Author Archives: Drew McWeeny

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Review: Rian Johnson’s Thrilling Entry Represents a Genuine Moment of Growth For the Franchise

The Last Jedi Review“What is clear above all is that Star Wars is in good hands, and that the series retains the ability to both give us what we crave, and surprise us with choices,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Phantom Thread” Review: Daniel Day-Lewis Helps Paul Thomas Anderson Find His Voice With This Lush, Disturbing Film

Phantom Thread ReviewPhantom Thread is going to be with me long after the conversations about this year’s awards have faded, and for many viewers, this is going to be a film worth an obsession as focused as the one shared by its main characters,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“The Post” Review: Meryl Streep Is the Heart and Soul of Feminist Film That Feels Urgent

The Post Review“Thank god we have a populist storyteller as morally focused as he is gifted to use his platform to tell stories that matter at the exact moment they matter most,” Drew McWeeny writes of director Steven Spielberg.

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“I, Tonya” Review: Margot Robbie Is Ferocious as Tonya Harding Because She Has the Same Hunger That Drove Her

I Tonya Review“There is a legitimate anger on display in Craig Gillespie’s film, and you get the feeling it was made as dark comedy because the alternative would be almost too grim to bear,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Darkest Hour” Review: Gary Oldman Is At His Absolute Best In Joe Wright’s Rousing and Sincere Drama

Darkest Hour Excerpt“Oscar-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything, Bohemian Rhapsody) stays in a biopic groove here, and it’s his approach to the material that makes Darkest Hour interesting. He knows that it’s not just which story you’re telling, but how you tell it,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“The Shape of Water” Review: Guillermo del Toro’s Dream Project Is Timely, Timeless, and His Most Personal Film to Date

ShapeofWaterTN“It’s beautiful to see a movie where the heroes — Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer — are the people who would be pushed to the edge of the frame in any other movie like this,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“The Disaster Artist” Review: James Franco Finally Pulls It All Together With Moving Comedy That Never Resorts to the Easy Joke

The Disaster Artist“The Franco brothers’ natural ease with one another allows them to try some big, risky things as performers, and it pays off in an intimacy that shorthands the years of friendship between Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Call Me by Your Name” Review: Desire Runs Deep in This Touching Love Story That Feels Like a Beautiful Memory

“James Ivory’s films are usually about the ways people deny the desires that define them, while Luca Guadagnino seems more interested by what happens when we surrender to them. It makes for a terrific collaboration,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Coco” Review: Pixar’s Latest Offers Lovely Music, Genuine Emotion and an Increasingly Familiar Formula

In terms of original storytelling, “the studio doesn’t seem to be innovating in the way they once did, and that feels like cause for concern,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Wonder” Review: Jacob Tremblay Delivers an Honest, Wrenching Performance in a Film Teeming With Empathy

“Director Stephen Chbosky demonstrates a real facility for recreating the feeling of being young, capturing the terror and the joy and the courage of it with an expert eye,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Justice League” Review: An Incoherent & Overstuffed Story Holds Back a Potentially Fun Film

justice league“In its best moments, Justice League is genuinely fun, with a comic book attitude that can be elusive to even the most talented filmmakers working from similar source material. At its worst, it’s simply incoherent,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Roman J. Israel, Esq.” Review: Denzel Washington Gives a Great Performance That’s In Search of a Good Movie

“Dan Gilroy is good at what he does, and he will make plenty of great films… this just isn’t one of them,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Murder on the Orient Express” Review: Kenneth Branagh’s Elegant Remake Delivers Old-Fashioned Pleasures

“When you’ve got talent like Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, Leslie Odom Jr., Derek Jacobi, Olivia Colman, Judi Dench, and Willem Dafoe as the various passengers, you know you’re in good hands,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“The Square” Review: Ruben Östlund’s Thrilling New Film Refuses to Play By the Rules and Give Easy Answers

the squareA thrilling accomplishment by an artist who is only getting better, the film raises major questions about whether “moral courage” in art is really courage at all, or if it’s all just one big human centipede of self-satisfaction,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Lady Bird” Review: Saoirse Ronan Gives an Exemplary Performance In This Terrific Solo Debut From Greta Gerwig

“This is a gorgeous movie made by a gorgeous spirit. Uncommonly warm and blessed with a comic voice that feels both fresh and personal,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“A Bad Moms Christmas” Review: Chemistry Carries Well-Cast But Uninspired Sequel That Relies on Gross-Out Comedy

“When every scene is designed to be the biggest, craziest, dirtiest comedy set piece of all time, the effect becomes somewhat numbing,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Suburbicon” Review: George Clooney’s Ambitious Dark Comedy Struggles to Find Focus

Drew McWeeny writes that George Clooney’s take on the Coen brothers’ story is an “ambitious attempt to marry dark comedy, film noir, and social commentary.”

