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Scott Tobias

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Fargo: Season 2 Episode 7 "The awkwardly titled "Did You Do This? No, You Did It!" plows through a lot of narrative business, but it coheres around the theme of family values, with Simone's demise at the heart of it. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 24, 2015
40% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) "For all the film's intelligence and conceptual rigor, it barely flutters to life. " ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 19, 2015
100% Fargo: Season 2 Episode 6 "The turf war between the Gerhardts and the Kansas City syndicate... continued to escalate in "Rhinoceros," an action-packed hour that seems of a piece with last week's episode, which found the show shifting to backstretch payoff mode. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 17, 2015
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones 3D (2002) "In lieu of a proper climax, Attack Of The Clones ends with a tantalizing cliffhanger for the next episode, but Lucas' lumbering series is presenting fewer and fewer reasons to tune in. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Nov 16, 2015
21% Love the Coopers (2015) "Holiday entertainment that feels more like a horror movie. " ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 13, 2015
100% Fargo: Season 2 Episode 5 "The rhetorical battle between Jimmy Carter's sober "malaise" moment and Reagan's relentless optimism settles strangely on Luverne, as many political speeches do to ordinary people. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 10, 2015
66% Miss You Already (2015) "Hardwicke's willingness to get into the vomit, tears, and viscera of Milly's cancer treatments has a boldness and integrity to it. For better or worse, we're on this rollercoaster ride, too. " ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 5, 2015
100% Fargo: Season 2 Episode 4 "The episode hums with the tension of a powder keg about to go off, so much so that it's difficult to imagine a sweeter agony than this moment before the Gerhardts and Kansas City go to war and the other characters start becoming collateral damage. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 3, 2015
33% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) "The film becomes a Sandra Bullock vehicle, and while it's buoyed by her typical comic aplomb, it loses sight of the bigger picture. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 29, 2015
100% Fargo: Season 2 Episode 3 "The scenes involving Lou and Ben Schmidt, an officer with knowledge of the Gerhardt family, are some of the strongest in the episode and they bear out this theme " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 27, 2015
42% The 33 (2015) "Winds up looking less like a sober docudrama than a ginned-up Irwin Allen disaster movie. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 25, 2015
20% Jem and the Holograms (2015) "Jem and the Holograms is Mac and Me to Josie and the Pussycats' E.T. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 22, 2015
100% Fargo: Season 2 Episode 2 "There's one Coens-specific idea that brings tonight's thrilling hour all the way back to their debut feature, Blood Simple: Crime isn't for amateurs. And a related lesson: Blood doesn't sop up easily. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 20, 2015
73% A Ballerina's Tale (2015) "A worthy story gets flat-footed treatment in Nelson George's portrait of ballerina Misty Copeland. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2015
69% Crimson Peak (2015) "For genre mavens, the experience is like witnessing the revival of a lost art form. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 15, 2015
100% Fargo: Season 2 Episode 1 "So far, this season is feeling like a more muscular extension of pre-established themes, with callbacks aplenty but a fresh set of characters who aren't entirely set up as analogs to Fargo characters past. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 13, 2015
26% Pan (2015) "Sometimes, classic stories don't benefit from re-imaginings or embellishments. Sometimes, it's not worth knowing what happened before the fun starts. Sometimes, such mysteries are best left alone. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 8, 2015
92% Project Greenlight: Season 4 (TV, 2015) "After a decade-long break, Project Greenlight has made a triumphant return to HBO, where it's now three episodes into its fourth and (so far) best season. " ‐ GQ
Posted Oct 7, 2015
85% The Walk (2015) "Zemeckis throws all of the emphasis on the walk itself, which minimizes the film's annoyances and justifies the groundwork necessary for the big payoff. " ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 1, 2015
100% Being AP ""Being AP" feels like the work of an official biographer who went a little bit rogue. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 29, 2015
No Score Yet A Patch Of Fog "There's a good movie here about the peculiar bond between men of different social strata, but Lennox and his screenwriters, John Cairns and Michael McCartney, never quite locate it. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 29, 2015
33% The Green Inferno (2015) "The Green Inferno can easily be dismissed as juvenilia, both in its sneering rebuke of political correctness and in its zeal for unearthing a horror tradition that should have been laid to rest. " ‐ NPR
Posted Sep 24, 2015
14% The Reflektor Tapes (2015) "Kahlil Joseph's concert film profile of Arcade Fire is a disorganized mishmash. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 22, 2015
100% Review: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "What Review really teaches us about life is that it's about the accumulation of events, and no one experience can be isolated from all the others " ‐ GQ
Posted Sep 16, 2015
97% Spotlight (2015) "As scripted by McCarthy and Josh Singer, the film succeeds first and foremost in bringing order to an extremely complex piece of team reporting. " ‐ GQ
Posted Sep 16, 2015
