Fayetteville Free Weekly

Fayetteville Free Weekly is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Tony Macklin
Rating Title/Year Author
1.5/5 Sex and the City 2 (2010) Tony Macklin Girls, let's have another Cosmpolitan and remember the past fondly. But make way for Chelsea [Handler]. She drinks vodka neat. She's a real woman. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2010
2.0/5 Racing Dreams (2009) Tony Macklin Director Marshall Curry's film smacks of being too much of a home movie. And the kids' narration and commentary sometimes seems practiced. But for those whose church is in Talladega, it won't matter. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2010
2.5/5 Edge of Darkness (2010) Tony Macklin Edge of Darkness is a surprisingly well-done thriller. Unfortunately, after an hour and a half of substantial filmmaking, it collapses into a Lethal Weapon #6 climax. But the bulk of the film is worthy. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2010
2.0/5 Everybody's Fine (2009) Tony Macklin Everybody's Fine is a nice picture about a dysfunctional family which keeps secrets. It should appeal to nice, dysfunctional, secretive people in the audience -- which probably is the majority. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2009
1.0/5 2012 (2009) Tony Macklin After seeing 2012 I had to take a shower I felt so unclean. If 2012 succeeds, we'll have the deluge of crap. It won't be the Rapture; it will be the Evacuation. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2009
3.0/5 Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) Tony Macklin Michael Moore titled his most recent film Capitalism: A Love Story, probably because in Capitalism you never have to say you're sorry. And Moore never says he's sorry as he trashes Capitalism in America. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2009
2.5/5 State of Play (2009) Tony Macklin State of Play is like a very filling meal. As it appears to end, one sighs with satisfaction. It was an exciting thriller with a viable resolution. ... But wait. There's more. The meal has been reheated, and thrown back slapdash on the screen. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2009
2.0/5 Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience (2009) Tony Macklin The Jonas Brothers are a contemporary phenomenon -- a boyish trio who dazzle fangirl tweens. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2009
3.0/5 Coraline (2009) Tony Macklin Coraline is a mesmerizing tale with macabre stitching. There's no blood, but Coraline is a haunting horrorfest located in a weird wonderland. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2009
4.0/5 Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) Tony Macklin Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which Allen wrote and directed but did not act in, is Woody at the top of his game. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2009
1.5/5 Blood Diamond (2006) Tony Macklin Blood Diamond is a movie zircon. It doesn't cut glass, but it cuts plot, character, and credibility. It could be Hotel Rwanda, but instead it's Motel Deep-Six. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
1.0/5 The Good German (2006) Tony Macklin The Good German is the bad movie. Except for the ambience -- the look of the film -- it stumbles awkwardly on every level. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
2.5/5 Children of Men (2006) Tony Macklin Children of Men is a glorious mess. It's a Frankenstein monster of a movie. Part sci-fi, part thriller, part action genre, part religious allegory, it flays and lumbers after meaning-- sending off occasional sparks of style. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
4.0/5 Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) Tony Macklin The most important film of 2006 was Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima. In 20 years Letters from Iwo Jima will be a classic. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
2.5/5 Pan's Labyrinth (2006) Tony Macklin Pan's Labyrinth is a punishing, evocative poem. It is part ferocious reality and part fearful fantasy. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
2.0/5 Catch and Release (2006) Tony Macklin Catch and Release will not cause Ben Affleck any husband-envy. It's a harmless romantic comedy that will garner Garner no awards and middling success at the box office. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
1.0/5 Because I Said So (2007) Tony Macklin There are chick flicks and upchuck flicks. The movie Because I Said So is an upchuck chick flick. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
2.5/5 Ghost Rider (2007) Tony Macklin Seeing Ghost Rider is like going to Saturday matinee serials at the Rialto eons ago. It's a fanciful, puerile experience -- a fun day out for 9-year olds. Ghost Rider is a ridiculous melange of cheesy effects, talentless extras, corny plot and insi EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
2.0/5 The Astronaut Farmer (2007) Tony Macklin The Astronaut Farmer is one of those movies that you don't believe for a moment while you're watching it, but you leave with a warm glow. But by the time you've driven home, you realize you've been conned. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
2.0/5 300 (2006) Tony Macklin 300 is a fun-fest of blood, mayhem, and absurdity. At its best, it is entertaining; when it's not at its best, it's pretty dumb. It's pretty dumb much of the time. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
2.0/5 Reign Over Me (2007) Tony Macklin Reign Over Me is like spending two hours with a shrink. Self-absorbed and repetitive, it has an occasional moment of truth, and a lot of hot air. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
3.5/5 The Lookout (2007) Tony Macklin The best young actor in movies today may well be Joseph Gordon-Levitt. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
3.0/5 The Hoax (2006) Tony Macklin The Hoax is the real thing. It's a breezy, engaging caper. It's like a heist film of the 1970s, but the pilferers are literary men not bank robbers. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
3.0/5 Disturbia (2007) Tony Macklin Disturbia is a well-made, very entertaining thriller. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
