'Foxcatcher' a sordid tale told at arm's length
Tom Tangney | December 19, 2014 8:30 am"Foxcatcher" has an incredibly dramatic and disturbing true story to tell and yet it does so in a very even-keeled way. No heightened melodrama, no cheap histrionics - just a quiet and deliberate laying out of the events, more or less as they happened over the course of a couple years, events that culminated in a shocking tragedy.
1100-mile hike in 'Wild' not as moving as it wants to be
Tom Tangney | December 12, 2014 7:12 amIn the new movie "Wild," Reese Witherspoon stars as a woman who deals with a series of personal crises by hiking a thousand mile trail alone.
Tom Tangney's 10 most anticipated movies of the holiday season
December 05, 2014 10:49 amExcept for the award-winning Australian horror film "The Babadook," there are not a lot of new movie options for audiences this weekend.
Tom Tangney: Closure of Harvard Exit Theatre is a great loss
Jamie Skorheim | December 03, 2014 11:13 amAnother notable Seattle movie theater is closing its doors and Tom Tangney says it's a great loss.
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' counts down to box office cleanup
Tom Tangney | November 21, 2014 7:19 am"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" is a mouthful of a title but most viewers, I imagine, will leave the theater feeling underfed, hungering for a lot more story that this second sequel offers.
'The Theory of Everything' avoids cliches but is still too glossy to ring true
Tom Tangney | November 14, 2014 8:02 am"The Theory of Everything" is a portrait of a marriage, but not just any marriage. It's about the joys and pains of a marriage with a man suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. And, oh yeah, that man just happens to be the world famous physicist Stephen Hawking.
The Invisible Berlin Wall
Tom Tangney | November 07, 2014 1:00 pmThanks to a RIAS fellowship, I was lucky enough to visit Berlin for the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall five years ago. With Sunday's 25th anniversary now upon us, I've decided to post my RIAS essay on the Berlin Wall from my visit in 2009.
'Interstellar' is an ambitious, spectacular sight to behold
Tom Tangney | November 07, 2014 6:42 am"Interstellar" is basically "Gravity" squared. Last year's big sci-fi blockbuster was a spectacular depiction of the perils of life in outer space for one emotionally vulnerable astronaut.
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.