Tony Medley

Tony Medley
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
7/10 59% Trial by Fire (2019) Even though it's a film with a POV, it's very well done with fine acting by everyone. It's up to the viewer how much to believe. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
7/10 49% A Dog's Journey (2019) Fortunately, this fantasy about a dog's constant reincarnation is better than Cameron and Minchon's disappointing 'A Dog's Way Home' earlier this year. - tonymedley.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
7/10 51% Tolkien (2019) Burdened by lots of scenes of dubious authenticity and a ghastly slow pace, the acting is good, and it's an interesting take on someone of whom most know very little. - CWEB.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
1/10 72% All Is True (2019) ...belying its title, what's true is that very little in this film is true (but) its greatest fault as an entertainment is that it is unremittingly boring and uninvolving. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
7/10 87% Non-Fiction (2019) This is a good one even though it is all talk...convincing, realistic, thought-provoking slice of life dialogue. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
7/10 57% J.T. LeRoy (2019) creepy with good acting...more or less whitewashes something that was blatantly dishonest and reprehensible, but does tell the story of what they did. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
9/10 66% The White Crow (2019) OlegIvenko carries the movie and captures Rudi's haughtiness and confidence...this is a pretty long movie to tell the story of his defection, but it has fine pace. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/10 30% Red Joan (2019) Partisan hokum...a disgraceful use of art as a weapon. Even if a movie is entertaining and technically well made, if it's touting a lie it's not praiseworthy. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/10 72% Stockholm (2019) ...a soporific drag... - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
7/10 71% Teen Spirit (2019) This teen movie was a wonderful, high-quality, pleasant surprise, as were Elle Fanning's voice and the boffo production numbers. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
8/10 53% The Best of Enemies (2019) ...a good tale. Rockwell gives a fine performance, but Henson's is the one you remember. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2019
8/10 44% The Chaperone (2019) ...fine acting and production values but with a 21st-Century Hollywood Values PC ending showing a freedom from moral stringency inimical to the '40s. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
10/10 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Everything about it, the acting, writing, and production values, is award-quality. While this may be damning with faint praise, it's the best movie of the year so far. - tonymedley.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/10 57% The Highwaymen (2019) Chasing down Bonnie and Clyde in 1934 must have been tedious business and this movie shows how tedious because it is long and boring and, well, tedious. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/10 94% The Mustang (2019) Despite a fine performance by Schoenaerts the movie is extraordinarily slow and tedious until the last half hour. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
8/10 28% The Aftermath (2019) ...captures the atmosphere of bombed out Hamburg...Knightley gives a mesmerizing performance with Clarke and Skarsgård not far behind. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/10 78% Captain Marvel (2019) ...undistinguishable from the other superhero films, except that the superhero is a woman. Apparently that's are enough to satisfy the prosaic 21st Century mind. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
8/10 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Bits of lots of evocative music add to this well-directed (again) and finely-acted rather dark but enjoyable film about a woman in her late '50s who is still in the game. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
8/10 59% Greta (2019) Highlighted by cinematography that enhances the spookiness even if, like me, you don't like horror, this is worth seeing just to appreciate the incomparable film-making. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
5/10 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) ...total codswallop... - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/10 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) Neeson has done one of these almost every year since the megahit 'Taken.' They just keep getting worse. Totally devoid of tension it just glorifies and minimizes violent death - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
6/10 19% Serenity (2019) What is this, anyway? Noir? Thriller? Fantasy? A bit of all three...whatever it is, it's the kind of movie that you come out of saying, "What was that all about?" - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
5/10 62% A Dog's Way Home (2019) ...without the nauseating political correctness and the narration, I would have rated it higher. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
5/10 40% The Upside (2019) This is where Hollywood is these days. Bereft of original ideas, it remakes better foreign films. Like most of these remakes, this doesn't come close to the original. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
5/10 92% Stan & Ollie (2019) Despite boffo performances it's deplorable judgment to make a film that ignores how they became so hugely successful for the generations who don't know much about them. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
7/10 92% Bumblebee (2018) Puerile as it is, it is entertaining to watch these autobots and decepticons transform themselves into their alter personas (you should pardon the expression), like cars and airplanes. Call me crazy; I liked it. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
9/10 69% The Mule (2018) ...compelling stuff extremely well presented in another bravura effort by actor/producer/director Clint Eastwood that confirms him as the most talented auteur extant. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
