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Scott Foundas

Scott Foundas
Scott Foundas's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine, L.A. Weekly, New York Times, Variety, Village Voice

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
74% Amnesia (2017) The thorny subject of German historical memory binds the characters in Barbet Schroeder's Amnesia, a thoughtful, sensitive character study that reps a minor-key comeback for the veteran Swiss filmmaker.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
40% The Frontier (2016) An appreciably moody but dramatically stilted crime drama that exudes a certain retro appeal before collapsing into a series of empty neo-noir poses.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
100% Ixcanul (2016) A transporting, hypnotically beautiful debut feature from Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2016
80% Embers (2015) Claire Carre's debut feature could be described as a mass-scale Memento, but that thumbnail sketch misses both the pic's impressive conceptual breadth and its numbing dramatic stasis.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2016
91% The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016) Low-key but powerfully affecting.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2016
89% Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016) The cumulative impact is still enormously touching, highlighted by Jia's rapturous image-making and a luminous central performance by the director's regular muse (and wife), Zhao Tao.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2016
87% The Club (El Club) (2016) Those willing to enter "The Club" will discover an original and brilliantly acted chamber drama in which Larrain's fiercely political voice comes through as loud and clear as ever.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2016
98% Phoenix (2015) Life is a bombed-out, soulless cabaret in Christian Petzold's Phoenix, a haunting portrait of identity, loss and the search for answers in post-WWII Berlin.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2015
94% The Treasure (2016) This is a very worthy successor to the director's lauded 12:08 East of Bucharest and Police, Adjective, and a more accessible work than his 2013 meta-movie When Evening Falls on Bucharest.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
88% Very Semi-Serious (2015) The result is a delightful if never particularly deep survey of an American comic institution.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2015
94% Breathe (2015) An obsessive friendship between two teenage girls unfolds with equal amounts of tenderness and terror in Breathe, a modest but acutely observed and affecting adolescent portrait.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2015
73% Black Mass (2015) Johnny Depp does career-best work as notorious Boston gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger in Scott Cooper's taut, elegantly understated crime drama.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2015
22% Before We Go (2015) A missed train sets the stage for Chris Evans' directorial debut, Before We Go, but dramatically speaking, this talky, contrived and ultimately tedious actors' exercise never leaves the station.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2015
26% The Runner (2015) The characters are so thinly and predictably drawn, and the movie's supposed insights into the art of political compromise so banal, that nothing catches fire ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2015
87% Straight Outta Compton (2015) Director F. Gary Gray turns the meteoric rise and fractious fall of rap supergroup N.W.A. into a sprawling, exhilarating Los Angeles hip-hop epic.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2015
26% Vacation (2015) A trip to the corner store with this cast of characters would be an endurance test - which, with any luck, is as far as the movie's box office returns will carry it.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2015
88% Horse Money (2015) If Horse Money is unmistakably a continuation of Costa's general line of inquiry, it also feels like a further refinement of his technique, from its comparatively taut running time to the shadowy expressiveness of the HD imagery.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2015
92% The Gift (2015) A coolly unsettling thriller that begins as an unironic homage to late-'80s/early-'90s yuppies-in-peril dramas... before taking a turn toward the moral and existential minefield of Michael Haneke's Cache.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2015
86% In The Shadow of Women (2016) Veteran post-Nouvelle Vague helmer Philippe Garrel serves up an exquisite three-hander about life, art and the delusional male ego.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2015
19% Self/less (2015) An initially intriguing parable about man's lust for immortality that quickly devolves into a substandard shoot-'em-up designed to rebrand star Ryan Reynolds as a brawny action hero in the Jason Statham mold.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2015
45% Ted 2 (2015) In its own, sweetly subversive way, this might be just the tolerance plea America needs right now - a movie that says, in effect, "Love thy plushie as thyself."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2015
52% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) Escobar offers an odd mix of action movie, romantic melodrama and cautionary traveler's tale, which works better than it should thanks to Del Toro's fascinating performance and Di Stefano's assured, muscular helming.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2015
67% ABCD 2 (2015) Watching this movie won't make you smarter, but it just might, more than most, leave you feeling happier than you were when you walked in.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2015
71% Jurassic World (2015) It's fun enough while it lasts, but somehow, finally, all too much and not enough.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2015
58% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) Chief among things that go bump in the night in "Insidious: Chapter 3" is the movie itself - a thuddingly dull prequel to James Wan's very enjoyable (and highly profitable) demonic-possession horror franchise.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2015
89% Dheepan (2016) What keeps Dheepan engaging throughout is the tremendous charisma of the performers.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 28, 2015
87% Heaven Knows What (2015) For much of the movie, [the Safdies] keep the camera discomfitingly close to the characters, blurring out the background and immersing us in their telescoped world.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 28, 2015
93% The Little Prince (2016) Adds all manner of narrative bells and whistles to the author's slender, lyrical story of friendship between a pilot and a mysterious extraterrestrial voyager, but stays true to its timeless depiction of childhood wonderment ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 22, 2015
94% Sicario (2015) 'Prisoners' director Denis Villeneuve returns with a blisteringly suspenseful, ever surprising cartel thriller.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 19, 2015
82% Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) The conflation of sports and politics in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag always feels strained, with Singh's story remaining most absorbing as a story of personal -- rather than national -- triumph.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 17, 2015
45% Irrational Man (2015) Woody Allen contemplates the perfect murder (again) in a darkly funny, intellectually rigorous campus comedy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 15, 2015
100% Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014) What emerges, finally, is an urgent distress call from one of America's many, predominately black inner cities cast adrift by decades of municipal neglect and institutional racism.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2015
74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) If this is what the apotheosis of branded, big-studio entertainment has come to look like in 2015, we could be doing much worse. Unlike its title character, "Age of Ultron" most definitely has soul.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2015
86% La Sapienza (2015) An exquisite rumination on life, love and art that tickles the heart and mind in equal measure.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2015
32% Desert Dancer (2015) As with so many "extraordinary" true stories, British director Richard Raymond's debut feature leaves you craving more truth and less canned inspirationalism.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2015
29% The Longest Ride (2015) Appealing performances by a trio of second- and third-generation Hollywood kids keep this three-hankie twaddle more bearable than it deserves, but "Ride" will surely go the longest with audiences for whom this is not their first Sparks rodeo.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2015
85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) What does register at every turn is a vibrant sense of time and place that pulls us into Hardy's bygone world even when the drama falters.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2015
75% Welcome To New York (2015) A bluntly powerful provocation that begins as a kind of tabloid melodrama and gradually evolves into a fraught study of addiction, narcissism and the lava flow of capitalist privilege.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2015
90% The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (2015) A slight, slyly amusing farce that could be described as a French intellectual's equivalent of Michael Winterbottom's Trip movies, by way of Michael Bay's Pain & Gain.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2015
88% Backcountry (2015) A couple of weekend backpackers face off against man and beast in director Adam MacDonald's accomplished, blunt-force wilderness adventure.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2015
21% Do You Believe? (2015) More professionally produced and acted than the indiegelical norm, but only fitfully engaging on a dramatic level and entirely hermetic on a theological one.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2015
80% Furious 7 (2015) The hit muscle-car franchise does itself and the late Paul Walker proud with a solid seventh entry.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2015
88% Jauja (2015) Those open to other possibilities in cinematic language may marvel at Alonso's ability to hold a viewer rapt through little more than landscape, movement and sound, and ideas that emerge implicitly rather than being directly stated.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2015
85% Trainwreck (2015) Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow craft a winning portrait of a good time Sally in the grip of her first serious relationship.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2015
78% Danny Collins (2015) A familiar late-in-life redemption narrative, made surprisingly palatable by Pacino's winning comic bravado, a superb supporting cast, and currents of real feeling that cut through the expected bromides about the emptiness of fortune and fame.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2015
20% Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015) Anthony Hopkins and a cast of erstwhile next-big-things go slumming in Daniel Alfredson's listless, fact-based kidnapping caper.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2015
6% Accidental Love (2015) Very bad medicine indeed.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2015
83% Results (2015) It gives off a warmly inviting glow.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2015
96% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) Banned Iranian director Jafar Panahi takes to the streets of Tehran for another playful yet profound musing on the intersection of life and art.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2015
92% Queen of Earth (2015) Hell is other people - especially the ones who know you best - in Alex Ross Perry's acidly funny and unnerving portrait of a psychological breakdown.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2015