'Ex Machina' provocative in all the right ways
Tom Tangney | April 17, 2015 8:11 am'Ex Machina' is very slick filmmaking, with an ice-cold exterior and a very hot inner core.
'While We're Young' best American film of the year so far
Tom Tangney | April 10, 2015 9:51 amBen Stiller stars in the best American film of the year so far. I realize that may come as a shock to some people who know him primarily from the Fokker movies or those Museum flicks but Stiller has always had ambitions beyond broad comedy.
Tom Tangney cleans up and goes to the theater
April 03, 2015 12:43 pmSeattle's three principal theatres - Seattle Rep, ACT Theatre, and the 5th Avenue - are all staging off-beat musicals this month.
'Get Hard' will get laughs, but it's hardly good
Tom Tangney | March 27, 2015 6:57 am"Get Hard" is exactly what you'd expect from a Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart vehicle - it's dumb, low-brow, and yes, funny, even if only intermittently.
Occasional interesting ideas in 'Insurgent'
March 20, 2015 7:15 amThe Divergent series has two more shots to get this right, but I'm afraid it's going to take something as improbable as one of Tris' out-of-left-field rescues to make this franchise worth it.
'Cinderella' equal parts gorgeous & bland: 8-year-old kids will love it
Tom Tangney | March 13, 2015 9:48 amDisney's live-action versions of the fairy tales haven't made as big a splash as often, but when they do, they've been huge at the box-office too. Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" made over a billion dollars worldwide and Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent," over $800 million.
If 'Chappie' wants to live, audiences must accept a mish-mash of clashing tones
Tom Tangney | March 06, 2015 7:51 amThe short-hand take on "Chappie" is that it plays like a mash-up of "Robocop," "E.T." and "Blade Runner."
Don't get conned into thinking 'Focus' is a good movie - it's not
Tom Tangney | February 27, 2015 7:30 am"Focus" is a slick new movie about a high-stakes con man and a gorgeous woman who wants to be his protege. Since those two are played by Will Smith and the new "It Girl" Margot Robbie, you can rest assured this movie is going to be a very polished, high-gloss affair. Lots of rich, beautiful people dressed to the nines and hanging out in swanky 5-star hotels in exotic locations.
Trailer review: Marshawn Lynch stars in 'Family First'
February 26, 2015 11:30 amThe trailer for "Family First: The Marshawn Lynch Story" is four minutes long - twice as long as your average Hollywood movie trailer.
Tom Tangney's Oscar predictions & who he thinks should win
Tom Tangney | February 19, 2015 11:15 amRecently, the Academy Awards have become more like coronations than competitions. So many award shows have already taken place by the time the Oscars come around, that the winners are mostly foregone conclusions. But not this year! There are legitimate toss-ups in three of the biggest categories - Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director.