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Jeff Shannon

Jeff Shannon
Jeff Shannon's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Seattle Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 69% Antonia (Antonia's Line) (1995) Antonia's Line is a Dutch treat that unfolds like a generous novel, surrounding you with its indelible sense of time, place and character. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 4, 2016
3.5/4 80% Rudy (1993) The film is so effective because Rudy is never seen as mock-heroic, and he's never lifted toward unrealistic achievement. He simply does the very best he can. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 23, 2016
3/4 30% Hocus Pocus (1993) Hocus Pocus remains a delightful family comedy, spooky but never scary as it romps its merry way through the graveyard. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 15, 2015
3.5/4 97% The Crying Game (1992) Seeing the film twice reveals two completely different viewer perspectives -- a kind of "before and after" syndrome -- and like any good film The Crying Game grows richer as it sinks into your thoughts. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Mar 9, 2015
3/4 89% House (Hausu) (1977) For connoisseurs of the bizarre, House's revival is long overdue. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Feb 6, 2015
3/4 89% Light Sleeper (1992) Dafoe completely inhabits the character, appearing in virtually every scene and developing a fascinating psychological profile. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 9, 2014
2/4 67% Maverick (1994) By the time Donner crowds his climactic poker game with a bevy of veteran Western character actors, decades of movie tradition have been reduced to window dressing, and Maverick leaves you hungry for the real thing. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 2, 2014
1/4 14% My Boyfriend's Back (1993) Simply put, absolutely none of it works. The movie utterly fails to set a foundation for its dark fantasy, effectively turning every character into a moron. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 15, 2014
2/4 14% The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992) There's nothing wrong with The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag that isn't wrong with about a thousand other commercially homogenized comedies of its kind. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 11, 2014
1.5/4 11% Father Hood (1993) Despite its best intentions, Father Hood is destined to become leftovers in the video store. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 8, 2014
2.5/4 12% Striptease (1996) Bergman, who made The Freshman and Honeymoon in Vegas, provides quotable one-liners for everyone (especially Rhames), and a bevy of strippers lend colorful albeit stereotypically ditzy support. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 18, 2014
2.5/4 19% Once Upon a Forest (1993) It's a good thing this breezy animated adventure lasts only slightly more than 70 minutes. Children will no doubt enjoy its simple tale, but would probably grow restless if it went on for a minute longer. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 17, 2014
2.5/4 71% Léon: The Professional (1994) Like Quentin Tarantino, Besson has a singular style and directorial sensibility that keeps you watching. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 4, 2014
3/4 90% Chungking Express (1996) I've never been a big fan of technique that calls attention to itself, but Wong's frenetic blend of slow motion, pixilation, rushing backgrounds and frozen foregrounds (or vice versa) is as integral to this movie as its bubbly story and characters. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 28, 2014
2.5/4 77% A League of Their Own (1992) League wants you to laugh more than anything else, and Hanks makes sure that you will. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 6, 2014
2/4 4% Cool World (1992) Bakshi's world is typically subversive, anti-nostalgic and, at times, a brilliantly conceived grafting of two and three dimensions. Unfortunately, its ingenuity matrix seems to have short-circuited. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 4, 2014
2/4 7% Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992) The film benefits greatly from the use of three totally authentic ship replicas, but the real thing -- as presented in the PBS series about Columbus -- is still much more inspiring. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 3, 2014
2/4 10% Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) Landis relies on routine action -- and cameos by such noted filmmakers as George Lucas, John Singleton, Martha Coolidge and others -- to hide the fact that there's no engine under his movie's hood. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted May 2, 2014
3.5/4 81% A Few Good Men (1992) The film's entire cast and crew prove up to the task, and there's something both comfortably old-fashioned and blazingly contemporary about Aaron Sorkin's screenplay. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 30, 2014
3/4 59% Disclosure (1994) For those who would question Crichton's motives, Levinson and Attanasio haven't let men off the hook. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3.5/4 84% The English Patient (1996) Could this possibly be the Casablanca of the late 20th century? ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jan 7, 2014
3/4 71% The Ref (1994) It's miraculous casting, and the Australian Davis -- for my money the finest actress around, bar none -- is simply uncanny in her command of East Coast gentility combined with razor-sharp timing and comedic expression. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3/4 75% The Santa Clause (1994) This is Allen's movie debut, and it's easy to see why his show is a ratings smash. There's an effortless quality to his humor, but it's also got a quietly urgent edge to it. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3/4 80% The City of Lost Children (La Cité des Enfants Perdus) (1995) On visual terms alone, The City of Lost Children is something of a masterpiece, using state-of-the-art physical, optical and digital special effects to stretch cinematic boundaries. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 20, 2013
