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Tony Medley

Tony Medley
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 54% 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 91% 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 88% 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 94% 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 72% 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 90% 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 77% 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 19% 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 75% 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 48% 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 28% 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 50% 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 89% 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 50% 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 66% 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 88% 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 46% 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
9/10 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) A terrific entertainment..the outstanding production numbers and orchestration make up for mediocre melody. Romantic enough, I thought Stevens had a lot more sex appeal as the Beast than as the Prince. Visual and special effects are award quality.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
8/10 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) An All-Star cast, great visual effects and cinematography, good pace, tight directing, and another gargantuan ape in love with a beautiful woman who can fit in the palm of his hand; what more do you want?‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
5/10 23% Table 19 (2017) Despite good performances, especially by Wyatt Russell, the situations are too silly and trite to be involving. On the plus side, it was less than 90 minutes long.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
7/10 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Baldwin was an eloquent speaker that gives much more impact to his ideas than they deserve. Peck's editing is reminiscent of Joseph Goebbels and Leni Riefenstahl, intending to incite racial hatred with little or no interest in truth or context.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
2/10 42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) Sitting through 146 minutes of this nonsense was enough to do in even the most hardy.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
0/10 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) There is little in this film apart from Reeves graphically shooting one person after another in the head for 2 hours. It's disgraceful that Hollywood keeps foisting movies that have no other purpose than to desensitize people to bestial brutality. ‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
8/10 25% The Comedian (2017) ...a profane but lighthearted look at a comedian who has seen better days that is more funny than serious. De Niro presents himself as a good standup, bolstered by Leslie Mann's appealing performance.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
3/10 17% The Space Between Us (2017) One expects plotholes and impossible occurrences in science fiction films. But this one breaks the mold. The silliness of these scenes is what really keeps this movie from being as entertaining as it could have been.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
8/10 43% Gold (2017) Good story, good movie, good cinematography, good performances by Ramirez and Howard with over-the-top performance by McConaughey. Generally when filmmakers change facts it ruins the movie, but the fictionalizations here actually made it better.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
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
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
5/10 84% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
10/10 87% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
10/10 81% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
810 13% Collateral Beauty (2016) ...a heart-wrenching metaphysical movie with a terrific cast...‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2016
6/10 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) Not as bad as I anticipated; there are some good performances that overcome the raunchy, silly story.‐ Tolucan Times
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
10/10 92% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
9/10 60% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
2/10 55% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
7/10 74% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2016
9/10 90% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016