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
|Gone Girl |
September 30, 2014
Something is amiss in Gone Girl.
And it's not just the title character.
Based on Gillian Flynn's tremendously successful, best-selling novel, the transfer to film offered challenges.
In 2014, Gone Girl ... more
September 20, 2014
Australia has been an unending source of major movie stars.
Hugh Jackman, Mel Gibson, Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Toni Collette, Geoffrey Rush, Jacki Weaver, Guy Pearce, Chris Hemsworth, et al., have called Australia home.
The m ... more
|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
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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.