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 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

Poster for Pickings



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.

9 august

9 aug

Poster for The Meg

The Meg


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

8 august

8 aug

Poster for BlacKkKlansman



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.

7 august

7 aug

Poster for The Captain

The Captain


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

3 august

3 aug

Poster for Christopher Robin

Christopher Robin


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

3 august

3 aug

Poster for Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Mission: Impossible - Fallout


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.

25 july

25 jul

Poster for Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies


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

23 july

23 jul

Poster for The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot


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.

22 july

22 jul

Poster for On the Seventh Day

On the Seventh Day


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

20 july

20 jul

Poster for The Equalizer 2

The Equalizer 2


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.

18 july

18 jul

Poster for Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade


This dynamite film needs to be required viewing for the teens out there, especially girls, of these complicated and confusing present times.

17 july

17 jul

Poster for Skyscraper



Johnson is solidly in his element for this straight-faced actioner.

15 july

15 jul

Poster for Ant-Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp


Heart and humor remain the best powers on display in this sequel...

27 june

27 jun

Poster for Sicario: Day of the Soldado

Sicario: Day of the Soldado


A second film that should be raising stakes not stalling them. The promise of a third is still plenty intriguing.

26 june

26 jun

Poster for Damsel



The third act peters out and trudges this film to a tedious and somewhat lackluster finish where the glee is lost.

24 june

24 jun

Poster for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom


Bigger, louder, and dumber...

20 june

20 jun

Poster for Mountain



Without taking into account the words and people, Mountain is a perfect package of perilous beauty.

17 june

17 jun

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