Don Shanahan

Shanahan bio

Don Shanahan is the creator/founder/blogger of Every Movie Has a Lesson. Don is former elementary school teacher who is now an instructional coach and a regular credentialed member of the Chicago press pool of film critics. With that background in education, Don stands by the mantra that has become the title of his website. He writes his reviews with the goal of teaching life lessons, from the serious to the farcical, found within every film. The primary goal of “Every Movie Has a Lesson” has been to offer in-depth, professional quality film reviews with the hook of education in mind for as many current mainstream and independent releases as possible each year.

His movie reviews are also published in the Southland Voice, a free community newspaper based in Crete, Illinois that serves southern Cook and eastern Will County communities, and on the social platforms, Creators.coMedium and BAG Movies.  He also writes a weekly movie trend editorial column contribution for Feelin’ Film.  From 2010 to 2016, Don was published as a Chicago Film Examiner for Examiner.com before its closure.  Outside of reviews, he also presents his own voice and unique take on movie trends, film commentary, and more through website and social media features, columns, and editorials ranging from film discussions, awards talk, “best of” lists, and seasonal previews. He happily resides in Forest Park, Illinois with his tremendous wife Thanh and their two toddler children, Molly and Sam.

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