Tolucan Times

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 52%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"...unremittingly dark and depressing but some fine performances by Dafoe, Affleck, and Harrelson, who gives a performance rivaling Richard Widmark's sociopathic killer Tommy Udo in 'Kiss of Death.'"

Posted Dec 6, 2013

Tony Medley

2 36%

Swerve (2013)

"...a brilliant noir that would have felt right at home in '40s Hollywood."

Posted Dec 3, 2013

Tony Medley

3 71%

Weekend Of A Champion (2013)

"...fascinating insight into the mind of a champion at the height of his powers...a don't-miss film, even if you're not an auto racing aficionado, which I'm not."

Posted Nov 29, 2013

Tony Medley

4 42%

Oldboy (2013)

"...unremittingly depressing and irresponsibly violent...There is no earthly reason to actually pay money to sit through this debasing drivel. "

Posted Nov 28, 2013

Tony Medley

5 84%

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

"Beautifully shot and edited, even after you know the horrible things Armstrong did to good people who only wanted the truth to come out, you can't help but realize how charming he is. I hated to see it end."

Posted Nov 9, 2013

Tony Medley

6 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"The special effects are terrific, especially the floating around in a gravity-free environment...seeing it in IMAX is worth the price of admission all by itself because the visual is so big and beautiful and clear."

Posted Nov 4, 2013

Tony Medley

7 69%

About Time (2013)

"Rachel McAdams and a captivating performance by romantic lead Domhnall Gleeson, a nice time warp story, and wonderful music; who could ask for anything more?"

Posted Nov 1, 2013

Tony Medley

8 49%

Escape Plan (2013)

"It's regrettable that a movie that had built quite a bit of credibility stoops to such a hackneyed ending. But that's not enough to ruin the evening. This is an entertaining couple of hours."

Posted Oct 21, 2013

Tony Medley

9 76%

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

"In a movie about people that virtually nobody cares about today, director Krokidas has a style of quick cuts and time warping jumps that is more annoying than entertaining."

Posted Oct 20, 2013

Tony Medley

10 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"...slam-bang action...Greengrass keeps the tension mounting throughout the entire film. Despite the runtime, the story does not lag."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Tony Medley

11 61%

The Summit (2013)

"The way director Nick Ryan seamlessly intercuts the recreation of the climb with the abundant archival film of the actual climb makes this one of the best mountain climbing movies ever."

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Tony Medley

12 97%

Gravity (2013)

"... with mind-boggling special effects, wonderful 3-D, and award-quality acting by Bullock, this is a movie not to be missed!"

Posted Oct 4, 2013

Tony Medley

13 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"Filled with frank conversation and gutter language, mysogynistic with misandry thrown in, it's probably not possible to make a tasteful movie about a subject as distasteful as masturbation, but this movie doesn't even try. "

Posted Sep 28, 2013

Tony Medley

14 50%

Mademoiselle C (2013)

"...hard to follow, relatively incoherent,...she is shown as a peripatetic presence, with seeming indefatigable energy. But she talks so much during the first hour that it becomes enormously annoying..."

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Tony Medley

15 49%

Thanks For Sharing (2013)

"...this is a realistic film of words and emotions, the type in this day and age of special effects and idiotic cartoon characters, one generally only finds in art houses specializing in foreign films."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Tony Medley

16 89%

Rush (2013)

"Despite the corny shots of the recreation of the start of the Nürburgring race, this not overwhelmed by the racing scenes. It is mainly a character study of the two men who are competing with each other, and it is fascinating."

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Tony Medley

17 29%

The Family (2013)

"Despite the excessive violence, this is an enjoyable film providing needed escapist entertainment, well directed by Besson with fine performances by all, especially Argon."

Posted Sep 15, 2013

Tony Medley

18 35%

Salinger (2013)

" a detective story as it tries to find out who J.D. Salinger really was and why...fascinating..."

Posted Sep 7, 2013

Tony Medley

19 5%

Paranoia (2013)

"...the denouement...has no relationship with what has gone before. Junkie XL's music builds tension and, believe me, this movie needs it because the story is so weak."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Tony Medley

20 2%

Getaway (2013)

" 'Bullitt' is still remembered after 40 years for its car chase that only lasted 10 minutes. 'Getaway' is a 90 minute car chase and it will be forgotten by the end of the year, if not sooner."

Posted Aug 30, 2013

Tony Medley

21 42%

Closed Circuit (2013)

"...if you can keep up with the arcane British legal's an entertaining thriller highlighted by fine acting."

Posted Aug 28, 2013

Tony Medley

22 27%

Jobs (2013)

"Highlighted by Kutcher's compelling performance, this captures Jobs' mercurial, irritating personality, marching to his own beat."

Posted Aug 18, 2013

Tony Medley

23 83%

Prince Avalanche (2013)

"...the most bilious movie since Lars and the Real Girl."

Posted Aug 10, 2013

Tony Medley

24 47%

We're The Millers (2013)

"...causes chuckles but no big laughs...some of the sexual jokes are so graphic they tend to make one uncomfortable rather than inducing laughter."

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Tony Medley

25 68%

Elysium (2013)

"...a dark, fast-paced, violent film with quite a few F-bombs marred by a Terrence Malick-like pace killing scene near the end."

