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
2.5/4 82% Cyrano, My Love (Edmond) (2019) It's fun in a superficial way, but kids, don't base your English term papers around this movie. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
3/4 59% Charlie's Angels (2019) When it's kicking into gear - more often due to the comedy, especially Kristen Stewart's ferociously funny performance - it can be a really fun time. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
3.5/4 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) For law enforcement looking to increase revenue, the best place to set up a speed trap this weekend is outside any movie theater showing "Ford v Ferrari." - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
3.5/4 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Almodovar makes this internal trip a spellbinding and soulful exercise - whatever other things he has in common with his avatar here, being creatively blocked isn't one of them. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/4 48% Last Christmas (2019) I'll probably respect you more if you don't like it. But I'll also feel a little sad for you, too. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/4 100% Who Let The Dogs Out (2019) "Who Let the Dogs Out?" touches on issues of cultural appropriation and copyright law, and provides a surprisingly nuanced answer to the question "Who owns art?" The question it does not answer, however, is "Who let the dogs out?" - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/4 90% Saint Frances (2019) It's a much more empathetic and truly non-judgmental film than I expected, less about what choices women make, and more about the importance of women supporting each other no matter which choices they make. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/4 29% Inside Game (2019) It's serviceable but generic, going through the motions of a typical crime movie without coming up with much that's distinctive. And the one genuinely novel aspect of the story - a dirty NBA referee - is squandered. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/4 81% In My Room (2018) Low gives a powerful performance that often requires him to be silent for long stretches, just reacting to the world around him. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
4/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Which family is the real parasite, feeding off the other, is a provocative question that lingers long after the movie's ended and our heart rates have returned to normal. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/4 93% Western Stars (2019) It goes without saying that the bigger a Springsteen fan you are, the more entranced you'll be by "Western Stars." But it's such an original and unexpected way of presenting the music that even non-fans have to respect. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/4 94% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) He may have been a difficult, off-putting person in real life - okay, he DEFINITELY was - but when he played, his music touched something deep and elemental inside the listener. As one interviewee puts it, "I want to feel the way Miles sounds." - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3.5/4 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Wildly funny, raunchy and unabashedly sweet, it's as close to a guaranteed good time as you can find on the streaming site lately, and provides Eddie Murphy with his best comic role since 2000's "Bowfinger." - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/4 88% QT8: The First Eight (2019) With Tarantino apparently firm in his plans to make one more film after "Hollywood" and then retire from moviemaking, "QT8" is an entertaining and enthusiastic look back on where he's been. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
3/4 95% End of the Century (2019) As we try and sort out truth from fantasy, "End of the Century" becomes an invigorating and poignant film about paths not taken, and how the choices we make end up defining who we are. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
2.5/4 69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) While this franchise isn't creatively dead yet, it's not looking so hot. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/4 90% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Is "El Camino" essential viewing? Not at all. But for those who loved the show, it puts a satisfying exclamation point on the end of the series. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/4 94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Janice Engel's film is a rollicking re-acquaintance with Ivins' distinctive drawl, and we can't help but wonder what she'd say about our current ominous political climate. Likely, there would be some swearing involved. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
2/4 11% Jexi (2019) The best joke of the movie (inadvertently) is the giant, glass-walled offices that the staff reporters all have. Meanwhile in the real world, I finally got a cubicle by a window and it's only taken me 20 years to get it. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/4 90% ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (2019) We're used to documentaries that celebrate gorgeous scenes of the natural world, but "Anthropocene: The Human Epoch" adds a discomfiting twist, presenting beautiful images of some of the ugliest things that humans are doing to the planet. - Madison Movie EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/4 84% Downton Abbey (2019) Watching the movie is like sharing a pot of Earl Grey with people you've known for years. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet The Murder Case of Hana & Alice (Hana to Arisu satsujin jiken) (2015) The budding friendship between the two girls, one an extrovert and one an introvert, is so charming that I didn't mind being confused from time to time. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/4 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) The uplifting ending that a movie like this is aiming for is as obvious as, well, the finish line at the New York City marathon. But writer-director Paul Downs Colaizzo lets his debut film take a few unexpected detours along the way. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/4 39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) While it's not perfect, especially when it lapses into standard thriller mode, writer-director Jacob Aaron Estes' film is satisfyingly twisty, with a pair of terrific lead performances that keep us believing when the screenplay can't. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
