Authors

Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 66%

Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009)

""Che" is a taut thriller, a fascinating character study, a pitiless black comedy, and one of the most singularly interesting biopics ever made."

Posted Feb 27, 2009

Rob Thomas

2 80%

The Village Barbershop (2008)

"This is one movie that could really use a trim."

Posted Feb 20, 2009

Rob Thomas

3 83%

JCVD (Van Dammage) (2008)

"It's as if he's trying to reach through the screen and show us the real guy behind the image he's spent a lifetime creating. I'm not sure if he's successful, but the attempt is fascinating."

Posted Feb 9, 2009

Rob Thomas

4 88%

I've Loved You So Long (2008)

"This isn't a movie about big emotional breakthroughs, but about the slow thaw taking place in Juliette's heart, and writer-director Philippe Claudel and the actors do an excellent job in charting a series of small, telling steps forward."

Posted Jan 30, 2009

Rob Thomas

5 73%

Peur(s) du Noir (Fear(s) of the Dark) (2007)

"The influences shown by its group of American and European artists are Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock rather than George A. Romero and Stephen King, getting chills not out of what we're shown, but what we imagine lurks in the darkness of the gorgeou"

Posted Jan 16, 2009

Rob Thomas

6 92%

Frost/Nixon (2008)

"It might have been easier to simply try to make Nixon sympathetic; Langella tackles the harder job of making him more understandable while still giving us the Tricky Dick we know in all his rumbling, flawed glory."

Posted Jan 9, 2009

Rob Thomas

7 61%

The Reader (2008)

"Once the main character visits Auschwitz and hears of Nazi atrocities, it throws off the balance of the film and makes everything else seem trivial."

Posted Dec 26, 2008

Rob Thomas

8 72%

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

" "Button" ends up being an eloquent and moving tale that keeps all its lighter and darker elements in near-perfect balance."

Posted Dec 26, 2008

Rob Thomas

9 94%

Milk (2008)

" "Milk" is expertly made, rich with humor and poignancy, using a mix of recreated scenes shot in San Francisco and archival footage to give a convincing, panoramic portrait of the city, an era, and the man who changed both."

Posted Dec 12, 2008

Rob Thomas

10 74%

La Fille Coupée en Deux (The Girl Cut in Two) (A Girl Cut in Two) (2008)

"A Girl Cut in Two" is fatally self-serious and plodding, a rare misfire from a filmmaker as usually reliable about this stuff as Chabrol."

Posted Dec 5, 2008

Rob Thomas

11 98%

Let the Right One In (2008)

""Let the Right One In" is a much scarier vampire movie than the megahit "Twilight," but that's no great shakes. Would you believe, though, that it's also a much better love story?"

Posted Dec 5, 2008

Rob Thomas

12 51%

What Just Happened? (2008)

"The world may not have needed another inside-baseball Hollywood satire, but "What Just Happened?" rings true, capturing that quietly frantic feeling that a lot of veteran Hollywood players like Levinson and Linson must feel now and then, wondering if toda"

Posted Nov 7, 2008

Rob Thomas

13 85%

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

"That's the miraculous thing about Demme's beautiful, harrowing, and utterly humane film -- that for long stretches it doesn't feel like a movie at all, but like a document of someone else's real life."

Posted Nov 7, 2008

Rob Thomas

14 77%

Role Models (2008)

"Here, he's actually got a story and some characters to work with, and can add offbeat, even subversive humor to a sturdy plot structure."

Posted Nov 7, 2008

Rob Thomas

15 93%

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (2008)

"A cinematic smear job against Atwater would be the easiest thing in the world, but Forbes is more interested in presenting a complex character study than a piece of liberal agitprop."

Posted Oct 31, 2008

Rob Thomas

16 79%

Flow: For Love of Water (2008)

"Yeah, we really don't have enough to worry about these days. So why not grab a Pellegrino and see "Flow," Irena Salina's documentary about the end of the world's water supply as we know it?"

