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Method, madness in 'Whiplash' deliver early Oscar buzz
Tom Tangney | October 31, 2014 6:50 amThe movie "Whiplash" was the big winner at Sundance this year and is definitely in the running for some major year-end acting awards, including the Oscars. Pretty impressive for a low-budget film with a pretty simple premise: a music teacher challenges a student drummer.
'Dear White People' is smart satire with mandatory dose of booze and parties
Tom Tangney | October 27, 2014 11:17 amAs you might suspect from the title, "Dear White People" is a smart social satire on the tricky nature of race relations in this country.
'Birdman' takes flight, then collapses in exhaustion
Tom Tangney | October 24, 2014 8:27 amEarly on in the new Michael Keaton movie "Birdman," a cocky actor tells a teenage girl fresh out of rehab that she's "kind of a beautiful mess." That's how I'd sum up the movie as well. A beautiful mess.
An interview with 'Laggies' director Lynn Shelton
Tom Tangney | October 23, 2014 7:23 amThanks to smart, refreshing movies like "Humpday" and "Your Sister's Sister," local filmmaker Lynn Shelton has become a darling of the indie film world.
Grim heroism in 'Fury' doesn't take war lightly
October 17, 2014 8:10 amIf you're in the mood for a throwback war movie, then the new Brad Pitt film "Fury" is for you. Set in the waning months of World War II, "Fury" follows a veteran crew of a Sherman tank battling behind enemy lines.
'Kill the Messenger' may be better in print
October 10, 2014 12:11 pm"Kill the Messenger" tells the true story of a minor-league investigative journalist who breaks a huge story about corruption at the highest levels of government. But unlike the journalist heroes in "All the King's Men," this is not a story of triumph, but of defeat.
Why you need to revisit the newly renovated Egyptian Theatre
Stephanie Klein | October 03, 2014 4:14 pmAfter a months-long renovation, Seattle's Egyptian Theatre is reopening with a bang and nobody is more excited than KIRO Radio's Tom Tangney.
High-polish thriller 'Gone Girl' succeeds as a dark satire of marriage
Tom Tangney | October 03, 2014 7:19 amOn the surface, "Gone Girl" is a high-polish thriller about a man who may or may not have killed his wife. But what it really is is an anatomy of a marriage, or perhaps more grandly, of marriage in general. It's not a pretty sight.
'Hector and the Search for Happiness' is as deep as a Hallmark card
Tom Tangney | September 26, 2014 9:10 am"Hector and the Search for Happiness" is about a British therapist who decides he doesn't really know what he's talking about.
Port Townsend Film Festival honors the great John Sayles
September 19, 2014 5:28 pmThis weekend the Port Townsend Film Festival honors the great indie filmmaker John Sayles and his longtime partner and producer Maggi Renzi.