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Scott Tobias

Scott Tobias
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) This is no mere haunted house movie. This is a tour through a giant, spring-loaded funhouse. ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 9, 2016
77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) It's bright, affectionate, and so keyed into our particular pop moment that it all but hurls itself into a time capsule. ‐ NPR
Posted Jun 2, 2016
92% The Nice Guys (2016) It has the byzantine plot of an L.A. noir, but races through it with the breathless energy of Black's other work. ‐ NPR
Posted May 20, 2016
4% The Darkness (2016) McLean must have believed he was making John Cassavetes' "Poltergeist," but this odd fusion of psychodrama and supernatural hokum gets away from him. ‐ Variety
Posted May 14, 2016
61% High-Rise (2016) High-Rise is a deeply and relentlessly unpleasant experience, and a borderline incoherent one at that. ‐ NPR
Posted May 12, 2016
6% Search Party (2016) "Search Party" is a pedal-to-the-metal road trip that aims for spontaneity, but stays within the lines-even when it goes off on wacky tangents, there's never any doubt what direction it's actually headed. ‐ Variety
Posted May 12, 2016
67% Divine Access (2016) None of Jack's relationships are handled with enough conviction to make them stick, and that carries over to a religious message that's squishy in the extreme. ‐ Variety
Posted May 11, 2016
90% Dheepan (2016) What started as a piercing drama about refugees, rooted firmly in the ethnic crises that have plagued modern Paris, shifts into a cathartic melee that nearly tips into outright fantasy. One part of the film can't be reconciled with the other. ‐ NPR
Posted May 5, 2016
76% Keanu (2016) Key and Peele have such a sensationally giddy chemistry together that the film's raggedness plays, in their hands, like a kind of spontaneity. ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 28, 2016
100% A Beautiful Planet (2016) "A Beautiful Planet" may be little more than an Epcot attraction with broader distribution, but it delivers emphatically on its title and should wow field-trip takers and large-format devotees. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 28, 2016
91% Always Shine (2016) With her confident second feature, director Sophia Takal ("Green") takes on Tinseltown misogyny and the toxic rivalry between friends, but that's mere prelude to a gonzo meta-fiction that deconstructs itself nearly to death. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 17, 2016
90% Green Room (2016) The film's "punk versus skinheads" hook gives it the quality of a blood-spattered graphic novel, but there's a sophistication to the writing and direction that transcends brute conflict. ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 14, 2016
52% Demolition (2016) Demolition is the rare film that's doomed by its central conceit: It starts in a hole and mostly keeps digging. ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 7, 2016
89% No Home Movie (2016) It's an exceptionally challenging and enigmatic work, especially for Akerman neophytes, but there's an intimacy to it that's occasionally startling. ‐ NPR
Posted Apr 1, 2016
92% The Fear Of 13 (2015) "The Fear of 13" is the classic stranger-than-fiction scenario, but it's also a testament to the power of storytelling, which can make the truth sound like embellishment. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 29, 2016
30% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) It's comforting to break bread in Vardalos' cheery Chicago enclave again, even if you're being served yesterday's dinner out of the microwave. ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 24, 2016
12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) Creatively speaking, if not financially, the Divergent series is less a franchise than a quagmire, an unwinnable war that nonetheless must be fought until the bitter end. ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 17, 2016
27% The Perfect Match (2016) Woodruff, a music-video specialist with a filmography full of retreads ... has mostly made another one here. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 11, 2016
90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Trachtenberg and his screenwriters, Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken, take advantage of the shelter's tight quarters, which contribute to the expected pressure-cooker atmosphere of suspicion and hostility but also open up the punch-drunk comedy ... ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 10, 2016
68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) The laughs are scattered, the emotions are muted, and the politics are largely toothless. Yet it still doesn't take much squinting to see the M*A*S*H that might have been. ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 4, 2016
16% Gods Of Egypt (2016) Many of the images in Gods of Egypt would make for a fetching prog-rock album cover, but Proyas has populated his digital paradise with banal characters, cherry-picked mythology, and a score just a few notes off from Lawrence of Arabia. ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 25, 2016
61% Race (2016) Race follows the pattern of so many other sports biopics in which it's white patronage that makes black triumphs possible. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 19, 2016
91% The Witch (2016) The Witch immediately joins the pantheon of great horror movies, with the caveat that it's just barely a horror movie at all. ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 18, 2016