Posted Aug 9, 2013

Tony Medley

26 64%

2 Guns (2013)

"Despoiled by gratuitous violence and irresponsible depiction of death and the effects of a gunshot, even though this buddy movie is entertaining, I can't recommend it as highly as I ordinarily would. Washington and Wahlberg should know better."

Posted Aug 2, 2013

Tony Medley

27 80%

Europa Report (2013)

"Although overly fraught with lots of techno-gab, this captures the claustrophobia of the space ship and the bleak, frightening landscape of Europa memorably, aided by a fine score."

Posted Aug 2, 2013

Tony Medley

28 59%

Stuck in Love (2013)

"Highlighted by standout performances by Greg Kinnear and Lily Collins, this film has it all, some humor, some tears, and a lot of truth."

Posted Aug 2, 2013

Tony Medley

29 93%

Fruitvale Station (2013)

"The slow first hour is more than compensated for by the half hour climax that leaves one in tears."

Posted Jul 29, 2013

Tony Medley

30 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"Maybe this won't be the huge hit that Midnight in Paris was, but it is one of Allen's best with fine performances by Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, and Andrew Dice Clay in a brilliant bit of casting against type."

Posted Jul 26, 2013

Tony Medley

31 42%

Red 2 (2013)

"For a film with an A-list cast who would have dreamed that it would be stolen by Mary Louise Parker?...what it lacks in credibility it more than makes up for in entertainment value."

Posted Jul 19, 2013

Tony Medley

32 40%

Only God Forgives (2013)

"Even God would find it difficult to forgive this piece of pseudo-stylistic rubbish. It's little more than a craven display of stomach-churning graphic mayhem."

Posted Jul 19, 2013

Tony Medley

33 93%

The Hunt (2013)

"...incredible acting by Mikkelsson, (but) what is unforgettable is the acting of the young girl who makes the allegation, Annika Wedderkopp. It's remarkable that someone so young could give such a performance."

Posted Jul 12, 2013

Tony Medley

34 7%

Grown Ups 2 (2013)

"...offensive, crude, vulgar, and appeals to the lowest level of taste and refinement, replete with disgusting puerile urination and scatalogical gags..."

Posted Jul 12, 2013

Tony Medley

35 50%

White House Down (2013)

"Despite the impressive special effects, even without the silly reprehensible political slant, this movie is so ridiculous with so many laughable scenes, that it could almost pass as a comedy."

Posted Jun 27, 2013

Tony Medley

36 95%

A Hijacking (2013)

"...slow, mostly talk, but tense and realistic..."

Posted Jun 21, 2013

Tony Medley

37 67%

World War Z (2013)

" of the tensest first hour of film I've seen in a long time..."

Posted Jun 21, 2013

Tony Medley

38 55%

Man of Steel (2013)

"...a 2:20 display of special effects that is occasionally marred by the appearance of A-List actors and a pretty good story that detract from the mind-numbing special effects."

Posted Jun 14, 2013

Tony Medley

39 50%

Now You See Me (2013)

"While it runs a little long, the fine acting by the outstanding cast and the high production values make this an entertaining trip."

Posted Jun 8, 2013

Tony Medley

40 38%

The Purge (2013)

"...the plot strains credulity to the breaking point, but it holds up, even through the violent, bloody ending."

Posted Jun 7, 2013

Tony Medley

41 68%

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

"If you want car crashes, ridiculous fights, car crashes, meager acting, car crashes, not much story, car crashes, nice scenery, and car crashes, this is a wild ride."

Posted May 31, 2013

Tony Medley

42 98%

Before Midnight (2013)

"The last 40 minutes consisting of acute, sharp, and biting dialogue reminiscent of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' make sitting through the excruciating first hour worth it."

Posted May 24, 2013

Tony Medley

43 19%

The Hangover Part III (2013)

"When Phillips dumped Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the writers of the first of this trilogy, he dumped all the charm and comedy. This mediocrity isn't as bad as the second but is still dreadful."

Posted May 24, 2013

Tony Medley

44 26%

Erased (2013)

"...a fast paced thriller with high tension that never lets up, with award-quality music by Jeff Danna and fine performances by Eckhart, Liberato, and Kurylenko..."

Posted May 18, 2013

Tony Medley

45 87%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"Pine and Quinto have grown into their roles and seem much more assured than four years ago. Quinto is especially impressive. This could be the best Star Trek movie of them all."

Posted May 18, 2013

Tony Medley

46 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"...shows life as it never was and never could be, but it is captivating, highlighted by fine acting, incredible sets, and brilliant colors reminiscent of 3-strip Technicolor."

Posted May 9, 2013

Tony Medley

47 66%

The Iceman (2013)

"The film is well made and holds interest, but I deplore the delicate treatment and the shading of truth of this despicable beast. Watching Vroman's take, one almost feels sympathy for him."

Posted May 2, 2013

Tony Medley

48 49%

Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's (2013)

"...even in my anticipation I could not have realized how entertaining this is, clearly one of the most entertaining films of the year."

Posted May 2, 2013

Tony Medley

49 74%

Love Is All You Need (2013)

"Trine Dryholm proves she could be 'the best actress ever' and Pierce Brosnan is equally good in this tender romance that has several twists and turns."

Posted May 2, 2013

Tony Medley

50 50%

At Any Price (2013)

"This is a view of farm life that shows it to be far from what most people in the city imagine, abetted by outstanding performances of the entire cast."

Posted Apr 30, 2013

Tony Medley

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