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Tom Tangney

Poppins...
Tom Tangney

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ tries so hard to top original, but can’t

"Mary Poppins Returns" is a dutiful sequel with passable songs but what it lacks is the irresistible sense of fun that Julie Andrews and the Sherman Brothers' songs brought to the one and only "Mary Poppins."
3 years ago
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Tom Tangney

‘Star is Born’ too melodramatic for its own good

The "book" of this near-musical is too melodramatic for its own good but the musical performances make "A Star is Born" worth watching.
3 years ago
Blaze - Ben Dickey...
Tom Tangney

‘Blaze’ is a unique and important biopic we don’t often get to experience

Telling the story of little-known country singer Blaze Foley, writer/director Ethan Hawke gives us an intriguing look at a would-be star that never quite made it.
3 years ago
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Tom Tangney

‘House with a Clock in its Walls’ doesn’t want to be too scary, or funny

"The House with a Clock in its Walls" is funny, scary, and interesting if you're 10 years old. That's the level it plays at. Adult audiences are not considered in this PG movie.
3 years ago
white boy rick...
Tom Tangney

‘White Boy Rick’ mostly interested in exploring gritty family dynamics

"White Boy Rick" has the integrity to not sell out, but it doesn't have the depth of character to make it a truly insightful drama either.
3 years ago
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Tom Tangney

‘Peppermint’ an uninspired vigilante revenge movie

"Peppermint"'s real problem is that the non-stop violence is so relentless and unimaginative. Many violent films can be cinematically exciting - see Tarantino, Peckinpah, etc. - but not this one.
3 years ago
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Tom Tangney

‘Happytime Murders’ shortchanges us on comedy

Even though 'The Happytime Murders' delivers on the raunch, it so shortchanges us on the comedy that the movie falls flat long before it's over.
3 years ago
Crazy Rich Asians...
Tom Tangney

I begrudgingly admit, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is a pretty good rom-com

"Crazy Rich Asians" may be a generic romantic comedy, but it's one that becomes a guilty pleasure. It will have you routing for this couple to make it through to the end.
3 years ago
Blackkklansman...
Tom Tangney

Charlottesville parallel is exhilarating in ‘Blackkklansman’

It's clear in every frame of 'Blackkklansman' that Spike Lee is furious with the current state of affairs and making that even more explicit seems like overkill. But I take his point.
3 years ago
Christopher Robin...
Tom Tangney

Winnie the Pooh fans should be overjoyed with ‘Christopher Robin’

"Christopher Robin" is a fantastic family film. A live-action Disney movie starring Winnie the Pooh characters, it manages to capture the delicate tone and mood of the original A.A. Milne stories while creating an entirely new storyline.
3 years ago
Mission: Impossible...
Tom Tangney

‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ is all about stuntman Cruise

The Mission: Impossible franchise long ago stole the best stunts mantle from the likes of James Bond and Jason Bourne.
3 years ago
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Tom Tangney

‘Mamma Mia 2’ not nearly as terrible as the original

'Mamma Mia 2' senses the original used up all the good Abba songs and tries to make up for it with over-the top productions of the two big hits that didn't make the first film's storyline.
3 years ago
sorry to bother you...
Tom Tangney

Boots Riley hopes ‘Sorry to Bother You’ will change the world

"Sorry to Bother You" was a breakout hit at Sundance and has already earned rave reviews and a great per screen average box office for an indie film.
3 years ago
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Tom Tangney

Polished performances in ‘The Seagull,’ but ensemble falls flat

Everyone delivers a perfectly polished characterization in "The Seagull," but no one seems to be working as an ensemble. That disconnect may even be part of Anton Chekhov's point, but it robs the movie of a unifying power.
3 years ago
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Tom Tangney

‘Incredibles 2’ is fun, but doesn’t pack Pixar’s emotional punch

"Incredibles 2" doesn't have the sparkling freshness of "The Incredibles" nor the emotional power of recent Pixar films, but it still delivers.
3 years ago
Oceans 8...
Tom Tangney

After ‘Ocean’s 8,’ don’t expect to see an Ocean’s 9 or 10

"Ocean's 8" gives Hollywood another chance to show off, this time with good-looking women in good-looking outfits.
3 years ago
First Reformed...
Tom Tangney

Ethan Hawke’s ‘First Reformed’ demands to be taken seriously

The first critical hit of this year's Seattle International Film Festival, Ethan Hawke's "First Reformed" gets a regular theatrical release Friday, June 1.
3 years ago
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MyNorthwest Staff

Favorite true war movies

If Tom Tangney had to choose his favorite true war movie for Memorial Day viewing, it would be "The Great Escape."
3 years ago
Solo...
Tom Tangney

Han Solo is the least-interesting character in this ‘Star Wars story’

It's probably not a good sign when Chewbacca is the best thing in a movie purportedly about Han Solo but he is.
3 years ago
deadpool...
Tom Tangney

Deadpool 2 sticks to parasitic roots

Deadpool 2 is every bit as good as the original and gives KIRO Radio's Tom Tangney hope the trilogy finale will make Deadpool three for three.
3 years ago
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Tom Tangney

Tom Tangney’s top 10 best bets for SIFF 2018

KIRO Radio movie critic Tom Tangney has once again sifted through the films for SIFF 2018 and picked what looks to be the best offerings at Seattle's annual film festival.
3 years ago
Tully...
Tom Tangney

‘Tully’ a sympathetic portrait of young motherhood

"Tully" remains a smart and sympathetic portrait of the strains and stresses of young motherhood, despite a dramatic and unexpected turn late in the film.
3 years ago
Avengers: Infinity War...
Tom Tangney

It’s a marvel ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ never spins out of control

With so many moving parts going in so many different directions, it's a wonder (or should I say marvel) that "Avengers: Infinity War" never spins out of control.
3 years ago
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Tom Tangney

Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ a lightning rod for controversy

Amy Schumer's "I Feel Pretty" is treading some tricky ground and even she admits it's not a perfectly calibrated movie.
3 years ago
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