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Birdman  Watchable
October 29, 2014

Birdman is molted and motley. It coos and screeches. It's one of those films that keeps prattling about the truth, but it deals with it falsely.

It smacks of pretension throughout.

It reminds me of the political ads on t ... more

We Are the Best!  Very Good
October 24, 2014

We Are the Best! is as unique as chips and chocolate sauce. It's also as universal as cosmic pubescence.

Set in Stockholm and environs in 1982, We Are the Best! is the story of three girls who join together to create a pu ... more

Copenhagen  Very Good
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  Watchable
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  Watchable
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  Very Good
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  Watchable
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

Felony  Very Good
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  Very Good
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.

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The Two Faces of January  Exemplary
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

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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.