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Draft Day  Watchable
April 12, 2014

Draft Day suffers from illegal procedure.

It punts from the other team's 10-yard line. It's a good punt, but it's still a nonsensical punt.

The moral of the story is that if you're stupid, good luck can save ... more

Medora  Very Good
April 8, 2014

Medora is a poignant gasp at the devastation of small town America.

The sometimes-fascinating documentary - ably shot by cinematographer Rachael Counce - is a bleakly elegiac glance at a disappearing rural Indiana small town ... more

Bad Words  Very Good
April 3, 2014

After seeing Bad Words, I'm trying to set up a swearing bee between Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Bateman.

Louis-Dreyfus (Selina Meyer in HBO's Veep) and Bateman (Guy Trilby in Bad Words) both take cursing to a ... more

Nymphomaniac: Volume 1  Badly flawed
March 29, 2014

Early in Nymphomaniac: Volume 1, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard) talks about fly fishing. Except this fly has a zipper. And another one. And another one.

Seligman discovers Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) one night, bloody and beaten, lying ... more

Clint in the Classroom
March 24, 2014

In 1995, I surreptitiously snuck Clint Eastwood into the Academe. I taught a university course entirely on his work. Today it looks almost prescient.

Click here to read the essay.

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Inside 70's Cinema with Tony Macklin
March 20, 2014

Critic Tony Macklin and Movie Geeks United! host Jamey DuVall discuss ten films from the decade of the 1970's in-depth, and explore the characteristics that made the era one of the greatest in film history.

Movie Geeks United! is one of the ... more

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me  Very Good
March 9, 2014

In the marvelous documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, the title figure is a pistol.

She has some misfires, a few blanks, but she's still a straight shooter. She has a canny sense of her target audience, developed over more than ... more

Non-Stop  Watchable
March 1, 2014

Non-Stop is Mistakes on a Plane.

It's not Taken: it's Mistaken.

If you're satisfied to see Liam Neeson, playing Atlas of the air, trying to carry a movie on his wide shoulders, you should enj ... more

ESPN Radio 1110 - Gridlock Oscars with Tony Macklin Interview
February 28, 2014

Film Critic and former Dayton Professor, Tony Macklin joined Gridlock with his opinions on the 2014 Academy Awards, as well as, critiquing the Best Film snubs from Oscars past. Read Tony online at TonyMacklin.Net and on Twitter @TonyMacklinFilm

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Jimmy P.  Better than average
February 26, 2014

Jimmy P. is one of those movies that is elevated by its acting. An otherwise lackluster film is given impact and quality by the humanizing performances of its leading actors.

Jimmy P. - based on the nonfiction book Rea ... 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.