|Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me |
March 9, 2014
In the marvelous documentary Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, the title figure is a pistol.
She has some misfires, a few blanks, but she's still a straight shooter. She has a canny sense of her target audience, developed over more than ... more
March 1, 2014
Non-Stop is Mistakes on a Plane.
It's not Taken: it's Mistaken.
If you're satisfied to see Liam Neeson, playing Atlas of the air, trying to carry a movie on his wide shoulders, you should enj ... more
|ESPN Radio 1110 - Gridlock Oscars with Tony Macklin Interview|
February 28, 2014
Film Critic and former Dayton Professor, Tony Macklin joined Gridlock with his opinions on the 2014 Academy Awards, as well as, critiquing the Best Film snubs from Oscars past. Read Tony online at TonyMacklin.Net and on Twitter @TonyMacklinFilm
|Jimmy P. |
February 26, 2014
Jimmy P. is one of those movies that is elevated by its acting. An otherwise lackluster film is given impact and quality by the humanizing performances of its leading actors.
Jimmy P. - based on the nonfiction book Rea ... more
|The Artist and the Model |
February 18, 2014
Four months ago, on October 9, 2013, film critic Stanley Kauffmann died in New York City. He was 97.
A month later on November 8, The New Republic published Kauffmann's three final reviews. One was his positive assessment of ... more
|Top 5 Boxing Films of All-Time |
February 12, 2014
My buddy Al Bernstein -- the boxing guru -- challenged me to list my top 5 boxing films of all-time. I'll try and go the distance.
|The Monuments Men |
February 9, 2014
George Clooney is a man of many talents. He's an engaging movie star.
But at times his glibness takes over. His geniality gets in the way.
The Monuments Men is a project that should make a serious - if not profound & ... more
|Finnigan's War |
February 7, 2014
Finnigan's War is a 21st century documentary about a 20th century war.
Begun in 2010 on the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War, Finnigan's War is director/writer/producer Conor Timmis' tribute to ... more
|The Best Offer |
February 3, 2014
In The Best Offer, director/writer Giuseppe Tornatore feasts at the Hitchcock table.
It's intriguing to see how directors still channel Hitchcock. Tornatore's first English-language feature The Best Offer could be tit ... more
|Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit |
January 22, 2014
In Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, actor/director Kenneth Branagh comes up with a new form: IMAX-EGO.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a film that reels, stumbles, slides, and jerks. Behind the curtain - and in front of it - ... 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.