23% Zoolander 2 (2016) Zoolander 2 seems like the result of a 15-year game of "exquisite corpse," the surrealist exercise where different writers add to a story independent of each other, strand by strand, without full knowledge of previous contributions. ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 11, 2016
89% Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016) No director has done more to chronicle change in contemporary China and the instability it breeds in the lives and livelihoods of ordinary people. Yet there's a foreground/background problem that continues to plague his work ... ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 9, 2016
0% All Roads Lead to Rome (2016) A combination romance, farce and road movie that whiffs in all three departments. ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 5, 2016
43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) Not enough has been preserved from Austen's book to give it any presence, much less gain an exciting new resonance. The only true zombie metaphor here is the impulse to turn everything into fodder for teenage boys. ‐ NPR
Posted Feb 4, 2016
72% The World Of Kanako (Kawaki) (2015) Relentlessly unpleasant and ultimately banal. ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 3, 2016
7% Fifty Shades of Black (2016) At a minimum, a parody should be funnier than the film it's sending up, but "Fifty Shades of Black," a quick-and-dirty riff on last year's S&M romance "Fifty Shades of Grey," falls a laugh or two short of even that low standard. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 29, 2016
70% Snowtime! (2016) Covering the emotional spectrum between dog farts on one end and tragedy on the other reps a tonal challenge that "Showtime!" can't pull off, despite a gentler touch than most kiddie fare of its kind. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 29, 2016
60% Film Hawk (2016) If the doc weren't about him, it's easy to imagine that Hawk, in his professional capacity, would come back with pages of handwritten notes about it. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 28, 2016
44% Synchronicity (2016) The film could double as a metaphor for itself, a time machine constructed entirely of used components, with so little distance from its influences that it lacks its own utility. ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 21, 2016
50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) For Bay, the murky context of history isn't worth thinking about-yesterday's tragedies are today's passable action fodder. ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 14, 2016
29% Anesthesia (2016) The effect of keeping the various subplots apart for so long is enormously frustrating, because we don't know what Mol's frustrated suburbanite or Stewart's morose student or Williams and Freeman's strained friendship have to do with one another. ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 7, 2016
75% The Hateful Eight (2015) The Hateful Eight is a big, shambling, audacious inversion of the Western, held together by Tarantino's sincere conviction that beyond his high juvenilia, American audiences might recognize their own fractious nation. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 24, 2015
60% Concussion (2015) Is this a film about brain trauma or a Will Smith vehicle? It can't be both. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 22, 2015
57% The Emperor's New Clothes (2015) Brand is a hectoring irritant throughout the film, a walking info dump who occasionally makes a spectacle of himself for the camera. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 17, 2015
96% Son of Saul (2015) What we see and don't see, what we hear and don't hear - all rigorously determined to evoke a historical evil as fully as possible without marinating in it. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 15, 2015
43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) The Essex becomes a stand-in for humanity's relationship with vengeful God and it's too much for the film to handle, especially when it relies so much on the author himself to give it significance. Leave that to Moby-Dick. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 10, 2015
80% Chi-Raq (2015) It's a teeming repository of ideas-by turns somber and profane, whimsical and hectoring, inspired and inexplicable. ‐ NPR
Posted Dec 3, 2015
60% My Friend Victoria (Mon amie Victoria) (2015) My Friend Victoria has a specific vibrancy as delicate and understated as Lessing's social critique. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 1, 2015
38% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) For all the film's intelligence and conceptual rigor, it barely flutters to life. ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 19, 2015
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (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
19% Love the Coopers (2015) Holiday entertainment that feels more like a horror movie. ‐ NPR
Posted Nov 13, 2015
70% 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
35% 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
45% The 33 (2015) Winds up looking less like a sober docudrama than a ginned-up Irwin Allen disaster movie. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 25, 2015
18% 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
75% 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
71% Crimson Peak (2015) For genre mavens, the experience is like witnessing the revival of a lost art form. ‐ NPR
Posted Oct 15, 2015