Scott Phillips

Scott Phillips
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Scott Phillips holds a degree in print journalism from the University of Georgia. His first film review was published in 1988. Scott has been the Executive Editor and Senior Writer for The Movie Isle since its inception in November 2017. In September 2019, Scott joined the WRBL News Team (a CBS affiliate in Georgia) and currently hosts The Screen Scene at WRBL.com.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% The Paper Tigers (2020) It boggles my mind that it's the feature directorial debut for its writer-director Quoc Bao Tran because it's such an assured piece of filmmaking. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
83% Hunted (2020) I found myself gleefully laughing out loud on a couple of occasions at the audacity of the filmmaker's choices. If you like a good thriller, Hunted is more than up to the task. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
95% The Dark and the Wicked (2020) I'm not a believer that a horror film has to be really scary to be enjoyable, but The Dark and the Wicked is truly frightening. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jojo Rabbit is a beautiful fairy tale of a story. It's set amid one of the most horrific periods of world history, but the gas chambers and concentration camps are nowhere to be seen. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
59% Fractured (2019) It's not bad, but it's not particularly good. It tries to be a paranoid, conspiracy thriller with an issue about the reliability of its narrator, but I found it too predictable to be truly effective. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
97% Knives Out (2019) The all-star cast takes turns chewing the scenery. Daniel Craig nearly steals the film as Benoit Blanc. If film fans are wondering if there is life after James Bond for Daniel Craig, the answer is a resounding YES. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) As a standalone horror film, Doctor Sleep is successful enough. The film is a tale of the supernatural, struggles with substance abuse and trying to overcome the damage of a crippling childhood. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
96% The Irishman (2019) It's an amazing film that caps off a stunning career in film that spans over 50 years. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
94% Marriage Story (2019) Baumbach's screenplay is as witty as it is melancholy. There's plenty of laughter to go with the sadness. Marriage Story doesn't wallow in misery. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) The narrative may be simple, but the visual approach taken by the film is astonishingly complex. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
84% Just Mercy (2020) Just Mercy doesn't preach to its audience. It simply shows us the irrefutable facts and allows us to draw our own inevitable conclusions. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
89% The Two Popes (2019) The Two Popes is a fascinating exercise in "what if" history. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
77% Richard Jewell (2019) Eastwood has always been an actor's director. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
61% The Call of the Wild (2020) Call of the Wild is what I refer to as "an eye of the beholder" film. Its entertainment value very much depends on who is watching it. For this film critic who sees hundreds of films a year, I thought it was a silly waste of time. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
91% Miss Americana (2020) Miss Americana transcends its subject matter and becomes a study of celebrity in modern America. Even if you're not a Taylor Swift fan, you'll be captivated by this glimpse into a universe populated by the ultra-famous. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ford v. Ferrari overcomes its "based on a true story" cheesiness and becomes one of the more enjoyable films of the past year. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite was the single best film I saw in 2019. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
28% The Rhythm Section (2020) It's hard not to sound sarcastic when you discuss the premise of this film. The Golden Gate Bridge couldn't suspend this much disbelief. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
87% Emma. (2020) ...the new film adaptation of Emma by screenwriter Eleanor Catton and director Autumn de Wilde manages to breathe new life into material that might otherwise seem stale to kids reared on YouTube videos and Instagram feeds. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
91% The Invisible Man (2020) The Invisible Man is a masterpiece of suspense. Less is definitely more when invisibility is the premise of the film. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
69% Time to Hunt (2020) I highly recommend it. It's a cut above your average VOD action film. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
81% Tigertail (2020) Unfortunately, Tigertail fails to say anything unique about the Asian-American experience and only skims the surface of its narrative. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
95% Little Women (2019) Little Women is a well-written, old-fashioned movie that will appeal to audiences of all ages. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) Crip Camp is an extraordinary look at a segment of society whose national campaign for civil rights largely flew under the radar. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
71% Becky (2020) Becky is the kind of hidden gem that I always search for... - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
94% Palm Springs (2020) Samberg can be a huge screen presence. In Palm Springs, he and Milioti have amazing chemistry and share the screen effortlessly. Samberg is more restrained than usual, toning down his performance allows Milioti to shine. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
39% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) The Strangers: Prey at Night drips with 80's influences. From its synth score to the Stephen King font of its opening title cards, the film capitalizes on the audience's nostalgia for its slasher predecessors. - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
88% American Animals (2018) ...It leaves American Animals feeling a bit hollow. But, it's still a ride well worth taking. - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
88% Annihilation (2018) The majority of the movie is told in flashbacks with Natalie Portman's character as the sole POV, and her blandness gives the audience no emotional investment in the outcome of her tale. - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
72% Summer of '84 (2018) Summer of '84 does many things well. The suspense set pieces are well-staged. The young cast gives convincing performances. - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
80% Unsane (2018) Much has been made of Soderbergh shooting the film on an iPhone. It's not the stunt that the mainstream press makes it out to be. The low-fi look of the cinematography is in perfect sync with the subject matter. - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
95% Filmworker (2018) Filmworker is much more than a hodge-podge of Kubrick trivia. - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
92% The Endless (2018) The Endless doesn't scream at the top of its lungs. Instead, it leaves you asking, "Did I just see what I thought I saw?" - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
21% Terminal (2018) The film will make the most of your 4K television, but the candy-colored visuals grow tiresome. As my father-in-law says, "I like ice cream, but I wouldn't want to eat it at every meal." - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
84% Ghost Stories (2018) Ghost Stories has a satisfying meta quality to its construction. It's a film about exposing con men that's running a long con on its audience the whole time. - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Miseducation offers a talented cast giving compelling performances, but the film never quite lives up to its potential due to its predictable screenplay. - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
96% Dark Money (2018) Dark Money should be required viewing. - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
98% The Cakemaker (2018) The Cakemaker is a beautiful portrait of love in its many forms. - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
67% Damsel (2018) ...throughout its 110-minute runtime, I had no idea where the story might take me. And that's a high compliment, indeed. - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
4% 211 (2018) There are some competently staged shootouts surrounding the bank robbery, but those sequences are not enough to recommend the film. - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
97% Pick of the Litter (2018) Pick of the Litter offers lessons about the importance of service animals and raises awareness about the visually-impaired people who put their lives in the hands of these guide dogs every day. - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
92% We the Animals (2018) It's a strange ride, but in the best possible way. - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
91% Nico, 1988 (2018) If it sounds like a bleak journey, it is. But, it's one worth taking. - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
92% Searching (2018) What places Searching a cut above the average thrillers filling the multiplex every weekend is the resonance of the relationship between David and Margot. - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
91% Support the Girls (2018) Support the Girls doesn't offend with its depiction of its subject matter. It commits a greater sin: it never acknowledges that these are issues at all. - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
71% Hold the Dark (2018) Hold the Dark doesn't feel as organic as Blue Ruin, but it's a worthy addition to Saulnier's filmography nonetheless. - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
60% You Might Be the Killer (2018) Horror fans won't be disappointed by the film. It will scratch that horror itch until something better comes along. - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
79% Halloween (2018) Halloween 2018 gives us the family reunion that we've been waiting for. - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
77% Green Book (2018) ...the relationship at its core helps to dilute its sentimentality before it overwhelms the film. Like Dr. Shirley, Green Book doesn't sell out entirely, just a little bit. - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
83% Creed II (2018) Creed II, like the second Rocky film, is a comeback story. It's the tale of a rematch. Unfortunately for the audience, the trajectory of Creed II so closely resembles Rocky II that the film becomes painfully predictable. - The Movie Isle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020