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Tom Tangney

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    ‘White Boy Rick’ mostly interested in exploring gritty family dynamics

    "White Boy Rick" has the integrity to not sell out, but it doesn't have the depth of character to make it a truly insightful drama either.
  • ‘Peppermint’ an uninspired vigilante revenge movie

    "Peppermint"'s real problem is that the non-stop violence is so relentless and unimaginative. Many violent films can be cinematically exciting - see Tarantino, Peckinpah, etc. - but not this one.
  • ‘Happytime Murders’ shortchanges us on comedy

    Even though 'The Happytime Murders' delivers on the raunch, it so shortchanges us on the comedy that the movie falls flat long before it's over.
  • Crazy Rich Asians

    I begrudgingly admit, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is a pretty good rom-com

    "Crazy Rich Asians" may be a generic romantic comedy, but it's one that becomes a guilty pleasure. It will have you routing for this couple to make it through to the end.
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    Charlottesville parallel is exhilarating in ‘Blackkklansman’

    It's clear in every frame of 'Blackkklansman' that Spike Lee is furious with the current state of affairs and making that even more explicit seems like overkill. But I take his point.
  • Christopher Robin

    Winnie the Pooh fans should be overjoyed with ‘Christopher Robin’

    "Christopher Robin" is a fantastic family film. A live-action Disney movie starring Winnie the Pooh characters, it manages to capture the delicate tone and mood of the original A.A. Milne stories while creating an entirely new storyline.
  • Mission: Impossible

    ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ is all about stuntman Cruise

    The Mission: Impossible franchise long ago stole the best stunts mantle from the likes of James Bond and Jason Bourne.
  • ‘Mamma Mia 2’ not nearly as terrible as the original

    'Mamma Mia 2' senses the original used up all the good Abba songs and tries to make up for it with over-the top productions of the two big hits that didn't make the first film's storyline.
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    Boots Riley hopes ‘Sorry to Bother You’ will change the world

    "Sorry to Bother You" was a breakout hit at Sundance and has already earned rave reviews and a great per screen average box office for an indie film.
  • Polished performances in ‘The Seagull,’ but ensemble falls flat

    Everyone delivers a perfectly polished characterization in "The Seagull," but no one seems to be working as an ensemble. That disconnect may even be part of Anton Chekhov's point, but it robs the movie of a unifying power.
Tom Tangney on KIRO Radio