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
44% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) After the last round is fired and the last car explodes, Without Remorse proves itself to be "good enough." That's not exactly a rave review, but the film isn't worthy of high praise. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
85% On the Count of Three (2021) It all works seamlessly. The film isn't worried about genre labels. It's a unique blend of hardcore crime film and buddy comedy. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
75% Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) I can watch "weird" all day long if it's interesting or intriguing or breaks new ground. Unfortunately, Prisoners of the Ghostland is none of those things. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
87% The Courier (2020) I found The Courier to be a welcome throw-back to the spy thrillers of the 1960s and 70s. Give it about thirty minutes to work its magic on you, and you'll be hooked. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
83% Nobody (2021) I found myself marveling at the fight choreography and cackling at unexpected developments. Nobody offers a lot of wit to go with its gore. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) it's hard to believe that FIVE writers couldn't come up with a better story. The bottom line is simple: they know the IP is the true star of the film. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
64% Wrong Turn (2021) The first half of the film is entertaining, but when the overall mythology of the film is revealed, it bogs down and sinks under the weight of being too ambitious for its own good. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
62% Willy's Wonderland (2021) Willy's Wonderland is a vicious funny little horror film that allows Cage to chew the scenery, collect his paycheck and entertain the audience all at once. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
76% Eight for Silver (2021) Mood and tone are things you just can't fake, and Eight for Silver excels in creating dread. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
86% Coming Home in the Dark (2021) Coming Home in the Dark is a stellar thriller. Writer-director James Ashcroft is unafraid to push the boundaries of this gritty crime film. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Judas and the Black Messiah is Best Picture material. It may have entered the awards conversation too late to truly take home the Oscar gold in April, but it's still one of the best films of the past twelve months. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
70% Land (2021) The film has the feel of a passion project for Robin Wright, but the passion is missing from the film's screenplay. Why did this project scream to be her directorial debut? The audience will be left wondering as well. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
92% Together Together (2021) The film has one of those whip-smart screenplays that avoids just about every story-telling pitfall you can imagine spinning out of this premise. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
95% CODA (2021) CODA deserves to be the indie hit of 2021. You will laugh. You will definitely cry. I hope this beautiful film finds its audience when it hits Apple TV+ later this year. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
93% Mass (2021) Mass is an acting showcase. The quartet of performances from Jason Isaac, Martha Plimpton, Reed Birney and Ann Dowd are flawless. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
62% French Exit (2021) French Exit falls in one of my least favorite film genres: quirky people being quirky. Seinfeld did it brilliantly for years. French Exit can't make it interesting for 105 minutes. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
99% MLK/FBI (2021) It's more History Channel than Netflix, but if you're interested in this period in history, and the Civil Rights Movement in particular, you won't want to miss this film. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
97% The Disciple (2020) Indian classical music may sound strange to an ear accustomed to American pop, rock and rap, but the emotions generated by The Disciple are familiar. A great foreign film taps into those universal things. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
97% Sound of Metal (2020) Sound of Metal is a stunning film-making accomplishment. It's one of the best films of the year. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) I'm not usually a fan of big performances or Acting with a capital A, but the ferocity of Boseman's portrayal perfectly fits the character and the unfolding narrative - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) My major complaint about Wonder Woman 1984 is that it plods along for two-and-a-half hours. The screenplay needed to lose some of its subplots. Too much time is spent running around in plot circles, biding time until the grand finale. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
88% News of the World (2020) Tom Hanks gives a quiet, restrained performance as Captain Kidd. He suffers from making the process of acting look too easy. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
98% One Night in Miami (2020) As you might imagine for a film born from a stage play, One Night in Miami is an acting showcase. Each of the four young actors disappears into his role - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Promising Young Woman came out of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival with hype to burn. It lives up to the buzz. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
85% Our Friend (2020) The strength of Our Friend is its casting. Casey Affleck, Dakota Johnson and Jason Segal are pitch perfect in their respective roles. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
3.5/5.0 79% Greyhound (2020) Director Aaron Schneider maintains an excellent sense of "geography" during the action sequences. Viewers know where the various ships and submarines are at all times ... - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
4.0/5.0 79% The Columnist (De Kuthoer) (2020) The Columnist is a black comedy that tips into horror territory with its outbursts of over-the-top violence. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
4.0/5.0 98% The Swerve (2020) The Swerve captures our current 21st century sense that the whole world has gone crazy, and we might be the only sane people left. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
3.5/5.0 89% The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) The true MVP of The Wolf of Snow Hollow is Jim Cummings' sharp, funny and suspenseful screenplay. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
4.5/5.0 94% Nomadland (2021) Frances McDormand gives an Oscar-worthy performance as Fern. She explores the fine line between running toward freedom and running away from heartbreak. - The Screen Scene EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
100% The Paper Tigers (2021) 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
62% 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
92% 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
78% 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
95% 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
85% 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
62% 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
98% 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