Tony Medley

Tony Medley
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1/10 89% Fauci (2021) ...a fawning no-warts paean to Fauci in which never is heard a discouraging word. Ignored is any criticism from anyone about anything. No documentary, It's biased agitprop. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
8/10 100% The Phantom (2021) ...an indictment of attorneys, and they deserve it...makes a pretty persuasive case for Deluna's innocence...truth that could have been discovered with a little diligence. - CWEB.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2021
5/10 96% Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) While it tells the story of her struggle to succeed, it is overwhelmed by scenes that are not positive to her character, even though they are not intended as such. - CWEB.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
8/10 50% Lansky (2021) Despite inaccurate Hollywood flourishes this is an entertaining and interesting movie capturing the cold-hearted evil that was present in this outwardly mild-mannered man. - CWEB.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2021
10/10 86% Wolfgang (2021) A complex , fascinating tale of a brilliant and charismatic chef rising from abject poverty to become one of the most well-known people in the world. - CWEB.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
9/10 74% Cruella (2021) The delights of this movie are the over-the-top performances of the Emmas Stone and Thompson, both overacting with a vengeance that it seems both enjoy. - CWEB.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2021
8/10 75% The Mauritanian (2021) ...everything in the movie actually happened, and the torture is severe...One can't help feeling a sense of admiration for his attitude and character after all he suffered. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2021
9/10 60% Queen Marie (2019) This is a movie! Roxanna Lupo gives a performance for the ages. From what I know you can take most of this to the bank which is unusual for a biopic. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
9/10 No Score Yet Dateline: Saigon (2016) ...young newspaper correspondents were voices crying in the wilderness as they wrote the truth to the lies of the army and the government about what was going on in Vietnam - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
9/10 86% The Courier (2020) ...a terrific tense and dramatic story that has begged to be told for more than a half century. Oleg Penkovsky was a true Cold War hero as was Greville Wynne. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
3/10 94% Nomadland (2021) This story of a woman living out a life of quiet desperation is depressing and slow, teeming with shots of Frances McDormand thinking. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2021
5/10 94% Mafia Inc. (2020) ...a disappointing pale imitation of The Godfather. While violent as required by the genre, it is too long, talky, and derivative to be involving. - tonymedley.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2021
6/10 78% I Care a Lot (2021) a film without a protagonist to cheer burdened by a dubious premise and glaring reality-challenged plotholes. While adequately suspenseful its morally deficient ending fizzles. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2021
7/10 88% The Dig (2021) Both Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes give moving performances in this true story. The early WWII ambience is very well recreated. Mulligan rarely disappoints. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2021
7/10 45% The Little Things (2021) ...quirky performance by Rami Malek as a troubled fellow cop, and a scintillating, award-quality performance by main suspect Jerod Leto, even though it's 30 minutes too long. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2021
8/10 94% Sin (Il Peccato) (2021) ...a brilliant job of recreating Michelangelo and what life must have been really like 500 years ago in Rome and Florence. It was dirty; people lived in squalor. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2021
8/10 67% Crisis (2021) This is a high tension, slam bang story of the development of an opioid drug involving vicious drug dealers, corrupt corporations, and more, with fine performances. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2021
3/10 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) It is even more absurd than the first one that grossly distorted history. Gal Gadot's delivery makes Tony Curtis', "Yonda Lies Da Castle of My Fodda," seem Shakespearean. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2021
8/10 25% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) ...gorgeous Irish countryside, outstanding cinematography, wonderful music, romance, terrific acting by Blunt, Donran, Walken and the rest of the cast; how can you go wrong? - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
3/10 83% Mank (2020) Fincher wanted the film to look as if it had been made in the '30s, and he succeeded. It's boring, uninvolving, grainy, bleached out, and the audio stinks. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
5/10 91% Belushi (2020) Sans many SNL and film clips, this is a soporific, overly psychological, tale of an unhappy drug addict with a talent he over-rated and that misconception destroyed him. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
8/10 70% The Last Vermeer (2020) Rarely do you find a performance like Guy Pearce's, one that lights up the screen every second he's on. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
8/10 91% Lance (2020) a fine film even though it goes extremely easy on Lance, considering how selfish and devious he really was (is?) and all the people whose reputations he tried to eviscerate. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2020
8/10 89% The Dalai Lama: Scientist (2020) ...fascinating picture of a man chosen at the age of 5. What is amazing is the breadth of his knowledge and ability to converse with the smartest people in the world. - tonymedley.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
