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: 109 / 109

Options

It’s a challenge to square that with Cumberbatch’s innate gravitas, but the actor delivers, especially in the wrenching final reels. Review

7.5

List

Rate

28 may

28 may

Mitchells is incredibly smart about its storytelling. Throwaway gags from the first act get revisited for maximum pathos in the third, and the conflicts between family members are totally convincing. Review

8.8

List

Rate

28 may

28 may

You can literally feel the weight of it: the strength, dignity, and millions of stories left untold over centuries of terror. Review

10

List

Rate

28 may

28 may

Hopkins pulls it off as only he can, with Colman’s nuanced performance matching him scene for scene. Review

8.8

List

Rate

24 april

24 apr

As spectacle, Godzilla vs. Kong is wildly, mindlessly entertaining. As “cinema,” it’s… well, you know what? It is cinema. “So massive, so stupid,” but cinema. So there. Review

6.3

List

Rate

24 april

24 apr

As a directorial debut for Fennell , it’s remarkable. For Mulligan, it’s the performance of a lifetime. Review

8.8

List

Rate

18 march

18 mar

Collective’s ending may be downbeat realpolitik, but the story it’s telling is a vital and universal cautionary tale. It’s the best documentary of 2020. Review

10

List

Rate

10 march

10 mar

Most of Minari’s story unfolds like that, a series of moments that slowly fill in the mosaic, ultimately revealing through triumph and heartbreak that it’s not merely what we do that matters, but what we do together. It’s a special film. See it. Review

10

List

Rate

10 march

10 mar

When Raya goes for the jugular thematically, it connects — a great third act makes up for a lot of shortcomings, but the road there is too unsteady to put it in the studio’s top tier. Review

7.5

List

Rate

10 march

10 mar

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

7.5

List

Rate

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

List

Rate

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

List

Rate

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

List

Rate

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

List

Rate

28 january

28 jan

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

8.8

List

Rate

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

List

Rate

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

List

Rate

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

List

Rate

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

List

Rate

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

List

Rate

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

List

Rate

13 december

13 dec

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

10

List

Rate

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

List

Rate

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

List

Rate

24 october

24 oct

What is Veboli?

Veboli provides personal movie advice, so you can easily choose the right movie to watch. Learn more

Stay up to date?

Read the Veboli blog

Instagram
Instagram
LinkedIn
Twitter

Got a question?

Send us a message

English