Author Archives: Drew McWeeny

“Logan Lucky” Review: The Most Endearing Slice of Hicksploitation Comedy Since “Raising Arizona”

Logan Lucky ReviewBy now, Steven Soderbergh has to be considered heist film royalty, and it’s clear from the moment this film starts that he is one of the very best filmmakers at this particular type of thing,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” Review: A Slick and Soulless Action-Comedy With Movie Stars Instead of Characters

HitmansBodyguard“You can feel the labor behind every single scene, and you can see how hard everyone’s working, but honestly, it feels a little desperate, like they’re sweating behind those smiles,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Annabelle: Creation” Review: Someone’s a Fan of “Poltergeist” Judging by This Fine But Uninspired Prequel

Annabelle: Creation Review“The first Annabelle was a cheap knock-off of The Conjuring, built around fake tension and lame, slow-burn non-scares. This time, there’s plenty of payoff, and once the film hits its third act, it’s fairly relentless in terms of pace and tone,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“The Dark Tower” Review: Stephen King Movie Is a CGI-Fueled Disaster About the Wrong Character

The Dark Tower Review“I don’t want to beat up on a young actor. They are at the mercy of the director. But Tom Taylor is the wrong person to carry this film, plain and simple. Whatever charisma the kid has is not served by this role, and vice versa,” writes a clearly disappointed Drew McWeeny

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“Atomic Blonde” Review: Action Movie Has Its Pleasures But Charlize Theron Deserves Better

Atomic Blonde“The film tries to throw narrative twists at you, but the narrative is so matter-of-fact that they never really connect as twists. And as far as franchise-building goes, there’s no real narrative hook that makes me want to see this particular character again,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Detroit” Review: A Great Piece of Journalism That Doesn’t Make for Great Drama

Detroit Review John Boyega“There’s no special reason that one thing finally pushed people too far back in July of 1967. That was just the moment where everything got to be too much to stomach, and when pushed, a community pushed back,” writes Drew McWeeny of the latest film from Kathyn Bigelow and Mark Boal.

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“Valerian” Review: Luc Besson’s Sci-Fi Epic Is Full of Remarkable Invention But Hindered by Casting

Valerian ReviewNot every actor is right for every kind of film, and I’m pretty well convinced at this point that “heroic lead” is not in Dane DeHaan’s wheelhouse. Cara Delevingne might be better than him, but I’m not sure because she’s curiously underwritten here.

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“Dunkirk” Review: Christopher Nolan’s Harrowing War Movie Packs an Emotional Punch

Dunkirk ReviewDunkirk is not an easy experience. It is not a spoonfed version of history, designed for easy nostalgia. It is a vital and demanding film from an artist who is determined to use the big commercial stage to ask more of the audience,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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