Tony Medley

Tony Medley
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/10 59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) ...total codswallop... - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/10 73% 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 21% 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 58% 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 93% 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 93% 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 70% 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 94% 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 14% 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 63% 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 90% 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 67% 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 85% 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
9/10 58% White Boy Rick (2018) A riveting tale of a young FBI informant who became a drug dealer and the tempestuous relationship between him and his father highlighted by fine performances by the entire cast. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
8/10 72% The Children Act (2018) Contrasting Thompson's certitude as a Judge with her indecisiveness in her personal life, and bolstered by outstanding performances by Thompson, Whitehead, and Tucci, the movie never lags, even for a second. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
5/10 12% Peppermint (2018) This is a genre and genres apparently have rules. And one rule for this genre is; make it absurd. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
8/10 91% Searching (2018) ...a brilliantly devised thriller that is told in such a captivating way that it is almost impossible not to enjoy. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
8/10 85% The Wife (2018) With a title that turns out to be tellingly tongue in cheek, what starts out as a relatively benign story morphs into something infinitely more complex and deep. Top flight performances by Glenn Close and Christian Slater... - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
1/10 23% Mile 22 (2018) These movies just seem to get worse and worse. ...one idiotic fight and car chase and gun battle after another...The really depressing thought is that they are clearly setting the audience up for a sequel, God forbid. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3/10 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee's film about Stallworth & Flip taking on Duke and the KKK is akin to the Keystone Kops taking on the Three Stooges...unfortunately, Lee's polemic-ism eschews comedy and portrays their bungling efforts as heroic, which is hard to buy. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
7/10 73% Christopher Robin (2018) The charm of the movie lies in Pooh's naiveté and innocence. .. he states what he sees and believes in such Alice in Wonderland purity that the truths he utters are captivating and almost worth sitting through it. If only it were 30 minutes shorter. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
8/10 100% 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie (2018) Told with personal interviews with all the band members of a 1970s Colorado band that didn't make it, along with clips of their tuneful music, archival videos, and stills, it is a captivating tale. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
3/10 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) It is unremittingly agonizing to sit through this nonsensical, feeble attempt at comedy, lowlighted by Kate McKinnon's unappealing, annoying performance that's like a grain of sand in your eye. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
3/10 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) ...not an ounce of tension in this...car chases so plentiful and derivative they put you to sleep...the bad guy couldn't have been more obvious had he worn a sign...no more involving or entertaining than Buster Crabbe playing Flash Gordon. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
9/10 83% Puzzle (2018) I cannot think of one single thing that I would change about this film. The acting is incomparable, the directing deft, and the writing poignantly brilliant. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
7/10 14% Damascus Cover (2018) ...an acceptably tense spy thriller...Considering this indie was shot on a $5 million budget, it's well done with atmospheric locations shots. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2018
7/10 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Despite the implausibility and the troubling violence that Fuqua always forces on his audience, it is an entertaining film. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2018
9/10 81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Unlike the first one, the lead singer here is Lily James, and she gives a boffo performance...the music, choreography, production numbers, and cinematography overcome the weak script and story...this ranks with the best movie musicals. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
2/10 11% Siberia (2018) ...has no raison d'être that I can determine, just 104 minutes of nonsense. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
7/10 46% Skyscraper (2018) ...loaded with plotholes, but if you've seen one 'Die Hard' movie, you've seen them all, and that's all this is...but the bottom line is that they have all been entertaining, if ridiculous. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
2/10 29% Shock and Awe (2018) ...unremittingly boring...Considering the fact that Reiner has been a talented director and that Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, and James Marsden are competent actors, I never dreamed it could be so bad. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
8/10 84% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) ...an involving film about revenge with the moral that it is often better to turn the other cheek and let things roll off your back, to mix aphorisms. This is a don't miss it film. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018