|Drop, The |
September 13, 2014
And a puppy shall lead them.
In The Drop, Rocco - a pit bull pup named after Saint Rocco the patron saint of dogs - runs away with the movie from his fellow actors. His sniffing and splay-footed performance steals it.< ... more
|The Two Faces of January |
September 3, 2014
The Two Faces of January is one of the best films released so far in 2014.
It's convoluted, but it's taut and surprising.
It's a story steeped in deception and intrigue. Set in 1962, it begins in Athens, Greece, ... more
|Critical Perspectives with Tony Macklin: Career in Review: JACK NICHOLSON|
September 2, 2014
Critic Tony Macklin and Movie Geeks United! host Jamey DuVall discuss the career of actor Jack Nicholson, and review his diverse performances in a string of films including Five Easy Pieces, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The S ... more
August 25, 2014
Calvary is not your father's Calvary.
Set in a small community in Ireland, the film follows Father James (Brendan Gleeson), whose faith becomes frayed as he tries to help others. This priest is a shepherd to wolves. He doesn' ... more
|The Angriest Man in Brooklyn |
August 16, 2014
It's depressing that Robin Williams' last film released when he was alive is completely lacking wit.
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn is like a brilliant clown stumbling off the stage accompanied by a kazoo. Even the kazoo is ou ... more
|Guardians of the Galaxy |
August 4, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy is a rowdy ruckus of a movie. It's Galaxy Gone Wild.
It's a prime example of the brave new world of cinema. It's released in three different presentations: IMAX-3D, 3D, and Digital without ... more
July 29, 2014
Lucy takes us on giddy flights of fancy.
It's a taut, wild 89 minutes. Lucy is a lark. And a rhino, a chimp, and a star-computer.
In Taiwan, Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) becomes a drug mule, the package breaks inside ... more
|Magic in the Moonlight |
July 24, 2014
Magic in the Moonlight is a trifle. But it's a Woody Allen trifle, which means it twinkles.
It should please its target audience, as well as those looking for easy escapism.
In Magic in the Moonlight, Woody takes ... more
|A Most Wanted Man |
July 23, 2014
A Most Wanted Man is The Spy Who Came in from the Tepid.
For much of its length, the adaptation by Aussie screenwriter Andrew Bovell, of a John le Carre novel, is espionage ennui.
Le Carre's writing has spirit, depth, an ... more
|Dawn of the Planet of the Apes |
July 16, 2014
The National Rifle Apes organization loves Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
The members are giddy that even the apes now know they must be armed. No damned gun restrictions for them. CEO Wayne LaKoba is one happy ape.
Daw ... 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.