Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Capital Times (Madison, WI) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Rob Thomas
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/4 Peterloo (2018) Rob Thomas Peterloo may have occurred two centuries ago, but Leigh's film makes the struggle feel uncannily, uneasily relevant to modern times. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/4 Teen Spirit (2018) Rob Thomas 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
3.5/4 Los Reyes (2018) Rob Thomas "Los Reyes" resists the urge to anthropomorphize them, and yet we feel like we come around to seeing the world through their tired eyes. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
3.5/4 Making Montgomery Clift (2018) Rob Thomas "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. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
Light (2010) Rob Thomas The film builds towards a conclusion that's quietly satisfying, even optimistic, while still leaving a lot of basic questions unanswered. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
3.5/4 Shazam! (2019) Rob Thomas 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/4 I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978) Rob Thomas 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
3/4 Diamantino (2018) Rob Thomas 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/4 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Rob Thomas It's hard to watch, yet I could not look away. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
2.5/4 The Beach Bum (2019) Rob Thomas 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/4 Five Feet Apart (2019) Rob Thomas "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. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 Triple Frontier (2019) Rob Thomas It's the thinking man's action movie, as long as that man doesn't want to think too hard. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/4 Saint Judy (2018) Rob Thomas 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 Fighting With My Family (2019) Rob Thomas 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/4 Arctic (2018) Rob Thomas 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/4 Never Look Away (2018) Rob Thomas "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. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/4 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Rob Thomas 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
2.5/4 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Rob Thomas "Alita: Battle Angel" is like "It's Just a Flesh Wound: The Motion Picture." EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/4 High Flying Bird (2019) Rob Thomas "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. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 Cold Pursuit (2019) Rob Thomas 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Rob Thomas 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3.5/4 Manbiki kazoku (2018) Rob Thomas In its quiet, gentle way, "Shoplifters" builds to an emotional climax that's all the more devastating for the restraint that Kore-eda shows. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/4 Cold War (2018) Rob Thomas Like the great old movie romances, "Cold War" packs a full range of emotions into its narrow frame. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/4 Stan & Ollie (2018) Rob Thomas 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/4 Ahlat Agaci (2018) Rob Thomas 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
3/4 Close (2019) Rob Thomas 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/4 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Rob Thomas 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 EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/4 Ponokku tanpen gekijô: Chiisa na eiyû - Kani to tamago to tômei ningen (2018) Rob Thomas As a chance to see some of Japan's finest up-and-coming animators at work, good things come in small packages. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
2.5/4 Aquaman (2018) Rob Thomas Take a dehumidifier to "Aquaman," and after all the water evaporates, what's left is a garden-variety superhero movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/4 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Rob Thomas It's a well-executed (no pun intended) period drama that finds contemporary echoes for these centuries-old schemes. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/4 Second Act (2018) Rob Thomas Peter Sagal's film itself takes a second try about halfway through. It almost entirely forgets about its own workplace comic premise and tries to reinvent itself, with a plot twist that is truly bizarre, as a weepy melodrama. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/4 Vox Lux (2018) Rob Thomas Despite a go-for-broke performance by Natalie Portman, the combination of real-world horror and celebrity fluff mixes together about as awkwardly as you might expect. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
3.5/4 Roma (2018) Rob Thomas Cuaron's signature long takes immerse the viewer in this environment, the camera slowly panning to drink in the details of this world he's recreated from his memory. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
3.5/4 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Rob Thomas Witty and wild, it makes "Ant-Man and the Wasp" look like "The Punisher" by comparison. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/4 The Favourite (2018) Rob Thomas As the schemes escalate, watching "The Favourite" is a lot of fun. But the cream curdles after a while, as Abigail and Sarah's war starts to draw real blood, take real casualties. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
3/4 Border (2018) Rob Thomas Some people will think this is the worst movie of the year. Others will love it. Both groups won't be able to stop talking about it. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 The Mercy (2018) Rob Thomas This is really a one-man show for Firth, as we spend long stretches with him on the boat, watching his stiff-upper-lip British façade splinter and crumble in the face of harsh weather, mounting mechanical problems and punishing loneliness. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
3.5/4 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Rob Thomas "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" combines elements of a caper thriller, smart New York comedy and sobering drama, with a revelatory performance by McCarthy as the delightfully dyspeptic Israel. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
3/4 Rodents of Unusual Size (2017) Rob Thomas In a way, the film is about two resilient species that refuse to back down - the nutria and the Louisianan. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
3/4 The Front Runner (2018) Rob Thomas This is not a zippy, fast-paced political film, but has the somber, dazed mood of a 2 a.m. hotel bar session - or one of those war movies where the soldiers are trapped in a foxhole, praying for the shelling to let up. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2018
1.5/4 Robin Hood (2018) Rob Thomas "Forget history," the opening narration to Otto Bathurst's "Robin Hood" intones. "Forget everything you think you know." And while you're at it, forget pacing, character development and general excitement. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2018
2.5/4 Green Book (2018) Rob Thomas "Green Book" is a feel-good movie, with strong performances and a generous spirit. But maybe this isn't the time to feel good. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2018
2/4 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Rob Thomas By the end, the movie has gotten so far away from its characters that the climax is basically blue fire fighting orange fire. All that fire, and no warmth. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/4 John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (2018) Rob Thomas There's a strange allure to the film, how it whimsically and playfully approaches one of the greatest tennis players to play the game from such unexpected angles. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
3/4 Tarde para morir joven (2018) Rob Thomas Hernandez is magnetic, suggesting Sofia's resentment and loneliness with a glare and a sullen drag on a cigarette. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/4 The Happy Prince (2018) Rob Thomas What remains is courage and wit, and a resolve not to give in to the hypocrisy of the era despite the enormous personal cost. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/4 Nothing Like a Dame (2018) Rob Thomas As the tea turns to champagne and they talk about their mortality and the indignities of aging, the four women stop being famous actresses and seem like any other group of old friends. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/4 Never Goin' Back (2018) Rob Thomas "Never Goin' Back" is one of several movies this year, including "Flower" and "Assassination Nation," which let teenage girls be just as gross as their male counterparts. You wouldn't think gags about throwing up and constipation could be so empowering. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
3.5/4 Bisbee '17 (2018) Rob Thomas The unorthodox methods of "Bisbee '17" conjure up the past in a powerful and cathartic way. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
3.5/4 Beautiful Boy (2018) Rob Thomas Forget "Halloween." For parents, the scariest movie of the season is "Beautiful Boy." EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018