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“Thank You for Your Service” Review: Miles Teller’s PTSD Drama Is a Scathing Look at the Human Cost of War

“Jason Hall’s no-nonsense directorial debut has rewards to offer, even though it doesn’t offer its characters any easy answers,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Jane” Review: Jane Goodall Documentary Celebrates a Remarkable Woman In a Beautiful Way

Jane Review“The film is not just a look at how Goodall changed our understanding of chimpanzee behavior, but also a sly love story and, simply on an aesthetic level, one of the year’s most beautiful movies,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“The Snowman” Review: Michael Fassbender Delivers Another Misfire

“On paper, all of this looks like it should be an easy slam dunk. Instead, it adds up to what can only be described as a scorched-earth failure,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Only the Brave” Review: Tragic Firefighter Tale Is a Fitting Tribute to Real-Life Heroes

Only the Brave Review“This is Joseph Kosinski’s most successful film to date, and I would not have guessed that he had this in him. It also features some of the most open-hearted and vulnerable work I’ve ever seen Josh Brolin do,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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HAPPY DEATH DAY Review: Christopher Landon Creates Fun But Formulaic Horror

“Confident and cleanly-told, “Happy Death Day” is exactly the “Groundhog Day” meets “Friday the 13th” mash-up that the trailers promise. There’s nothing more to it than that though,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“The Florida Project” Review: Sean Baker Continues to Find Success Giving a Voice to a World Little-Seen

“I know this is a movie, and that Moonee and Halley aren’t real, but in creating them, Sean Baker has captured something deeply true, and these images are spilling over with life, unruly and hard to categorize from one moment to the next,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Blade Runner 2049” Review: Denis Villeneuve Balances Reverence and Innovation in Worthy Sequel That Adds to Original’s Legacy

Blade Runner 2049 ReviewBlade Runner 2049 is such a good sequel that it makes the case that, between these two films, no other example of the genre has ever made these ideas so vivid, so wrenching, so immediate and raw,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Goodbye Christopher Robin” Review: Domhnall Gleeson Is Great In Devastating Film That’s Simon Curtis’ Best Yet

Goodbye Christopher Robin Review“The film is often devastating, and it offers up one of the least sentimental portraits of parenthood that I can remember. It’s also wise enough to suggest that art comes at a cost, and the creation of even the most beautiful things can sometimes leave scars,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“American Made” Review: Tom Cruise’s Movie Star Charm Only Flies So Far in This Amusing Near-Miss

American Made Review“Director Doug Liman takes such profound liberties with the life of Barry Seal that it’s fair to treat the film as fiction, but it’s also a terrific showcase for one sequence after another of Tom Cruise getting the smug smacked out of him,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Battle of the Sexes” Review: Inspirational Film Sees Emma Stone Score Off the Court as Billie Jean King

Battle of the Sexes Review“If even one person sees this film and takes strength from Billie Jean’s personal journey, strength they use to live their life honestly, then that’s even better than winning an Oscar, and this story certainly has the power to do that,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” Review: Matthew Vaughn Continues to Demolish Expectations with Entertaining Sequel

“This is how I like my movie sequels, determined not just to give us more of the same but keenly aware that ‘the same’ is exactly why people buy tickets to sequels. It’s a tricky balancing act, but it feels like Vaughn and his ongoing gang of collaborators enjoy that challenge,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“American Assassin” Review: A Goofy, Violent, Dumb Action Movie You May Enjoy

Dylan O’Brien’s new film isn’t particularly good, but it had Drew McWeeny on the edge of his seat the whole time.

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“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Review: Martin McDonagh is at His Best in Latest Dark Comedy

three billboards  excerpt“It feels like the most successful effort yet from an artist who understands that we’re going to have to face some ugly truths if we ever hope to get better from here,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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