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Lucy  Better than average
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  Very Good
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  Watchable
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  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.

... more
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

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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.