Movie reviews of Don Shanahan

These are all the movies and series that Don has reviewed. Read more at: Every Movie Has a Lesson.

Number of movie reviews: 408 / 408

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Happiest Season, with its up and down inanity to veer a little Griswold-silly, slips more than stands at times and some of that comes from its safety net. Review

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23 november

23 nov

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Cinematographer Hillary Spera plays coyly with the angles and perspective limitations of a wheelchair-bound lead to great effect. Composer Torin Borrowdale tunes up a creeper of a score that also shows matching moderation of when to prod and when to percolate. The edge of the atmosphere is all there. Review

8.0

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21 november

21 nov

In lesser hands, this would be a complete farce and disaster, but Gibson sells snow to an Eskimo in dealing out the guts and gravitas. Review

6.0

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17 november

17 nov

A movie like this is squeaky clean and classroom-ready for repeat enjoyment and pertinent talking points. Yoke its energy and foster that creativity! Review

8.0

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15 november

15 nov

This mashup of body swap comedy cliches and high school horror tropes turned out to be an artery-bursting romp. Review

6.0

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12 november

12 nov

Eva Green is still the proper focal point of Proxima, and the actress presents all of the poise necessary to play pioneer and matriarch. Review

6.0

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8 november

8 nov

Circle back to chuckles and cringes. Review

4.0

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22 october

22 oct

Rebecca tries unsuccessfully at times to sip a little bit of that poisonous mother! Lite brew mixed into Clint Mansell’s inconsistent musical score. Vibrant color doesn’t match a traditional gothic atmosphere, but it doesn’t lessen the aura entirely. Review

6.0

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14 october

14 oct

The words enchant to no end, yet are staggeringly uncharacteristic when you watch them coming from a cast of 20-somethings, even if they are played by talents like Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, and Selena Gomez. Review

6.0

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9 october

9 oct

One the Rocks becomes another swirl for Sofia Coppola’s signature of defying expectations. While valuable for that level of challenging exploration to put dour on top of delight, that is a trajectory where charm exceeds its limits, and ours, to a degree. Review

6.0

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4 october

4 oct

Virtuoso director of stage and screen Julie Taymor pays homage to the 86-year-old feminist idol with an emblematic travelogue of a film. Review

8.0

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30 september

30 sep

From the most flippant to the most cantankerous, not a single cast member misses their mark or weakens any chain. Review

10

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24 september

24 sep

Even with a determined performance from Janelle Monáe, this is a distressing and unnecessary inquisition with no solid answers. Review

2.0

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19 september

19 sep

For a film that rarely leaves the shell-shocked and world-absorbing face of Youssouf, the increasing and desperate failures from her difficult situations and culture clash confusion flesh out a valuable and compelling tale of staunch social warnings. Review

6.0

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14 september

14 sep

That strength comes from Susan Sarandon. When given the right role, she reminds us of her unlimited appeal and talent. Review

6.0

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13 september

13 sep

For every poetic word, cinematic flourish, or striking idea that ignites a challenging neuron in I’m Thinking of Ending Things, a triple helping of something obscure destroys momentum and snuffs any flicker. When he’s right, lucidity outshines the oddity, but that is not this film. Review

4.0

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5 september

5 sep

Unlike so many of these “re-imaginings” from Disney, nearly every aspect of this live-action rendition is an enhancement from its predecessor. Review

8.0

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3 september

3 sep

Even if a movie like The One and Only Ivan applies a little extra pushed personification for audience appeal, still recognize the feelings present. They’re so very there. The movie can stand proud for doing its source inspiration justice in a softly affecting and entertaining way. Review

6.0

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19 august

19 aug

Endless has a clean and polished air about itself in taking on topics normally too sparkly or too saccharine to take seriously. Folks, it’s still ghosts. Melodrama is a given. Yet, proper care and portrayal is still given to the emotional toll of true loss for those still living and loving. Review

6.0

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15 august

15 aug

Like the chemical addiction on screen, you have at best, five-minute spurts here and there of those leaps from the concept. You’re likely left asking where all of the power goes. Review

4.0

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15 august

15 aug

Too much of The Tax Collector lacks the higher gravity beyond the flashy fronts. Review

4.0

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9 august

9 aug

With Made in Italy and its occasional dalliances into comedy, the shell that comprises Neeson’s defenses sheds layers of honesty and translucent prisms to his heart. Fear is no longer in the equation and that’s a remarkable and gratifying sight to behold. Review

6.0

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8 august

8 aug

Every braided shoestring of DIY indie filmmaking on Lake Michigan Monsters swings a proverbial kitchen sink of derring-do flair on the end of it. Review

8.0

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2 august

2 aug

The balance of the past and present in Summerland is a challenge. Swale’s film is pensive in many places and proud in many others, respectfully so, yet with difficult transitions of meshed tones. Review

6.0

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2 august

2 aug

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