6/10 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Rowan is a dead ringer for one of the paintings of the real Mary...this is agonizingly long, but enlightening, with fine acting and exceptional cinematography. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
5/10 59% The Front Runner (2018) The first 45 minutes are painfully boring...Donna Rice is shamefully misrepresented...This film is a true disappointment, an opportunity squandered. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
4/10 93% The Favourite (2018) This is a loathsome, sloppy film, defaming all three women, but particularly Sarah Churchill, with distasteful falsehoods. Sadly, most who see it will come out believing it. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
2/10 15% Robin Hood (2018) Changing the story completely, and not for the better, this is just another formulaic action film. Let's hope Hollywood leaves Robin Hood alone for the foreseeable future. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
8/10 91% Widows (2018) ...loaded with violence, mostly emotional, but physical, too. The acting is outstanding. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
5/10 62% Outlaw King (2018) Too long and gruesome and gets lots of facts wrong. If you're going to work this hard on a movie about history, why not get it right? - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
9/10 82% Instant Family (2018) ...both Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne are at the top of their games, using their comedic licks without going over the line into slapstick or parody. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
9/10 89% Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain (2018) You're not going to come out of this understanding bitcoin and the other virtual currencies completely, but you will know a lot more coming out than you knew going in. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/10 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The plot has been completely changed, only the characters remain and any relationship between them and the novel is purely coincidental. What's left is incoherent nonsense. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
8/10 90% A Private War (2018) ...Pike plays the hard-drinking, hard-smoking, hard-living Colvin to the hilt; it's painful to watch what she goes through in this role. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/10 24% Van Helsing (2004) Despite (or maybe because of) the nonstop action and the special effects, I looked at my watch a lot. This is too long and the script is nothing but segues from one action, special effect-laden, sequence to another. - tonymedley.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
9/10 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Highlighted by wonderful music and performances, Rami Malek looks like Freddie Mercury, walks like him, and performs like him. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
5/10 87% First Man (2018) ...long, depressing, and black...never explains why he was chosen... the few shots of the moon (actually an Atlanta quarry) in IMAX are disappointing... - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
100% Moynihan (2018) A fascinating documentary that reveals Senator Moynihan to be quite different from what many thought him to be. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
9/10 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Everything about it, the acting, directing, writing, cinematography, you name it, they are all terrific. One thing's for sure, you ain't gonna fall asleep! - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
9/10 90% A Star Is Born (2018) This movie is an effulgent treat. The songs are terrific and the concert scenes alone are worth the price of admission. Cooper shows Oscar(r) quality as director, actor and co-writer of songs. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/10 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) It's hard to believe that this snorer is what Robert Redford wants as his Swan Song. Most of director Lowery's credits consist of "shorts." Here he took what should have been a short and dragged it out for 90 minutes, which seemed a lot longer. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/10 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Roth apparently wanted to make this film to entice children into the horror genre, so this is much more light-hearted than scary. In fact, it's not scary. Problem is that it is not funny, either. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
8/10 87% Colette (2018) This is a film whose quality is more than a sum of its parts. Enhancing the fine story and acting, the locales are so beautifully framed and shot many of the scenes could stand as magnificent oil paintings. It is just a beautiful movie to watch. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
5/10 86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Alas, instead of a rip-snorting western, what we get is a pseudo-psychological study of two brothers who are cold-blooded killers but are treated with so much sympathy it makes one want to gag. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
9/10 89% Love, Gilda (2018) ...a fascinating portrait of a woman who rose to the heights from nowhere. The only negative is that there is only one short clip of Roseanne Roseannadanna. Even so, it's a terrific documentary. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/10 95% Blaze (2018) ...about a drunken, drug-addled hothead who wasn't even successful singing in dumpy bars? The music isn't bad but certainly not enough to make the guy a legend or worthy of a biopic. Waste of time... - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
8/10 91% Hal (2018) ...a highly engrossing tale of the Hollywood of 40 years ago...about an individualistic, one-of-a-kind maverick who produced some memorable films in the 1970s... - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018