Review

7.5

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21 march

21 mar

If Onward came earlier in the studio’s run, I think it would be heralded as a masterpiece. It only suffers when compared to the predecessors that perfected the formula; the surprises instead come through batty visual gags and other catnip for fantasy nerds like me. Review

8.8

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21 march

21 mar

The Two Popes is a warm and ultimately affirming experience, floating on divine grace like a feather in the wind. Review

8.8

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29 december

29 dec

The more the walls close in, the harder Uncut Gems is to watch, and the harder it is to stop watching. That’s in huge part due to Sandler, bringing every ounce of his trademark charismatic, sociopathy to bear in his customary twice-a-decade reminder that he can really act when he wants to. Review

8.8

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29 december

29 dec

But it wasn’t just fun pulp storytelling; there was some great filmmaking on display, especially from directors Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Review

7.5

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29 december

29 dec

Like Jo, and like Alcott, Gerwig is a born storyteller, and it’s a privilege to watch her do it. Review

10

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29 december

29 dec

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