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Tony Medley

Tony Medley
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
9/10 90% I, Tonya (2017) Terrific acting and skating (by Robbie herself!); good, tight directing... if you enter the picture with a preconceived notion of Tonya Harding , this will be an eye-opening experience. Hauser's performance as a witless villain sparkles.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
9/10 93% The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee (2017) ...fascinating but zero warts homage to Bradlee...would have been more admirable had it dealt in detail with the moral chiaroscuros that were apparent in the man instead of basically ignoring them to produce a simplistic paean to a complex man.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
7/10 93% The Disaster Artist (2017) When I saw the end of this bizarre movie, I realized that I enjoyed it more than I thought I had. The additional few scenes shown after fade-out are pretty amazing and eye-opening. In fact it was those scenes that raised my rating considerably.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
5/10 84% Darkest Hour (2017) Pure Hollywood Poppycock. The War Cabinet, including Chamberlain, was almost totally behind Churchill and opposed to Lord Halifax's desire to sue for peace, not the contrary shown in this movie. This entire movie is fiction, and shame on it for that.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
4/10 19% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Watching a Will Ferrell movie for me is almost as painful as a prostate biopsy...Maybe he and Mark Wahlberg think they are another Laurel and Hardy, but they're not. For one thing, Laurel and Hardy were funny. But for Mel Gibson this is a zero.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
5/10 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Branagh's performance falls flat when compared with those of Peter Ustinov and David Suchet. Since he is in almost every scene it made the movie even less enjoyable than it could have been especially since most already know the oft-told story. ‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
9/10 76% Thank You for Your Service (2017) ...realistically details battles of heroic U.S. servicemen with PTSD and the strains put on wives who try to cope. Eye-opening, it's very well-directed and written with exceptional acting by a fine cast.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
8/10 88% Only the Brave (2017) ...all a movie should be, entertaining and educational...graphically showing the guts and workings of a forest fire and the heroism of those fighting it on the front lines.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
5/10 8% The Snowman (2017) ...makes no sense whatsoever...Fassbender sleepwalks through the role...the biggest mystery in the movie is what is Val Kilmer doing there and what is he mumbling?‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
8/10 80% Only the Brave (2006) This is all a movie should be, entertaining and educational, graphically showing what a fire really is and the heroism of those fighting it on the front lines.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
7/10 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) The story is enhanced by the outstanding production design in recreating the English countryside of the 1920s and fine performances by all, but especially Will Tilston as Christopher, who should be up for Oscar (R) consideration as Best Supporting Actor.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
8/10 83% Marshall (2017) Gives the 'Law and Order' treatment to an early case of Thurgood Marshall...if accurate, it's entertaining and informative, although Josh Gad's character was not the novice this film portrays him to be.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
9/10 87% American Made (2017) Writing that this is "historically inaccurate" doesn't do it justice...Regardless of the silly political stuff Liman tries to foist on the audience, the movie is very well done and is highly entertaining.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
7/10 41% The Mountain Between Us (2017) This is a soap opera, unrealistic even by Hollywood standards; it even has a lovable dog in almost every scene! I just turned off my sense of reason and enjoyed it as much as I would a Pepé Le Pew cartoon. I told myself to lighten up; this is a movie!‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
7/10 33% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) Shot with an annoying lack of color, this is a less than compelling, but still moderately interesting, look at FBI agent Mark Felt aka DeepThroat, telling a Watergate story with no Bernstein and little Woodward.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
9/10 82% Loving Vincent (2017) A revealing story animated in the style of van Gogh, everything you see could have been painted by Vincent himself... truly a wonderful dream to sit through and enjoy.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
3/10 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) The first was a surprisingly good spoof of James Bond movies. This sequel, however, has no satire, no clever, funny lines; in fact it's almost 2 1/2 hours of nothingness but lots of silly fights and exploding people.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2017
8/10 65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) While this is a well told, eye-opening story, it is can be slow in parts. The acting is very good, as is the ambience created by the production design. ‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2017
5/10 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) The concentration on sex serves to belittle the enormous risk King took in boycotting the Pacific Southwest Tournament and the revolution she instigated. Too bad.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
7/10 34% American Assassin (2017) I stretched to rate this 7/10, but don't think Vince Flynn would be pleased with this vapid, unoriginal rendering of his book at all, and the changing of the story. O'Brien is a good Mitch Rapp but the rest of the players are grossly miscast.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
0/10 68% mother! (2017) This pseudo-intellectual psychobabble is a desolate, dystopian view of society. The ending is as disgusting a stretch of film as you will ever see.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
9/10 29% Rebel in the Rye (2017) The recreation of New York, the Stork Club, and the dress of those years is excellent, as are all the performances. Writer-director Danny Strong has created a compelling portrait of the elusive Salinger that had me mesmerized. ‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
7/10 9% Tulip Fever (2017) This had the makings of a brilliant screwball comedy but the filmmakers turned it into a serious drama. Not bad, but, to paraphrase Marlon Brando, it coulda been something; instead, it's this!‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
2/10 25% Unlocked (2017) This movie is nothing more than simplistic agitprop...the motive for why the villain does what s/he does is one of the most idiotic in the history of intelligent thought.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
8/10 83% Detroit (2017) What's shown on the screen is not only frightening; it is debilitating to sit through...I saw it at a 10 a.m. screening and felt wiped out the rest of the day...I don't know what really happened there, but this is certainly a compelling film. ‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
