Dan Callahan

Dan Callahan
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T-Meter Title | Year
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
78% 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
33% 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
100% 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
87% 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
58% 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
62% 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
67% 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
9% 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
71% 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
81% 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
36% 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
71% 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
69% 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
93% 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 87% 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
65% 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
48% 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
53% 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
81% 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
75% 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
52% 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
15% 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
44% 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
95% 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
96% 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
30% 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
5% Just Getting Started (2017) This mild and dawdling picture is the sort of trifle meant for a retirement-age audience who just want to spend a pleasant and uneventful hour-and-a-half with a few name actors of a certain age. There's very little comedy here and even less action. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) "Call Me by Your Name is a great love story, and it is also a story about the way that Guadagnino's camera loves and brings out Hammer as an actor who can express joy or inner turmoil with a glance." - House Next Door EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
31% Wonder Wheel (2017) Too distant and remote from his characters to make them live for us or to make us care for them. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
89% Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017) Because of her own questioning presence on screen and also her voice-over when she reads from her own work, Didion seems to be in charge of this movie, and she does not flatter herself. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
84% Tom of Finland (2017) A formless look at Tom's life that seeks to celebrate him uncritically as a hero with a pill of a sister and a sweet boyfriend who just wants to hold his hand in public sometimes. Sex and desire go missing here, to a large extent. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
74% Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017) The camera loves Gaga's dramatic eyebrows and large eyes staring over her long nose and Streisand-ish mouth, but Five Foot Two captures her at a down time in her life, in several senses of that term. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
86% It (2017) Once the characters have been set up, Muschietti is free to linger as much as he wants over certain set pieces, and the results are as scary as they should be. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
90% The Wound (Inxeba) (2017) This is a movie that offers a glimpse into a seldom-seen world, and it is also a character study that looks deeply into the behavior of three very different men who might have loved each other under different circumstances. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
16% The Dark Tower (2017) The 95-minute culmination of years-long efforts to bring The Dark Tower to the big screen is a complete disaster, a limp, barely coherent shell of a movie. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
90% 4 Days in France (Jours de France) (2017) Badly needs some cutting and some focusing of all the material Reybaud shot of Pierre on the road because similar scenes with too many different characters start to blur and cancel each other out. - TheWrap EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017