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: 473 / 473

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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

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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

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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

Every time they step forward, the movie shines. Instead, their wattage is filtered through milquetoast tropes of stepping stone laments, sell-out pushback, forced romances, career lies, and small-world bow-tying conveniences you’ve seen too many times and in better places. Review

4.0

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2020-05-28

2020

Beyond the dialogue, those writers and The Big Sick director Michael Showalter assembled a semi-crafty plot course that is far from predictable and does not entirely wear out its freshness or welcome in a tidy 86 minutes. Far less and far worse has been slapped together for date night couch watch. Review

6.0

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2020-05-21

2020

The movie doesn’t have one and the canyon-sized narrative hole because of it leaves us more perplexed than satisfied with a shoulder shrug and a chin rub of our own (emoji optional). Review

4.0

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2020-05-17

2020

Tom Hardy sweats, seethes, and pants with a performance of pain that has to be seen to be believed. Review

6.0

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2020-05-13

2020

Whether it’s Duke and co-writer Andrew Boonkrong, the source material, or both, this movie wavers wildly in tone and purpose. What could have been a menacing mystery ends up being little better than a quirky pickle or two. Review

6.0

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2020-05-10

2020

Gerety brings a remarkable level of affecting introvertedness to this damaged leading role. Contrary to his career gilded by a brand of explosive boisterousness, the actor uses massive presence and body language to fill the drama of Working Man. Review

8.0

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2020-05-05

2020

Reaching those bold heights of bracing social commentary, it is fair and complimentary to call Joe Robert Cole’s movie more important than entertaining. Review

6.0

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2020-05-01

2020

Real fights cause real wounds, and no one’s safety is assured. That’s a rugged quality for Hemsworth and company better than most glamour projects. Review

6.0

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2020-04-24

2020

Without some of that enveloping weight, all this amounts to is an abridged and radical folk tale without the proper embellishment. Review

4.0

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2020-04-23

2020

Shailene has the uncanny ability of balancing bruised burdens with infinitely levitating allure. She’s the reason to see this movie. Review

8.0

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2020-04-16

2020

Like a good sequel should, Trolls World Tour elevates stakes with its ambitious amusement to become an even bigger compilation tape than it already was. Review

8.0

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2020-04-11

2020

He took the French’s concept and the ironic tropes of movie weddings and bent enough kinks to make something devilishly delightful. Review

6.0

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2020-04-10

2020

Filled with dumbfounded narrative and creative choices, fake trauma, and forgotten consequences, he ain’t kidding. Pass the bullet and the remote. Review

2.0

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2020-04-03

2020

No amount of razzle-dazzle filling eyes and ears can cover up the glaring examples of questionable creativity and incomplete development enacted by Abrams and lead screenwriter Chris Terrio. Review

6.0

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2020-03-31

2020

This is a good single spin with an intriguing premise, but not a re-watch contender that calls us to circle back with desire or fixation. Review

4.0

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2020-03-28

2020

Verchere and VanderWaal exudes comfortable chemistry that is not over-spiked. Review

8.0

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2020-03-23

2020

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