Tony Medley

Tony Medley
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
6/10 62% 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 72% 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 74% 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 72% 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 64% 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 44% 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
6/10 61% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) ...at no time did I believe I was watching anything but a Hollywood movie; only Nicholas Hoult as Tesla rang true. On the plus side, it does explain what happened. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
7/10 67% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) ...totally played for laughs...the film picks up from moderately entertaining to much better than average whenever Zooey Deutch is onscreen. Then the film soars. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
7/10 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Highlighted by exquisite special effects and the deliciously evil performance of Pfeiffer, this fantasy seems dark and violent for young children but can delight adults - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
7/10 26% Gemini Man (2019) The most effective 3D yet seen, with an eye-popping motorcycle chase. Although it tends to drag at the end, this film is an entertaining treat. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
1/10 86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) So biased and clumsy it should be taught in film school as an epitome of artless advocacy. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
8/10 84% Downton Abbey (2019) Stands on its own even if you haven't watched the TV series. The acting is superb and the production values second to none. - tonymedley.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
5/10 84% Ad Astra (2019) This is as absurd as the 50s TV show 'Tom Corbett Space Cadet,' stretching 'science fiction' to the laughing point... forget thinking, or forget this movie. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
9/10 85% Untouchable (2019) ...told mostly by (Weinstein's) alleged victims, and their stories are hair-raising...an emotional movie to sit through, but well worth the sit. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
7/10 94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) This film is full of pro, but there ain't a whiff of con. I give this a 7/10 because it is entertaining, in spite of its bias. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/10 87% Hustlers (2019) This tepid, watered down, sanitized chick flick of strip club ladies getting some kind of twisted revenge on the men they entertain misses the mark entirely. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
9/10 88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) ...full of music,...a treat to hear her sing parts of so many songs that she helped to make famous and to learn so much about her. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
5/10 39% Vita & Virginia (2019) Slow and tedious, they cast two beautiful actresses to play two of the least attractive women of the 1920s. So much for verisimilitude. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
9/10 83% Official Secrets (2019) It's chancy to believe history as told by motion pictures, but this film seems right on...one of the most entertaining and captivating films so far this year. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
9/10 61% Brian Banks (2019) It is gut-wrenching to watch the unfairness Banks endured and Hodge's performance is amazingly true to life. ..a film that will stay with you for a long time. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
5/10 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Containing every hackneyed scene in jungle movies from time immemorial, this should appeal to 10 year old girls. Adults might like the closing song and dance. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/10 49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) ...an uninvolving film about a self-absorbed woman, director Linklater showed in 'Me and Orson Welles' that he could make a good movie. This isn't it. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/10 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) This trend of emotionally manipulated films that has dogs thinking and reasoning like Aristotle is a great leap backwards and makes one yearn for Lassie and Rin Tin Tin. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
3/10 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) ...a seemingly endless insult to entertainment ... - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
3/10 23% The Kitchen (2019) Lowlighted by brutal violence and a silly, counterfactual plot, the filmmakers have no clue about what 'protection' by the Mob really was. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
9/10 96% Love, Antosha (2019) This is an revelatory, outstanding documentary...showing Anton was of unique talents and intellect, and was happy, dedicated, and free-spirited despite his deadly illness. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
8/10 94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Wallace learned how to be inscrutable when he's the interviewee, so reveals very little about himself, but it's still a treat to watch his old interviews. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
9/10 99% Honeyland (2019) This shows how some people actually live today, and it is astonishing. I had tears in my eyes when it ended. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
7/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) While the story doesn't justify the length, it's an entertaining piece that is memorable mainly for the performances of Pitt and DiCaprio. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
7/10 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) ... an interesting picture of a rock star who has apparently been arrogant and unlikeable his entire life. Now none of his former cohorts will even speak to him. - The Larchmont Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
1/10 42% Stuber (2019) The violence is patently ludicrous; the humor less than juvenile...the best part of this film is the fadeout. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
8/10 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) While hardly unbiased since the director was one of Marianne's lovers, it will be of interest to fans and non-fans alike including some amazing archival films. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
8/10 63% Yesterday (2019) ...a sweet fable filled with a cornucopia of Beatles' songs well performed by Himesh Patel and highlighted by a boffo performance by Kate McKinnon as his overbearing agent. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
10/10 98% Maiden (2019) Talk about an auteur performance, Tracy Edwards did it all! Highlighted by films taken during the race, if this isn't the best movie of the year, it's close. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
9/10 93% Wild Rose (2019) Highlighted by wonderful music, Jessie Buckley gives a boffo performance as a Glasgow country singer who longs for Nashville, but it's a far more complex and nuanced tale - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
9/10 85% Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) ...far superior to the 1970 Oscar (R)-winning documentary because it tells the entire story and doesn't spend so much time on the music. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
9/10 80% Late Night (2019) ...the denouement is a Hollywood Ending that might work in a fantasy, but certainly doesn't work here. Still, it doesn't ruin a movie that up until then has been very good. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
7/10 87% Pavarotti (2019) Howard's whitewashed version is entertaining enough, but it would have been better had it told the whole story, the negative with the positive. - CWEB.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
7/10 33% Surprise Me! (2019) Contrary to Gertrude Stein, there is some there here, but it's inscrutable. - tonymedley.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
7/10 89% Rocketman (2019) ...lots of music, drugs, and gay sex...not just 'warts and all,' mostly just all warts...Unlike 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' it does not pull its punches. - Tolucan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019