Posted Oct 17, 2008

Rob Thomas

17 61%

The Express (2008)

"I already get ESPN Classic at home, and I don't need it recreated for me at the theater, thanks."

Posted Oct 17, 2008

Rob Thomas

18 46%

Sex Drive (2008)

"It's not "The Sure Thing" -- it's not even "Never Been Thawed" -- but it's probably about as well made as a movie called "Sex Drive" has any right to be."

Posted Oct 17, 2008

Rob Thomas

19 44%

Das Wilde Leben (Eight Miles High!) (2008)

"Once your main character walks into a room and finds her boyfriend cheating on her with another woman while a chimpanzee in a dress looks on, you've pretty much lost your shot at a serious movie."

Posted Oct 7, 2008

Rob Thomas

20 81%

I Served the King of England (2008)

""I Served the King of England" is like an endless feast, featuring one spectacular course after another. Somehow, you never get so full that you want to push yourself away from the table."

Posted Oct 7, 2008

Rob Thomas

21 30%

War, Inc. (2008)

" If there's one thing a comedy needs, it's a good exit strategy."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

Rob Thomas

22 77%

Une Vieille Maîtresse (The Last Mistress) (An Old Mistress) (2007)

"There was a point about midway through "The Last Mistress" when I was honestly wondering if it was intentionally bad."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

Rob Thomas

23 36%

The Lucky Ones (2008)

"While their circumstances may be forced, the three characters feel like real, complex, likable people. That's a real rarity in a film about veterans, no matter what the ideology is."

Posted Sep 26, 2008

Rob Thomas

24 20%

Dalai Lama Renaissance (2007)

""Renaissance" seems more like video footage than a documentary, capturing a little hot air but not shedding much light."

Posted Sep 12, 2008

Rob Thomas

25 94%

My Winnipeg (2007)

"It's actually Maddin's most accessible film, and underneath the surreal images and foreboding narration is a relatively familiar message: You can go home again. And if you do, feel free to take some creative liberties here and there."

Posted Sep 12, 2008

Rob Thomas

26 72%

And When Did You Last See Your Father? (When Did You Last See Your Father?) (2008)

""Father" handles things with grace, wit and a healthy dose of authenticity, staying true to author Blake Morrison's clear-eyed memoir of the same name."

Posted Sep 4, 2008

Rob Thomas

27 80%

Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge (The Flight of the Red Balloon) (2007)

"The question is whether it really makes sense to turn Lamorisse's fanciful original film into a downer family drama; it's sort of like doing a modern-day version of "Narnia" where the kids never find the wardrobe."

Posted Sep 4, 2008

Rob Thomas

28 100%

Man on Wire (2008)

"The film really puts you in the shoes of those New Yorkers who looked up from their daily lives one day and saw something utterly unimaginable."

Posted Sep 4, 2008

Rob Thomas

29 83%

Tropic Thunder (2008)

"A breathtakingly funny movie that weaves together huge gut-level laughs with some very subtle and layered satire about show business."

Posted Aug 14, 2008

Rob Thomas

30 ——

Kismat Konnection ()

"A movie that was inspired by the Lindsay Lohan flop "Just My Luck" should not run three minutes longer than "The Dark Knight.""

Posted Jul 28, 2008

Rob Thomas

31 88%

Reprise (2006)

"This is that rare film where a daring style is connected to real substance, and that's an exciting thing to experience in a first-time director."

Posted Jul 28, 2008

Rob Thomas

32 38%

Savage Grace (2007)

"The performance is so oversized that, just as Barbara cowed her husband and son into submission, the other actors seem to tiptoe around Moore."

Posted Jul 28, 2008

Rob Thomas

33 94%

Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One) (2006)

"if Hollywood has all but given up on making clever genre exercises for adults, let's be grateful that a few filmmakers from across the pond haven't"

Posted Jul 28, 2008

Rob Thomas

34 29%

Ripple Effect (2008)

"I understand Amer is supposed to be going through some sort of spiritual crisis here, but Caland plays him as so self-centered and precious that it's impossible to feel any sympathy for him."

