In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'White House Down,' 'The Heat' and More

"White House Down"

What THR's critics say about the movies opening this week.

Sony's summer gamble on a non-superhero film, White House Down, hits the big screen Friday, June 28.

The action-thriller stars Channing Tatum as a Secret Service agent who must protect the U.S. president, played by Jamie Foxx, from being harmed by a paramilitary group attacking Washington, D.C. Helmed by Independence Day director Roland Emmerich, the movie also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins and Jason Clarke.

For a more comical weekend, Paul Feig's The Heat sees Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock teaming up as an unlikely pair -- potty-mouthed detective Shannon Mullins (McCarthy) and uptight FBI agent Sarah Ashburn (Bullock) -- to catch a drug lord on the loose.

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Read what The Hollywood Reporter's film critics have to say about all the films opening this weekend and find out how they are expected to perform at the box office.

White House Down

Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx join forces as the presidential residence comes under attack by paramilitary thugs in Roland Emmerich's latest action-thriller. Read David Rooney's review here.

The Heat

Paul Feig's comedy stars Sandra Bullock as an uptight FBI agent and Melissa McCarthy as a crass Boston street cop. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.


Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan play 200-year-old vampires in director Neil Jordan's female twist on the bloodsucking genre. Read David Rooney's review here.

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A Band Called Death

A better-than-fiction doc resurrects a seminal African-American rock band. Read Justin Lowe's review here.


Gettysburg director Ron Maxwell looks at Northern opposition to the Civil War. Read John DeFore's review here.


Steven Knight's thriller stars Jason Statham as a former Special Forces soldier dealing with the mean streets of London. Read Frank Scheck's review here.

Laurence Anyways

Montreal auteur Xavier Dolan's stylish, gender-bending epic stars Melvil Poupaud and Suzanne Clement as a couple that can never quite live either together or apart. Read Stephen Dalton's review here.

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Magic Camp

Judd Ehrlich's documentary finds a slew of would-be David Copperfields in the Pennsylvania countryside as they attend Tannen's Magic Camp, held every summer. Read John DeFore's review here.

How to Make Money Selling Drugs

Matthew Cooke's directorial debut uses a tongue-in-cheek conceit to look at the War on Drugs. Read John DeFore's review here.

Detention of the Dead

Alex Craig Mann sends zombies to high school. Read John DeFore's review here.

100 Bloody Acres

Damon Herriman and Angus Sampson are backwoods brothers just trying to make a living in this off-the-wall Australian splatter-comedy. Read Megan Lehmann's review here.

Museum Hours

Engagingly offbeat docudrama draws links between Renaissance art and modern society. Read Stephen Dalton's review here.

Some Girl(s)

Adam Brody and Kristen Bell star in an adaption of the Neil LaBute play. Read John DeFore's review here.