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Dan Callahan

Dan Callahan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) Falls rather flat whenever it tries to deal with World War II directly, but as a character study of a young Japanese girl in wartime it is often beguiling.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
86% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) The bothersome and irritating thing about the way The Midwife is written is that we keep hearing story after story about the shared history between Claire and Béatrice, but we never get a solid idea of what that history was.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
83% F(l)ag Football (2017) These guys are big on lame bromides in the first scenes of the film, but they eventually open up for the camera and have much more interesting and complicated things to say about themselves.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
23% The Book of Henry (2017) The really sad thing is that this is a movie with some intriguing characters that has some real comic and dramatic potential, but all this gets lost in increasingly silly plot mechanics.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
79% Chuck (2017) "There's more to you than meets the eye, Chuck Wepner," says Linda (Naomi Watts), a Jersey bartender who will eventually become his second wife. "Not much, but just enough," she says, and the same might be said of Chuck itself.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
15% The Circle (2017) A superficial smartness to the early scenes soon gives way to very obvious plot manipulations.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
71% Manifesto (2017) Blanchett has no fear as a performer, and she has such enormous appetite for acting that she rips into each of the characters she is playing as if she were hungrily stripping meat off of chicken legs and then hurling the bones over her shoulder.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
89% The Trip to Spain (2017) This picture is 115 minutes of nearly wall-to-wall actor impressions, and that does get to be too much of a good thing, unfortunately.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
86% The Lovers (2017) That rare thing: a serious romantic comedy with farcical elements that never puts a foot wrong.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
0% Aardvark (2017) The sort of movie that gets by with its unpredictable where-is-this-going vibe for about a half-hour or so, but it becomes apparent at a certain point that the set-up is pretty much all there is.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
43% Flower (2017) Becomes slightly more bearable when it tries to be serious after failing so badly to be hip and funny, but embedded within the later dramatic scenes are desperately dumb plot decisions that lead us to a calamitous ending.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
92% A Quiet Passion (2017) To be fair, even Nixon and Jennifer Ehle sometimes have trouble with Davies's ornate dialogue. But Nixon is so determined to get to the heart of this great poet that she does eventually reach it toward the end.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) The plot twists suggest the kind of games that 11-year-old boys put together on the playground during recess, with women in peril and so many different parts for everyone to play that you begin to lose track of who everybody is.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Feels largely perfunctory: where it flounders most is on the miscasting of several crucial roles.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
91% The Freedom to Marry (2017) A movie that discourages complex thinking or contradiction, but there are little hints here and there of something more frightening and unstable.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
94% God's Own Country (2017) It feels like the camera is gawking at them rather than joining them, and so all semblance of reality and of the necessary awkwardness of getting their clothes off vanishes. And so too does any real eroticism. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
95% Oklahoma City (2017) Certainly well made and relatively searching, but it can only scratch the surface of its very disturbing and complex subject.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
100% Trophy (2017) Saving endangered animals is not a matter of sentimentality and lifting one up above another. It involves facing hard facts and brokering some compromises, and Trophy makes us fully aware of this.‐ TheWrap
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
13% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2016
45% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
45% King Cobra (2016) Movies don't get much juicier, funnier, creepier, sadder, or smarter.‐ TheWrap
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
22% The Boss (2016) It isn't comedy, and it isn't drama, much less comedy-drama. ‐ TheWrap
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
65% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
34% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) Puerile, ugly and painfully unfunny.‐ TheWrap
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2014
3/4 87% The Immigrant (2014) "The Immigrant" has many moments of exceptional power and rare delicacy ...‐ RogerEbert.com
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2013