Ian Thomas Malone

Ian Thomas Malone
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Biography:
Ian Thomas Malone is an author and transgender activist. She earned her B.A. at Boston College in 2013, where she founded The Rock at Boston College and an M.A. from Claremont Graduate University. Ian?s treatise The Transgender Manifesto is a bestseller in LGBT non-fiction. Her work has been featured in the online editions of the National Review, INSIDER, Bustle, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News and the Irish Examiner. She is currently working on contributions to academic books on James Cameron, Netflix, Star Trek: Voyager, and Tumblr. Ian lives in Long Beach, California.
Publications: Ian Thomas Malone

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
85% Downton Abbey (2019) Much of the narrative is totally over-the-top in a way that only seems fitting for a film designed solely to give longtime fans two more hours with the characters they love. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers never excuses the actions of its characters, while giving the audience the freedom to choose where to lend their sympathies. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
31% Corporate Animals (2019) Corporate Animals feels like it was written as a spec script for a sitcom that ended up being stretched out for a feature film, much to the detriment of the narrative. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
86% Bill Burr: Paper Tiger (2019) For all the talk of Burr wanting to "trigger" people, his most outrageous bits never feel edgy enough to pack the desired punch. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
44% The Riot Act (2018) The Riot Act has a lot to admire as an indie period piece, but the film plays out like a rough cut in desperate need of additional editing. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
35% Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones (2019) Lacking empathy can certainly be amusing, but Sticks & Stones is a tired routine by a man who forgot to layer jokes into his act, too often sounding like a pundit on Fox News. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
67% Blink of an Eye (2019) Part biography, part love-letter, the documentary is a testament of human perseverance and the power of individuals to shape the lives of those around them. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
91% The Harder They Come (1973) The themes present in the film remain particularly relevant in today's climate. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
No Score Yet I Am Patrick Swayze (2019) I Am Patrick Swayze makes you fall in love with the man all over again, a beautiful tribute that eloquently explains his vast appeal. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
88% Batman: Hush (2019) Juggling its many pieces quite well, Batman: Hush is another strong showing for the DC Animated Movie Universe. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
79% Good Boys (2019) The child actors have an uncanny sense of comedic timing for jokes meant to sail right over their characters' heads. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Belkin presents his subject as thoroughly human, while never losing sight of the immense legacy he left behind. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Hobbs & Shaw never loses sight of the escapism it exists to provide. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino showcases the skills he's refined over the years, along with a lack of restraint that longevity often affords. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
100% The Cure: Anniversary 1978-2018 Live in Hyde Park (2019) The film showcases the immense energy that Robert Smith still brings to the stage after all these years. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) The Lion King overhunts the terrain of its predecessor, a lifeless remake that inhabits the shadowlands of nostalgia. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Parabellum ups the ante in a good way, an action-packed adventure bolstered by Reeves' dedication to his craft. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
86% Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) Right Now presents a conflicting message, a man who says he's grown after the incident while railing against the cultural environment that suggested society should care. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The Art of Self-Defense has an uncanny grasp on comedic timing, a film that makes you laugh out loud when you least expect a joke to come. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar is a mesmerizing experience, solidifying Aster as one of the most compelling directors currently making films. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
No Score Yet Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room (2019) Glitter Room consistently presents as a portrait of her life at this moment, an intimate look at Ryan's efforts to raise a child while still figuring things out for herself. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Far From Home closes out Phase Three of the MCU with a delightful story that embraces the human toll that saving the world has taken on the friendly neighborhood web-slinger. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story 4 isn't as much of a tearjerker as its predecessors, but the franchise retains a powerful grasp on the emotions of its audience. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Dark Phoenix was not particularly well-equipped to be the finale for close to two decades of franchise lore, but it makes the most of its truncated circumstances. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Godzilla: King of the Monsters clutters its narrative with too many loose strands of plot while failing to let its title character shine. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) Ritchie's Aladdin struggles to find its own voice while constantly serving the narrative of its source material. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart manages to be the funniest high school comedy in years while never losing sight of its powerful emotional core. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
100% What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (2019) What We Left Behind is a beautiful celebration of Deep Space Nine, crafted with love by the people who poured their hearts into the show. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Reynolds' Pikachu is too much of a good thing, never building on an amusing foundation until a clunky attempt to establish some sense of narrative payoff in the third act. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) Knock Down the House is an uplifting documentary that highlights the power of democracy in action. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
100% War and Peace (Voyna i Mir) (1968) The 2019 remastered version of War and Peace offers a singular cinematic experience, a profoundly moving theatrical tour de force. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
85% Tater Tot & Patton (2019) Tater Tot & Patton exhibits much of the typical fare you'd expect from the indie genre, but the film finds a quiet sense of grace in its minimalistic narrative. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame is a spectacular conclusion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first era. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
50% A Dark Place (Steel Country) (2019) A Dark Place could've benefitted from a little more character development, but the film is an engrossing mystery that's well worth a watch. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
91% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! is the best film of the DCEU thus far, an action-packed adventure full of humor and heart. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
No Score Yet Hurley (2019) Hurley misses an easy opportunity to shed light on the hardships forced upon LGBTQ athletes, never quite suggesting that something in that culture needs to change. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo's needlessly over the top third act is one of the most chaotic disasters ever depicted in a Disney film. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
88% Satan & Adam (2019) Satan & Adam has a good story to tell, but the documentary never establishes a consistent narrative to tie its many pieces together. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
100% Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey (2017) Dirtbag paints a fascinating portrait of what it means to live life in full pursuit of one's passions. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
93% Us (2019) Us is a terrifying sophomore effort from director Jordan Peele, offering a thought-provoking perspective on the horror genre. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Thoroughly unremarkable, Captain Marvel wanders aimlessly through various half-baked plotlines without ever investing in its title character. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
57% Stray (2019) Stray is a competently crafted film that lacks any semblance of emotional resonance. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) The film fails to present a cohesive narrative to anchor its visual splendor, giving the audience plenty of entertaining sequences but little to root for. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
64% Dead Ant (2019) Dead Antis the kind of movie that owes its success largely due to its actors' willingness to embrace the film's absurdities. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The musical numbers don't pack the same punch and the plot wins zero points for originality, but the film has more than enough heart to make up for its lack of imagination. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
38% A Violent Man (2019) A Violent Man struggles to be a sports film and a thriller, stripping either of any sense of dramatic urgency. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
91% Fyre (2019) Fyre presents an extensive look at the many cons and blunders that went into crafting the disaster. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
79% Fyre Fraud (2019) Fyre Fraud hoists Billy McFarland up as a straw man indictment against millennials, casting aside a thorough examination of the festival in favor of cheap laughs. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
97% Free Solo (2018) Free Solo captures one of the greatest athletic feats in history while never losing sight of its much more human subject. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Mary Poppins Returns delivers a delightful experience that crafts its own magic while remaining faithful to its source material. - Ian Thomas Malone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019