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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Real fights cause real wounds, and no one’s safety is assured. That’s a rugged quality for Hemsworth and company better than most glamour projects. Review

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2020-04-24

2020

Without some of that enveloping weight, all this amounts to is an abridged and radical folk tale without the proper embellishment. Review

4.0

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2020-04-23

2020

Shailene has the uncanny ability of balancing bruised burdens with infinitely levitating allure. She’s the reason to see this movie. Review

8.0

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2020-04-16

2020

Like a good sequel should, Trolls World Tour elevates stakes with its ambitious amusement to become an even bigger compilation tape than it already was. Review

8.0

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2020-04-11

2020

He took the French’s concept and the ironic tropes of movie weddings and bent enough kinks to make something devilishly delightful. Review

6.0

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2020-04-10

2020

Filled with dumbfounded narrative and creative choices, fake trauma, and forgotten consequences, he ain’t kidding. Pass the bullet and the remote. Review

2.0

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2020-04-03

2020

No amount of razzle-dazzle filling eyes and ears can cover up the glaring examples of questionable creativity and incomplete development enacted by Abrams and lead screenwriter Chris Terrio. Review

6.0

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2020-03-31

2020

This is a good single spin with an intriguing premise, but not a re-watch contender that calls us to circle back with desire or fixation. Review

4.0

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2020-03-28

2020

Verchere and VanderWaal exudes comfortable chemistry that is not over-spiked. Review

8.0

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2020-03-23

2020

Onward elevates from fantasy tomfoolery into a touching story of siblings and parents. Review

8.0

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2020-03-04

2020

If the proper swell and inspiration of the Mike Burden story is his recovery and rebirth, Heckler’s movie takes far too long to get to that peak. Review

6.0

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2020-03-02

2020

The Night Clerk is missing some of that possible pulp and edginess to really widen our eyes and drop our jaws. Instead, it takes on the calculated challenge of weaving a layer of empathy for the main character to override the egregious errors of consent. In doing so, the movie feigns sophistication when it really doesn’t exude it. Review

6.0

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2020-02-21

2020

The full force of The Call of the Wild would go a great deal further in rattling souls and shredding heartstrings for impressionable viewers than more disposable fluff. The right writer was in place here with Logan Oscar nominee Michael Green, but punches were pulled all over the place. Review

4.0

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2020-02-18

2020

This is a black voice presenting a refined story without the crutches of stirred-up race debates or hammy theatrics. Not an ounce of either is here and that matters enormously. Review

10

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2020-02-13

2020

There is certainly fun to be had, but to shoot to fantabulous is going to count as overselling and the liberation most desired will be to escape this fever dream. Review

4.0

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2020-02-07

2020

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that authenticity always earns appreciation. It’s even better when it resonates. This movie earns both. Discover something astonishing and adorable at the same time. Review

8.0

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2020-02-04

2020

To rightly thumb its nose at the historically warped expectations of young ladies, Troop Zero may not be high-minded cinema. What it is, however, is high-hearted entertainment. Review

8.0

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2020-01-22

2020

This steadiness to not explode with all the rage you think is coming is precisely a strength and not a boring detriment to Just Mercy. Simply put, the case at hand and the true story provide the magma for the movie. Review

8.0

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2020-01-07

2020

Alfre is beyond compelling in taking on the destructive darkness this character envelopes around us all. Review

8.0

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2020-01-01

2020

Zoinks, does this movie have vigor! For those folks who constantly lament that there is nothing original and interesting to watch anymore in this multiplex marketplace of creative bankruptcy, look no further than the minor challenge of following Korean subtitles. The sly guile simmering behind the decadence of Parasite exceeds any trope one thinks that possible assign to this film. This is your jaw-dropper. This is your wate... Review

10

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2019-12-31

2019

Powered by two impeccable performances, there is truly something marvelous to see these powerful men reach a true “meeting of the minds”. Review

8.0

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2019-12-23

2019

The arcs for Ridley and Driver fare the best, but the periphery is scattered with superfluous glaze. The isolation elements of The Last Jedi slowed matters down to create tangible suspense. This over-packed trilogy capper favors sprinting set pieces instead. Moving at a rush does not automatically or always create one in return, magic be damned. Review

6.0

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2019-12-18

2019

Kinetically engineered to simulate real-time, 1917 moves with a propulsive momentum like no other film of 2019 and no other combat flick of recent memory. Review

10

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2019-12-10

2019

Marriage Story is a fountainhead of creative brilliance behind the camera. Review

10

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2019-11-29

2019

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