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Tony Medley
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
7/10 34% Live By Night (2017) Even though it's burdened by Ben Affleck's limited range and some other bothersome issues, I'm a sucker for period pieces and with a few exceptions, this is a good one with a fine performance by Sienna Miller. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Jan 20, 2017
5/10 81% The Founder (2017) Told from the McDonald brothers' POV, this is hardly an unbiased telling and it implies some dubious things. It's too bad that so much work was put into what appears to be a diatribe against Kroc. I'd like to see a more balanced effort. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Jan 20, 2017
10/10 84% Harry Benson: Shoot First (2016) ...fascinating documentary of Harry Benson, known for all his celebrity photographs, especially of The Beatles..told by Harry and others. Anecdote after anecdote accompanied by spectacular photographs. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Jan 5, 2017
810 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Despite at least one counterfactual scene and a runtime far too long, it's an interesting and intriguing tale and writer Margo Lee Slatterly, along with director Theodore Melfi, deserve a lot of plaudits for bringing the story to light. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Dec 26, 2016
9/10 31% Passengers (2016) Star Chris Pratt says it best, 'It's adventure, it's romance, it's a thriller, it's scary, but it's emotionally resonant.' Amen. Once you accept the premise, with good acting and special effects, this is a terrific way to spend two hours. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Dec 21, 2016
10/10 79% Patriots Day (2017) As any good historical drama should be, this is much better than a documentary, but, unlike most historical dramas forced upon us by Hollywood, this one is very close to what actually happened. Well-paced and acted, this a film not to be missed. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Dec 21, 2016
810 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) ...a heart-wrenching metaphysical movie with a terrific cast... ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Dec 19, 2016
5/10 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) These Star Wars movies are pretty much the same story each time nowadays. This one has new names for basically the same characters, played by different actors...the same bad guys. How many times can they make the same movie and get people to pay? ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Dec 18, 2016
6/10 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) Not as bad as I anticipated; there are some good performances that overcome the raunchy, silly story. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Dec 12, 2016
10/10 93% La La Land (2016) I loved this movie, a sparkling homage to vintage Hollywood musicals, particularly An American in Paris, '50s Hollywood films, like Rebel Without a Cause, Astaire & Rogers dance movies of the '30s, and the City of Los Angeles, just to name a few. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Dec 9, 2016
2/10 89% Jackie (2016) Yikes, could they have gotten worse performances out of an outstanding cast? Portman plays Jackie as if she's a moron. Sarsgaard, Hurt, and Crudup are perfectly awful, but Laurence Olivier wouldn't have been any better given the lines they utter. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Dec 2, 2016
9/10 61% Allied (2016) Despite all the plot holes and the flimsy premise, this is an entertaining, highly romantic film. If you want logic, read Aristotle; if you want an enjoyable, entertaining few hours, see this film. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Nov 23, 2016
2/10 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Unremittingly dull and uninvolving, full of glaring factual inaccuracies, the only things about the movie that are admirable are the spectacular color films of Hollywood and Los Angeles in 1959. Alas, they are not nearly enough. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Nov 23, 2016
7/10 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) The problem with this film is that the story within the story is better than the story. The best part of it is that Michael Shannon gives an award-quality performance. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Nov 20, 2016
7/10 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Despite confusing flashbacks with no discernible transitions, the acting is good enough to offset watching Affleck be depressed for 237 minutes. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Nov 19, 2016
9/10 88% Elle (2016) I loved the dialogue and the conversations. There is quite a lot of nudity and many violent scenes, but they were necessary and non-exploitive. This is a thinking person's thriller, a movie to be seen and discussed, not written about. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Nov 14, 2016
7/10 94% Arrival (2016) ...there is enough incomprehensibility to give you 'The Day the Earth Stood Still Meets 'Last Year at Marienbad.' Despite the fact that it's utter nonsense, you don't have to completely follow or accept what happens to enjoy it. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Nov 12, 2016
7/10 90% Doctor Strange (2016) ...the best 3-D I have ever seen...so good that I actually got dizzy . It's the special effects and 3-D that make this entertaining, certainly not the fantasy or the hackneyed story or anything else. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Nov 4, 2016
7/10 19% Inferno (2016) While this is a peripatetic thriller/chase film that is all tension and action, the best things about it are the beautiful locations. I actually fell asleep during the climax that was almost totally incomprehensible about who was doing what to whom. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Oct 28, 2016
7/10 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) ... to even conceive of Tom Cruise playing Jack Reacher is as incongruous as Marilyn Monroe playing Abraham Lincoln...but if you haven't read the books this is an OK actioner. If you have read the books, watching Cruise comes close to ruining it. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Oct 21, 2016
910 51% The Accountant (2016) ...a well done thriller that does not lag...with a sensitive look at autism. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Oct 17, 2016
0/10 76% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) It takes a lot of Chutzpah to get up there for an hour and a half and tell stories loaded with F-bombs and vulgarities that have no hint of humor or even make sense. How to treat a date who doesn't have a shoulder? Lemme outa here! ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Oct 14, 2016
8/10 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) A good mystery that is faithful to the book, enhanced by fine performances. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Oct 7, 2016
5/10 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) I initially rated it 8/10 because it is extremely well produced and acted. But then I fact-checked it...Parker inserts too many things that are simply not true and omits the fact that he massacred innocent women and children. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
8/10 81% Denial (2016) Outstanding performances by Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson are upstaged by an Oscar (R)-quality appearance by Timothy Spall as the hateful Holocaust denier in this film based on a 2000 defamation lawsuit. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Sep 30, 2016
