Review: ‘Logan Lucky,’ starring Channing Tatum and Adam Driver

Logan Lucky, director Steven Soderbergh first film after stepping away from the big screen for several years, is an odd duck. Tonally strange, it falls somewhere between a mainstream blockbuster and avant garde restraint. The story is a classic sort of heist caper that could be played up for maximum broad effectiveness (a la Soderbergh’s Ocean’s films), but instead it’s played straight with nary a wink or nod to the audience. It vacillates wildly between outlandish silliness, dry humour, and high drama, speeding up or slowing down whenever it feels like it. As a result of such shifting, Logan Lucky is an uneven movie, but also a thoroughly fascinating and consistently enjoyable one.

DVD Tuesday: ‘Defiance’ & ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’

Out this week on DVD, Daniel Craig drops the machismo of Britain’s 007 for the bitter cold of Eastern Europe as he plays a man trying to save a group of refugees in Defiance; He’s Just Not That Into You features an all-star cast attempting to bring real life to the pages of a popular self-help book; and we take a quick look at Fanboys, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and Revolutionary Road.

Film Friday: ‘Quantum of Solace’ & ‘Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’

His name is Bond, James Bond, and he’s back in Quantum of Solace with a fight to take down the man who killed the one woman he loved. Also opening this weekend, John Boyne novel, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas shows the friendship between two boys in the midst of the terrors of the Holocaust. Plus, in select markets, check out Jean-Claude Van Damme as himself in JCVD.

DVD Tuesday: ’27 Dresses’, ‘Diving Bell and the Butterfly’

Dream the impossible dream, and settle in for one of the first great date movies in weeks, 27 Dresses. That is, as long as you’re not worried about your loved one getting ideas about marriage. If you’re looking for more serious fare this week, the best bet on DVD is the Oscar-nominated French film, Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Other new arrivals include the Golden Compass, How She Move, and a smattering of classic and trashy TV shows.