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.
'Fifty Shades of Grey' is more like 50 shades of tame
Tom Tangney | February 13, 2015 7:33 am"Fifty Shades of Grey" is a two-hour tease with no climax. (Insert whatever sexual joke you want here.)
'Jupiter Ascending' too silly to take seriously, but still not fun
Tom Tangney | February 06, 2015 8:40 am"Jupiter Ascending" is a very flashy movie but it's a flash in a very shallow pan. Sure, it's got lots of bright colors, loud explosions, fanciful, imaginary creatures, elaborate fantasy worlds, and futuristic gizmos like anti-gravity boots and invisibility shields.
Award-worthy actresses Julianne Moore, Marion Cotillard shine in 'Still Alice,' 'Two Days, One Night'
Tom Tangney | January 30, 2015 7:46 amOn Friday, two movies open that did earn their leading ladies Academy Award nominations - Julianne Moore in "Still Alice," and Marion Cotillard in "Two Days, One Night."
Jennifer Aniston dares not to wear makeup! But 'Cake' deserves higher praise than that
Tom Tangney | January 23, 2015 7:57 amIn the lead up to the release of Jennifer Aniston's latest film, "Cake," a lot was made of her physical appearance. Jennifer does an entire movie sans make-up, how shocking! Aniston looking terrible - how daring! Why would a beautiful woman make herself so unbecoming? To act, of course ... and perhaps to win awards along the way? Maybe even an Oscar?
Clint Eastwood keeps us at arm's length in 'American Sniper'
Tom Tangney | January 16, 2015 8:28 am"American Sniper" has great credentials. Nominated for six Academy Awards, it's based on a popular memoir by an American military hero, Chris Kyle. It stars Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper and it's directed by the legendary Clint Eastwood.
The inherent vice of 'Inherent Vice'
Tom Tangney | January 09, 2015 9:15 am"Inherent Vice" is unlike anything you're apt to see all year.