8/10 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) ...a real eye-opener...A+ for verisimilitude...What happens when the rig blows out is astonishing to behold...top flight performances but Malkovich steals every scene he's in. I wasn't expecting much, but came away enormously impressed. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Sep 30, 2016
5/10 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Why? Does the world really need a third iteration of this story? And one without the outstanding cast and iconic performances of its predecessor? And one with an imbecilic final battle which drags on long enough to kill every extra in Hollywood? ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Sep 22, 2016
10/10 95% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) ...one of the most enjoyable movies of the year...filled with wonderful music and fascinating interviews with all The Beatles and others...shows in detail how difficult touring became for the Fab Four. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Sep 18, 2016
8/10 61% Snowden (2016) If you haven't prejudged Snowden, it's a very good film (that could have been better with less; less runtime, less romance, less of the scenes in Snowden's hotel room, but with the skullduggery of Snowden fleeing and avoiding his pursuers added). ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Sep 17, 2016
7/10 76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) The first hour is nauseatingly politically correct, contrived, unfunny, and boring. Worse, every single female in the first part drops F-bombs all over the place, even a 10 year old girl. Funny? Not! That said, the last hour is very good. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Sep 16, 2016
7/10 85% Sully (2016) Despite a soporific first 30 minutes that is almost deadly, when director Eastwood finally gets to the landing on the Hudson and the subsequent hearing the film is so good that it overcomes the first third, but why did Hanks hide Sully's smile? ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Sep 9, 2016
7/10 40% Morgan (2016) Taking Alicia Vikander's 2015 'Ex Machina' one step further... despite the tilt towards horror and unnecessary graphic violence, it has fine acting, tight directing, and holds interest throughout. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Sep 2, 2016
510 98% Hell or High Water (2016) While there's some good action while the brothers are holding up the banks, this film is mostly conversation between Pine and Foster, on the one hand, and Bridges and Birmingham, on the other. Compelling is not the word for which I would be groping. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Sep 1, 2016
7/10 66% Anthropoid (2016) Burdened by washed-out color and counter-factual Hollywood touches (like a ridiculous love affair), this still shows a faithful recreation of the disastrous assassination of Nazi monster Reinhard Heydrich in Prague, 1942. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Aug 12, 2016
3/10 26% Suicide Squad (2016) This movie fits the formula perfectly with a fight every 10 or 15 minutes each of which defies all logic and reason. Nothing's perfect, or I would call this a perfect waste of time. ..if you have seen one of these, you have seen them all. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Aug 5, 2016
2/10 20% The Double (2011) Richard Gere and Topher Grace say the lines and hit their marks like professionals do, but almost from the opening scene it's clear that this is a thriller that is less than thrilling. ‐ tonymedley.com
Posted Aug 3, 2016
3/10 81% Equity (2016) ...advertised as '...produced and financed by women, collaborating with women of Wall Street, who chose to invest in this film because they wanted to see this story told,' given the quality of the result, I won't be investing in any of their IPOs. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Jul 29, 2016
8/10 56% Jason Bourne (2016) ...an entertaining film marred by ridiculous car chases, but one does get to look at Alicia Vikander for two hours, and there's nothing wrong with that. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Jul 29, 2016
0/10 60% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) ...annoying...hopelessly silly...cannot be taken seriously either as a parody or a satire... commands no involvement whatsoever in either the characters or the story. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Jul 25, 2016
8/10 69% The Infiltrator (2016) ...an extraordinarily high tension tale...Even better is that the bittersweet conclusion is far from being a typical Hollywood Ending. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Jul 17, 2016
8/10 70% Café Society (2016) Woody Allen's clever story and script are delivered with spot-on performances by Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, and Steve Carell. The Los Angeles locations are filmed so lovingly that it makes one yearn to be there then instead of now. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Jul 16, 2016
5/10 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) This is little more than what would have been a B film in the 1930s-40s, the second feature of a double bill, and it might not have even made that cut. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Jul 1, 2016
7/10 96% De Palma (2016) If you ever wonder why movies are too long, listen to a director talk about himself for almost two hours. It's interesting but I would have liked to have heard from others about what it was like to work with him, too. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Jun 30, 2016
10/10 71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) This is the type of thriller that Eric Ambler used to write, where an ordinary man suddenly finds himself involved with all kinds of international intrigue. I loved Ambler's books and I loved this movie just as much. Stellan Skarsgärd sparkles! ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Jun 30, 2016
0/10 57% The Neon Demon (2016) ...another bit of psuedo-stylistic rubbish by Refn...a horror film that includes graphic scenes of perversions like necrophilia and cannibalism...mind-numbingly slow...and stomach-turningly disgusting. Why it's not rated NC-17 is puzzling. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Jun 28, 2016
7/10 92% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) You don't have to like Kappa's music, or even know anything about it, to get something out of this informative film which includes caustic comments about virtually everything, government, religion, the music industry, American culture, and more. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Jun 27, 2016
9/10 33% Septembers Of Shiraz (2016) ...captures what it must be like to have your life suddenly turned around into total chaos, the hopelessness, the helplessness, and the despair that descends when thrown into a dungeon where people all around you are being executed on a daily basis. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
8/10 67% Diary of a Chambermaid (Journal d'une femme de chambre) (2016) Jacquot expertly combines the mores of the 1900 novel and the mid-20th Century films with today's world and the result is a thought-provoking film that leaves the viewer contemplating what they have just seen. Seydoux is outstanding. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Jun 15, 2016
2/10 51% Genius (2016) ...a drab, dark, slow movie with absolutely no chemistry between or among any of the players...the color so washed out that it might as well have been in black & white. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Jun 10, 2016
7/10 77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) ...while it admirably mocks the sounds rap musicians try to foist off as 'music,' and 'lyrics,' ...there are far too many F bombs...but the production values are of high quality, the rap music almost agreeable,...and the film reasonably enjoyable. ‐ Tolucan Times
Posted Jun 7, 2016