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Tom Tangney

Belfast...
Tom Tangney

Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Belfast’ is a crowd-pleaser that doesn’t quite hit the mark

"Belfast" has plenty to recommend itself but it's not nearly the moving testament to fraught times that Kenneth Branagh thinks it is or wants it to be.
18 days ago
Eternals, Marvel...
Tom Tangney

‘Eternals’ has to do a lot of heavy lifting for a single film

Imagine the daunting task Marvel sets for itself in "Eternals." It has to introduce 10 new superheroes, not to mention an entirely new cosmology.
24 days ago
French Dispatch...
Tom Tangney

‘The French Dispatch’ is unmistakably Andersonian

Wes Anderson is an acquired taste. But luckily, after 10 full-length movies, most critics and many movie-goers have acquired it.
1 month ago
Dune...
Tom Tangney

All set-up and no payoff: ‘Dune’ is world’s longest and most expensive trailer

It's hard to find the right metaphor for the new "Dune" movie. Whatever comparison you choose, it must reflect a sense of incompletion.
1 month ago
Last Duel...
Tom Tangney

Poor Marguerite’s story saves ‘The Last Duel’

Tom Tangney says, ultimately, The Last Duel is a proto-feminist take on the Middle Ages with Marguerite's take that brings the film into focus.
1 month ago
James Bond...
Tom Tangney

Daniel Craig’s final James Bond movie comes full-circle

The 25th installment in the James Bond movie franchise may be titled "No Time to Die," but "Too Much Time to Die" may be more fitting.
2 months ago
Egyptian Theater...
Tom Tangney

Seattle’s Egyptian Theater hosts SIFF’s first ever documentary film festival

Seattle's Egyptian Theater is hosting SIFF's first ever documentary film festival. Dubbed DocFest, the weeklong festival features 13 separate titles.
2 months ago
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Tom Tangney

A letter: ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ the movie

Dear Evan Hansen, The Movie: I'm sorry I didn't like you as much as you wanted me to. I tried, I really, really tried.
2 months ago
nine days...
Tom Tangney

‘Nine Days’ is about as life-affirming a movie as there can be

Nine days to live. That's the premise of this new, refreshingly original movie called "Nine Days." But that premise is not what you think.
4 months ago
stillwater...
Tom Tangney

‘Stillwater’ does not run deep enough

Written and directed by Oscar-winning Tom McCarthy, 'Stillwater' is a contemporary story about a father's attempt to free his daughter from a French prison. 
4 months ago
Old...
Tom Tangney

M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Old’ wastes a killer premise with a grab-bag of ideas

M. Night Shyalaman's "Old" is like a tasting menu: You might find individual items tasty, but they don't add up to a full meal.
4 months ago
This image released by Focus Features shows Anthony Bourdain in Morgan Neville's documentary "Roadr...
Tom Tangney

‘Roadrunner’ is missing something only Bourdain can explain

What's missing in "Roadrunner" is inevitable. What it needs is the impossible, Bourdain himself explaining his actions as only he could.
5 months ago
Black Widow...
Tom Tangney

‘Black Widow’ delivers on all that Marvel fans and moviegoers are after

Despite the frustrating delay, "Black Widow" delivers on all that Marvel fans want. Tom Tangney says the late release might be exactly what it needed.
5 months ago
tomorrow war...
Tom Tangney

‘The Tomorrow War’ script suffers from a bad case of Screenplay 101-itis

Chris Pratt wanted original material, but good source material would be preferable to this mish-mash of the trite and overly familiar in "The Tomorrow War." 
5 months ago
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Tom Tangney

‘F9’ shows ‘Fast and Furious’ filmmakers can’t even take themselves seriously

When even the Fast and Furious filmmakers can't take themselves seriously, will it be enough for fans to be in on the joke?
5 months ago
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Tom Tangney

‘Luca’ preaches the value of being yourself

Pixar's 'Luca' preaches the value of being yourself, whether that's being a sea monster, a human, or both. Not exactly groundbreaking stuff, but relatable to adolescents everywhere.
5 months ago
in the heights...
Tom Tangney

‘In the Heights’ insists you have a good time and will not be denied

The movie version of Lin Manuel Miranda's first hit musical "In the Heights" wants us to leave the theatre not just smiling, but grinning ear to ear.
6 months ago
quiet place...
Tom Tangney

‘A Quiet Place Part II’ is a more than worthy sequel

Hollywood comes roaring back this Memorial Day weekend with a blockbuster sequel that audiences have been salivating over for 14 months.
6 months ago
Tom Tangney

Five reasons to watch the Oscars on Sunday

If you're late to this Oscar season but wouldn't mind a reason to check out Sunday's show, Tom Tangney shares five pressing questions Oscar aficionados want answered.
7 months ago
SIFF...
Tom Tangney

Seattle International Film Festival returns

The Seattle International Film Festival is back! Smaller than ever, and virtual, but who cares? Check out Tom Tangney's 10 Best Hunches for this year.
8 months ago
Oscar nominations, Judas the Black Messiah...
Tom Tangney

Which movies will dominate Oscar nominations after season marred by pandemic?

Which films released during a release season marred by the pandemic will top 2021's Oscar nominations? Other awards may have the answers.
10 months ago
marlcom & marie...
Tom Tangney

‘Malcolm & Marie’ is an exhilarating lovers’ spat with electric chemistry

KIRO Radio's Tom Tangney says 'Malcom & Marie' has an "electricity that keeps their 1-hour and 46-minute talkathon compelling throughout."
10 months ago
promising young woman...
Tom Tangney

‘Promising Young Woman’ is a nervy revenge-fantasy thriller

Promising Young Woman is both a pitch-black comedy and a rom-com tragedy, an astringent satire that spares almost no one, writes film critic Tom Tangney.
10 months ago
One Night in Miami...
Tom Tangney

‘One Night in Miami’ is a film brimming with intriguing ideas and unfulfilled potential

'One Night in Miami' may be brimming with intriguing ideas and clashing perspectives, but it's also a movie replete with unfulfilled potential.
10 months ago
Tom Tangney on KIRO Radio