Movie reviews of Don Shanahan

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

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Poster for Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy

10

2018

Bracingly honest with its turns and barriers built by emotional wallop. The remarkable performances of Carell and Chalamet deserve the credit for that impact.

2018.10.11

Poster for Loving Pablo

Loving Pablo

6.0

2017, Drama, Crime

To its great credit, the merciless edge of Loving Pablo rejects forced cinematic sugar-coating overused in other crime films to romanticize its leviathans.

2018.10.09

Poster for Venom

Venom

4.0

2018, Action, Crime, Science fiction

Never once do any hairs stand up in fright in the presence of what should be a complete badass. Those deficiencies shouldn’t happen with Venom.

2018.10.04

Poster for First Man

First Man

10

2018, Drama, History

Seizes viewers and thrusts them into these harrowing capsule cockpits and test modules.

2018.10.02

Poster for A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born

10

2018, Drama, Music, Love

You will find yourself captivated watching the expressive performances, both sung and unsung, no matter if it is for an audience of thousands or just merely one.

2018.10.01

Poster for The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers

6.0

2018, Adventure, Drama, Comedy, Western, Crime

This solid result sure looks the part from horizon to horizon, once again making us American jealous of how good westerns can still look.

2018.09.28

Poster for Blaze

Blaze

8.0

2018, Drama, Music, History

The splendid artistry behind the camera respectfully worships the film’s subjects and their portrayals...

2018.09.23

Poster for Mandy

Mandy

8.0

2018, Horror, Action, Suspense

Panos Cosmatos has fashioned a disgustingly gorgeous and frightfully unforgettable film.

2018.09.18

Poster for A Simple Favor

A Simple Favor

4.0

2018, Suspense, Crime, Mystery

There is, unfortunately, not a great deal of surprise in A Simple Favor...

2018.09.13

Poster for The Predator

The Predator

4.0

2018, Horror, Action, Suspense, Science fiction

An inflatable bounce house of pretend peril.

2018.09.11

Poster for Unbroken: Path to Redemption

Unbroken: Path to Redemption

6.0

2018, Drama

Bathed in these impeccable period details, the troupe of mostly TV actors comport themselves equally well.

2018.09.11

Poster for Friends and Other Spooky Things

Friends and Other Spooky Things

6.0

2018

Perfect for the times, it’s encouraging to see two female leads translate their personalities to play curious and capable females comfortable in their own uniqueness.

2018.09.07

Poster for We the Animals

We the Animals

8.0

2018, Drama

High praise is due to Zafar and his writing partner Daniel Kitrosser for wading through the acid and muck of this heavy material for We the Animals.

2018.09.04

Poster for Searching

Searching

10

2018, Drama, Suspense

Downright sensational and has vaulted to the top of the conversation for the best film of 2018 so far.

2018.08.25

Poster for Pickings

Pickings

8.0

2018, Drama, Action, Suspense, Crime, Mystery

Oozing all kinds of artistic flamboyance and crimson damage, this film is a straight punch to the face that has to swing hard to to knock you out.

2018.08.09

Poster for The Meg

The Meg

6.0

2018, Action, Suspense, Science fiction

The crowd-pleasing bash that Baywatch should have been last summer.

2018.08.08

Poster for BlacKkKlansman

BlacKkKlansman

8.0

2018, Drama, Comedy, History, Crime

Spike’s lightning rod flair singes silver screens again, stoking a period-piece true story into a potent punch of hard truths stamped for the present day.

2018.08.07

Poster for Der Hauptmann

Der Hauptmann

8.0

2017, Drama, History, War

Bloody messes and frantic nerves are painted with a monochromatic palette and stand through fixed and unflinching framing.

2018.08.03

Poster for Christopher Robin

Christopher Robin

6.0

2018

Foibles aside, Christopher Robin is an unapologetic heart-melter.

2018.08.03

Poster for Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Mission: Impossible - Fallout

8.0

2018, Adventure, Action, Suspense

This one earns your admission price and then some with some of the best set pieces, fight sequences, and chase scenes in the franchise’s history.

2018.07.25

Poster for Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

8.0

2018, Animation

Shows how absurdity, ridiculousness, and irrationality can be exactly what is necessary to properly entertain.

2018.07.23

Poster for The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot

8.0

2018, Drama

Few movies on any level could ever dream a way this damn good to marry and blend stoic manliness and a whimsical romance on top of the lurid exploits its title advertises.

2018.07.22

Poster for En el Séptimo Día

En el Séptimo Día

8.0

2017, Drama

Jim McKay's outstanding film gives them a vibrant voice and stirring course to seek that bundled American goal.

2018.07.20

Poster for The Equalizer 2

The Equalizer 2

8.0

2018, Action, Suspense, Crime

This twisty sequel takes the temperature and weight of the cold lead hammer that is Denzel and heats it with anger and stakes to match the hot lead being shot around him.

2018.07.18

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