Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Film Critic, Capital Times, Madison, WI
Location: Madison, WI
Official Websites: madison.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 71% All Is True (2019) "Macbeth" and "King Lear" didn't exactly stick to the historical record either, and Ben Elton's speculative screenplay finds poignancy and wit in this unauthorized and unexpected portrait of Shakespeare. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/4 81% Late Night (2019) Kaling's eager-to-please demeanor barely conceals her undeniable will, and her movie operates in much the same way, an engaging workplace comedy that aims some shivs at corporate sexism. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/4 75% Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk (2019) For golfers and golf enthusiasts, it's the chance to view their beloved sport from a slightly different perspective - standing a few feet behind the player, faithfully holding the bag. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
1/4 40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Plot, character, coherent action - maybe these are things that only appeal to us puny humans. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3.5/4 74% The Perfection (2019) Brilliant and unhinged, "The Perfection" is unlike anything I've seen this year. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Keanu Reeves remains a magnetic centrifugal force in the midst of all the mayhem, the calm eye of a storm of blood spatters and broken bones. - Madison Movie EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 15% The Hustle (2019) In spite of its overeagerness to cater to Wilson's comic instincts, thanks to its spirited lead performances it is a pretty good time. No fooling. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/4 51% Tolkien (2019) "Tolkien" might have been a better movie if it had been about a writer named J.R.R. Tolbert. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3.5/4 81% Long Shot (2019) "Long Shot" somehow manages to keep hope alive both for the romantic comedy genre and for the American political process. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/4 94% The Mustang (2019) A film that's part gritty prison drama and part uplifting horse movie might seem like a strange mix, but "The Mustang" makes it work with authentic performances and a stark beauty. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/4 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) The film, jaunty and jovial, ends on a haunting final image that suggests a world that has lost its way, trudging forward towards an uncertain future. It's almost enough to make you want to pick up a bow and arrow. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Betty White: First Lady of Television (2018) In between the gushing testimonials from the likes of Carl Reiner, Ryan Reynolds and Valerie Bertinelli, there's the story of a smart, talented woman who figured out right away what made television different. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/4 78% The Trouble with You (En liberté!) (2018) I got a little exhausted in the middle of "The Trouble With You" trying to keep up with all the misunderstandings and misdirections, but Salvadori pulls it all together in a finale that's as romantic as it is funny. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/4 100% The Edge of Democracy (2019) With far-right populism on the rise around the world, the film is essential viewing for those who want to understand what's happening and why. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/4 100% Knock Down the House (2019) "Knock Down The House" shows how almost insurmountable it can be to challenge the establishment, even (and especially) when it's ostensibly on your side. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/4 100% Pet Names (2018) It's a testament to the power of cinema that the Wisconsin-made film "Pet Names" makes going camping with your ex seem like a pretty fun idea. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/4 95% Shadow (2019) The first half of the film is so slow and deliberate that it almost lost me, but when the second half kicks in, it kicks in hard. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
1/4 67% Gone With the Pope (2010) You can almost smell the Aqua Velva coming off the screen. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/4 63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) Like many Gilliam films, "Don Quixote" has a lot of great ideas and a few clunkers, and Gilliam seems unable to edit himself and distinguish between the two. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/4 61% The Public (2019) Such quibbles feel like notes in the margins of a movie that's sincere and well-made, directly confronting with empathy and insight issues that many movies (and people) would prefer not to see. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/4 64% Peterloo (2019) Peterloo may have occurred two centuries ago, but Leigh's film makes the struggle feel uncannily, uneasily relevant to modern times. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/4 72% Teen Spirit (2019) Max Minghella's earnest "Teen Spirit" captures that deep, almost primal relationship people can have with songs. It's a love story. Not between two people, but between a teenage girl and her music. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3.5/4 100% Los Reyes (2018) "Los Reyes" resists the urge to anthropomorphize them, and yet we feel like we come around to seeing the world through their tired eyes. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3.5/4 100% Making Montgomery Clift (2018) "Making Montgomery Clift" makes a persuasive case that it's not the tragedy we thought it was, and best of all will send us back to Clift's indelible performances with new eyes. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