Posted Jul 18, 2008

Rob Thomas

35 77%

Body of War (2008)

""Body of War" is so simple-minded and ham-handed in its case against the war that it ends up diluting its own argument."

Posted Jul 18, 2008

Rob Thomas

36 72%

Stuck (2008)

""Stuck" does what any good B movie should, working its way under your skin with a mix of gory jolts and outrageous humor, while cutting uncomfortably close to the bone in its look at how people really behave under pressure."

Posted Jul 7, 2008

Rob Thomas

37 73%

Animation Show 4 ()

"Aside from a few misfires, "The Animation Show" is full of visually inventive and broadly hilarious gems."

Posted Jul 7, 2008

Rob Thomas

38 87%

Meduzot (Jellyfish) (2008)

"Although the "hyperlink" drama that features a lot of interconnecting storylines has become a common staple of the arthouse, "Jellyfish" manages to be a weird and memorable creature all its own."

Posted Jun 20, 2008

Rob Thomas

39 87%

Mio Fratello è Figlio Unico (My Brother Is an Only Child) (2007)

""Only Child" is both funny and heartbreaking, and incredibly adept at shifting between lighter and darker tones."

Posted Jun 11, 2008

Rob Thomas

40 76%

OSS 117: Le Caire Nid d'Espions (OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies) (2008)

"There aren't a lot of huge belly laughs in "OSS 117" (although the chicken fight had me in convulsions), but, consistently clever and amusing, it provokes a lot of grins."

Posted Jun 11, 2008

Rob Thomas

41 59%

The Fall (2006)

"One of the most distinctive-looking films ever to play in a theater, a dark fantasy overflowing with mesmerizingly weird images at every turn."

Posted May 30, 2008

Rob Thomas

42 86%

Beaufort (2008)

"Even if they do finally get to leave, the film's dispiriting message seems to tell us, in eight centuries there will probably be a new set of soldiers guarding Beaufort."

Posted May 19, 2008

Rob Thomas

43 82%

Hors de Prix (Priceless) (2006)

"There's not much substance to "Priceless," but what is there is effortlessly crafted and entertaining, and the locales in Nice and Monte Carlo are just spectacular."

Posted May 19, 2008

Rob Thomas

44 50%

Then She Found Me (2007)

"It's a romantic "dramedy" that treads some familiar ground, but does so smartly and thoughtfully."

Posted May 19, 2008

Rob Thomas

45 77%

Paranoid Park (2007)

"I don't know what's more surprising: that director Gus Van Sant has made yet another movie about the lives of disaffected Portland teenagers, or that he's pulled it off one more time with "Paranoid Park.""

Posted May 9, 2008

Rob Thomas

46 24%

The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)

"That the ending doesn't play fair with the audience is a misdemeanor; the felony is that the filmmakers don't seem to realize what an ugly moral statement they're making with it."

Posted May 9, 2008

Rob Thomas

47 83%

Planet B-Boy (2007)

"While the film stresses how hip-hop unifies different cultures, it's interesting to see how each culture's youth has appropriated the principles of hip-hop for its own self-expression."

Posted May 9, 2008

Rob Thomas

48 88%

Young@Heart (2007)

""Young@Heart" plays like a 100-minute version of one of those "on the lighter side" news feature segments that end a local newscast."

Posted May 9, 2008

Rob Thomas

49 94%

The Counterfeiters (2007)

"Much of "Counterfeiters" is actually pretty thrilling, as Sorowitsch, a classic taciturn anti-hero in the Humphrey Bogart or William Holden mold, struggles with whether to go along with the Nazi plan or figure out some way of undoing it from within."

Posted Apr 10, 2008

Rob Thomas

50 82%

In Bruges (2008)

"Writer-director Martin McDonagh revels in splattering his profane, bloody film all across Bruges' lovely cobblestones, and the result is a spectacular, hilariously transgressive debut."

Posted Feb 15, 2008

Rob Thomas

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