|American Sniper |
November 22, 2014
The old man is back.
And he's back with thoughtful, raging force.
Not only is 84-year old Clint Eastwood back in directing American Sniper, he's broken the mold and put it together again with renewed verve and vitali ... more
|The Theory of Everything |
November 16, 2014
The Theory of Everything is the laundry detergent version of the story of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde.
It is spanking clean and bright. But it washes away crucial reality.
This would be ok if it were a Life ... more
November 7, 2014
Whiplash should "wow" its audiences. It should have them leaving the theater with that word on their lips.
Whiplash is drum-pounding and heart-pounding. It's whip smart and full of emotional lashing. ... more
November 4, 2014
Interstellar is majestic and ridiculous.
I think I saw a kitchen sink flying through space. And I may have seen M. Night Shyamalan behind a planet.
Interstellar is the story of a family - plus some scientists and ... more
October 29, 2014
Birdman is molted and motley. It coos and screeches. It's one of those films that keeps prattling about the truth, but it deals with it falsely.
It smacks of pretension throughout.
It reminds me of the political ads on t ... more
|We Are the Best! |
October 24, 2014
We Are the Best! is as unique as chips and chocolate sauce. It's also as universal as cosmic pubescence.
Set in Stockholm and environs in 1982, We Are the Best! is the story of three girls who join together to create a pu ... more
October 20, 2014
Copenhagen is one of those films that shimmer after they've ended. It's still shimmering. Brightly.
It begins with little suggestion that it's going to be memorable. It introduces a character William (Gethin Anthony) who ... more
|White Bird in a Blizzard |
October 16, 2014
Gregg Araki has lost his sting.
It's a sad loss.
Director Araki's latest film White Bird in a Blizzard is a floundering satire. It's American Beauty (1999) revisited in a flaky, snowy glaze.
It has ... more
|The Judge |
October 11, 2014
Writing matters. It really does.
It becomes painfully apparent in The Judge, which has a weak, plodding screenplay that dulls its actors and wastes its possibilities. The Judge is not the film it could be and should be. It ... more
|Kill the Messenger |
October 5, 2014
Kill the Messenger redeems the image of embattled investigative reporter Gary Webb.
The redemption primarily is due to the strong and sensitive performance of Jeremy Renner as the intrepid, but vulnerable reporter.
Renner ma ... 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.