2.5/4 87% Howl's Moving Castle (2005) What you get, above all, is some enchanting flashes of classic Miyazaki and the nagging sense that something essential is missing. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 19, 2013
2/4 83% Bei Jing yu shang Xi Ya Tu (2013) A bright, sentimental bauble that's blandly generic and predictable from the get-go. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Nov 7, 2013
4/4 91% Nobody's Fool (1994) While watching Robert Benton's sublime adaptation of Richard Russo's novel, it's hard to avoid the realization that movies like this have become an endangered species. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 29, 2013
3/4 96% Birth Of The Living Dead (2013) Romero himself is the film's highlight, appearing relaxed and funny in an entertaining interview. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/4 36% Ghost Team One (2013) Destined to be a streaming-video hit with truant frat boys everywhere. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Oct 10, 2013
2.5/4 83% Blue Caprice (2013) If Moors and Porto were aiming for gun-debate relevance, they've failed; "Blue Caprice" has nothing to say about a society plagued by violence, nor does it focus on mental illness as a probable cause. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 26, 2013
2.5/4 50% My Lucky Star (2013) It's hardly original, but as the plot bounces from Singapore to Hong Kong and the lavishly gaudy Venetian Resort in Macao, "My Lucky Star" plays out like a sparkling, brightly lit travelogue with Zhang as a bubbly tour guide. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2.5/4 80% Snake & Mongoo$e (2013) A flawed but essential film for its target audience. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Sep 5, 2013
2.5/4 71% I Declare War (2013) "I Declare War" captures the awkwardness of preadolescence as well as any film since "Stand By Me." ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 29, 2013
4/4 100% Rewind This! (2013) Johnson's savvy authority ensures that "Rewind This!" will leave many film-and-video lovers begging for more. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 29, 2013
2.5/4 65% Reality Bites (1993) Ryder and Hawke bring crucial authenticity to their roles with effortless appeal. You'll find yourself wanting more of these characters than the movie gives you. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 28, 2013
3.5/4 83% Persistence Of Vision (2012) Sometimes it feels like you're rattling around in the fever-dreaming brain of the animator. It's glorious. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 15, 2013
3/4 78% André Gregory: Before and After Dinner (2013) "André Gregory: Before and After Dinner," is an insightful documentary/love letter directed by Gregory's second wife, Cindy Kleine, who married Gregory when she was 39 and he was 63. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2/4 69% Cliffhanger (1993) The fact that so much money was lavished on such a thick-headed project represents the height of fiscal ineptitude, but this is the kind of roller-coaster ride for which eager audiences will gladly check their brains at the turnstiles, so go figure. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 3, 2013
4/4 94% Dave (1993) It's impossible to say whether Dave will play as wonderfully over the decades as it does right now, but this smooth-as-silk comedy could not be more timely, or connect more hopefully with our current national consciousness. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 2, 2013
3.5/4 85% The Secret Garden (1993) While drawing superb performances from her young leads, Holland has masterfully contrasted the garden -- a place where melodic robins seem almost conversant -- with the dread of Misselthwaite. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3.5/4 89% The Bridges of Madison County (1995) With Eastwood as Kincaid and Meryl Streep as Francesca, this carefully observant love story turns Waller's pop-lit passion into screen art. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 31, 2013
2.5/4 93% Jurassic Park (1993) Jurassic Park is an astonishing success in one sense and one sense only: It is the monster of all monster movies, guaranteed to challenge weak bladders, flutter heartbeats and win automatic Oscars for the [tech crew]. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3/4 93% Speed (1994) A riotously enjoyable locomotive of action, Speed is driven by a premise of such crystalline purity that its ridiculousness becomes part of the fun. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/4 96% What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993) A powerful portrait of emotional endurance, propelled by the outstanding performances of Bassett and Fishburne, both of whom lend a crucial dimension to the gradual redundancies of Kate Lanier's otherwise insightful screenplay. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 29, 2013
3.5/4 96% The Fugitive (1993) The film is little more than a well-oiled machine that serves a strictly limited function, but like a precision timepiece, it is a thing to marvel at, even under close scrutiny. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 29, 2013
3/4 73% Free The Mind (2013) If you focus on its fascinating subject matter and the dramatic revelations presented here with irrefutable impact, "Free the Mind" qualifies as a pioneering inquiry at the outermost boundaries of neuroscience. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 25, 2013
2/4 49% Maniac (2013) Frodo Baggins as a psycho-killer? Why not? ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3/4 83% Laurence Anyways (2013) For all of its transgender drama, "Laurence Anyways" remains a love story, pure but not so simple. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3.5/4 94% A Band Called Death (2013) If you're looking for a 96-minute jolt of joy, look no further than this uplifting, well-made documentary ... ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
1.5/4 10% House Arrest (1996) To the slim degree that it qualifies as a comedy, House Arrest is a comedy with rank amateur pathos, and it's totally out of touch with its own superficially treated emotions. ‐ Seattle Times
Posted Jun 14, 2013