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Dan Callahan

Dan Callahan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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
91% 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
90% 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
92% 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
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
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
46% 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
88% 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
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
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
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2012
75% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2011