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She's Funny That Way  Badly flawed
August 31, 2015

She's Funny That Way may bring back a rush of memories. Or just a spasm.

It's directed by Peter Bogdanovich, who created several major films, e.g., The Last Picture Show (1971), What's Up, Doc? (1972). And ... more

An Appearance on Doug Elfman's Podcast - Part 2
August 24, 2015

Doug Elfman is a writer, author, speaker, TV & radio guest and pop culture shaman. He publishes periodically in the Las Vegas Review Jour ... more

The Wolfpack  Watchable
August 20, 2015

The Wolfpack is a skittish documentary.

It is one of those films in which what is left out is as important as what remains in. Maybe more important. The Wolfpack is a pack of cards with only face cards.

The Wolfpac ... more

Straight Outta Compton  Very Good
August 16, 2015

When one goes to see Straight Outta Compton, he knows he's going to experience violence, police harassment, gang conflict, vicious hostility, and appalling destruction.

What is surprising - despite the galling downbeats - ... more

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation  Exemplary
August 5, 2015

So much entertainment in movies and television so far this year has been harrowing, crude, or clumsy.

It's time to escape.

Mr. Hunt, here's your assignment. Help me escape. If you accept, I'll be very grateful.

... more

Irrational Man  Watchable
July 31, 2015

What did Kierkegaard think of contrivance?

Woody Allen must have missed that chapter.

In his new film Irrational Man, Woody substitutes Off-the-Cliff Notes. Irrational Man is a rigged, contrived film about a philosoph ... more

Southpaw  Very Good
July 29, 2015

Southpaw is MMA.

Mixed Movie Arts, with the emphasis on mixed.

It goes from the highs of Eminem's music to the lows of Jim Lampley's and Roy Jones's boxing analysis.

Southpaw breaks into two parts ... more

An Appearance on Doug Elfman's Podcast
July 27, 2015

Doug Elfman is a writer, author, speaker, TV & radio guest and pop culture shaman. He publishes periodically in the Las Vegas Review Jour ... more

Trainwreck  Watchable
July 21, 2015

I don't care if Amy Schumer gets laid.

Or my favorite comedian Lewis Black.

Or Dennis Miller. Although he definitely needs to get laid more.

Or actress Mackenzie Davis. Actually, I might be a little interested in her ex ... more

Infinitely Polar Bear  Watchable
July 19, 2015

Infinitely Polar Bear might be called Infinitely Nepotism.

Written and directed by Maya Forbes, it focuses on family life with her actual father (played by Mark Ruffalo), who was manic depressive - bipolar. Maya's hus ... 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.