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Tom Tangney

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.
2 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. 
2 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.
2 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.
2 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.
3 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." 
3 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?
3 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.
3 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.
3 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.
4 months ago
If you're late to this Oscar season but wouldn't mind a reason to check out Sunday's show, Tom Tang...
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.
5 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.
6 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.
7 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."
8 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.
8 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.
8 months ago
News of the World, Tom Hanks...
Tom Tangney

‘News of the World’ with Tom Hanks is satisfying comfort food in anxious times

For a Western, "News of the World" proves that it can often be better to be satisfying than exhilarating. That makes for quality comfort food.
8 months ago
tenet...
Tom Tangney

Risking COVID and sitting through ‘Free Willy’ to see ‘Tenet’ at a drive-in

KIRO Radio's Tom Tangney goes to see a movie for the first time in six months, catching "Tenet" and "Bill and Ted Face the Music" at Blue Fox Drive-In Theatre in Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island.
1 year ago
gentlemen...
Tom Tangney

With the ‘The Gentlemen’ Guy Ritchie returns to his roots

Guy Ritchie may not have improved on his first two movies, but "The Gentlemen" caps off a nice trilogy of black-humor gangster films.
2 years ago
Les Miserables, Amazon...
Tom Tangney

‘Les Miserables’ creates a real sense of life on the ground in Montfermeil

"Les Miserables" may not have cribbed its story from Victor Hugo but it does incorporate a crucial few lines from his novel: "There are no such things as bad plants or bad men. There are only bad cultivators."
2 years ago
1917...
Tom Tangney

You’ll need to see ‘1917’ twice to appreciate both the camerawork and story

I don't know if it's fair to say you need to see 1917 twice to appreciate it, but it's better than saying the opposite.
2 years ago
uncut gems, 2019 films...
Tom Tangney

Tom Tangney’s 10 best films of 2019

Tom Tangney of the Tom and Curley show looks at the best films of 2019.
2 years ago
Star Wars...
Tom Tangney

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ ends not with a bang, but a ho-hum

Unlike the two-film finale of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which packed an emotional wallop amidst all the mayhem, Star Wars ends not with a bang but a ho-hum.
2 years ago
forgotten christmas movies...
Tom Tangney

Tom Tangney’s 7 favorite lesser-known Christmas movies

KIRO Radio's Tom Tangney takes a look at some of the forgotten Christmas movies over the years. An odd selection, to say the least.
2 years ago
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