Every Movie Has a Lesson

Every Movie Has a Lesson is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Don Shanahan
Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Don Shanahan Despite the immense talent, the traits and choices lack being truly worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
2/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Don Shanahan Tessa and Chris might glow like radium, but Men in Black: International is an inert gas, fleeting and faint. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 Starfish (2016) Don Shanahan The mental maelstrom of Starfish is eerie, imaginative, and highly impactful. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
4/5 Plus One (2019) Don Shanahan Every moment to cringe and every moment to cherish swirl together with very appealing zest. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
1/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Don Shanahan When you watch this new movie and actually miss the gaudy theatrics of X-Men: The Last Stand because it at least tried, that's a very surprising and telling thing. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/5 Always Be My Maybe (2019) Don Shanahan The catchy chemistry of the movie comes from the whip-smart writing and performances of the two leads. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2019
4/5 The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Don Shanahan What would look like a capricious and half-hearted whim fit for a green reality show on basic cable and turns the the documented endeavor something ambitious, important, and miraculous. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
2/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Don Shanahan Bad quippy comedy, nonsensical plot trappings, and unimportant character inclusions are the true weaknesses that defeat these monsters. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
2/5 Aladdin (2019) Don Shanahan The surface is sadly where the effectiveness ends. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Don Shanahan Swelling enough from its redundancies, this symphony of gunpowder and gumption will satiate your summer thrills just fine. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
4/5 Still Human (2018) Don Shanahan Director Oliver Siu Kuen Chan's debut feature is the epitome of the genuinely genteel washing crassness away. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2019
3/5 () Don Shanahan Yuri Rutman's spare yet sizzling short film tantalizingly begs many questions. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
3/5 Penguins (2019) Don Shanahan Penguins presents this apprehensive newbie with education and entertainment combined together. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
5/5 Clara (2018) Don Shanahan This combination creates an intimate and daring film experience that enraptures as easily and as powerfully as it fascinates. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
4/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Don Shanahan All of the prodigious forethought and fortitude has paid off. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 Stuck (2017) Don Shanahan When they sing to each other, they sing to us. What they sing about speaks about all of us. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 Mary Magdalene (2018) Don Shanahan This film honors the magnitude of its subject with virtue of its own. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 Storm Boy (2019) Don Shanahan From production craft to the thematic storytelling of inspiration, the movie carries a simple sweetness that deserves an audience. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
3/5 Breakthrough (2019) Don Shanahan Good believers love divine challenges and so does this movie. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 The Public (2018) Don Shanahan The debate balance of this brouhaha of hubris and sentiment favors the rightly idealized and positive. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
1/5 MacGruber (2010) Don Shanahan MacGruber fails where every single Saturday Night Live skit-turned-movie, save for Wayne's World, has failed. They take something that is funny for five minutes and think it can be funny for 90 minutes. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 Dumbo (2019) Don Shanahan Dumbo has the attitude and the expansion of story that does enough to gain reverence around the little awestruck wonders we may already know are coming. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 Shazam! (2019) Don Shanahan Zany is the bullseye of Shazam! and, boy, is that all kinds of satisfaction. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2019
2/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Don Shanahan Mary Poppins Returns is the cinematic equivalent of a very pleasant British greeting. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Don Shanahan One's communal theater experience and entertainment value is addictively fed and your mind will race afterword, preserving the impact for even more internalization, compartmentalization, and surprise. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
5/5 Apollo 11 (2019) Don Shanahan With honor, the documentary team led by Todd Douglas Miller have now echoed this monumental achievement with an artistic one of their own. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
3/5 Finding Steve McQueen (2018) Don Shanahan There was certainly a porch-rocker and beer-sipper of a story to be told with this one and we get that entertainment. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/5 Wonder Park (2019) Don Shanahan Like the railed, ridden inventions it depicts, the movie has clever ideas and solid foundations, but too many hits of filmed friction slow the glee and weaken the poignant pillars attempted. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Don Shanahan Let loose, as she does, and relish in the unbridled power of this new MCU entry that wrinkles the blueprint with fantastic feminine wiles. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Don Shanahan The final chapter celebrates the substance that has made this series triumph. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2019
3/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Don Shanahan The fitting melodrama is as ripped as the muscles being flexed. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/5 Then Came You (2018) Don Shanahan Everything difficult and rough is softened by cheeky and easy charm. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
5/5 A Doctor's Sword (2015) Don Shanahan Well-woven in structure, non-judgemental in its observation, and extremely respectful of peaceful goals, this documentary is a richly pristine and compelling chronicle and time capsule. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 Donald in Mathmagic Land (1959) Don Shanahan Efficient and effective for education through charm. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 The Dunning Man (2017) Don Shanahan Precariously, at times, this movie balances somewhere between an urban drama and paperback crime novel. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 Comfort (2016) Don Shanahan Lu leans on simplicity over flash to keep this film rightfully earnest. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
5/5 Casablanca (1942) Don Shanahan Stride after stride, scene after scene, moment after moment, everything comes together and everything is right. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 Capricorn One (1978) Don Shanahan A good conspiracy thriller needs to make its scenario and setup believable to be effective, and this film nails that. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 BFFs (2014) Don Shanahan These are two characters (and strong women) that speak their minds and flesh out real challenges with a brazen balance of humor and bravery. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 Beauty Mark (2017) Don Shanahan Every part of this film that goes to an unsettling place or each opposing moment that shows glimmers of hope within disparity hinge on the light shining out of Auden Thornton's extraordinary performance. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 La belle et la bête (2014) Don Shanahan Bolder than its upcoming Disney-reimagined competition. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016) Don Shanahan Far and away, this is a light, easy, harmless, and amusing love letter to squeaky clean family-friendly entertainment of a bygone era. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 Barry (2016) Don Shanahan Biased and showy hero worship is rightfully absent for a solid biography slice. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
2/5 The Astrologer (1975) Don Shanahan Along the same lines as trash versus treasure, one filmmaker's passion project is another man's vanity film. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
5/5 Coming Through the Rye (2015) Don Shanahan Coming Through the Rye exudes a polish and a vibe that defines the film's wit and tone. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 The American Side (2014) Don Shanahan Satisfying and a constantly engaging throwback detective story that surpasses its glitzy and more expensive Hollywood peers EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 The Middle Distance (2015) Don Shanahan An easy story such as this doesn't need overindulgence. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 Embers (2016) Don Shanahan Claire Carre moves past the concept to populate this story with rich characters and poignant developments that keep you guessing and help you invest in the fate of these characters. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Don Shanahan Kinetic pace, clever humor, retro soundtrack, and dazzling effects add up to a wholly entertaining experience. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Don Shanahan Throwback experience of intensity and thrills fitting for the classic hero. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019