The best dumb action movie to watch right now is White House Down
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The best movies we watched on Netflix, Amazon, HBO, and Peacock this weekend included Channing Tatum's White House Down, Ryan Gosling in Drive, Criterion's Mikey and Nicky, the BBC series Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, and Criminal Minds — here's why.
This weekend saw Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train (whew, what a mouthful) became the first anime since 1999's Pokémon: The First Movie to top the box office. Meanwhile, Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury announced a major six-figure deal with Watchmen and V for Vendetta writer Alan Moore for a forthcoming five-volume series of fantasy novels, and Marvel Studios just released the first look at the forthcoming The Eternals slated for release this November, along with release dates for Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever, The Marvels aka Captain Marvel 2, and many more.

But what did we watch this weekend? From an underrated 2013 action movie to the BBC's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, and even the NFL draft, here are a few of the shows and movies we're enjoying watching right now, and what you might enjoy watching as well.

White House Down

In 2013 we got not one, but two movies about the White House being overtaken by terrorists. Unfortunately, the overly serious Olympus Has Fallen spawned a trilogy and the goofy, fun White House Down did not.

It's our loss, really. Only one of these movies has scenes where Channing Tatum pulls a gun on a squirrel, does donuts on the White House Lawn, and has a plucky daughter that saves the day in a scene too ridiculous to spoil here. It's a '90s throwback from the king of '90s disaster schlock himself, Roland Emmerich — and at the same time, weirdly prescient. Because the bad guys in White House Down aren't foreign, but domestic. It, as they say, makes you think. —Joshua Rivera

White House Down is streaming on Peacock.

And everything else we're watching...


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