'Fading Gigolo' has more humanity than a raucous sex comedy
Tom Tangney | May 09, 2014 7:50 amThe premise of "Fading Gigolo" makes it sound like a potentially raucous sex comedy.
Carefree attitude not an advantage of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'
Tom Tangney | May 02, 2014 8:22 amEverything but the kitchen sink. That best about sums up "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" except that it also throws in the kitchen sink!
'Field of Dreams' still makes grown men cry
Alyssa Kleven | April 25, 2014 12:30 pmBall players and fans will meet in an Iowa cornfield this summer to commemorate the 25th anniversary of a film that's guaranteed to make grown men cry.
Find any other movie to watch than 'The Other Woman'
Tom Tangney | April 25, 2014 8:51 am"The Other Woman" stars Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann and at its best, it's a female empowerment movie. Unfortunately, it's at its worst most of the time. And maybe we can blame that on Leslie Mann's real-life husband.
'Transcendence' wants to be profound but ends up convoluted
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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' may be one of Marvel's best movies yet
Tom Tangney | April 04, 2014 8:07 amIf you go around with a name like Captain America, it helps if the world is a simple place. Coming of age during World War II, the original Captain America only had to know one thing really well: Nazis = bad! And that was enough.
'Noah' has a hard time staying afloat
Tom Tangney | March 28, 2014 1:19 pm"Noah" is an ambitious but unwieldy Biblical epic that is a mishmash of special effects and psychodrama, of hard-scrabble realism and worlds of fantasy, of mundane family conflicts and difficult theological concepts.
'Divergent' a perfect fit for a precocious middle-schooler
Tom Tangney | March 21, 2014 7:36 amYoung Adult Fiction is Hollywood's latest sweet spot. Thanks to blockbuster franchises like "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games," young teenagers, especially teenage girls, have become a driving market force.
'The Grand Budapest Hotel' is dessert with a glimmer of substance
Tom Tangney | March 14, 2014 7:49 amWes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is a grand comedy of manners, or perhaps more precisely, a grand comedy about manners. That may sound too slight a topic to base a movie on, but if you think that, then you don't know Wes Anderson, or his movies like "The Royal Tenenbaums," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," and "Moonrise Kingdom."
Spoof-ful jokes, puns for young and old in 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman'
Tom Tangney | March 07, 2014 7:46 amA highlight of many a Baby Boomer's childhood was "Mr. Peabody's Improbable History," a cartoon about a very smart dog, a boy, and a time machine.