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
3/4 100% Slalom (2021) Those gray areas in the story are unsettling, and make for a layered and complicated dynamic between the characters. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
3/4 97% Shiva Baby (2021) If you miss the feeling of being at a party, or, more precisely, the feeling of wanting to leave a party, "Shiva Baby" is for you. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2021
2.5/4 62% French Exit (2021) It's those small pleasures that make "French Exit" worth seeing even when its overall structure doesn't quite hold together. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2021
3/4 36% Six Minutes to Midnight (2021) It has the appeal of an old paperback thriller you might find on the shelf at a vacation rental, one that doesn't look like much from the cover but ends up pulling you in. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
3/4 77% Food Club (2020) "Food Club" is full of gorgeous shots of foreign locales and scenes of people gathering to eat mouth-watering Italian food together. So for me not to recommend it in March 2021 tells you just how much of a disappointment it is. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
3/4 91% Here Before (2021) Gregg maintains an uneasy tension with perfectly composed, often symmetrical shots, and Riseborough's emotionally raw performance. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
3.5/4 94% Language Lessons (2021) "Language Lessons" becomes more balanced, a very moving film about two people from different worlds unexpectedly making a meaningful connection. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
3.5/4 67% The End of Us (2021) This may be the first COVID movie I'll actually watch after COVID is over. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
3.5/4 100% Ninjababy (2021) Like the ninja baby of the title, the movie sneaks in some complex emotional themes beneath its bawdy jokes about sex, drugs and role-playing games. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
3/4 87% The Courier (2020) Cumberbatch has had a lot of success playing larger than life roles like Doctor Strange and Sherlock Holmes, but Wynne is one of his finest recent performances because he plays him as so resolutely life-size. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
2.5/4 63% Face (2005) The performances are almost enough to overcome the story's essential inertness. - Wisconsin State Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
92% We Don't Deserve Dogs (2020) it underscores [its] thesis that the bond between humans and dogs transcends borders. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
3/4 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) As full of action and derring-do as the movie is, the film's message is less about conflict and more about conflict resolution, with a refreshingly contemporary focus on female friendships. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
3.5/4 No Score Yet So Late So Soon (2020) The Seidens have spent their lives following their creative muses, and "So Late So Soon" is a touching look at the possibilities and limitations of a life devoted to one's art. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
3/4 97% Two of Us (Deux) (2021) Their love affair is a poignant septuagenarian spin on the "Romeo & Juliet" romance of star-crossed lovers kept apart by family. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
2/4 74% The Mauritanian (2021) Unfortunately, this personal story is wrapped inside a tiresome and predictable drama in which white savior characters pontificate about the Constitution and the rule of law. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
2.5/4 70% Land (2021) When the dialogue is this sparse, you need to make every word count. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
4/4 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) O'Neal's ultimate fate isn't revealed until the film's onscreen epilogue, the last in a series of gut punches that this harrowing, powerful film delivers. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
3.5/4 88% Supernova (2021) While the title might suggest an explosion of emotion, "Supernova" is restrained and moving in showing how these two men face the unthinkable, and the solace they have in facing it together. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
2.5/4 46% The Little Things (2021) While Hancock gets the tone right with some strong performances, the story sputters and meanders after a promising start. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3/4 85% Our Friend (2020) We should all be so lucky to have a Dane in our lives, or get the chance to be one for someone else. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
3/4 88% News of the World (2020) "News of the World" is about the stories we tell ourselves, which is somewhat meta, in that it's a Western, and Westerns have always been the stories that America has told itself about itself. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2020
3/4 91% Promising Young Woman (2020) I would have enjoyed "Promising Young Woman" more, but admired it less, if it had been the straightforward feminist revenge thriller it promises to be. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2020
2/4 50% The Midnight Sky (2020) I'm all for a story of one man's redemption, but did we need to destroy the entire planet to achieve it? - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
3/4 93% Sylvie's Love (2020) As cozy and old-fashioned a movie as "Sylvie's Love" is, it's also quite groundbreaking. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
3.5/4 95% Soul (2020) It's probably fitting that, in a film that urges us to embrace the everyday miracles of life, I found myself preferring the real world of "Soul" over its fantastic one. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
