‘Fantastic Beasts’ manages to be mostly fun and charming
Tom Tangney | November 18, 2016 7:54 am"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is fantastic and bring the magic with great performances by actor Eddie Redmayne and director David Yates.
Aesthetically daring, ‘Arrival’ also echoes popular sci-fi films
Tom Tangney | November 11, 2016 11:15 am"Arrival" is either a mainstream movie masquerading as an art film or an art film pretending to be commercial product. Either way, it works.
The CGI in ‘Doctor Strange’ is both a strength and weakness
Tom Tangney | November 4, 2016 9:39 am"Doctor Strange," may star the rising actor Benedict Cumberbatch, but the real focus of the film is its CGI.
‘Inferno’ is yet another dumb, sensational thriller
Tom Tangney | October 28, 2016 6:50 amAnother Dan Brown novel turned movie: Brown and his film director Ron Howard are much more interested in making dumb, sensational thrillers.
Latest ‘Jack Reacher’ makes very few demands on its audience
Tom Tangney | October 21, 2016 8:53 amDon't expect too much out of "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back." It's a stark contrast to "Certain Women."
‘The Accountant’ is a standard action-thriller that is just good enough
Tom Tangney | October 14, 2016 11:29 amIn "The Accountant," Ben Affleck plays a nondescript man who works in a strip mall but, curiously, also does business around the world with arms…
Who would think a spring break trip would turn into this?
Tom Tangney | October 7, 2016 8:34 amSasha Lane had no idea she would be starring in one of this year's best movies. But that's exactly what happened when she joined the…
‘The Birth of a Nation’ tells a disturbing story that deserves to be told
Tom Tangney | October 7, 2016 7:56 amThough "The Birth of a Nation" is hell-bent on convincing us Nat Turner is a hero and misses out on some of the complexities of…
Tim Burton’s visual flair is on full display in ‘Miss Peregrine’
Tom Tangney | September 30, 2016 11:21 amMuch of the $110-million budget for Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" went into making a fantastical world seem realistic.
At its heart, ‘Deepwater Horizon’ is an old-fashioned disaster movie
Tom Tangney | September 30, 2016 11:21 amThe film "Deepwater Horizon" tries to make a real-life disaster as realistic as possible. It turns out to be similar to an old-fashioned disaster movie.