88% Light From Light (2019) The film builds towards a conclusion that's quietly satisfying, even optimistic, while still leaving a lot of basic questions unanswered. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3.5/4 90% Shazam! (2019) No offense to the interconnected, multi-layered storytelling of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the DC Cinematic Universe, but sometimes it's fun to watch a movie about a doofus in a cape. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/4 88% I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978) Robert Zemeckis' "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" was a box office bomb, despite being a perfectly delightful and effervescent comedy that doesn't dwell on Beatlemania as much as surf on it for laughs. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
3/4 88% Diamantino (2019) It has a heart as soft as Diamantino's head, mercilessly skewering the intolerant rhetoric of European's rising nationalist movements and presenting a message of compassion and understanding. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/4 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) It's hard to watch, yet I could not look away. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2.5/4 55% The Beach Bum (2019) It's a relentlessly sunny ode to an outlook on life that doesn't amount to more than a "Have a Good Time All The Time" T-shirt bought in a beachside souvenir stand. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/4 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) "Five Feet" is often understated and modest, and very upfront about the hard truths of living with a serious chronic illness. It also features two appealing lead performances. One of those performances is good, the other is truly great. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 72% Triple Frontier (2019) It's the thinking man's action movie, as long as that man doesn't want to think too hard. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/4 58% Saint Judy (2019) While the film occasionally casts Wood in a little too rosy a glow to be quite believable, a lot of uplifted audience members will be ready to nominate her for sainthood as well. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 93% Fighting with My Family (2019) Whether you're an ardent fan of pro wrestling, or, like me, lost interest when Hillbilly Jim retired his overalls in the 1980s, "Fighting with My Family" is an openhearted and inviting comedy-drama. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/4 89% Arctic (2019) The film doesn't start one second earlier than it needs to, and doesn't end one second later than it should. Austere and exciting, "Arctic" behaves like its protagonist, who can't afford to make a mistake or waste time. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/4 77% Never Look Away (2019) "Never Look Away" is an intriguing biopic, made more intriguing if you see it not as a film about the artist, but about the art. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The third film brings the series to a graceful and exciting conclusion that will enthrall today's seven-year-olds while adding some misty-eyed poignancy for longtime fans. And for their parents, who can't believe how time has flown. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
2.5/4 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) "Alita: Battle Angel" is like "It's Just a Flesh Wound: The Motion Picture." - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/4 92% High Flying Bird (2019) "Bird" is a bracing shot across the bow of both the sports and movie industries. And one senses that Soderbergh, 30 years into his career, is just getting started. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) What I'll remember from the movie isn't the grisly violence, but the little comic flourishes, like a shot of a group of hardened assassins throwing snowballs at each other and giggling like little kids. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) It isn't quite the revelation that the first movie was, but keeps the original's zippy, cheerful spirit intact while building upon its world. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3.5/4 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) In its quiet, gentle way, "Shoplifters" builds to an emotional climax that's all the more devastating for the restraint that Kore-eda shows. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/4 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Like the great old movie romances, "Cold War" packs a full range of emotions into its narrow frame. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/4 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Jon S. Baird's genial and warm-hearted film looks at them not as legends, but as men, who have their friendship tested by fame - when it's there, and when it's gone. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/4 94% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) The film rewards patience, becoming layered and nuanced with insight into the state of modern Turkey. It's also a complex portrayal of a strained father-son relationship, and, when you least expect it, it's pretty funny. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
3/4 39% Close (2019) It's not perfect. But it gives Rapace the kind of showcase she deserves, and it's a rare action film led by women both in front of and behind the camera. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/4 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) While Daniel Stiepleman's screenplay fudges the facts here and there to amp up the drama, enough of the real woman shines through in Felicity Jones' fiery performance to make it a satisfying, if formulaic film - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/4 86% Modest Heroes (Ponokku tanpen gekijô: Chiisa na eiyû - Kani to tamago to tômei ningen) (2019) As a chance to see some of Japan's finest up-and-coming animators at work, good things come in small packages. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
2.5/4 65% Aquaman (2018) Take a dehumidifier to "Aquaman," and after all the water evaporates, what's left is a garden-variety superhero movie. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/4 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) It's a well-executed (no pun intended) period drama that finds contemporary echoes for these centuries-old schemes. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018