3/4 88% Let Them All Talk (2020) "Let Them All Talk" is a fun trip while it lasts, the chance to see three great actresses still at the top of their games. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
3.5/4 97% Sound of Metal (2020) "Sound of Metal" is furious, unsentimental and brilliant at putting the viewer literally inside Ruben's head. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
2/4 68% A Girl Missing (Yokogao) (2020) Its cryptic nature robs the film of its emotional power, despite a powerful lead performance from Mariko Tsutsui. Which I thought was TWO lead performances, which lets you know how thoroughly I misunderstood this movie at first. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
3/4 91% The August Virgin (La virgen de agosto) (2020) Jonás Trueba's new film is a languid tale of a Spanish woman who has the transformative, restorative experience of a good vacation without leaving home. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
3.5/4 100% Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares) (2021) "Identifying Features" strips away the politics and the ideologies surrounding the border, and leaves behind the white-hot emotions of one personal, painful story. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
3/4 83% Let Him Go (2020) It goes deeper than expected, and it's the quiet conversations between husband and wife that linger in the mind afterwards as much as the gunplay. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
3/4 100% Filmfarsi (2019) While most cinephiles would think of acclaimed arthouse directors like Abbas Kiarostami or Jafar Panahi when they think of Iranian cinema, "Filmfarsi" is an engaging time capsule of a campy but important earlier era in movies. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
3.5/4 90% The Climb (2020) With "The Climb," director Michael Angelo Covino, who wrote the script with Kyle Marvin, breaks the mold with its wildly funny tracking shots, making us laugh even as we're marveling at the intricate technical skill required to pull off such shots. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
3/4 95% The Twentieth Century (2020) "The Twentieth Century" confirms there's a deep reservoir of weirdness lurking beneath the placid surface of our neighbors to the north. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
2.5/4 77% Uncle Frank (2020) The movie moves to a tidy and upbeat ending that feels far-fetched, but the cast is so strong that they make us want to believe it. - Wisconsin State Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
3/4 100% Coded Bias (2020) Kantayya weaves all of these different strands together into a compelling and unsettling documentary whose concerns about privacy and fairness transcend partisan divisions. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
3.5/4 90% Black Bear (2020) Levine does the filmmaking equivalent of sweeping all the dishes off the kitchen table with his forearm, letting them crash to the floor, and then totally resetting the table. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
3/4 83% Happiest Season (2020) With so many anonymous holiday movies being pumped out like assembly-line gingerbread cookies, it's a pleasure to watch one that takes the time to do it right. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
2/4 63% Blackbird (2020) Torpe's screenplay steamrolls forward with one big dramatic revelation after another that undercuts any emotional honesty the film tries to build up. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
3/4 89% The Nest (2020) Much like his debut, "Martha Marcy May Marlene," it uses horror movie techniques to keeps the audience off-balance and unnerved throughout. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
3/4 100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) The film ends with a call to action, but it provides no illusions that 2020 won't be just the latest round in a seemingly unending fight for America to live up to the promise it made so long ago. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
3/4 56% Sibyl (2020) Efira's beautifully controlled performance keeps us guessing whether she's the protagonist or the villain of the movie, or some combination of the two. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
3.5/4 92% Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (2020) In seeing the world through Chatwin's eyes, Herzog has made one of his most unexpectedly personal films. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
3/4 70% Tenet (2020) "Tenet" is Nolan's attempt to outdo and subvert the James Bond thriller, a globe-hopping adventure that gets increasingly heady and convoluted as it goes forward. And then backward. And then forward again. - Madison Movie EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3/4 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) We needed this right now - "Bill & Ted Face the Music" may not actually save reality, but it sure brightens it up for 90 minutes or so. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
3.5/4 100% Coup 53 (2020) It's not surprising that Ralph Fiennes gives such a great performance in "Coup 53." What's surprising is that he gives it in a documentary. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
96% Red Penguins (2020) The film is chock full of colorful, larger-than-life figures on both sides of the East-West divide, and it's fun to guess what actors would play which characters in a Hollywood movie version of the same story. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
3.5/4 94% Boys State (2020) "Boys State" boils down to a battle between Feinstein's way of politics and Garza's - not conservative vs. liberal, per se, but divisive vs. empowering. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
3/4 33% The Sunlit Night (2019) Jenny Slate is such a winning comic actress that I'd follow her to the ends of the earth. We come pretty close in "The Sunlit Night." - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020