9/10 92% Dunkirk (2017) A good movie that fails to capture the mind-boggling scope of almost 400,000 troops stranded on the beach and almost 1,000 boats crossing back and forth across the Channel to save them. There isn't even a crawl at the end to give the statistics.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
8/10 100% Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey (2017) ...fascinating documentary about the making and veracity of Midnight Express, a film that supposedly told the true story of Billy Hayes...in this documentary we meet the real Billy Hayes, and it's starkly different from the movie.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2017
7/10 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) I am no fan of fantasies consisting of impossible characters dominated by visual effects. But the visual effects are stunning and should be a big Oscar (R) contender. Given my bias, however, it should be meaningful that I found this enjoyable.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
7/10 89% Lady Macbeth (2017) ...well done with some fine twists...could even be considered as a unique film noir, because it has most of the characteristics.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
0/10 89% Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (2017) ...This is no "documentary." It's a prejudiced, partisan, ham-fisted polemic, so biased it would embarrass Pravda....a disgrace to documentary filmmaking in general and to journalism in particular.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
7/10 93% Baby Driver (2017) ...(some) in the audience won't be able to stomach the enormous plotholes in the script, but, for me, they were counterbalanced by the torrid pace. The romance is well done, due in large part to the scintillating performance of Lily James.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
8/10 76% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) This movie truly captures the awfulness it must have been to live under the Nazis, especially in the 1930s. But it also tells how an ordinary man of no particular background or training can perform heroically. I wish everyone could see it.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
8/10 68% The Journey (2017) Working with a smart, intelligent script Meany and Spall fence with one another in a way that is entirely believable. This does what movies should do; it educates and entertains at the same time.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
9/10 88% Maudie (2017) ...a heart-rending film to sit through but well worth it. Both Hawkins and Hawke give eye-popping performances but Hawkins, particularly, should be up for an Oscar(R)...one of the best movies of the year.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
7/10 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Faithful performances by Weisz and Claflin are enhanced by fine cinematography and exceptional production design and costume design in this well paced, atmospheric film.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2017
8/10 75% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) At long last, a movie with satisfyingly realistic slice of life dialogue. But while Beatriz is inscrutable, to say the least, the ending is equally so, if not beyond credibility.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
5/10 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Unlike most silly fantasy superhero movies, this one is not set in a fictional locale with fictional characters. No, it's Wonder Woman winning WWI! It is the same intellectual diarrhea of all the others, only worse, minimizing the horrors of WWI.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2017
2/10 49% Churchill (2017) This long, slow, boring, talky film is a vindictive calumny, making up things out of whole cloth, not a paean to a great man who almost singlehandedly stood up and opposed Hitler when it looked like all was lost. It is shameful with no raison d'être.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
7/10 72% The Wizard of Lies (2017) The shame of this film is it that shows Madoff to be just a nice old guy who finally got caught, not the cold-hearted, evil sociopath that he really was. Michelle Pfeiffer steals the show as Madoff's wife, Ruth, and is a remarkable lookalike.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
2/10 18% Baywatch (2017) Fans of the TV show will be disappointed because the only bouncing breasts seen belong to star Dwayne Johnson. As to the story, writing, and acting, not one of them makes an appearance, so it is faithful to the TV show in those regards.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
7/10 76% A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017) The French know how to make films that show life to be enormously depressing and unrewarding, and this is a classic example.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
9/10 45% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) ...incredible locales, wonderful acting, enticingly slow pace, and delicious dialogue reminiscent of 'My Dinner with Andre' (1981). Like a fine wine, this ages well. I originally rated it 8/10, but the more I think about it, the better I like it.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
2/10 29% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) A King Arthur prequel fouled up by videogame-like animals that never existed, silly fight scenes, and one-liners supposed to be witty but are just annoying....so jumbled and incoherent that it's little more than regurgitated nonsense. ‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
8/10 47% The Dinner (2017) For a fairly long film full of talk, the pace is outstanding; despite an unsatisfying ending.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
5/10 88% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) Gere gives one of his better performances...What he needed was a good editor with sharp scissors and a director who had a better understanding of pace. As good as the film is, it was hard to stay awake throughout. ‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
0/10 67% Free Fire (2017) Advertised as a comedy, there is nothing remotely humorous in this nihilistic abhorrently violent nonsense whose sole purpose seems to be to desensitize its audience to brutality..‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
10/10 49% The Promise (2017) ...captures the desolation of the Armenians and the cold-blooded cruelty of the Muslim Turks, who massacred men, women, and children with impunity. Kudos to the producers for using art to reveal the Turkish cruelty for the entire world to see.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
8/10 67% The Fate of the Furious (2017) ...a surprise, more James Bondish than car crash-centric (although there are car crashes and chases aplenty). Lovingly photographed, Charlize Theron has never appeared more beautiful, malevolent though she may be. ‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
9/10 89% Their Finest (2017) ...blew me away...Highlighted by award-quallity performances by Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
0/10 48% Wilson (2017) As far as I can see there is no reason to go to see this, just as there was no reason to make it or release it. It is violent, profane, and without any redeeming social or entertainment value.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017