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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

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

Calvary  Better than average
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

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn  Badly flawed
August 16, 2014

It's depressing that Robin Williams' last film released when he was alive is completely lacking wit.

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn is like a brilliant clown stumbling off the stage accompanied by a kazoo. Even the kazoo is ou ... more

Guardians of the Galaxy  Better than average
August 4, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy is a rowdy ruckus of a movie. It's Galaxy Gone Wild.

It's a prime example of the brave new world of cinema. It's released in three different presentations: IMAX-3D, 3D, and Digital without ... more

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

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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.