2/4 43% After the Wedding (2019) Two of our best actresses never develop the on-screen sparks together that we're expecting - that, indeed, would seem the entire point of making the movie in the first place. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3.5/4 91% Luce (2019) Thoughtful, knotty and unexpectedly suspenseful, "Luce" keeps us off-balance and unsure about its title character and his motivations right up until the last frame - and well after that. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3.5/4 90% Give Me Liberty (2019) Deep down, we're all in the same boat - or the same van. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/4 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) If you're predicting that these two men will forge an unlikely but close bond, you may have seen an independent movie before. However, the familiarity of "Falcon" doesn't make the journey any less sweet. - Madison Movie EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
4/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) He seems to be saying goodbye to a bygone era time in American movies - the 1960s - and maybe saying goodbye as well to the current era of filmmaking he's lived through, as the rise of streaming services threatens to push movies into irrelevancy. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
2.5/4 53% The Lion King (2019) When the grown-up Simba (Donald Glover) and Nala (Beyonce) nuzzle up to "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?," the answer is a resounding "No!" - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3.5/4 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) The film punctuates dry, mannered dialogue with sudden moments of utter weirdness that sweep our legs out from under us and leave us on the mat. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
2/4 42% Stuber (2019) While director Michael Dowse wants to be making a modern-day "Lethal Weapon," it's more like "Another Stakeout" - violent, occasionally amusing, instantly forgettable. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/4 93% Wild Rose (2019) Like a good country song, "Wild Rose" follows a traditional, time-honored structure while still saying something fresh and true. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/4 75% The Brink's Job (1978) What a surprise, and kind of a welcome one, that "The Brink's Job" is as much a character-based comedy as it is a thriller. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
2/4 63% Yesterday (2019) Like "A Day in the Life" played on the kazoo, "Yesterday" takes an idea rich with possibilities and creates something flat and one-note. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/4 86% Pavarotti (2019) "Pavarotti" shows us why he was such a cultural force, and why nobody has filled the void he left behind. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3.5/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Part of me wants the series to go out now on a high note - but then, I thought that after "Toy Story 2" and "Toy Story 3." After nearly a quarter-century, the series' battery life shows no signs of running low. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/4 71% All Is True (2019) "Macbeth" and "King Lear" didn't exactly stick to the historical record either, and Ben Elton's speculative screenplay finds poignancy and wit in this unauthorized and unexpected portrait of Shakespeare. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/4 80% Late Night (2019) Kaling's eager-to-please demeanor barely conceals her undeniable will, and her movie operates in much the same way, an engaging workplace comedy that aims some shivs at corporate sexism. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/4 75% Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk (2019) For golfers and golf enthusiasts, it's the chance to view their beloved sport from a slightly different perspective - standing a few feet behind the player, faithfully holding the bag. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
1/4 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Plot, character, coherent action - maybe these are things that only appeal to us puny humans. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3.5/4 73% The Perfection (2019) Brilliant and unhinged, "The Perfection" is unlike anything I've seen this year. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Keanu Reeves remains a magnetic centrifugal force in the midst of all the mayhem, the calm eye of a storm of blood spatters and broken bones. - Madison Movie EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 14% The Hustle (2019) In spite of its overeagerness to cater to Wilson's comic instincts, thanks to its spirited lead performances it is a pretty good time. No fooling. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/4 51% Tolkien (2019) "Tolkien" might have been a better movie if it had been about a writer named J.R.R. Tolbert. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3.5/4 81% Long Shot (2019) "Long Shot" somehow manages to keep hope alive both for the romantic comedy genre and for the American political process. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/4 94% The Mustang (2019) A film that's part gritty prison drama and part uplifting horse movie might seem like a strange mix, but "The Mustang" makes it work with authentic performances and a stark beauty. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/4 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) The film, jaunty and jovial, ends on a haunting final image that suggests a world that has lost its way, trudging forward towards an uncertain future. It's almost enough to make you want to pick up a bow and arrow. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Betty White: First Lady of Television (2018) In between the gushing testimonials from the likes of Carl Reiner, Ryan Reynolds and Valerie Bertinelli, there's the story of a smart, talented woman who figured out right away what made television different. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/4 83% The Trouble with You (En liberté!) (2018) I got a little exhausted in the middle of "The Trouble With You" trying to keep up with all the misunderstandings and misdirections, but Salvadori pulls it all together in a finale that's as romantic as it is funny. - Capital Times (Madison, WI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019