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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The richest artistry comes from the written storytelling from Kore-eda. Without his created character dynamics, all the finery and stellar casting are merely shells. The Truth is a ripe role for Catherine Deneuve... Review

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20 july

20 jul

The strength of this film’s songs cannot stir the heavier human drama. If music is meant to be the binder, there’s not nearly enough of it. Review

4.0

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17 july

17 jul

Continuously without dialogue, Daniel Davids and Isobel Wood captivate our cores with courage. Review

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12 july

12 jul

The narrative screws might not be the tightest, but its aim is deadly enough to draw you in. Review

6.0

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8 july

8 jul

Greyhound is a simpler performance than the comparative likes of Captain Phillips and Sully, but Tom doesn’t miss a moment to matter. Review

8.0

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6 july

6 jul

No Small Matter can tug heartstrings as strongly as it backs its impassioned information. Review

8.0

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30 june

30 jun

This is an even-handed farce of finger-pointing where both political sides have dirty hands and the media in the middle is wholly and equally complicit. Stewart unleashes this cringing astonishment in a surprising movie that pulls your leg and also very rug right out from underneath you. Review

6.0

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22 june

22 jun

Miss Juneteenth has as much sincerity as it has struggle. The worthy themes ring true for a positive and willing audience that can pause looking down on pageants and see the bigger preparatory importance. Review

6.0

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17 june

17 jun

Guided by calm direction from Ani Simon-Kennedy, Carpenter, while green, never overacts. Review

6.0

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16 june

16 jun

You couldn’t be more there with Tobias and that senses-poking ambiance is constantly arresting. 7500 is a hearty welcome back for Joseph Gordon-Levitt in his first starring role in almost four years since Oliver Stone’s Snowden. Review

8.0

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15 june

15 jun

There is an almost teenage-level of absurdity to it all by the time the finger-pointing sparks conflict. Review

2.0

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12 june

12 jun

Re-teaming with his fellow Oscar-winning BlacKkKlansman writer Kevin Wilmott, Spike Lee puts his pungent poetry into a war film setting with dauntless theatrical results. Review

8.0

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12 june

12 jun

At its fullest and best, Judd Apatow’s newest dramedy is a collection of half-hearted beats and half-witted mischief. That’s it. Just half. Review

4.0

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10 june

10 jun

The way these writers and filmmakers can capture honest and domestic soul and vitality in such contained bursts is really something. Review

6.0

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3 june

3 jun

Lulu Wilson is frighteningly voracious. Review

6.0

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2 june

2 jun

Between the look, feel, and stunning execution of this narrative enigma, it all adds up, again, to tingles from a magnificent genuflection to so many genre inspirations. Review

10

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1 june

1 jun

The two lead actors accomplish the ever-present anguish wonderfully and honestly. Review

8.0

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30 may

30 may

Every time they step forward, the movie shines. Instead, their wattage is filtered through milquetoast tropes of stepping stone laments, sell-out pushback, forced romances, career lies, and small-world bow-tying conveniences you’ve seen too many times and in better places. Review

4.0

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28 may

28 may

Beyond the dialogue, those writers and The Big Sick director Michael Showalter assembled a semi-crafty plot course that is far from predictable and does not entirely wear out its freshness or welcome in a tidy 86 minutes. Far less and far worse has been slapped together for date night couch watch. Review

6.0

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21 may

21 may

The movie doesn’t have one and the canyon-sized narrative hole because of it leaves us more perplexed than satisfied with a shoulder shrug and a chin rub of our own (emoji optional). Review

4.0

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17 may

17 may

Tom Hardy sweats, seethes, and pants with a performance of pain that has to be seen to be believed. Review

6.0

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13 may

13 may

Whether it’s Duke and co-writer Andrew Boonkrong, the source material, or both, this movie wavers wildly in tone and purpose. What could have been a menacing mystery ends up being little better than a quirky pickle or two. Review

6.0

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10 may

10 may

Gerety brings a remarkable level of affecting introvertedness to this damaged leading role. Contrary to his career gilded by a brand of explosive boisterousness, the actor uses massive presence and body language to fill the drama of Working Man. Review

8.0

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2020-05-05

2020

Reaching those bold heights of bracing social commentary, it is fair and complimentary to call Joe Robert Cole’s movie more important than entertaining. Review

6.0

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2020-05-01

2020

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