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Drew McWeeny

Drew McWeeny
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
98% Zootopia (2016) Zootopia is a reminder of just how beautiful animated films can be. Holy cow, this thing is almost hallucinatory.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
A- 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The Birth of a Nation is a vibrant, furious piece of work, and the fact that it seems extra-relevant right now should be seen as a failure of our culture, not as a calculated move by Nate Parker or his collaborators.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
B+ 61% Snowden (2016) Snowden has a secret weapon, and it's one that I wasn't expecting: a fully-engaged and on-his-game Oliver Stone.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
B+ 35% Blair Witch (2016) It feels like a real test of Wingard and Barrett's ability to cross over into a bigger commercial world, and the movie is as good a Blair Witch film as anyone could have faithfully delivered.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
C 85% Sully (2016) I can imagine all of the good impulses that went into the decision to make Sully, but none of that matters when the film is as resolutely limp as this one.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
B+ 92% Southside With You (2016) Southside With You is quietly romantic, but more than that, it burns with a deep sense of optimism. ‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
A 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) It may be a little melancholy for younger viewers, but that could simply be an opportunity to talk to kids about how life does not always give us what we expect, especially when it comes to the people in our lives.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
73% Strange Brew (1983) Overall, I'm not sure anyone picking up Strange Brew cold right now without any prior exposure to the characters would even be able to tell what they're looking at. I still find it entertaining, and I love Rick Moranis in the film in particular. ‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2016
A 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) Our best fables and fairy tales are the ones that speak truth, and this version of Pete's Dragon easily takes its place on any short list of the great films for young audiences as a result. ‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2016
63% The Trust (2016) It's a smart, well-observed piece, and it has a jet black sense of humor that makes it feel like something special. It's very small, and because of that, it feels very focused.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016
A- 81% Sausage Party (2016) Sausage Party is obviously the product of diseased minds, and I love it.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2016
B- 59% The Mind's Eye (2016) "The Mind's Eye" isn't trying to redefine a genre or stand outside it; this is mean-and-potatoes genre filmmaking, and the more straightforward, the more fun it is.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016
B+ 26% Suicide Squad (2016) It is gleefully nihilistic, and it takes a different approach to what has become a fairly familiar story form at this point, right at the moment when it feels like superhero movies either have to evolve or die. ‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2016
C 56% Jason Bourne (2016) I'm always happy to see Gregg Henry show up in a film, but his appearance doesn't negate what a missed opportunity this feels like in the end.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
B- 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) This one won't stick to you the way the great movies do, but it was a genuinely enjoyable sit, and it further pushes the idea that Illumination is one of the rare start-up animation houses that has actually cemented a future for themselves.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
B+ 35% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) David Yates and company have made something that is often lovely, eventually thrilling, and even occasionally kind of arousing, and this pulp adventure should be seen in as big a theater as possible to fully enjoy what they've done.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
C+ 55% The Purge: Election Year (2016) For audiences who want mindless mayhem, the films never really tip over into that, and for anyone who wants to see this idea fully explored, you may leave frustrated. At least this time, it feels like the dart is on the dartboard instead of in the wall. ‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
B+ 58% The Neon Demon (2016) This is a ride, a carefully crafted experience, and it is precisely because it is so immersive and controlled that I would recommend it.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
A 97% Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) When this film earns your tears... and it will... it does it honestly, and I suspect this is a film that people are going to share by word of mouth for years, one of those rare gems that will play equally well for viewers of any age.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
C 90% Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016) Whatever it was that drove them as kids to work on this project summer after summer is long gone, and their attempt to create a new triumphant coda for the story feels false and craven.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
B- 69% Central Intelligence (2016) In the case of Central Intelligence, several things work better than I would have suspected, and as a result, I genuinely enjoyed the movie. ‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
B+ 94% Finding Dory (2016) Finding Dory may be familiar magic, but there's magic in it all the same.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
A 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) If you're even remotely interested in a new Star Trek film, this feels like everything you could have asked for. Here's hoping the great adventure continues for another 50 years from here.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2016
A- 74% Ghostbusters (2016) It's not easy to make a good comedy, but it's really not easy to make one this beautiful on a visual level that also still feels loose and funny enough for improvisation and random left turns into lunacy.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2016
37% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) This is a film for fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and it feels like an affectionate, energetic effort, clearly coming from a place of real appreciation for why these characters have endured.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2016
B+ 84% Deadpool (2016) I'll just marvel at the fact that Fox finally grew the jooblies to let this film happen.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2016
B- 43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies turns out to be entirely agreeable, if not spectacular, and considering the alternatives when you're dealing with something as borderline preposterous as this, that's fairly impressive.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2016
A 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) It's a terrific piece of entertainment, first and foremost, mean and ugly and did I mention mean?‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2015
A+ 93% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) From the very first line of the film's opening crawl, it is apparent that JJ Abrams, Michael Arndt, and Lawrence Kasdan have pushed the series back onto the right track...‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
A+ 98% Inside Out (2015) There's a great sense of invention to the way they've laid out the landscape of the mind here, and there are some sequences that are pure animation in a way that Pixar rarely gets to indulge in their features.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2015
A- 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) "The Hunger Games" knows that it's wrong to sell war and death as entertainment, and that tension between message and form is part of what has made this a welcome if uncomfortable addition to the pop culture landscape.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2015
B+ 65% The Night Before (2015) I suspect this will be a film that people return to in future holidays, taking its rightful place on the list of films that become part of the annual tradition.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2015
B 34% By The Sea (2015) While I didn't love everything about "By The Sea," there is much to like if you're in the right mood.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
B+ 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) What surprised me was the way they took a quiet approach to finding something else to say about Charlie Brown.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
B- 77% Goosebumps (2015) There's not an ounce of fat on the film. It feels like it moves forward in every single scene, and while it's a little mechanical about how it follows three-act structure, it's almost charmingly old-fashioned about it.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2015
B+ 83% The Walk (2015) The Walk is good, and occasionally very good. ‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
A 93% A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story (2015) ... it's a very direct film, a lovely portrait of family and strength and just how far one voice can carry, especially when amplified in the right ways.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2015
A 64% Sleeping with Other People (2015) The language is frank and direct, and Headland's got a very strong hand as a director thanks to all the hard work that Headland put in as a writer first.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2015
A 91% The Witch (2016) Mark Korven's score, Jarin Blaschke's photography, Craig Lathrop's production design... all of it serves this disturbing vision, and I am haunted by the way the film builds to a conclusion that can be read many different ways.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
B+ 87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) Straight Outta Compton may not fully shake off many of the restrictions of the biopic form, but if anyone deserves to have some mythmaking done for them, it's N.W.A.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2015
A 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) I was delighted by this one end to end.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2015
A 67% Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2015) The result is a film that I would feel comfortable showing to my children but that manages to offer up some remarkably complex and adult ideas in a way that makes them seem fresh, no matter how familiar you are with the book.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2015
B- 66% Thor: The Dark World (2013) Is it possible to be both overstuffed and too slight? If so, that's Thor: The Dark World in a nutshell.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2015
A- 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) It may be the pinnacle of what Matthew Vaughn's done so far on film, and the best example yet of where his head and is heart are as a filmmaker.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2015
B 31% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) I don't think Wadlow's telling us to emulate anyone in the films. He's just showing you what sort of moral free-for-all lies just beneath the surface.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2015
A 78% Big Game (2015) A tightly scripted action film with really sharp character work, some big smart set pieces, and a clear sense of how to make sure everyone watching is having fun.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2015
C+ 50% Tomorrowland (2015) When your entire film is a Mystery Box, then it would seem imperative to make sure there's actually something in the box once it's opened.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted May 17, 2015
A+ 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) ... a stone-cold action master class, beautiful and brainy and startling in the ways it throws off the current definition of the blockbuster.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted May 11, 2015
B+ 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) In the moments where it all comes together, like the sure-to-be-iconic Hulkbuster sequence, this is the very model of what Marvel's been chasing since day one.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2015
B 14% Kill Me Three Times (2015) It doesn't play things overly grim or dark or act like this is about something deeper. It's a game, and a well-played one.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2015