Don Shanahan

Don Shanahan
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I'm the creator of Every Movie Has a Lesson. With my teacher background, I write my reviews as credentialed press in Chicago with the goal of teaching life lessons from the serious to the farcical. I'm also published on Medium.com for the MovieTime Guru site of AMI Publications, where I'm listed one of 50 Top Writers in the movie topic. I'm a new inductee into the Online Film Critics Society and also one of the directors of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, a recognized awards-voting body. Our mission is to bring our experiences, tastes, diversities, and audiences together with the push to share our passions and creativity in the effort to highlight the value and diversity found in both independent and mainstream films. I am also contributor on the Feelings Film Podcast where I write What We Learned This Week, a weekly editorial putting life lessons to industry news trends, and co-host their Connecting With Classics podcast highlighting films found on the AFI Top 100.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 93% The Lighthouse (2019) There is not enough compelling story, mystery, or perversion to fill or overwhelm this eerie environment. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 25% Gemini Man (2019) The literal cinematic equivalent of "chasing your own tail" - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
5/5 68% Joker (2019) Joaquin's poisonous performance is maniacally mesmerizing. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/5 100% The Man Who Wanted to Fly (2019) The sentiment of The Man Who Wanted to Fly is infectious, so enjoy the smile on your face. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Cumar: A Galway Rhapsody (2019) Each chapter is an anecdote to the soul of the people. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
4/5 86% Auggie (2019) Tantalizingly bounces your comfort level between intimacy and voyeurism. - 25YL (25 Years Later) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
4/5 82% The Untouchables (1987) All of it sizzles with cigar smoke mixing with spent gunpowder and lament. - 25YL (25 Years Later) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
4/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) An accomplishment of contemplative science fiction that is felt in your core as much as it pours wonderment in your eyes. - 25YL (25 Years Later) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
2/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Anything that lingers feels extraneous at best. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/5 82% Official Secrets (2019) Righteous treatment to a worthy story and builds a stoic thriller by layering its merits with an eye for accuracy. - 25YL (25 Years Later) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
3/5 16% Simply Irresistible (1999) Enjoy all the flights of fancy and let yourself lap up all the cuteness possible. - 25YL (25 Years Later) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/5 81% Europa Report (2013) Methodical and intelligent science fiction makes Europa Report a sharp movie. - 25YL (25 Years Later) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Neurotically charming, yet misshapen in many ways. - 25YL (25 Years Later) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
5/5 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) The kind of experience that makes one rethink how their own story is going. - 25YL (25 Years Later) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/5 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) The sprightly emotions on-screen cannot help but target and trigger your own matching passion. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
5/5 92% Luce (2019) There is a feverish anticipation of who's going to turn, who's going to crack, who's going to fall, and who's going to rise. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
3/5 59% Brian Banks (2019) Offers a patient and earned dose of victory that feels awfully nice and hopeful for this day and age. - 25YL (25 Years Later) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
4/5 95% Medium Cool (1969) Still rings with relevance and importance today as much as it did 50 years ago. - 25YL (25 Years Later) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
2/5 30% The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019) Chooses star-vehicle bravura over the historical plight that really matters - 25YL (25 Years Later) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 53% The Lion King (2019) The shininess is an undeniably impressive and redeeming feature to a lack of implemented originality. - 25YL (25 Years Later) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
4/5 90% Always Be My Maybe (2019) The catchy chemistry of the movie comes from the whip-smart writing and performances of the two leads. - 25YL (25 Years Later) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Surviving Confession (2019) A trying yet damn interesting jaunt through prickly pressures and uncomfortable themes. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
3/5 59% Astronaut (2019) Softly chooses sentiment over spectacle. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
3/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) A dippy mix of sunny sauntering and tiresome puzzlement. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
4/5 60% The Last 5 Years (2015) Catchy at one moment and then poignant in the next to match the shifting narrative. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
5/5 92% Searching (2018) A heart attack of a brilliant film that preys upon every parent's fears in this current digital world. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
5/5 92% Southside With You (2016) Enamors and enchants you often to forget that the two main characters are the future President and First Lady of the United States of America. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
5/5 86% A Monster Calls (2017) Earns every unflinching ounce of its emotional draw as one of the most profoundly emotional films. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
5/5 97% Lucky (2017) Continuously unearths affecting ways of making cantankerous endearing. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
5/5 68% Wonderstruck (2017) Haynes's prevailing theme of identity, and heavy sense of heart infused into a family film is nothing short of a beautiful revelation. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
5/5 82% The One I Love (2014) You'll be retreating to crossed arms of curiosity and chin-rubbing intrigue and attention. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
5/5 78% I Kill Giants (2018) Enlightens strong emotions with a level of imagination that is both fragile and brutal with its beauty. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
3/5 28% Into the Ashes (2019) There is plenty of heat to burn and brand from a calmer temperature of cinematic coals. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
5/5 99% The Farewell (2019) One of the most entertaining and freeing film experiences of recent memory. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
4/5 67% Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2019) The light produced by this documentary matches the inspirational shine of the subject herself. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 93% Wild Rose (2019) Shouts of anger and tirades of tears fuel the fights and the vocals churning from Jessie Buckley. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) All of this is a downright blast and a big screen feast for a summer movie season that has burned more cinematic food on the grill than it has properly served. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
4/5 62% Yesterday (2019) Brush off the eye-rolling salt and you will find beaming smiles of sugar. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Two in the Bush: A Love Story (2019) With proud maturity and still plenty of passion, Two in the Bush presents an honest tale of such a three-wheeled romance. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/5 100% In Reality (2018) With biting personal commentary and high creativity to bend and break the tropes of romantic comedy, do-it-all talent Ann Lupo has crafted something entirely unique. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
2/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Despite the immense talent, the traits and choices lack being truly worthwhile. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
2/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) Tessa and Chris might glow like radium, but Men in Black: International is an inert gas, fleeting and faint. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 91% Starfish (2019) The mental maelstrom of Starfish is eerie, imaginative, and highly impactful. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
4/5 90% Plus One (2019) Every moment to cringe and every moment to cherish swirl together with very appealing zest. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
1/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) When you watch this new movie and actually miss the gaudy theatrics of X-Men: The Last Stand because it at least tried, that's a very surprising and telling thing. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) What would look like a capricious and half-hearted whim fit for a green reality show on basic cable and turns the the documented endeavor something ambitious, important, and miraculous. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Bad quippy comedy, nonsensical plot trappings, and unimportant character inclusions are the true weaknesses that defeat these monsters. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2/5 57% Aladdin (2019) The surface is sadly where the effectiveness ends. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Swelling enough from its redundancies, this symphony of gunpowder and gumption will satiate your summer thrills just fine. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
4/5 100% Still Human (2018) Director Oliver Siu Kuen Chan's debut feature is the epitome of the genuinely genteel washing crassness away. - Every Movie Has a Lesson EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019