7/10 57% The Hunt (2020) Despite the violence, in the end it's just a feel-good movie, comedic in nature, as one bad guy after another gets what everyone in the audience thinks is deserved. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
3/10 37% Spenser Confidential (2020) Fans of Parker's Spenser beware: the casting stinks, the script stinks, and the story is an amalgamation of formulaic platitudes. Robert Parker would not be happy. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2020
5/10 66% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) ...a thriller without tension...without that tension the movie just doesn't make it, and that's a shame because in the right hands it could be tantalizingly chilling. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
7/10 84% The Way Back (2020) ... entertaining, well-paced, good acting, the basketball sequences well done. I can't say much for Affleck's 'coaching' which consists mostly of yelling and swearing. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
6/10 83% The Whistlers (2020) It's advertised as 'comedy/crime,' but I didn't see much comedy. If it's noir, it's upper minor league noir, maybe Triple A. The whistling gimmick didn't help. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
6/10 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) Unlike London's novella, this story is not told from the dog's POV...but it still might be worth a look for the amazing CGI work and beautiful location filming. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
9/10 87% Emma. (2020) ...entrancing and enchanting...Anya Taylor-Joy is a, well, joy in the titular role...this is already one of the three best films I will see this year. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
8/10 38% Downhill (2020) This is much shorter and better than its predecessor, 'Force Majeure.' While Louis-Dreyfuss carries the movie, Will Ferrell is good in a serious role. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3/10 92% The Assistant (2020) By equating mere suspicions with Weinstein-type outrages, this bolsters gestapo-type thinking inspired by the #MeToo Movement that threatens to make society unlivable. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
4/10 29% The Rhythm Section (2020) ...incoherent, nonsensical throughout with periodic action scenes that have little or no cohesion with the alleged story. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
6/10 60% The Last Full Measure (2020) The weakness of the movie is that it so skims on what actions Pitsenbarger did to set him above other soldiers who voluntarily put their lives at risk. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
8/10 75% The Gentlemen (2020) Convoluted but alluring...Hugh Grant has given many delightful performances (2002's About a Boy for instance) but this is far and away the best he has ever done. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
7/10 89% 1917 (2020) (I)t has no reason for being. It barely touches on the horror of the trench warfare of the Western Front or the futility of the war itself. 'Paths of Glory' it is not. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
9/10 95% Little Women (2019) Sure, it's a chick flick, but this had me from the opening moments; despite confusing time warp segues, it's an engrossing tale well told. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
3/10 20% Cats (2019) Lowlighted by Jennifer Hudson's dismal performance of 'Memory,' there is a magnificent ballet halfway through. That's the only good thing I can say about this film. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/10 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Even a long time ago in a galaxy billions of light years away, the laws of reason would apply and these stories would be too ludicrous to be involving. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
10/10 77% Richard Jewell (2019) Best movie so far this year with fine pace and scintillating performances by Hauser, Rockwell, Bates, Hamm, and especially Olivia Wilde as an extremely sexy reporter. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2019
8/10 71% The Aeronauts (2019) It's an entertaining film but virtually everything in it is pure fiction except the fact that a man named James Glashier did make a record-making balloon ascent. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
9/10 97% Knives Out (2019) A fresh Agatha Christie-type whodunnit highlighted by a sparkling performance by Daniel Craig. I truly hated to see it end. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
7/10 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) ...far too superficial. We never get to know who Mr. Rogers was and how he came to be what he was. What you saw on TV is what you get here, and that's not enough. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
8/10 97% The Kingmaker (2019) This is an enlightening, scary film of Imelda Marcos and today's Philippine nation. I don't know how much to believe, but it's a film I highly recommend; judge for yourself. - CWEB.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
2/10 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Banks has proved that a woman can make as idiotic an action movie as a man in this film that is devoid of tension, pace, drama, humor, intelligence, beauty, and reason. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
8/10 63% The Good Liar (2019) A good thriller with fine pace that methodically draws you in. Helen Mirren gives her usual award-quality performance, and so does Ian McKellan. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
8/10 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) This is a thoroughly enjoyable film with fine acting, directing, and good racing cinematography despite some arguably counterfactual scenes, like picturing Beebe as a heavy - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/10 46% Last Christmas (2019) ...long and slow...Mostly it's writer Emma Thompson preaching with an accent from hell, and it's tedious, to say the least. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
2/10 42% Midway (2019) ...as platitudinous and clichéd as the B war movies churned out during WWII...a disgrace...the men who won at Midway deserve a lot better. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019