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: 118 / 118

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A better comparison would be First Cow: It’s a fully-formed, beautifully lensed allegory about grief and loss. It’s deliberately paced, but a strikingly efficient 92 minutes. It presents the underbelly of a world we kinda know — Portland fine dining — but with enough heightened originality to keep us on our toes. Review

8.8

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15 august

15 aug

Like in Guardians, Gunn has a lot of fun with the idea of independent chaos agents discovering their consciences when forced to work together in common cause, and it all builds to a climax that is as emotionally satisfying as it is visually thrilling. Review

7.5

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15 august

15 aug

The Green Knight is The Seventh Seal with a talking fox; The Last Temptation of Christ with Treebeard, and will be hard to beat for my favorite film of the year. Review

10

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15 august

15 aug

As a time capsule, Summer of Soul is exceptional; as an experience, it could have been twice as long (or a miniseries) and there would still be more music to hear and stories to tell. A gift that will never be forgotten again. Review

10

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15 july

15 jul

Mostly, No Sudden Move is another patented Soderbergh exercise in genre style. Solomon’s plotting is labyrinthine, meant to leave you floundering — the better to enjoy rewatching later. Review

8.8

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15 july

15 jul

It’s just a solid, well-staged, well-acted thrill ride that happens to finally give one of the original “Big 6” Avengers her due. Review

7.5

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15 july

15 jul

While the series isn’t anything revolutionary, it is engaging, well-acted, and beautifully lensed by primary cinematographer Dave Garbett. Review

7.5

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26 june

26 jun

Luca lands somewhere around the middle of the hallowed Pixar rankings, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a “lesser” film. Slight, sure, but are you going to complain about a shorter run time and a story that isn’t over-plotted? Of course not. Review

8.8

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26 june

26 jun

The cast is appealing (Ramos, especially, has a casual charisma that should make him a star), the songs are dynamically orchestrated and performed, and Jon M. Chu’s direction is Big and Widescreen... Review

7.5

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26 june

26 jun

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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10 march

10 mar

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

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