Dan Callahan

Dan Callahan
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T-Meter Title | Year
97% Two of Us (Deux) (2021) The perplexing thing about Two of Us is that it seems to be set in the present day, yet Nina acts as if telling Madeleine's children about their love for each other is an impossibility. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
74% Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) When she is not trying to set up a "good guy/bad guy" dynamic between Cohn and her father, Meeropol jumps all over the place, trying to cram in too many stories and pieces of information, many of which lead to dead ends. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
67% Almost Love (2020) Many chatty, amorphous scenes in which characters yammer on about their problems in a way that suggests that even they don't care about them. And if they don't care about their own problems, then there is no reason why we should either. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
100% Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019) There are interviews with academics and drag queens and fans of the horror genre, and this gives the movie a wide-ranging perspective that helps us better understand the moving personal story at its core. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
80% The Times of Bill Cunningham (2020) It feels like he might want to talk somewhat more directly about his life experience, but the old-time prison of the closet is allowed to win out in the end, and what we're left with here is choppy and insubstantial. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
13% The Turning (2020) Davis has not been helped by a blonde coiffure that is so rigid and harshly cut that it makes it look like she is trying to act under an enchanted cottage. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
89% Cunningham (2019) The movements of the dancers here are often startlingly expressive, with particular emphasis on sliding across the floor and sinuously unexpected torso gyrations, but there are times when shadows and camera movement obscure what we could be seeing. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
100% After Parkland (2019) Well-meaning, touching, but sometimes evasive. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
100% Gay Chorus Deep South (2019) Most useful as a way of seeing how intolerance hides behind evasive Southern hospitality and how it might be vanquished with what that hospitality seeks to avoid: direct confrontation. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
73% The Cotton Club Encore (2019) Might also be called The Cotton Club Transformed, because this cut makes a film that felt like a failure into one of Coppola's very best pictures. This movie is a feast with all the trimmings, and then some. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
62% It Chapter Two (2019) If Muschietti's achievement with these two features is one more of managerial smarts and problem-solving than anything else, still his skill and control is welcome. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
83% Before You Know It (2019) Before its conclusion the ungainly Before You Know It has collapsed under the weight of all it is trying to do. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
81% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2019) Many plot twists and turns are packed into the rather rushed 75-minute running time here, and they are not always "elegant," to borrow a preferred term from the film, but they are certainly diverting. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
34% Being Frank (2019) There is a tug-of-war here between her attempt to explore her characters in a very serious way and the demands of the material, which is clearly meant to be played as farce most of the time, particularly towards the end. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
96% The Lavender Scare (2019) Glenn Close's voice-over is used to try to smooth over jumps forward and backward in time, but keeping all the players here in balance proves difficult for first-time director Josh Howard. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
86% Diamantino (2019) Feels fated to be remembered as the "giant fluffy puppy soccer movie," and both the giant fluffy puppies and Cotta provide enough laughs to make it worthwhile. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
59% Charlie Says (2019) The Manson scenes, which take up roughly half of the running time, do not or cannot suggest to us why these young women fell under Manson's power. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) Richard Curtis's twee, nudging, corny comedic voice is very much the main sensibility here, far more so than anything offered by director Danny Boyle or anyone else involved. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
95% See You Yesterday (2019) Would end up being a very dark movie indeed if it didn't have Duncan-Smith at its center, determined to think her way out of a set-up that is stacked so heavily against her that time travel changes only the victims, but not the violence. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
65% XY Chelsea (2019) This is a very difficult personal narrative to try to digest and make sense of, but at least XY Chelsea makes for a start on this, even if it cannot approach anything definitive on her singular story. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
72% Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) Clearly made by people who have thought through the material and tried to make it enjoyable and palatable, but the set-up at the end for further sequels feels a little too hopeful. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
11% Replicas (2019) "I have to watch the pods!" Foster exclaims on the phone to Ed, just one of many line readings from Reeves that might earn an unintentional laugh from those who enjoy unintentional laughs. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) There is a formality to the language here and to the heightened, rather torturously plotted dramatic situations, and so Jenkins wisely tries to put everything across visually as simply as possible. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
75% The Marriage (2017) Nothing having to do with either Anita or the marriage itself is as compelling as the love affair between these two men. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
