William Thomas

William Thomas
William Thomas's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine
Publications: Empire Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 85% Cabin in the Sky (1943) The strong cast manage to overcome dumb racist stereotyping with terrific songs, with all the jazz musicians inexplicably on the devil's team. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/5 73% Baby Boom (1987) A fine multi-layered romantic comedy with delightful, laugh-out-loud turns from the two leads. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 50% Volcano (1997) None of it makes a hell of a lot of sense and the supporting cast are wallpaper thin, but Volcano is at least hot on entertainment. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
2/5 86% Sharky's Machine (1981) Reynolds was coasting at this point of his career, with zero risk-taking it ends up as a soulless, below-average movie. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 64% The Way We Were (1973) Streisand is capable in an implausible role as a liberated Jewess, and Redford is...well, Redford. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3/5 79% 24: Redemption (2008) This Washington-based storyline, clearly there to set up threads for Season 7, is the part that really feels like 24, demonstrating that jolts of icy tension can be created out of nothing more than two people in a room, talking. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
4/5 60% The Cars That Ate Paris (1974) It resists rational explanation and has a lot of first-filmish lapses, but the mix of black humour and J.G. Ballardian kink is very distinctive. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/5 71% Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II (2008) It takes the thing we love the most and pokes inventive, irreverent fun at it. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
3/5 100% Robot Chicken: Star Wars (2007) The hit rate is strong, particularly when focusing on more random members of the series. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet The State Within (2006) Complexities in early episodes can lead to bewilderment, but stick with it and you'll be rewarded with an expertly told conspiracy yarn about Anglo-American relations and the business of war. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
4/5 68% Hellraiser (1987) Horror is at its best when it's relentless. Clive Barker knows this, and his debut feature as director is so gleefully vicious, so relentlessly grim that it's going to be very hard for fans of the genre not to like it. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
3/5 38% Nightbreed (1990) Decent horror thriller which gets more renowned with age. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
3/5 54% Sudden Death (1995) Tripe, but hard not to enjoy. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
4/5 87% Homeward Bound - The Incredible Journey (1993) Although a remake that adds very little to the original bar a few jokes, this still remains enjoyable and brings a classic story to the attention of the next generation. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3/5 73% The Driver (1978) A fair-to-middling auto-noir. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
3/5 81% Private Benjamin (1980) This is arguably although unfortunately Goldie Hawn's most memorable role. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
2/5 50% Betsy's Wedding (1990) Most of the people who see this will own funnier home videos of wedding disasters. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
3/5 54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) Election Year maintains the nervy tension that made the first films entertaining, but doubles down on the political metaphors, overwhelming you with its soap-box rhetoric. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/5 73% Seve the Movie (2016) Seve's own interviews give more insight into what made the genius tick, and the footage towards the end is hugely moving, but this is still a sadly missed opportunity. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2016
2/5 26% London Has Fallen (2016) Mike Banning's particular set of skills wears thin in this violent addition to the terrorsploitation canon. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
3/5 26% Broken Horses (2015) Good-hearted but daft. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2015
3/5 38% She's Having a Baby (1988) By turns amusing and exasperating, it takes its time getting to the "Life is what you make it" point, but it's sweet. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2014
2/5 20% Transcendence (2014) An A-list cast and talented filmmaker are wasted on a B-Movie script with pretentions of prescience. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2014
2/5 19% The Last Days On Mars (2013) A sci-fi horror dimmer than the dark side of the moon. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/5 58% Public Access (1993) An uneasy film which sets the viewer up for some surprises and delivers on that promise. Let down, however, by a weak cast of unknowns. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2014