79% Where to Invade Next "It's faint praise to say Where to Invade Next is maybe his best work since Bowling for Columbine, but beyond the aggravations of its premise... the film builds to a powerful and convincing thesis about America's fundamental disrespect for human dignity. " ‐ GQ
Posted Sep 16, 2015
100% Anomalisa (2015) "Anomalisa represents Kickstarter culture at its most exciting and adventurous; it's a cult oddity that has absolutely no place in commercial culture, but got summoned into existence anyway. " ‐ GQ
Posted Sep 16, 2015
93% The Martian (2015) "The Martian is less a coup de cinema than Gravity, which jettisons through open space with swooping 720-degree camera moves, but it's a triumph of another kind, an ode to problem-solving and sticktuitiveness. " ‐ GQ
Posted Sep 16, 2015
93% Sicario (2015) "The movie is stunningly effective, with special credit due to the peerless cinematographer Roger Deakins, who turns the deserts of Arizona and Mexico into eerie alien landscapes, and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. " ‐ GQ
Posted Sep 16, 2015
71% Into The Forest "Connecting the incidents in Hegland's book gives Into the Forest plenty of dramatic kick, but the film leaves the impression that the characters' full selves remain stubbornly on the page, as thoughts not translated into action. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 16, 2015
25% Hellions (2015) "An unpleasant muddle of the visceral and the abstract. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 13, 2015
91% Queen of Earth (2015) "The film isn't a thriller per se, but it has the tension and atmosphere of one, only with emotional violence substituting for the physical kind. " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 27, 2015
44% American Ultra (2015) "[It] becomes a glib, juvenile exercise in violence for its own sake, squandering the lived-in vibe between Eisenberg and his co-star, Kristen Stewart. " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 20, 2015
No Score Yet The Park Bench (2015) "Despite winning performances, something about this wispy two-hander just doesn't sit right. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 20, 2015
89% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "If any film should be forgiven its excesses, it's Straight Outta Compton, which is about the clashes and camaraderie among men whose unruliness sparked a cultural moment that was beyond their ability-and their willingness-to contain. " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 13, 2015
17% Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism (2015) "That Harry Potter magic proves decidedly elusive in this chintzy British children's fantasy. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 13, 2015
64% Ricki And The Flash (2015) "A warmth radiates through Ricki and the Flash like a song sung true. A film that adores its characters this much is sure to be adored in kind. " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 6, 2015
27% Vacation (2015) "It's as if Daley and Goldstein started with a list of disgusting topics - outré sex acts, human waste, pubic hair, projectile vomiting, cow cannibalism, et al. - and constructed a narrative around them. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jul 31, 2015
3.5/5 62% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "Magic Mike, XXL is a loose, shambling party bus-or party organic fro-yo food truck, to be more exact-and everyone's having a great time. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 2, 2015
4/5 57% Malice (1993) "The fun of Malice comes from Sorkin, Frank, and Harold Becker understanding the been-there/done-that formulas of thrillers past and tinkering with them as much as possible. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 1, 2015
2/5 35% Max (2015) "Max tries to get away with standard-issue dog-adventure tropes by assuming the exultant tone of other coming-home dramas about heroic Marines. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 1, 2015
3/5 58% Felt (2015) "The payoff may be predictable, but Banker and Everson are refreshingly unclear about how they-and viewers-feel about it. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 1, 2015
2.5/5 60% The Little Death (2015) " it goes down as easy as Junior Soprano on Bobbi Sanfillipo, which is both a blessing and a curse for Lawson's Hollywood-slick romantic comedy. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 1, 2015
4.5/5 92% Cartel Land (2015) "Cartel Land combines video journalism and ecstatic beauty filmmaking to devastating effect, like real life framed as a breathlessly paced thriller. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 1, 2015
3/5 75% A Murder In The Park (2015) "As a loaded summary of an important, disquieting chapter in Illinois legal history, it gets the blood boiling, and suggests a justice system open to manipulation by bad actors. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 24, 2015
2.5/5 51% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) "It takes such a limited view of this multi-faceted figure that it fails as portraiture, and the real center of the film is too much of a bland good guy to compensate. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 24, 2015
3.5/5 95% Creep (2015) "Though Creep doesn't exactly reinvent the found-footage form, Brice knows the genre well enough to do a little tweaking. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 22, 2015
1.5/5 36% The Face Of An Angel (2015) " Winterbottom takes the tabloid zip out of a lurid story of sex and death without adding anything of substance to compensate. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3.5/5 83% Eden (2015) "Hansen-Løve lets whole years pass without emphatic markers, but the beats function as a tonal bridge, connecting the pieces of a narrative that would be rudderless without them. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 17, 2015
4/5 87% The Tribe (2015) "It's about a lot of things-the insularity of the deaf, the enforcement of conformist rituals, and self-determination-but it's also a clarifying experience as a moviegoer. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 17, 2015
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