'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" is a mouthful of a title but most viewers, I imagine, will leave the theater feeling underfed, hungering for a lot more story that this second sequel offers.
The setting may be overly familiar, (small time crooks and a blue-collar bar.) The plot a little predictable, (will the guys who knock off the bar get away with it?) But the acting in "The Drop" is so good, that the other stuff almost doesn't matter.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Tom Tangney reviews 'Magic in the Moonlight’ Woody Allen's new film, "Magic in the Moonlight," is set in the 1920s French Riviera. This passionate comedy follows a shocking series of events that arise when a magician tries to uncover a psychic as a fraud.
'Fading Gigolo' Thanks to its excellent cast and restrained writing, "Fading Gigolo" turns out to be a gentle and wry look at relationships, whether they be love matches, platonic friendships, or strictly sexual affairs.
Friday, April 4, 2014
'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' If you go around with a name like Captain America, it helps if the world is a simple place. Coming of age during World War II, the original Captain America only had to know one thing really well: Nazis = bad! And that was enough.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Noah "Noah" is an ambitious but unwieldy Biblical epic that is a mishmash of special effects and psychodrama, of hard-scrabble realism and worlds of fantasy, of mundane family conflicts and difficult theological concepts.
Friday, March 14, 2014
The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is a grand comedy of manners, or perhaps more precisely, a grand comedy about manners.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Mr. Peabody & Sherman 50 years later, Hollywood wants to try reviving these tart, sassy 5-minute cartoons into a feature length animated kids movie, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman."
Friday, February 21, 2014
'Pompeii' buries itself There's no better way to say this: "Pompeii" is so bad it buries itself. In fact, complaining about it - at some point - just starts feeling like piling on.
Friday, February 14, 2014
RoboCop I don't think anyone was exactly clamoring for a remake of the surprise hit of 1987, "RoboCop." But given the ways of Hollywood these days, a remake was probably inevitable. And as bad ideas go, we're fortunate this remake is as good as it is.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Monuments Men George Clooney's new film, "The Monuments Men," has a great true story to tell but he dumbs it down so much that it's hardly worth telling.