99% Amazing Grace (2019) Worth seeing and re-seeing and re-seeing again, a testament to the Queen of Soul at the height of her powers, live, in full color, in rich sound, resplendent. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
100% Making Montgomery Clift (2018) The Clift remembered here is not the doomed victim of so many mythologizing books and TV programs but a highly intelligent, mordantly funny man who successfully fought to keep his creative and sexual integrity intact. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
80% Boy Erased (2018) Comprised of some strong scenes, some flashy scenes, and some scenes that are just scenes. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
38% Viper Club (2018) This is a slow-burning movie, but its stealth and intelligence eventually packs an emotional punch. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
72% The Happy Prince (2018) Everett shows little sense of how to structure his material, or how to shoot it, or even sometimes how to act it, but he does have one key element that sees him through: keen insight into Wilde's world and character. And this insight gets him pretty far. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
90% Studio 54 (2018) The feeling persists that we are very far from hearing what really happened there. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
71% Hot to Trot (2018) Freedman kept filming her subjects for so long that she saw their relationships break up and new relationships get started, and she observes all of this without ever being able to make it mean anything. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
92% We the Animals (2018) Zagar has smartly decided to tell this very subjective story of childhood with an Expressionist visual style that favors saturated colors, and he often leans on an unusually potent sound design that leads us seamlessly from one memory to the next. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2.5/4 88% Grey Gardens (2009) Sensitive and well acted as this new Grey Gardens is, it feels like a wish-fulfillment fantasy that gives Little Edie a happy ending; the truth of this woman's life must have been much grimmer and messier. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
67% Ideal Home (2018) Fleming's writing is at its best here when he is sending up the exaggerated sensitivity of liberals when they are dealing with a minority and not sure what might offend them. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
47% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) How hard is it to make running away from a rampaging dinosaur look at least a little exciting? - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
49% A Kid Like Jake (2018) Feels more like playwriting than like screenwriting because we are told things in dialogue about Jake but barely ever get to see him behaving -- doesn't it signal the same kind of avoidance or fear that the movie itself is supposed to be about? - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
83% That Summer (2018) Once the film turns itself over to the footage of Big Edie and Little Edie Beale, this movie comes into its own as a fascinating companion piece and prequel to the Maysles Brothers film. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
67% The Seagull (2018) The most impressive thing about this film of The Seagull is that every role has been ideally cast. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
33% Mapplethorpe (2019) The major thing that Mapplethorpe has in its favor is that the film is afraid of neither the life nor the work of the notorious photographer. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
72% The Rachel Divide (2018) Dolezal is basically outrage clickbait in human form, and so Brownson is using Dolezal's negative attention seeking to get attention for herself as a filmmaker. Nothing beyond that has been accomplished here. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
55% Back Roads (2018) This is an accomplished debut from Pettyfer as a director, and it shows how interested he seems to be in the scarier byways of life, which seemed clear in his performance last year in The Strange Ones. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2018
51% Rampage (2018) This film is based on an arcade video game that featured large-sized creatures knocking down buildings and running amok, but that basic idea has been swamped here by too many convoluted plot lines and extraneous characters. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
16% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) The premise of Truth or Dare is needlessly convoluted, and it is overloaded with information and side characters. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) There are no stakes here, just lots of robots and then dinosaurs who rise up out of the sea and place their large feet down onto pavement that rises up as random people run away and try to escape. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
96% 1985 (2018) This is a realistic, discreet, yet exploratory film that earns its tears honestly and scrupulously. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
39% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) The last third plays so much better than the first half that it suggests that Roberts should have abandoned all caution and really gone for a more consistently over-the-top film based in the emotion that he clearly wants to foster. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
97% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Wardle deserves credit for journalistic doggedness and also for making a documentary that plays like a nerve-jangling thriller. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) "Phantom Thread is a movie filled with performances that feel like the best Method acting from the mid-20th century, when actors like Montgomery Clift and Julie Harris seemed to know every minute of each day in the past lives of their characters." - House Next Door EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
93% Saturday Church (2018) Director Cardasis keeps his characters and actors at arm's length, as if he's a little scared of them or worried about seeming like a tourist. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
29% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) Once the USO tour is set into motion, it falls to Wilson to provide much of the humor here, and she is a skilled enough comic to push the narrative over most of its hurdles. But even she can't quite finesse or explain John Lithgow. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017