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Dan Callahan

Dan Callahan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
12% Collateral Beauty (2016) To paraphrase Groucho Marx, this is a movie where we watch Will Smith, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Naomie Harris, Keira Knightley and several other fine players bore holes in themselves so that we can watch the sap run out. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Dec 13, 2016
21% Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) Perry is often mocked or put down, but his voice and his sensibility are real, and this is clear even in an iffy project like this. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 20, 2016
87% The Lost City of Z (2017) An attempt at an entirely different kind of film for Gray, and the results are revelatory and expansive while also true to his own complicated creative character. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 15, 2016
44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) This film is structured so that the scenes where Billy and his fellow soldiers stand behind Destiny's Child at the halftime show feel far more nerve-wracking than the unconvincing war scenes, and this deliberate imbalance never pays off dramatically. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 14, 2016
89% 20th Century Women (2017) The result is much more complex and exploratory than Beginners which, for all its charm, felt a little thin. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 7, 2016
43% King Cobra (2016) Movies don't get much juicier, funnier, creepier, sadder, or smarter. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 6, 2016
12% When the Bough Breaks (2016) A very conservative film that ducks any issues that might be dramatically interesting in order to work up lame suspense sequences. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3% Nina (2016) Unforgivably exploits Simone's memory and name with a movie that plays like a sketch comedy parody of the worst possible Nina Simone biopic. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Apr 18, 2016
22% The Boss (2016) It isn't comedy, and it isn't drama, much less comedy-drama. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Apr 6, 2016
18% The Adderall Diaries (2016) The style and tone of The Adderall Diaries is loose and free flowing, so that heavy subjects never feel heavy-handed in their treatment. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Apr 5, 2016
91% The Witch (2016) Isn't afraid to go to some dicey emotional and sexual places in its pursuit of its theme, and it has the sense to let some things remain unexplained because they are scarier that way. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Feb 17, 2016
43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) The essential problem here is that the story and characters of Austen's novel feel totally separate from the crass and pandering zombie plot overlay, so much so that some of it just doesn't make much sense. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Feb 3, 2016
60% Sisters (2015) Stands in marked contrast to many of the heavily-improvised bro comedies of the last few years, actually taking time over its comic bits rather than just throwing every rambling, shambling improv routine up on the screen. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Dec 10, 2015
66% The Night Before (2015) "This is a picture that has possibilities, but it lacks follow-through before finally giving in to its own worst impulses." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 17, 2015
33% My All American (2015) Even those who love inspirational sports films might have to flinch from "My All American" is a movie so square, conservative and humorless that it winds up playing like a brutally straight-faced "South Park" parody of gridiron schmaltz." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 13, 2015
34% Knock Knock (2015) "Director Eli Roth's "Knock Knock," a remake of the 1977 exploitation picture "Death Game," sometimes plays more like a comedy than like the grungy thriller that inspired it, but that's often all to the good." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 10, 2015
84% The Walk (2015) "'The Walk' is that rare movie that might please practically everyone, from viewers just looking for a thrill to those who might enjoy a story that sounds like a tall tale but winds up being discreetly poignant." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 28, 2015
46% Ted 2 (2015) Bad taste needs to be more honest and more all-inclusive if it's to make a lasting impression, and MacFarlane's bad taste here is both too wishy-washy and too knee-jerk cruel to really make any impact. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jun 24, 2015
2.5/4 43% Effie Gray (2015) "Effie Gray" runs 108 minutes, yet it feels like it ends right before the real drama is about to begin. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Apr 3, 2015
74% Inherent Vice (2015) Anderson seems to have lost all real pleasure in filmmaking; he seems to feel it's a kind of duty now, the weight of his various influences weighing him down and crushing the bright, grasping, sensitive artist who made Boogie Nights and Magnolia. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jan 7, 2015
82% Beyond the Lights (2014) In every scene here, Prince-Bythewood calmly and sensitively melts our resistance to the outlandish, outsized quality of her plot and stays true to the message she wants to deliver without ever getting pious or preachy. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jan 5, 2015
34% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) Puerile, ugly and painfully unfunny. ‐ TheWrap
Posted Nov 18, 2014
2.5/4 82% Lilting (2014) Whishaw is the most gifted and poetic actor in his age range, by a very wide margin, and everything he does here is fresh and unexpected. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3/4 87% The Immigrant (2014) "The Immigrant" has many moments of exceptional power and rare delicacy ... ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted May 16, 2014
