Movies starring Michael Shannon

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Quarry, The

Moody and brooding, Scott Teems’ The Quarry falls loosely within a genre that has been dubbed “Western noir” by some critics. Undoubtedly a serious work that attempts to address immigration tensions and personal redemption, the film suff...

Run Time: 1:38
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-06-16
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Scott Teems
Cast: Shea Whigham, Michael Shannon, Catalina Sandino Moreno, ...
Knives Out

There are reasons why Hollywood rarely backs a murder mystery.  With its various narrative complexities, double dealings, and mandatory twists, the genre is generally unsuited for the constrictions demanded by a two-hour timeslot. As the PBS ...

Run Time: 2:10
U.S. Release Date: 2019-11-27
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Thriller
Director: Rian Johnson
Cast: Daniel Craig, Katherine Langford, Christopher Plummer, ...
Current War, The

You may have seen a trailer for The Current War a couple of years ago – that’s because, in its original incarnation, it was expected to reach theaters during the 2017 Oscar Season. One of the planned year-end releases of the now-defunct Th...

Run Time: 1:47
U.S. Release Date: 2019-10-25
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: Drama
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, ...
12 Strong

12 Strong represents a recent war as depicted on screen in an old-fashioned way. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, war movies followed an established template that pitted the “good guys” (often Americans) against the “bad guys.” Such fi...

Run Time: 2:10
U.S. Release Date: 2018-01-19
MPAA Rating: "R" (War Violence, Profanity)
Genre: War/Thriller
Director: Nicolai Fuglsig
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, ...
Shape of Water, The

Although Guillermo del Toro was never given the opportunity to bring his vision of The Hobbit to the screen, movie-goers over the years have not been deprived of his brand of horror-tinged fantasy. With his latest, the story is a variation on ...

Run Time: 2:03
U.S. Release Date: 2017-12-08
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity)
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, ...
Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals employs one of the most inventive uses of neo noir tropes and techniques I have seen in recent years. Intense, insightful, and strangely powerful, Tom Ford’s adaptation of Austin Wright’s novel, Tony and Susan, assumes a...

Run Time: 1:57
U.S. Release Date: 2016-11-18
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Tom Ford
Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, ...
Loving

As straightforward “based on a true story” movies go, Loving is a strong account of the key factual events that led to the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision overturning anti-miscegenation laws. Effectively acted and occasionally moving...

Run Time: 2:03
U.S. Release Date: 2016-11-11
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Adult Themes, Profanity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Jeff Nichols
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Christopher Mann, ...
Man of Steel

Note: There is a "spoiler" in passing for Star Trek into Darkness. Not a big thing if you've seen the movie (or even if you haven't) but don't say you haven't been warned. I also refer in vague terms to the ending of this film. Khan has returne...

Run Time: 2:28
U.S. Release Date: 2013-06-14
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, ...
Iceman, The

The Iceman offers a chronological view into the life of its title protagonist... and what a life it is. Based on the book The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer by Anthony Bruno, director Ariel Vromen's film presents a slightly fiction...

Run Time: 1:46
U.S. Release Date: 2013-05-03
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity,Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: Ariel Vromen
Cast: Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, ...
Mud

The ghost of Mark Twain looms large over Jeff Nichols' Mud, a modern-day homage to the settings and characters popularized in some of Twain's best loved works. The protagonists in Mud, a couple of 14-year olds, are named Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Ne...

Run Time: 2:10
U.S. Release Date: 2013-04-26
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: DRAMA/ADVENTURE
Director: Jeff Nichols
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Paul Sparks, Michael Shannon, ...