George Thomas

George Thomas
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B 67% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Give Fleisher credit for being able to tweak the formula and ensure that Zombieland: Double Tap maintains a degree of freshness that includes a near post-credit scene. This is the type of film people should want to see at Halloween. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
C- 25% Gemini Man (2019) An interesting premise gets wasted in this effort as Gemini Man generally falls flat. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
68% Joker (2019) Phillips could have made a nip and tuck here or there to shave off run time, but he asks questions about society where no easy answers exist. In that respect, he makes "Joker" very much worth the time and money invested. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
B- 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Ultimately, any doubt some may have had about a Fast & Furious spinoff franchise is erased with this outing. Yes, summer will be going out with a bang. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
B 62% Yesterday (2019) Given the need to totally suspend disbelief, Yesterday will face plenty of detractors. Given the smile that generally stayed plastered on my face, it doesn't matter. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
B 32% Shaft (2019) Shaft takes pleasure in its story about the clash between generations and the audience certainly benefits. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
C- 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Predictions of the demise of the comic-book movie genre continue to come, despite the continued success of movies such as Avengers: Endgame. X-Men: Dark Phoenix will do little to quell such prognostications - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
A- 89% Rocketman (2019) With flourishes of great rock movies such as The Who's Tommy and even Alan Parker's Pink Floyd: The Wall, Rocketman tells John's story stylistically, with emotional depth and has the benefit of possessing a memorable soundtrack from the start. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
A- 97% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart could very well end up being the unexpected gem of the summer. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
C 57% Aladdin (2019) Stuffing more than an additional half hour on the original's run time doesn't help in the least. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) A thrilling popcorn flick worthy of a look. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
C 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) A film that plays more like an overlong afternoon cartoon. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
C- 14% The Hustle (2019) The Hustle works in a few moments, but unfortunately, they are few. Given the high-powered leads, that's a waste, but Sharp is a minor salvation as he steals nearly every scene he inhabits. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
B 81% Long Shot (2019) The narrative hook is enough to grab an audience's interest, but the film's unlikely romantic leads keep it. Long Shot is one of those projects where even when there aren't laugh-out-loud moments, a smile remains plastered on faces. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
32% The Intruder (2019) Ealey is normally the best actor working on the screen in anything he does. That doesn't change with The Intruder, but it's tragic to see his skills wasted in an Alfred Hitchcock ripoff that doesn't rise to the level of a Lifetime network movie. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
C 90% Shazam! (2019) Swings further into the goofy abyss than necessary. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
A- 93% Us (2019) What's refreshing about Peele's first two efforts - Get Out being his first - is he doesn't rely on gratuitous violence to provide his thrills. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
C- 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) If The Kid Who Would Be King appeals to one set, it would be those 10 or younger. For most everyone else, it could be a slog. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
92% Bumblebee (2018) Written by Christina Hodgson, [Bumblebee] possesses something only the original could claim: heart, and it's unabashed about it. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
A- 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) It's witty, intelligent and makes an emotional connection. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
A- 78% Green Book (2018) Much praise for Farrelly, who finds the right tone in "Green Book," not easy for a subject that requires a light and deft touch to have any chance of success. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
B 84% Creed II (2018) Caple gives us well drawn characters we're invested in all while dealing with the cliché boxing tropes with restraint and maintaining the gritty tone Coogler established in the original. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
A- 91% Widows (2018) There are few actresses who could have pulled off this role with the intelligence, wit and determination Davis provides Veronica. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
C- 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Grindelwald is a messy film that builds toward nothing for most of its runtime... - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
C- 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The problem: better material is needed and the audience can almost see the hand of the studio executives tapping [Alvarez] on the back and reminding him to remember for whom he's directing the film. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Crackles with snappy dialogue, rarely plods and finds the characters' voices with little problem. If any issue exists it's courtesy of a film that lacks a plot. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) This film could have very easily veered off into preachy condescension, but Tillman's direction and Wells' script keep it honest while allowing the emotional impact to develop organically. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2.5/4 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Only if it's consistently good and enjoyable. Bad Times isn't. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
2/4 29% Venom (2018) Offers a slapdash experience filled with a host of clichés and unintentionally laughable moments. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/4 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) It's been billed as rom-com, but Crazy Rich Asians can hold its own in the drama department. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
3/4 73% Christopher Robin (2018) Christopher Robin suffers from occasionally languid pacing, but it's a truly worthy summer entry for families. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
92% Nico, 1988 (2018) Forster skillfully captures the tone of A.A. Milne's characters and the subsequent productions drawn from the source material, making resistance to the film's charms futile. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
2/4 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) Something we've seen before. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3.5/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) One of the best action films to come along in years. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
3/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) [Peyton Reed] keeps it all breezy, light and laced with humor. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
2.5/4 61% Uncle Drew (2018) Yes, it's patently ridiculous. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
3.5/4 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) It possesses the grittiness of the original, but much more heart. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
2.5/4 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Fallen Kingdom offers enough twists that give the film an air of freshness when accompanied by taut, rapid-paced directing from J.A. Bayona. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
2.5/4 56% Tag (2018) Tag is a crass, dumb, typical summer comedy that delivers in the end. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
2.5/4 49% Superfly (2018) Superfly circa 2018 plays exactly like what it is - a gangster film with a sometimes compelling story and myriad flaws. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
3/4 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) Give credit to Pearce - who is no stranger to the action genre, having served as a writer on Iron Man 3 - for coaxing these performances out of his cast. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3/4 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) The charm in Solo comes more from the cast than the story. It's a rogue's gallery of likeable characters. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
2.5/4 54% Book Club (2018) If death, mayhem and graphic violence aren't your idea of a good time at the movies, this is a good alternative. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
2/4 51% Rampage (2018) Rampage is what happens when a superstar actor has the clout to take a pet project and release it onto the screen. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3/4 82% Beirut (2018) While it doesn't rise completely to Argo's level, it possesses some of the dramatic chops and thrills to match. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
2/4 83% Blockers (2018) It's just difficult to have any sympathy for the methods behind their madness, even if Lisa, Mitchell and Hunter have their hearts in the right spots. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
3/4 72% Ready Player One (2018) Ultimately, a likeable cast, [Mark] Rylance's performance is especially memorable, an imaginative story and Spielberg's ability to meld mirth, mystery and pop culture ensure that Ready Player One is a must-see. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
1/4 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) No one could ever think that a movie about giant robots could ever beat the past three Transformers films for sheer awfulness. Think again. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
2.5/4 92% Love, Simon (2018) Love, Simon suffers from some of those coming-of-age clichés, but they're certainly worth sitting through in enjoying this journey to adulthood as a whole. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2.5/4 52% Tomb Raider (2018) Croft is more Indiana Jones than Wonder Woman, and that's a good thing. It helps that an actor with some heft is there to pull it off. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018