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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes  Better than average
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

Life Itself  Very Good
July 11, 2014

Life Itself is a profile in criticism. It's a profile in courage. And it's a profile in ego.

Movie reviewer Roger Ebert plays the lead role of the courageous, driven egotist in the documentary of his own life [now on VOD]. ... more

Snowpiercer  Badly flawed
July 6, 2014

Snowpiercer is Throw Momma and the Kitchen Sink off the train. It's a snow job.

Character goes clattering helter-skelter into mile high drifts of icy chaos.

When you go to see this film be sure to leave your shtick detec ... more

Venus in Fur  Very Good
June 26, 2014

Venus in Fur bristles with possibilities - some intriguing, some galling.

Adapted from a play by David Ives, based on a novella by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, it's stagebound but vaults into multi-faceted imagination.

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Jersey Boys  Better than average
June 22, 2014

In Jersey Boys, director Clint Eastwood goes sauntering into the past. He's in a foreign country.

Clint was born in California, so some of the musical experience of the '50s-'60s is alien. He's not an Easterner. He c ... more

Critical Perspectives with Tony Macklin: On Film Comedy
June 18, 2014

Critic Tony Macklin and Movie Geeks United! host Jamey DuVall get serious about film comedy with a far ranging discussion of talents and films including Buster Keaton, Mel Brooks, The Fireman'Ball, The Big Lebowski, and The Gradu ... more

Edge of Tomorrow  Very Good
June 8, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow is an ebullient melee of an action film.

And, beneath the surface it percolates. It has evocative layers.

Basically, Edge of Tomorrow is the story of Major William Cage (Tom Cruise), a callow publicis ... more

A Million Ways to Die in the West  Badly flawed
May 31, 2014

A Million Ways to Die in the West is a clumsy, overwrought comedy. It's raucously dumb.

It could be subtitled How the Wit Was Lost.

It doesn't push the envelope - it crams it full of urine and excrement an ... more

X-Men: Days of Future Past  Very Good
May 25, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past is one of the best movies of the year - until it Xs out.

In its climactic last 1/4, it loses its nerve and settles for blowing everything apart. At that point, it becomes just another action movie. It& ... more

Million Dollar Arm  Better than average
May 19, 2014

Million Dollar Arm could be subtitled The Best Exotic Marigold Pitching Mound.

It's a genial - in this case, Disneyfied - human interest tale that is loosely based on an actual occurrence.

Facts are not a ... 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.