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: 415 / 415

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Even if a movie like The One and Only Ivan applies a little extra pushed personification for audience appeal, still recognize the feelings present. They’re so very there. The movie can stand proud for doing its source inspiration justice in a softly affecting and entertaining way. Review

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19 august

19 aug

Endless has a clean and polished air about itself in taking on topics normally too sparkly or too saccharine to take seriously. Folks, it’s still ghosts. Melodrama is a given. Yet, proper care and portrayal is still given to the emotional toll of true loss for those still living and loving. Review

6.0

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15 august

15 aug

Like the chemical addiction on screen, you have at best, five-minute spurts here and there of those leaps from the concept. You’re likely left asking where all of the power goes. Review

4.0

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15 august

15 aug

Too much of The Tax Collector lacks the higher gravity beyond the flashy fronts. Review

4.0

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9 august

9 aug

With Made in Italy and its occasional dalliances into comedy, the shell that comprises Neeson’s defenses sheds layers of honesty and translucent prisms to his heart. Fear is no longer in the equation and that’s a remarkable and gratifying sight to behold. Review

6.0

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8 august

8 aug

Every braided shoestring of DIY indie filmmaking on Lake Michigan Monsters swings a proverbial kitchen sink of derring-do flair on the end of it. Review

8.0

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2 august

2 aug

The balance of the past and present in Summerland is a challenge. Swale’s film is pensive in many places and proud in many others, respectfully so, yet with difficult transitions of meshed tones. Review

6.0

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2 august

2 aug

The richest artistry comes from the written storytelling from Kore-eda. Without his created character dynamics, all the finery and stellar casting are merely shells. The Truth is a ripe role for Catherine Deneuve... Review

8.0

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2020-07-20

2020

The strength of this film’s songs cannot stir the heavier human drama. If music is meant to be the binder, there’s not nearly enough of it. Review

4.0

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2020-07-17

2020

Continuously without dialogue, Daniel Davids and Isobel Wood captivate our cores with courage. Review

8.0

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2020-07-12

2020

The narrative screws might not be the tightest, but its aim is deadly enough to draw you in. Review

6.0

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2020-07-08

2020

Greyhound is a simpler performance than the comparative likes of Captain Phillips and Sully, but Tom doesn’t miss a moment to matter. Review

8.0

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2020-07-06

2020

No Small Matter can tug heartstrings as strongly as it backs its impassioned information. Review

8.0

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2020-06-30

2020

This is an even-handed farce of finger-pointing where both political sides have dirty hands and the media in the middle is wholly and equally complicit. Stewart unleashes this cringing astonishment in a surprising movie that pulls your leg and also very rug right out from underneath you. Review

6.0

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2020-06-22

2020

Miss Juneteenth has as much sincerity as it has struggle. The worthy themes ring true for a positive and willing audience that can pause looking down on pageants and see the bigger preparatory importance. Review

6.0

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2020-06-17

2020

Guided by calm direction from Ani Simon-Kennedy, Carpenter, while green, never overacts. Review

6.0

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2020-06-16

2020

You couldn’t be more there with Tobias and that senses-poking ambiance is constantly arresting. 7500 is a hearty welcome back for Joseph Gordon-Levitt in his first starring role in almost four years since Oliver Stone’s Snowden. Review

8.0

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2020-06-15

2020

There is an almost teenage-level of absurdity to it all by the time the finger-pointing sparks conflict. Review

2.0

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2020-06-12

2020

Re-teaming with his fellow Oscar-winning BlacKkKlansman writer Kevin Wilmott, Spike Lee puts his pungent poetry into a war film setting with dauntless theatrical results. Review

8.0

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2020-06-12

2020

At its fullest and best, Judd Apatow’s newest dramedy is a collection of half-hearted beats and half-witted mischief. That’s it. Just half. Review

4.0

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2020-06-10

2020

The way these writers and filmmakers can capture honest and domestic soul and vitality in such contained bursts is really something. Review

6.0

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2020-06-03

2020

Lulu Wilson is frighteningly voracious. Review

6.0

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2020-06-02

2020

Between the look, feel, and stunning execution of this narrative enigma, it all adds up, again, to tingles from a magnificent genuflection to so many genre inspirations. Review

10

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2020-06-01

2020

The two lead actors accomplish the ever-present anguish wonderfully and honestly. Review

8.0

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2020-05-30

2020

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