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: 638 / 638

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Splintered as Wander Darkly may flow and feel, the flickers of its romantic moments are quite touching and even border on devastating because death is looming overhead as its catalyst. Review

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2020-12-13

2020

News of the World is truly softer work from Paul Greengrass and that is a welcome addition to his resume. Its unreserved earthiness, outlined by Greengrass and Lion Oscar nominee Luke Davies, matches the book quite suitably as well. Review

8.0

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2020-12-11

2020

Between the mismatched casting, contrived relationship hurdles, and some of the worst attempts at accents ever put on screen, this film is borderline insulting to modern intelligence. Review

2.0

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2020-12-09

2020

Clooney’s combined work on this drama is forthright with its altruism and free of forced villainy. True to the earlier introduction, this experience to be cherished rises to be about character more than crisis, which is where poignant performances take over. Their benevolence is mesmerizing and their endurance beyond is moving. Review

10

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2020-12-09

2020

Imagined intrigue feels spliced and not stoked. Are these two imagined scenarios keeper ideas from Allison’s journal for her next movie, or are they two balled-up rejected story starters heading to the cabin trash can before another cold swim in the lake brings forth another? That’s where an audience will feel either engaged or strung along with Black Bear. Review

4.0

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2020-12-04

2020

What folks are going to find with the escalating thriller Wander is a screwy little movie saved by committed performances. Review

6.0

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2020-12-03

2020

The movie lacks a little extra passionate heat, and Meyers and Rosenberg leave more than a few tears on the table from being a full-on duct dumper and tissue box destroyer. Yes, no one roots for a true overwrought crusher, but the greater squeezes do create a better hold. Review

6.0

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2020-12-03

2020

Luxor’s views may be as bright and sunny as a postcard, but its tangible romance is not. Rather, this movie is about the undercurrents within the flow of people, even if they are standing next to a mighty river. This pace and volume of its quiet and meditative drama, granted, are admittedly challenging. Review

6.0

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2020-11-30

2020

Mank is a stylish tribute to courage that came before him. Fincher gets it. Call Mank “balls recognizing balls.”... Review

8.0

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2020-11-29

2020

Scaling her signature fervor way down, Frances McDormand melds into the intensity and fragility of Fern. In her performance, there is a steadiness to bear burdens, give witness, and provide empathy to fill canyons and vistas. Review

6.0

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2020-11-27

2020

The journey to that place here is fraught with passionate fights and haunting hope, a movie experience not soon forgotten. Review

10

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2020-11-26

2020

As dippy as all of this in Superintelligence may sound and transpire, there are undeniable streaks of kindness bigger than terabytes. Review

8.0

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2020-11-25

2020

Happiest Season, with its up and down inanity to veer a little Griswold-silly, slips more than stands at times and some of that comes from its safety net. Review

4.0

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2020-11-23

2020

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Cinematographer Hillary Spera plays coyly with the angles and perspective limitations of a wheelchair-bound lead to great effect. Composer Torin Borrowdale tunes up a creeper of a score that also shows matching moderation of when to prod and when to percolate. The edge of the atmosphere is all there. Review

8.0

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2020-11-21

2020

In lesser hands, this would be a complete farce and disaster, but Gibson sells snow to an Eskimo in dealing out the guts and gravitas. Review

6.0

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2020-11-17

2020

A movie like this is squeaky clean and classroom-ready for repeat enjoyment and pertinent talking points. Yoke its energy and foster that creativity! Review

8.0

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2020-11-15

2020

This mashup of body swap comedy cliches and high school horror tropes turned out to be an artery-bursting romp. Review

6.0

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2020-11-12

2020

Eva Green is still the proper focal point of Proxima, and the actress presents all of the poise necessary to play pioneer and matriarch. Review

6.0

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2020-11-08

2020

Circle back to chuckles and cringes. Review

4.0

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2020-10-22

2020

Rebecca tries unsuccessfully at times to sip a little bit of that poisonous mother! Lite brew mixed into Clint Mansell’s inconsistent musical score. Vibrant color doesn’t match a traditional gothic atmosphere, but it doesn’t lessen the aura entirely. Review

6.0

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2020-10-14

2020

The words enchant to no end, yet are staggeringly uncharacteristic when you watch them coming from a cast of 20-somethings, even if they are played by talents like Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, and Selena Gomez. Review

6.0

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2020-10-09

2020

One the Rocks becomes another swirl for Sofia Coppola’s signature of defying expectations. While valuable for that level of challenging exploration to put dour on top of delight, that is a trajectory where charm exceeds its limits, and ours, to a degree. Review

6.0

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2020-10-04

2020

Virtuoso director of stage and screen Julie Taymor pays homage to the 86-year-old feminist idol with an emblematic travelogue of a film. Review

8.0

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2020-09-30

2020

From the most flippant to the most cantankerous, not a single cast member misses their mark or weakens any chain. Review

10

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2020-09-24

2020

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