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Drew McWeeny

Drew McWeeny
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 26% Jupiter Ascending (2015) Fast, frequently teetering on the cusp of the ridiculous, and eye-poppingly pretty, Jupiter Ascending is a wicked slice of entertainment, and a heck of an antidote to the typical February box-office blahs.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2015
C 32% Chappie (2015) ... once the thrill of the accomplishment fades, it's apparent that Blomkamp the director has been failed by Blomkamp the writer. ‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2015
97% The Hurt Locker (2009) I think the film works really well precisely because they don't try to build up some phony narrative arc to hang the whole thing on. The film is very slice-of-life, very observational.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2015
C+ 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) I never thought I'd say this about a bigscreen adaptation of 50 Shades Of Grey, but it's true: the damn thing's just not trashy enough.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2015
B+ 79% Queen and Country (2015) While it took 27 years between films, Queen and Country proves to be a lovely counterpoint to Hope and Glory.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2015
A- 83% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) It's a difficult sit, but it leaves you with so many ideas to digest, so many moments to consider.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2015
A- 96% Argo (2012) Affleck's eye as a director is relentlessly curious, constantly looking for the details that sell the emotion or the tension or the subtext, and it feels like he's become very confident.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2015
D 34% Blackhat (2015) For all of the detail the movie throws at you, it is about as realistic as Superman III when it comes to computers, and Hemsworth is just as realistic a hacker as Richard Pryor was in that film.‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 13, 2015
D+ 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) Exodus: Gods and Kings is a flat, uninspired telling of a story that has been told enough times that we deserve something better than this.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2015
A 74% Inherent Vice (2015) You'll read plenty of comparisons to Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye or The Big Lebowski by the Coens, but it's really not doing the same thing either of those films did. This is a singular thing, and it is gorgeous.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2015
B+ 81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) I suspect most audiences will find themselves largely charmed by the young leads and the intelligent approach to a difficult subject.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2015
B 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) Baymax is one of those characters who can basically do no wrong. Every sequence he's part of is automatically funnier just because he's onscreen.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
A- 89% The Guest (2014) Stevens has a great ability to turn on the charm in one moment, then drop it and go deadly serious in the next, and the way you're never sure what's actually coming out of David is one of the film's pleasures.‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 5, 2015
A- 91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) The reason the film works is because it throws everything into the blender and comes up with something new, something that has a great lively sense of wit and humor to it, and it takes the time to fully explore its wild premise fully.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
A- 90% Wild (2014) Witherspoon does really uncompromising work here, playing Cheryl without any hesitancy or any fear or any ego.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
B- 33% The Brass Teapot (2013) ... it is apparent that Ramaa Mosley has a voice, and that The Brass Teapot is a focused, controlled piece of storytelling that displays real control.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2015
A- 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) It is a canny piece of pop art, and The Lego Movie should end up delighting old and young viewers in equal measure.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2015
B+ 98% The Babadook (2014) It's very personal, and it plays on the very real fears and anxieties of parenthood in a way that never feels "cool," but that always feels authentic.‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 3, 2015
A 92% Birdman (2014) One of the most thrilling pieces of film craft that I've seen so far this year.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2015
D+ 27% Annie (2014) ... it's cut like someone was angry at the footage and shot like someone's allergic to seeing a dancer's feet.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2014
B+ 59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) If it is the lesser sibling of the towering accomplishment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, so be it. It still goes leaps and bounds beyond what most filmmakers would attempt.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2014
A- 51% The Interview (2014) The Interview is laugh out loud funny all the way through, and once again proves that Rogen and Goldberg will do anything, no matter how dark, for a big laugh, and that character is just as important as punchlines in their work.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2014
A 91% Love & Mercy (2015) The film does an exquisite job of detailing the way an artist can get lost in the act of creation.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2014
85% The Princess and the Frog (2009) Visually lush, the film strikes me as the most American of the Disney Princess movies, using uniquely American iconography to paint the fairy tale.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2014