1.5/4 18% Gus (Expecting) (2013) A fairly laidback movie that isn't serious and isn't funny and isn't much of anything. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3/4 69% S#x Acts (2013) Probably a lot of people who see this film will get fed up with Gili's passivity, but some people in life are passive in a way that feels like a defiantly inactive reaction to ill treatment. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Dec 6, 2013
2.5/4 No Score Yet Skinwalker Ranch (2013) The somewhat charming thing about "Skinwalker Ranch" is that it takes itself seriously. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Nov 1, 2013
1.5/4 43% Sal (2013) All we do is wait through uneventful hours with the protagonist until their foreordained death comes as a kind of finale and release. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Nov 1, 2013
1/4 31% Last Love (2013) This is a glacially paced movie, filled with sickly picture postcard imagery that seems designed to put you to sleep. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Nov 1, 2013
2/4 35% The Counselor (2013) The film might be a real hoot if everyone had gone over the top, but the actors all seem too awkward and uneasy for that to really happen. It's as if they're all thinking, "Wait, is this script by Cormac McCarthy really as bad as it sounds?" ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 25, 2013
3/4 50% A.C.O.D. (2013) "A.C.O.D." is a sharp, dark-ish character comedy, settling for a dry tolerance in its point of view that is very appealing and even admirable. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 4, 2013
2/4 8% Runner Runner (2013) "Runner Runner" is the kind of meat-and-potatoes genre picture that might be passable if the people involved in making it had given the same thought and concentration to the development of the plot and the ending as they did to the fairly involving set-up. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 4, 2013
2/4 50% Thanks For Sharing (2013) You can admire the skill that has gone into the shaping of these scenes while also rejecting their ultimate aim. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 20, 2013
70% C.O.G. (2013) People who approach it as a film in its own right, with its own rhythms and goals and pleasures, will be amply rewarded. ‐ RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 20, 2013
79% Quartet (2013) Hoffman, of all people, should have respect enough for Smith to give her something meatier to chew on. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Jan 2, 2013
69% Les Misérables (2012) As Fantine, a gaunt Anne Hathaway plunges into her character's suffering with such unseemly relish that she practically licks her chops with self-indulgent woe. ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 27, 2012
76% Damsels in Distress (2012) This is a very funny movie, and in some ways a dirty movie, in the old Ernst Lubitsch sense of innuendoes standing in for outright sex talk. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Jul 3, 2012
79% The Deep Blue Sea (2012) "When Davies is able to get away from the bed-sitting room Rattigan chat, he creates some of his most lushly romantic emotional spirals upward set to popular music." ‐ House Next Door
Posted Mar 24, 2012
100% Procès de Jeanne d'Arc (Trial of Joan of Arc) (1962) The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962) might be my favorite Robert Bresson film, and Florence Delay, who plays Joan and who went on to become a respected novelist in France, my favorite Bresson lead. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Jan 9, 2012
51% The Iron Lady (2012) Like most of Meryl Streep's films, The Iron Lady is mainly just a vehicle for her performance, a pretext for role-playing, another acting master class. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Dec 21, 2011
79% Shame (2011) Shame feels like the first real Fassbender vehicle in that it hinges entirely on him and his minute facial reactions and (especially) on the constant workout of his body walking and running through space. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Nov 29, 2011
95% Paul Goodman Changed My Life (2011) I sometimes feel like I like the idea of Paul Goodman more than the reality of most of his writing, but it is this cheering idea of him as utopian sexual and societal prophet that Lee's film brings back most seductively. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Oct 15, 2011
82% My Own Private Idaho (1991) My Own Private Idaho is a seminal movie for many people. It certainly has been for me. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Sep 17, 2011
No Score Yet À double tour (Web of Passion) (Leda) (1959) Chabrol was a hedonist who made no bones about how much he relished food and sex, usually in that order. ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 1, 2011
67% New York, New York (1977) A downbeat homage to bright-lights showbiz dramas, an epic orchestration that indulges in stubbornly obsessive riffs, Martin Scorsese's New York, New York (1977) seems to value awkwardness and indecision above all else. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Jun 16, 2011
89% Deep End (1971) In all of the best work of the Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, there is a barely-there surrealism in play that keeps his films excitingly unsteady. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Jun 10, 2011
96% Summer (Le rayon vert) (1986) Delphine is the sort of person who would rather be unhappy than compromise her own expectations of life; this is a woman who's idea of beach reading is Dostoyevsky's The Idiot. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Jun 9, 2011
95% Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) "I am the earth mother, and you are all flops," Martha proclaims toward the end, and Taylor never had a line of dialogue that better suited her fighting maternal spirit. ‐ House Next Door
Posted May 22, 2011
84% The Tree of Life (2011) Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life never stops moving forward. ‐ House Next Door
Posted May 22, 2011
50% Mildred Pierce (2011) Haynes's Mildred Pierce finally seems like the most elaborately produced critical close reading of a novel of all time. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2011