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.
More people will go see 'The Maze Runner' but I'd rather talk about 'Tusk'
Tom Tangney | September 19, 2014 7:56 amIf four Hunger Games films (the third one opens this November) and three Divergent films aren't enough to satisfy your thirst for young adult, post-apocalyptic dramas, then the first of four planned Maze Runner movies is meant for you.
Talented cast shines in Gandolfini's final film, 'The Drop'
Tom Tangney | September 12, 2014 11:54 amThe setting may be overly familiar, (small time crooks and a blue-collar bar.) The plot a little predictable, (will the guys who knock off the bar get away with it?) But the acting in "The Drop" is so good, that the other stuff almost doesn't matter.
Woody Allen's latest, 'Magic In the Moonlight,' rings false
Tom Tangney | August 08, 2014 9:08 amWhen you make as many movies as Woody Allen does (42 to date), and as rapidly as he makes them (nearly one a year), the film quality gets very hit and miss.
Goofy camaraderie in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is infectious
Tom Tangney | August 01, 2014 7:49 amNot content with its present film-world domination, Marvel on Friday launches yet another comic book franchise, with five more superheroes.
If 'Lucy' was 10 percent smarter, it would be 100 percent better
Tom Tangney | July 25, 2014 8:51 am"Lucy" is a sci-fi action thriller that thinks it's smarter than it is. Or at least it wants us to think it's smarter than it is.
Interview: Richard Linklater on his groundbreaking film 'Boyhood'
July 24, 2014 7:12 amTom Tangney interviews the director of "Dazed and Confused," the "Before Sunset" trilogy about his latest film (12 years in the making,) "Boyhood."
Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here' is lumberingly earnest
Tom Tangney | July 18, 2014 8:29 amThere are no epiphanies to be had in "Wish I Was Here," unless you count the epiphany that this movie doesn't have anything interesting to say.
New documentary 'Ivory Tower': Better investment than a pricey college degree?
Tom Tangney | June 27, 2014 10:53 amIt's a truth universally acknowledged that college has gotten way too expensive. A new documentary - "Ivory Tower" - sets out to explain how that happened and then looks at how students and their universities are coping.
'Jersey Boys' film better and worse than Broadway show
Tom Tangney | June 20, 2014 7:14 amExcept for The Beatles, there was no bigger a pop group during the 1960's than The Four Seasons. Frankie Valli's power falsetto powered the band to three #1 songs in a row, and 25 hits all told between 1962 and 1968. Even if you never owned a Four Seasons record, you knew their music. Songs like Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, and Walk Like A Man were inescapable, so much so that even 50 years later, it's hard to find anyone who doesn't recognize their distinctive sound.