|Star Trek Into Darkness |
May 19, 2013
At its best, Star Trek Into Darkness is majestic and thrilling. At its worst, it is conventional and repetitive.
Director J.J. Abrams takes us on a rowdy thrill ride through bumpy space.
At its best, Star Trek Into Darkne ... more
|The Great Gatsby |
May 11, 2013
I went into a dark tavern after I saw Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby. I wanted to get over the stilted, garish glitz - the 1920s embalmed in bloated bronze.
Slumped over the bar was a familiar figure - I did a double ta ... more
|Iron Man 3 |
May 5, 2013
I want my 4D.
I'm an American, and I should have 4D.
I've got 3D, but I want 4D. And 5D when it is concocted.
Who do the Asians think they are?
Iron Man 3 is in 4D only in Japan, China , and South Kor ... more
May 1, 2013
Mud deserves more than a single viewing.
In fact, I think it demands - and will reward - continued attention.
Mud is a rare contemporary commercial film that has rich depth, engaging style, and personal vision ... more
|The Company You Keep |
April 27, 2013
Who is Adam M. Stone?
He represents the essence of The Company You Keep.
Is he the director? No, that's Robert Redford.
Is he the screenplay writer? No, that's Lem Dobbs.
Well, then who is Adam M. St ... more
|Audio Interview with Andrew Sarris|
April 24, 2013
Listen to the audio interview with Andrew Sarris: (MP3 format, approximately 55 minutes.)
Unexpurgated 1973 discussion in New York City with critic Andrew Sarris about Pauline Ka ... more
April 23, 2013
Scientologists, forget wives.
Get Tom Cruise some actresses. Please.
Cruise's forte, as an actor, is his solid credibility. But in Oblivion he has more chemistry with drones than with his two love interests.
They ... more
|Audio Interview with Gena Rowlands|
April 22, 2013
Listen to the audio interview with Gena Rowlands: (MP3 format, approximately 35 minutes.)
1975 interview with Gena Rowlands over the phone from her home. We chatted about h ... more
April 17, 2013
Trance is an elaborate tease.
It's like playing strip poker with a deck of all wild cards.
When director Danny Boyle has some discipline, he creates strong credible films such as 127 Hours (2010). When he loses co ... more
April 15, 2013
There are no violins in baseball.
At least that's what I thought.
In the movie 42, there are more violins than baseball bats. I never realized Jackie Robinson played baseball in the middle of an orchestra.
In sce ... 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.