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Dope  Better than average
July 2, 2015

Dope has a jaunty hip-hop in its step.

The movie, set in the present day, pays homage to the Golden Age of Hip-Hop.

Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is a teenage fan of '90s hip-hop. He is committed to its heyday - in hairsty ... more

Ted 2  Watchable
June 27, 2015

Comedy is a fickle buddy.

It has to be nourished, or it loses its potency.

When you have someone like Seth MacFarlane in the comedy kitchen, you probably are going to lack nourishment. You certainly crave more wit.

Is it Ma ... more

Inside Out  Very Good
June 22, 2015

Film Critics can be like Riley in Inside Out.

Our core memories are precious.

When a character in Pixar's Inside Out makes an allusion to "Jake," it jogs the Chinatown core with aplomb.

I ... more

The Wrecking Crew  Very Good
June 15, 2015

And the beat goes on.

One of the latest in an auspicious line of recent documentaries about music that are informative and extraordinary is The Wrecking Crew.

The Wrecking Crew is kind of a home movie - not cinema ... more

Love & Mercy  Better than average
June 3, 2015

Love & Mercy is a Beach Boys' song that quavers.

When Love & Mercy is sweet, it soars; when it is sour, it stalls. It's at its sweetest when it is about creativity. One scene when Brian Wilson (Paul Dano) is w ... more

Leviathan  Great
May 31, 2015

Leviathan is one of those rare films where much of the meaning lurks beneath the surface.

How can a bleak film be dazzling? It can, when you think about it. Leviathan is bleakly dazzling.

Leviathan is more of a ... more

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story  Very Good
May 21, 2015

In the present contemporary era of video games and an increasingly militarized society, gentleness is going the way of humility. It's hard to find. But Big Bird still has it. He's an 8-foot tall, yellow bundle of joyful sweetness; he alway ... more

Lambert & Stamp  Exemplary
May 17, 2015

In contemporary film, there's a genre that is original, bracing and memorable. It's also vastly underappreciated. Most people miss it.

In recent years, the documentary about modern music and musicians has offered a wonderful bounty ... more

5 Flights Up  Watchable
May 12, 2015

On his bucket list, Jack Nicholson said, "Somebody marry Diane Keaton. Please."

The elusive Keaton has never married, despite her admitted actual romances with Jack, Woody, Warren Beatty, and Al Pacino. She got away from all of the ... more

Ex Machina  Watchable
May 2, 2015

Ex Machina is a shaggy dog's tale of Artificial Intelligence. Rather than deus ex machina, it's canis ex machina.

One of the trio of main characters - Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac) - likes to think of himself as a god ... more

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Tony Macklin is a freelance film critic. A current member of the Las Vegas Film Critics Society, he is a former film and literature professor at the University of Dayton, and the former editor of the filmcrit magazine Film Heritage. His articles and reviews have been most recently featured at Rotten Tomatoes and The Internet Movie Database, as well as in the Bright Lights Film Journal and The Fayetteville Free Weekly.

Tony's well-received book, Voices from the Set: The Film Heritage Interviews (2000), includes his 1970s interviews with Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Martin Scorsese, Alan Rudolph, Robert Altman, Sam Peckinpah, John Wayne, Edith Head, Stockard Channing, Richard Baskin, and others. It's an excellent read for anyone who loves film.

Since 1972, and in every decade since, Tony's picks for best films of all time have been included in the British Film Institute's Critics' Top 10 Poll. Published in BFI's international film magazine, Sight and Sound, the most recent Critics' Top 10 Poll was published in 2002.

Tony's votes are also included in the American Film Institute's lists of bests, including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Comedies, 100 Greatest Movies, and more.