3/5 33% Radio Flyer (1992) The nostalgic details are charming, there are excellent if skimpy effects (a giant buffalo, a Bigfoot cameo) and the children (Elijah Wood, Joseph Mazzello) are quite wonderful, but it's a puzzling, borderline distasteful film. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2013
3/5 41% The Great Gatsby (1974) It all gets rather tedious watching other people enjoy themselves, although a colourful recreation of the period that stays faithful to the novel makes the film easier to bear. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2013
4/5 50% The Lord of the Rings (1978) What most people remember is the mix of the live-action tracing within the traditional animation and just how effectively creepy it managed to be, but for the time this did a pretty good job of adapting the dense novels. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2012
3/5 89% Keep the Lights On (2012) While not quite on a par with Andrew Haigh's Weekend, this is still an undeniably powerful piece of filmmaking. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2012
2/5 51% Savages (2012) A simplistic thriller that offers very little, especially given who is behind the camera. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2012
2/5 17% The Watch (2012) Lacking the bite of Attack The Block, Stiller and co. are happy to fall back on their usual shtick, with director Schaffer providing barely enough juice to power the laughs. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2012
3/5 85% Underground (1995) On balance, Kusturica is sturdier on style than substance. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2012
2/5 68% Men in Black III (2012) Despite some good moments, Agents J, O and K are missing an E. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2012
2/5 31% Joyful Noise (2012) A join-the-dots parade of feel-good clichés. And not in a good way. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2012
2/5 6% The Devil Inside (2012) Some found footage should really just stay lost. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2012
3/5 79% Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) Once Dracula is up and about, the script can't find much for him to do, but there are spirited performances from Shelley, as an uptight bourgeois who becomes a sensual vampire hoyden, and Kier, as a gun-toting monk who fills in for Van Helsing. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2012
4/5 98% On the Waterfront (1954) Add the acting/writing heroics a restrained score by Leonard Bernstein and a striking, charcoal look by cinematographer Boris Kaufman, and you have an elegiac portrait of labour relations that feels like a kick in the slats. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
3/5 78% A Dangerous Method (2011) It never really gets under the skin in the way Cronenberg does at his best. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2012
3/5 63% Love Story (1970) MacGraw never could act her way out of a paper bag, but she dies very prettily, cuing Oscar winning violins and O'Neal's Big Scene. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2012
2/5 22% The Sitter (2011) Not Superbad, just quite bad. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2012
3/5 54% Albatross (2012) It could be an exercise in indolence if not for the razor-sharp dialogue that springs from the screen, especially in the precocious mouth of Brown Findlay, whose performance is startling. The only real let-down is an uneven third act. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2011
4/5 45% 30 Minutes or Less (2011) Undoubtedly slight but terrifically entertaining all the same. Very fast and lots of fun. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2011
3/5 61% The Beaver (2011) It never quite comes together in a satisfying way, but it's still a brave, strange, brain-stirring piece of filmmaking. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2011
4/5 88% A Screaming Man (2011) Beautifully understated, Haroun gives his story room to breathe and the tenderness to touch the heart. A thoughtful tale of fathers and sons. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2011
3/5 10% Red Riding Hood (2011) Oldman and Seyfried prove to be the big attractions, but Hardwicke's Riding Hood legend still lacks bite. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2011
2/5 37% Mars Needs Moms (2011) An uninvolving mo-cap adventure that's well below par. Marvin the Martian would be unhappy to share his planet with this bunch. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2011
2/5 47% Hereafter (2010) Slow, ponderous and as shallow as it thinks it is deep, lifted only by an impressive opening and fine work from Damon and Howard. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2011
2/5 44% The Green Hornet (2011) High hopes of magic from the Gondry-Rogen pairing are dashed. Some neat touches aside, this isn't so much eternal sunshine, more superbad. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2011
4/5 100% Boudu Saved From Drowning (Bondé sauvé des eaux) (1932) Tier two Renoir, but well worth hunting down, not least for Michael Simon's mighty Catweazle beard. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2010
2/5 42% Dinner for Schmucks (2010) It bungles utilising plenty of talent in a lightweight comedy effort that brings little fresh to the table. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2010