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: 207 / 207


Poster for Roma



Viscerally and emotionally, this cinematic exercise of harrowing gratitude is a transcendent experience...

3 december

3 dec

Poster for Rendezvous in Chicago

Rendezvous in Chicago


Each of the three story chapters glow with the many tints of diversity and affluence in Rogers Park. The vibes of every talk and every walk feel genuine and absorbing.

30 november

30 nov

Poster for The Guilty

The Guilty


Their rising and falling tensions are shrewdly and sharply written by Möller and TV writer Emil Nygaard Albertsen. Their unforgiving suspense create an engrossing and choking mood of unknown and mounting dread. The Guilty is as smooth and taut of a 85-minute feature as you’ll see, no matter the language.

27 november

27 nov

Poster for Creed II

Creed II


Soaked in pugilistic blood, fervent sweat, and warranted tears, Creed II is comfortably ingrained big screen entertainment.

20 november

20 nov

Poster for Widows



Wields an effeminate brawn and sly intelligence working to stoke a masterful slow burn. The film’s bold gravity constricts us wonderfully for one of the most visceral crime films of recent memory and one of the best films of 2018.

15 november

15 nov

Poster for A Private War

A Private War


A phenomenal and ferocious lead performance from Rosamund Pike...

13 november

13 nov

Poster for Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody


Rami Malek and the film thrive when the volume is turned up and the microphones are on. It withers when it stifles that provocative heat. Allowing something this hot to go lukewarm is a cinematic crime.

31 october

31 oct

Poster for Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me?


Featuring a fabulous performance of floundering from Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a cheeky yet contemplative biopic of a struggling artist...

25 october

25 oct

Poster for Silencio



You will be racking your brain on these notions. You will also end up valuing the time and challenge of this film.

23 october

23 oct

Poster for The Oath

The Oath


A salaciously scathing and hilarious black comedy for the #NotMyPresident era of thumb-biting insults we Americans sling to choose sides around here.

18 october

18 oct

Poster for Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy


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

11 october

11 oct

Poster for Loving Pablo

Loving Pablo


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

9 october

9 oct

Poster for Venom



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.

4 october

4 oct

Poster for First Man

First Man


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

2 october

2 oct

Poster for A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born


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.

1 october

1 oct

Poster for The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers


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

28 september

28 sep

Poster for Blaze



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

23 september

23 sep

Poster for Mandy



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

18 september

18 sep

Poster for A Simple Favor

A Simple Favor


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

13 september

13 sep

Poster for The Predator

The Predator


An inflatable bounce house of pretend peril.

11 september

11 sep

Poster for Unbroken: Path to Redemption

Unbroken: Path to Redemption


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

11 september

11 sep

Poster for Friends and Other Spooky Things

Friends and Other Spooky Things


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.

7 september

7 sep

Poster for We the Animals

We the Animals


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.

4 september

4 sep

Poster for Searching



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

25 august

25 aug

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