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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Number of movie reviews: 238 / 238


Poster for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum


With each increasingly more expensive movie in this series, the hero and the action have become more relentless with every new threat.

19 may

19 may

Poster for 淪落人



Much that transpires in Still Human disarms our sensibilities. The arc is plenty predictable but very earnest...

12 may

12 may

Poster for Penguins



High and low, dry and wet, close and far, and through every blizzard in between, Penguins presents this apprehensive newbie with education and entertainment combined together.

30 april

30 apr



As a micro-budget short film Trained is imperfect but endlessly interesting.

30 april

30 apr

Poster for Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame


Reeling in the wake of the perfect set-up of Avengers: Infinity War and answering every ounce of hype, Avengers: Endgame has accomplished that very feat. All of the prodigious forethought and fortitude has paid off.

23 april

23 apr

Poster for Stuck



Beyond this artistic commitment and creative blend of genres, the messages of Stuck win over.

19 april

19 apr

Poster for Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene


The result may be painstakingly slow at times, but its grounded firmness is precisely its beauty.

18 april

18 apr

Poster for Storm Boy

Storm Boy


One of the many beauties of the film is that its teachable value doesn’t end with those pet hallmarks. Storm Boy is as much about its people and settings as it is about its a boy and the bird that never leaves his side.

16 april

16 apr

Poster for Breakthrough



It’s wonderful to see Metz with a healthy lead role that really suits her strengths. Adding to a soundtrack of praise and worship, Chrissy Metz even sings the closing credits song to add to her positive display of talent.

11 april

11 apr

Poster for The Public

The Public


The Public makes a worthy stump speech for its checklist of modest societal issues.

3 april

3 apr

Poster for Dumbo



There’s no need to blast this story with gothic glitter for the sake of shade. It’s an endearing elephant baby that flies for wide-eyed spectators. That’s sparkle enough.

28 march

28 mar

Poster for Shazam!



Plenty may find Shazam! to be as dim as its himbo hero from time to time. Nonetheless, by the end, far more zingers impress than depress thanks to the boundless charm of the headlining lead.

24 march

24 mar

Poster for Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns


For all of the combined artistic talent at work in front of and behind the camera, something about their finished presences fade rather than forge resonance. This delight is all too slight.

21 march

21 mar

Poster for Us



This is an entirely unique film with different tones, scopes, and concepts.

21 march

21 mar

Poster for Apollo 11

Apollo 11


This documentary’s depth and newness comes from unreleased 70mm large format footage of the rocket’s launch and the mission’s ocean recovery. The revealed insight and details are substantial. These exclusive camera views and angles put you there for every tense challenge.

20 march

20 mar

Poster for Finding Steve McQueen

Finding Steve McQueen


Finding Steve McQueen carries the boasting superlatives of the detailing the “largest bank heist in U.S. history” and, according to director Mark Steven Johnson, one of “the greatest stories never told.” Don’t expect a film of that kind of scope and size. This is a big crime orchestrated by small people who think they are bigger than they really are.

14 march

14 mar

Poster for Wonder Park

Wonder Park


Like the railed, ridden inventions it depicts, Wonder Park has clever ideas and solid foundations, but too many trim brakes, suspensions, bumps, dead spots, and other hits of filmed friction slow the glee and weaken the poignant pillars attempted.

14 march

14 mar

Poster for Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel


Spanning Room, Short Term 12, The Glass Castle, and more, Brie Larson has proven a level of palpable poise greater than most of her acting peers for the better part of a decade. That poise and spirit occupies a new stage now.

7 march

7 mar

Poster for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World


Through its motivating attitude, rich pathos, and indomitable spirit, the final chapter of How to Train Your Dragon celebrates the substance that has made this series triumph.

23 february

23 feb

Poster for Fighting with My Family

Fighting with My Family


Fighting with My Family greatly succeeds in showcasing how good success stories like hers are everywhere on the WWE roster and woven into the history of its not-so-little-anymore cottage industry.

21 february

21 feb

Poster for Then Came You

Then Came You


Peter Hutchings’ comedy Then Came You presents romance entangled by terminal illness. That topic seeped in gallows humor is far from new territory, meaning this is not a very deep film.

17 february

17 feb

Poster for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part


A parade of entertaining animation surprises to go with all the underlying human complexion construction at work.

6 february

6 feb

Poster for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms


Somewhere along the way, this lavish project needed some course correction before finishing.

31 january

31 jan

Poster for Glass



The languishing pace of Glass keeps the Samuel L. Jackson burn down to mere smolders and the Bruce Willis fortitude stuck in placid ponds for too long until business picks up.

16 january

16 jan

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