'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.
'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.