John Hanlon Reviews

Film Reviews

Dumbo Review


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Director Tim Burton is well-known for his ability to create unique landscapes in his cinematic creations. He created such a landscape in Batman and its sequel Batman Returns. His new film reunites two of the stars from the latter picture and brings them into a world of its...

Creed 2 Review

Creed 2

Release Date: November 21, 2018

In 2015, the drama Creed defied expectations. The film, which featured Sylvester Stallone returning to the role of Rocky Balboa, served as an addition to the long-running Rocky series while also standing alone as the introduction of a new boxer on the horizon. That new boxer,...

The Front Runner Review

The Front Runner

Release Date: November 7th, 2018

The political world can change quickly. With news outlets covering candidates and public officials throughout the day, a leader at the top can fall very quickly. That was even the case in 1988. That’s the year that Colorado Senator Gary Hart was seen as the leader of the pack...

Nutcracker and the Four Realms Review

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Release Date: PG

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms begins in the aftermath of a mother’s death. Christmas is quickly approaching and the Stahlbaum family is in mourning, with three young children longing for their late mother. On the night of an elegant party, Clara (Mackenzie Foy) — one of...

Thunder Road Review

Thunder Road

Release Date: October 12th, 2018

In 2016, director Jim Cummings’ Thunder Road won the short film grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. That film, which focused on one man’s eulogy of his mother, was the beginning of something great and now Cummings has expanded his story into a narrative...

A Star is Born Review

A Star is Born

Release Date: October 5th, 2018

It’s hard to go into A Star is Born with few expectations. After all, this is a cinematic remake with two well-known stars leading the cast. Earlier versions of this story include the 1937 adaptation starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, the 1954 version featuring Judy...

Smallfoot Review


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Smallfoot, the new animated movie, offers a glimpse into a unique world of Yetis, fanciful stones and even the morning ritual of a ringing of a gong. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t relevant. The feature has its own identity but the concepts contained in it are...