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Tom Tangney

Toy Story 4...
Tom Tangney

‘Toy Story 4’ is a near-perfect Pixar sequel

"Toy Story 3" was such a perfect capper to a perfect animated trilogy. Even so, the actual "Toy Story 4" is near enough to perfection to make me take back my reservations.
2 years ago
men in black...
Tom Tangney

‘Men in Black: International’ is mildly entertaining and utterly forgettable

Like a summer beach read, Men in Black: International is lightweight, predictable/lazy, mildly entertaining, and utterly inconsequential.
2 years ago
Dark Phoenix...
Tom Tangney

‘Dark Phoenix’ sends Fox’s X-Men saga out with a whimper

'Dark Phoenix' ends 20th Century Fox's run of X-Men movies not with a bang, but with a whimper.
2 years ago
Marshawn Lynch, in one of his many post-game interviews where little was spoken, but a lot was said...
Tom Tangney

How Seahawks legend Marshawn Lynch ‘weaponized’ silence

A new movie premiering at the Seattle International Film Festival focuses on how Seahawks legend Marshawn Lynch used his silence as a weapon.
2 years ago
rocketman...
Tom Tangney

‘Rocketman’ is dubbed a ‘musical fantasy’ for good reason

'Rocketman' is full of embarrassing story-telling cliches and simplistic psychology but it's also punctuated with musical numbers that break the too-tidy narrative and give it some imaginative breadth.
2 years ago
Aladdin...
Tom Tangney

‘Aladdin’ remake has its share of diamonds in the rough

Disney's 'Aladdin' remake isn't amazing, but will please fans. There are diamonds in the rough to be found in this version, if you're willing to look.
2 years ago
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Tom Tangney

Tom Tangney’s Top 10 SIFF picks for 2019

KIRO Radio's Tom Tangney reviews the Seattle International Film Festival of 2019 with the top 10 best bets.
2 years ago
tolkien...
Tom Tangney

Pronunciation of ‘Tolkien’ is the most interesting takeaway of the movie

"Tolkien," the movie about the man who invented Middle Earth is decidedly not high drama. In fact, it's barely drama at all.
2 years ago
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Tom Tangney

Jordan Peele ruined ‘Intruder’ for me

I blame Jordan Peele. The brilliant director of "Get Out" and "Us" has recently raised my expectations of what genre pictures can deliver. Peele managed to take stock horror material and elevate it by infusing it with sociological and political import.
2 years ago
Avengers Endgame...
Tom Tangney

‘Avengers: Endgame’ deserves every dollar it makes

"Avengers: Endgame" may very well set the record for the highest-grossing opening weekend in American history. If so, it will have earned every dollar.
2 years ago
teen spirit...
Tom Tangney

‘Teen Spirit’ covers cliched ground, but has a fresh melancholy air

A relatively low budget British film called "Teen Spirit" covers familiar singing competition ground, but it does so with such a melancholy air that it seems almost fresh.
2 years ago
high life...
Tom Tangney

‘High Life’ is a work of art that you have to work to appreciate

High Life is a work of art. It's a work of art that you really have to work at to appreciate, since it makes very few concessions to its audience regarding storyline or characters.
2 years ago
Shazam!...
Tom Tangney

‘Shazam!’ is a superhero movie made mostly for kids

Directed mostly at 12-year-olds, 'Shazam!' has a couple good jokes, but doesn't bring much to an already crowded superhero genre.
3 years ago
Dumbo Disney...
Tom Tangney

Disney’s ‘Dumbo’ remake is stirring at points, misses mark at others

It's risky to remake a much-loved animated feature like "Dumbo," especially if its a live action film. But Disney pulls it off with a well-executed expansion of the story.
3 years ago
us...
Tom Tangney

Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ has more on its mind than a few scares

"Us," the new Jordan Peele film, is heady horror. Like his first film, "Get Out," it's a horror film that has a lot more on its mind than a few scares.
3 years ago
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Tom Tangney

Tangney: ‘Five Feet Apart’ so baldly manipulative in the end

"Five Feet Apart" has set itself a near impossible task: Be a teen romance involving an incurable and often fatal disease that isn't unbearably cloying.
3 years ago
Captain Marvel...
Tom Tangney

‘Captain Marvel’ isn’t ‘Infinity War’ but is still thoroughly enjoyable

While not in the league of Avengers: Infinty War or Black Panther, Captain Marvel still manages to deliver on thrills for Brie Larsen's debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
3 years ago
Greta...
Tom Tangney

‘Greta’ is an art-house version of a B-movie thriller

'Greta' may have the gloss of high art, but it's really after nothing more profound than cheap thrills and maybe a jolt or two to our nervous system.
3 years ago
Oscars 2019...
Tom Tangney

Tangney: For Best Picture at the Oscars, it’s better to be liked than loved

The way voting works for the Oscars now makes for some potentially odd outcomes, where the most-loved movie could never even stand a chance.
3 years ago
Capernaum...
Tom Tangney

‘Capernaum’ is a harrowing tale about the human spirit under abject poverty

"Capernaum" tells a harrowing tale of a 12-year-old boy born into abject poverty but making the best of it under rather dire circumstances.
3 years ago
they shall not grow old...
Tom Tangney

‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ is an artistic masterstroke

"They Shall Not Grow Old" is a documentary made up entirely of 100-year-old Imperial War Museum footage, much of which we may already have seen in scores of WWI documentaries over the years. But oh, what a difference.
3 years ago
Stan & Ollie...
Tom Tangney

‘Stan & Ollie’ features great performances, but plays it safe

"Stan & Ollie" is sweet and sentimental, but the script is shallow and plays it safe.
3 years ago
glass...
Tom Tangney

‘Glass’ takes itself far too seriously to take seriously

Offering few thrills, chills, or even any sense of fun, "Glass" takes itself far too seriously to take seriously. It talks itself to death.
3 years ago
Critics choice awards...
MyNorthwest Staff

How Tom Tangney voted for the 2019 Critics Choice Awards

KIRO Radio film critic Tom Tangney provides a peek at his votes for the Critics Choice Awards ahead of the big event Jan. 13, 2019 in LA. Which films stood out over the past year?
3 years ago
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