Ian Thomas Malone

Ian Thomas Malone
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Biography:
Ian Thomas Malone is an author and transgender activist. She earned her B.A. at Boston College in 2013, where she founded The Rock at Boston College and an M.A. from Claremont Graduate University. Ian?s treatise The Transgender Manifesto is a bestseller in LGBT non-fiction. Her work has been featured in the online editions of the National Review, INSIDER, Bustle, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News and the Irish Examiner. She is currently working on contributions to academic books on James Cameron, Netflix, Star Trek: Voyager, and Tumblr. Ian lives in Long Beach, California.
Publications: Ian Thomas Malone

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
99% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart manages to be the funniest high school comedy in years while never losing sight of its powerful emotional core. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
No Score Yet What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (2019) What We Left Behind is a beautiful celebration of Deep Space Nine, crafted with love by the people who poured their hearts into the show. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Reynolds' Pikachu is too much of a good thing, never building on an amusing foundation until a clunky attempt to establish some sense of narrative payoff in the third act. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) Knock Down the House is an uplifting documentary that highlights the power of democracy in action. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% War and Peace (Voyna i Mir) (1968) The 2019 remastered version of War and Peace offers a singular cinematic experience, a profoundly moving theatrical tour de force. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
82% Tater Tot & Patton (2019) Tater Tot & Patton exhibits much of the typical fare you'd expect from the indie genre, but the film finds a quiet sense of grace in its minimalistic narrative. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame is a spectacular conclusion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first era. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
50% A Dark Place (Steel Country) (2019) A Dark Place could've benefitted from a little more character development, but the film is an engrossing mystery that's well worth a watch. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! is the best film of the DCEU thus far, an action-packed adventure full of humor and heart. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
No Score Yet Hurley (2019) Hurley misses an easy opportunity to shed light on the hardships forced upon LGBTQ athletes, never quite suggesting that something in that culture needs to change. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo's needlessly over the top third act is one of the most chaotic disasters ever depicted in a Disney film. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
87% Satan & Adam (2019) Satan & Adam has a good story to tell, but the documentary never establishes a consistent narrative to tie its many pieces together. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
100% Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey (2017) Dirtbag paints a fascinating portrait of what it means to live life in full pursuit of one's passions. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
94% Us (2019) Us is a terrifying sophomore effort from director Jordan Peele, offering a thought-provoking perspective on the horror genre. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Thoroughly unremarkable, Captain Marvel wanders aimlessly through various half-baked plotlines without ever investing in its title character. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
57% Stray (2019) Stray is a competently crafted film that lacks any semblance of emotional resonance. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) The film fails to present a cohesive narrative to anchor its visual splendor, giving the audience plenty of entertaining sequences but little to root for. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
64% Dead Ant (2019) Dead Antis the kind of movie that owes its success largely due to its actors' willingness to embrace the film's absurdities. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The musical numbers don't pack the same punch and the plot wins zero points for originality, but the film has more than enough heart to make up for its lack of imagination. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
38% A Violent Man (2019) A Violent Man struggles to be a sports film and a thriller, stripping either of any sense of dramatic urgency. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
90% Fyre (2019) Fyre presents an extensive look at the many cons and blunders that went into crafting the disaster. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
78% Fyre Fraud (2019) Fyre Fraud hoists Billy McFarland up as a straw man indictment against millennials, casting aside a thorough examination of the festival in favor of cheap laughs. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
99% Free Solo (2018) Free Solo captures one of the greatest athletic feats in history while never losing sight of its much more human subject. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Mary Poppins Returns delivers a delightful experience that crafts its own magic while remaining faithful to its source material. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
73% Adult Life Skills (2019) Adult Life Skills makes up for its lack of originality on the strength of Jodie Whittaker's performance. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
67% Vice (2018) Vice lacks a core thesis behind its gorgeous aesthetics. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman is far too long, constantly undercutting its charm in service to derivative action sequences that lose all appeal by the third act. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite is an uncomfortably empowering feminist film, allowing its female characters to strive for an equal sense of malice and cruelty. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) There's nothing really tying any of the political turmoil together besides the history itself, presenting sequences strung together without any hint of a story. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a heartfelt psychedelic delight. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
84% Girl (2018) The cisgender casting may have attracted the most controversy thus far, but Girl's biggest red flag is Dhont's flagrant obsession with the deterioration of Lara's genitals. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
20% Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers (2018) Corbell's desire to "weaponize" his audience is undercut by his indifference toward trying to convince anyone watching who wasn't a true believer already. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) The film serves as an excellent cautionary tale for those who seek to curate culture, recognizing that no era should be solely represented by a bunch of white men. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
30% Elliot The Littlest Reindeer (2018) The film makes a sincere effort to ease the suffering that parents are expected to endure on behalf of their young children's holiday cheer. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ralph Breaks the Internet juggles its pieces well, resulting in a smooth sequel experience that doesn't force an unnecessary mandate on its characters. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
No Score Yet Omnipresent (Vezdesushtiyat) (2017) Omnipresent is a timely commentary on the temptations of technology. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
63% Outlaw King (2018) Nesting comfortably in Braveheart's shadow, Outlaw King is an action-packed delight. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is an utterly forgettable visual splendor. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
80% Mid90s (2018) Mid90s loses steam as it moves along, weighed down by the burden of excessive subplots that it never cares to explore beyond a few isolated moments. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
29% Venom (2018) Like Brock's relationship with Venom, the movie exists in constant turmoil between dueling desires to be simultaneously formulaic and spontaneous. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Infinity War is a very fun movie that rarely stops to take a breath. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Solo plays it safe with an iconic character known for taking risks. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
45% Best F(r)iends, Part 1 (2018) Like its cult predecessor, Best F(r)iends skirts the standard good/bad binary through which we usually judge art. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
92% The Shape of Water (2017) At its core, The Shape of Water is a film about being seen as a person without any asterisks. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
No Score Yet Mad Max: Fury Road: Black & Chrome (2016) Perhaps Black & Chrome's greatest achievement is that it's a superior cut that doesn't eradicate the value of the original release. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The Last Jedi offers aimless entertainment. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Call Me By Your Name is an unapologetic celebration of emotion. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) A Fantastic Woman is an honest portrayal of the spirit's struggle to retain basic human dignity in the face of tragedy. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018