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" 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
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.
Friday, January 10, 2014
- August: Osage County
Tom Tangney reviews the film starring Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep.
Friday, January 3, 2014
- Tom's Top 10 of 2013
Tom Tangney shares his top 10 list for the year.
Friday, December 13, 2013
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Director Peter Jackson must do "spectacular" in his sleep. Even with the thinnest of premises - this second Hobbit movie is reportedly based on a mere five chapters of that children's book - Jackson can spin a nearly three-hour film that's chock-full of stunning action sequences and extended bits of special effects wizardry.
Friday, November 22, 2013
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
"Catching Fire" hits all the necessary plot points but it registers none of the atmosphere of terror that this dystopian tale requires. And it's so thin on characterization that none of the relationships resonates either, no matter how dramatic the emotions or desperate the circumstances.
Friday, November 15, 2013
- Dallas Buyers Club
Actor Matthew McConaughey often plays good ol' boy hustlers but he's never played one quite like the real-life Ron Woodroof, a Texas bad boy who revels in sex and drugs, gambling and booze. His life takes a drastic turn one day in 1985 -- and that's what the movie "Dallas Buyers Club" is all about.
Friday, October 11, 2013
- Captain Phillips
Tom Hanks plays Captain Phillips, an ordinary man who finds himself in a nightmare situation. His enormous ship (with its crew of twenty) suddenly finds itself at the mercy of a quartet of scruffy, scrawny young men armed with little more than AK-47's and a lifetime of desperation.
Friday, October 4, 2013
"Gravity" may be the best movie ever made about being up in space. I don't mean inside a space station. For most of this movie, the astronauts are outside. Whether tethered or strapped in jet packs, these astronauts are floating through space with nothing between their spacesuits and the great empty beyond of outer space.
Friday, September 27, 2013
- Don Jon
It's a daring move for a first time writer and director. Joseph Gordon-Levitt tackles a potentially dark subject with lots of humor. Not so much humor that it becomes a comedy, mind you, but enough that prevents it from becoming just a sad-sack downer.