A 86% Top Five (2014) It's also smarter and richer and more mature than the "romantic comedy" needs to be, and seems to promise a whole new Chris Rock.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2014
B+ 96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) The easy joke is to call this film "the best Iranian vampire film I've ever seen," but that's reductive and unfair to this gorgeous, sad, haunting accomplishment by writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour.‐ HitFix
Posted Nov 20, 2014
A- 66% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) I remain impressed, and I'm excited to see how they bring it all home a year from now.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2014
A 86% The Mule (2014) There's a very tricky tone that the entire movie navigates carefully, sometimes funny, sometimes filthy, sometimes genuinely scary.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2014
B+ 88% Foxcatcher (2014) These performances are beyond reproach, which makes it even stranger that the film never quite turns into the crushing experience it feels like it should be.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2014
C 72% American Sniper (2015) For people who want a perfunctory tribute to a man who seems to have lived an anything-but-perfunctory life, "American Sniper" should thrill, but for anyone looking to this as a film first, it is a flat, oddly stilted misfire.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2014
C 33% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) They feel like they are the bare minimum version of what could be very, very funny, and it frustrates me more than it makes me laugh.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2014
C+ 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) It's all played way too silly for any of it to count. For me, the biggest problem is an unfortunate by-product of getting too familiar with a comedy filmmaker.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2014
B+ 46% The Gambler (2014) ... screenwriter William Monahan, director Rupert Wyatt, and star Mark Wahlberg have made something that lives and dies on its own merits, in its own voice, worthy of its own conversation.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2014
A 89% A Most Violent Year (2015) I think this is a pretty major piece of adult emotional entertainment, something special, and I hope we get a lot more like it from him.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2014
B+ 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) The Theory Of Everything is a modest film, a simple film, but an honest and impressively-restrained one, and it should serve to launch Redmayne into rarefied air as an actor, deservedly so.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2014
B+ 71% Interstellar (2014) I was moved by Interstellar, and there are stretches where it is as good and as pure as anything Nolan's made.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2014
B+ 82% The Book of Life (2014) Simply put, this is a film that is delightful to look at, pretty much start to finish.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2014
B+ 85% John Wick (2014) "John Wick" won't redefine action movies, but it perfectly exemplifies what I want from an action film when I go. Have fun with the world, shoot the action well, motivate it in a way that doesn't feel cheap.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2014
A 97% Housebound (2014) Housebound features its fair share of genre conventions, but it's always throwing some tweak or quirk at you, either in the characters or in a choice the story makes or in the tone of how a scene is played.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2014
B- 77% Fury (2014) As a simple piece of storytelling, it's pretty well-made, and occasionally, I think it even gets great.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2014
B+ 94% Whiplash (2014) By far, the best part of the film is the last twenty minutes or so, and it's so good that it almost makes up for some of the missteps along the way.‐ HitFix
Posted Oct 6, 2014
A- 88% Gone Girl (2014) Casting Affleck as Nick is a master stroke, and Affleck gives one of his smartest, most nuanced performances in the role.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2014
B 83% Bad Turn Worse (2014) More than anything, this is a great showcase for what the Hawkins brothers can do on a very tight budget.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2014
37% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) Hector and the Search For Happiness may not unlock all of the secrets of the universe, but it does offer a welcome glimpse at how important the search is for all of us.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2014
B 64% The Maze Runner (2014) I just wish it didn't feel like it had been made with a checklist open next to it, each box ticked, because storytelling should always trump franchise management, no matter how nimble.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2014
A 95% Nightcrawler (2014) There's not an ounce of fat on the film. It gets in, it tells the story as well as it possibly can, and it cuts out perfectly.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2014
B 41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) ... an audience-friendly white people's problems movie with an absolutely spot-on cast making the most of the material.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2014
C- 60% The Equalizer (2014) ... a dull film, and when you're making a giant action movie franchise about a former intelligence agent... dull seems like just about the worst thing it could be.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2014
D+ 47% The Judge (2014) ... ['The Judge'] features more endings than "Return Of The King," and it feels like a movie the younger, rowdier Robert Downey Jr. would have made fun of mercilessly.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2014
B+ 96% Red Army (2015) There is some genuinely emotional material here, and like the very best sports documentaries, this uses the sports story to discuss society, human behavior, politics, and modern history.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2014