Isthmus (Madison, WI)

Isthmus (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): Adam Tobias, Catherine Capellaro, Michael Wilmington
Rating Title/Year Author
Dolor y gloria (2019) Catherine Capellaro We are seeing the world - in all its sadness and beauty - through his eyes. Banderas brings it all to life. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Just Mercy (2019) Catherine Capellaro Foxx's performance as McMillian continues to haunt me. He transforms from the easygoing lumberjack to a stifled, cautious prisoner, who, after so many disappointments and losses, can barely let himself hope for any measure of justice. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Queen & Slim (2019) Catherine Capellaro As a work of social commentary, Queen & Slim is powerful and surprisingly subtle. As a romance, it is utterly devastating. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
() Catherine Capellaro It's an intimate look at village life that leaves you with hope for the elephants and the humans. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Amazing Grace (2018) Catherine Capellaro It serves as a testament to one of the greatest singers our country has produced. It also honors the black churches that launched her -- and created the foundations of funk, soul and jazz. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Leave No Trace (2018) Catherine Capellaro The simple story touches on themes of trauma and loss, belonging and technology. But it does so effortlessly by focusing on a relationship between a father and daughter. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Neither Wolf Nor Dog (2016) Catherine Capellaro The presence of [David William Beautiful] Bald Eagle, sadly, isn't enough to save this movie. It's just enough to make me sad that I wasn't seeing a documentary about his life. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Knock Down the House (2019) Catherine Capellaro The inspiring documentary Knock Down the House shows the rise of AOC and three other progressive women who emerged after the 2016 elections. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Sorry to Bother You (2018) Catherine Capellaro You never stop rooting for Cassius, even when he's lured into making poor choices. And just when you think it can't get any weirder, it does. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) Catherine Capellaro Gadsby grabs your attention with jokes and then slowly and expertly peels back layers to reveal a deep well of shame and anger. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Catherine Capellaro My heart was warmed to near exploding by seeing the great man on screen. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Disobedience (2017) Catherine Capellaro If you're up for a slow burn, and some magnificent acting, you'll want to see it. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Love, Gilda (2018) Catherine Capellaro For those of us who stayed up past our bedtimes in the '70s watching the very first cast of Saturday Night Live, the film will serve as a flashback. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
American Factory (2019) Catherine Capellaro American Factory is the finest kind of documentary, one that is able to focus on people's individual lives and struggles while also illuminating global issues. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Welcome to Marwen (2018) Catherine Capellaro The biggest asset is Carell, whose heartbreaking portrayal of the lonely, traumatized artist is just what fans of Marwencol would hope for. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Tully (2018) Catherine Capellaro You don't have to be a parent to enjoy Tully. We've all been a parent or a child -- and this film is really about how we take care of ourselves, and each other. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
The Favourite (2018) Catherine Capellaro It features a sharp, farcical screenplay (by Tony McNamara and Deborah Davies), along with Lanthimos' signature weirdness and Oscar-worthy performances by three strong women. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
RBG (2018) Catherine Capellaro It's a superhero movie with a twist. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Paterson (2016) Catherine Capellaro Paterson's underlying message -- that art is everywhere and for everyone -- is one we could all stand to hear. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Miss Sharon Jones! (2015) Catherine Capellaro This film, with its luminous hero and life-affirming message and soundtrack, will make you glad you're alive. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Spotlight (2015) Catherine Capellaro Spotlight is a taut, pulse-pounding thriller. The all-star cast delivers realistic and transformative performances. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) Catherine Capellaro Cave of Forgotten Dreams transports its audience into another world, on an intimate visit to France's Chauvet Cave, where only a handful of modern humans have ever been. It's one of the most significant 3-D films to ever hit the screen. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
The War at Home (1979) Catherine Capellaro The War at Home is engrossing and essential viewing for anyone curious about the role of ordinary people in making change. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Say Amen, Somebody (1982) Catherine Capellaro If Say Amen does nothing more than introduce us to Dorsey, a Chicago-based music director who died in 1993, it will have done its duty. But it does so much more than that. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Contemporary Color (2016) Catherine Capellaro The music and the routines start to blend together after a while, but the passion the young people show for their art is palpable. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
I, Daniel Blake (2016) Catherine Capellaro [A] deeply moving portrait of poverty and human dignity. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry (2016) Catherine Capellaro The film is more of a visual poem than a documentary, which is fitting, because Berry is a poet/farmer/activist/essayist who has devoted his life to collapsing distinctions. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Le Redoutable (2017) Catherine Capellaro Godard Mon Amour is a witty and and whimsical new film from Michel Hazanavicius, who directed the Oscar-winning stunner, The Artist. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Hva vil folk si (2017) Catherine Capellaro What Will People Say provides surprising moments of tenderness amid heart-pounding drama. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2017) Catherine Capellaro Spend some time with Riyuchi Sakamoto and you will see and hear the world differently. It's what some of us want in a movie experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Good Manners (2017) Catherine Capellaro Good Manners is a romance, a coming-of-age story, a monster movie, and even a bit of a musical. So, it's surprising, with so many disparate elements, that the story holds together. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Pet Names (2018) Catherine Capellaro This meditation on friendship sneaks up on the viewer, making it more than the sum of its parts. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Who Will Write Our History (2018) Catherine Capellaro Grossman's film employs archival photos and videos, but it also illustrates the powerful writings from the unearthed archive with reenactments. Some of these lack the power of the original material. But any more wartime footage would be hard to take. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Transit (2018) Catherine Capellaro [The narrator] names the feeling they all share at that moment: shame. And we feel it, too. Shame that we still live in a world where a piece of paper can be the difference between life and liberty -- or death. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
The Blob (1958) Michael Wilmington A hungry glob of protoplasm from outer space goes on a rampage in this cretinous thriller, which has a totally undeserved reputation as a horror classic. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4.5/5 Room (2015) Adam Tobias Room will leave you battered, bruised and exhausted, but it's unlike any other moviegoing experience you will encounter this year. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2015
4/5 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) Adam Tobias Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is more about the journey than the destination. And it's well worth the ride. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2015
4.5/5 Inside Out (2015) Adam Tobias Usually those annoying 3D glasses are worth neither the hassle nor the surcharge, but in this case they saved my two children from noticing their normally stoic father blubbering like a newborn baby. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2015
2.5/5 Tomorrowland (2015) Adam Tobias I suspect there's a spectacular movie hiding in Tomorrowland, but you'd have to get past the preaching to find it. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2015