3.0/5 Spider-Man 3 (2007) Tony Macklin You know that the third Spider-Man had to be bigger. The third movie in a franchise goes for broke. And Spider-Man 3 is bigger, if not better. It's overdone, overlong, and overplotted. It's all over the place. This does not mean Spider-Man 3 EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
2.5/5 Lucky You (2007) Tony Macklin I don't think I believed the movie Lucky You, but I sort of enjoyed it. A caveat: I enjoy watching poker on ESPN. If you don't, this movie will bore you. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
2.0/5 Fracture (2007) Tony Macklin Fracture is an entertaining movie that should be better than it is. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
2.0/5 Shrek the Third (2007) Tony Macklin Shrek the Third has the curse of the third in a bankable series. It is too often sappy, tiresome, and overblown. A franchise such as Shrek, with all the money it has accumulated, should be able to buy a little freshness and originality. But instead EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
2.5/5 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) Tony Macklin Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is a hearty, bumpy sea marathon. For some, it will be a fun ride; for others, it will be an ordeal. I'm somewhere in between. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
2.0/5 Knocked Up (2007) Tony Macklin Knocked Up is like a Hallmark Greeting Card with crude verse. It's is an uneasy mix of ethnic humor, slacker humor, and human drama -- some is amusing, some is indulgent, and some is strained. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
1.5/5 Evening (2007) Tony Macklin What's the difference between slasher films and chick flicks? In slasher films they suffer less, and they die quicker. Evening, bless its banal heart, is a chick flick in all its fatuous glory. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
3.0/5 Live Free or Die Hard (2007) Tony Macklin Live Free or Die Hard is an over-the-top, fun rampage. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
3.0/5 Transformers (2007) Tony Macklin Transformers is a rollicking, rousing experience. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
3.5/5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) Tony Macklin Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a gripping, evocative movie. David Yates has two great strengths to apply to the project. He is cinematically adept, and character is a priority for him. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
3.0/5 La vie en rose (2007) Tony Macklin In La Vie en Rose, Marion Cotillard has the role of a lifetime. And she relishes it. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
2.5/5 Talk to Me (2007) Tony Macklin Talk to Me is an incisive portrait of a provocative figure. It comes very close to caricature, but remains human and lively. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
4.0/5 The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) Tony Macklin The Bourne Ultimatum keeps the pedal to the floor and burns serious rubber. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
4.0/5 Ratatouille (2007) Tony Macklin When is a rat a lark? When he's created by Brad Bird. Brad Bird, the animation maestro from Pixar, invents a spunky, gourmet rodent in the lively, spicy romp Ratatouille. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
2.0/5 Hairspray (2007) Tony Macklin Hairspray is an energetic romp, but as a social statement -- which it pretends to be -- it's cartoonish. And as a playful look back at a time and place, it's simplistic shtik. It's a mountain of whipped cream, with an occasional chocolate sprinkle. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
2.0/5 Resurrecting the Champ (2007) Tony Macklin Resurrecting the Champ is a movie I was going to recommend. It was contrived and dopey, but it seemed like pleasant entertainment. Then came the terrible last ten minutes when it casts itself on the rancid junk heap of hokum. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
3.5/5 3:10 to Yuma (2007) Tony Macklin 3:10 to Yuma is a big, brawling action-adventure with strong psychological elements. The original 3:10 to Yuma, with Glenn Ford and Van Heflin, directed by Delmer Daves, was a psychological western, and the present version expands on that. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
3.0/5 Eastern Promises (2007) Tony Macklin David Cronenberg is a director who sets out to bring life (and death) back to violence. In Eastern Promises he does just that. It is a movie that will make audiences squirm and look away. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
2.0/5 Rush Hour 3 (2007) Tony Macklin Although much of Rush Hour 3 is in Paris, it's no French pastry. It's more week-old Happy Meal. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
1.5/5 Feast of Love (2007) Tony Macklin Feast of Love is a multi-layered -- layers of baloney -- tale of pursuit of love. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
2.0/5 The Brave One (2007) Tony Macklin The Brave One is worth seeing for the scenes between Terrence Howard and Jodie Foster. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
2.0/5 The Hunting Party (2007) Tony Macklin There are a lot of movies that don't deliver on their promise. The Hunting Party is one of them. It's a disheartening disappointment. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
3.0/5 In the Valley of Elah (2007) Tony Macklin In the Valley of Elah is a powerful, emotional indictment of what contemporary war can do to young men. It is a potent moral tale. This is not your father's war. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
4.0/5 Into the Wild (2007) Tony Macklin Into The Wild has been made into a prayer of a motion picture by Sean Penn. It may not touch everybody, but those whom it does touch, it will touch deeply. It is a haunting odyssey. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
2.5/5 Michael Clayton (2007) Tony Macklin Clooney's latest venture into panache is thriller style in Michael Clayton. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009
5.0/5 No Country for Old Men (2007) Tony Macklin When you see No Country for Old Men, leave your preconceptions at home. But bring your Alfred Hitchcock lenses. They're useful. No Country for Old Men is a dazzling time-bomb of a movie. It is an engrossing, brutal, nerve-wracking moral tale EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2009