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Scott Tobias

Scott Tobias

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
28% 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
13% 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
42% 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
75% 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 "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
73% Billions: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Billions twists and turns with impressive dexterity, but the joke at its core is that the showdown between Rhoades and Axe doesn't need to happen at all. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jan 20, 2016
51% 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
31% 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
61% 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
59% 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
100% Fargo: Season 2 Episode 10 "The philosophizing throughout "Palindrome" is touching in it own way, a necessary counterbalance to a season where the bodies piled up by the dozen. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 15, 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
100% Fargo: Season 2 Episode 9 ""The Castle" did deliver a humdinger of a shootout at the Motor Motel, as the South Dakota police turn a dangerous situation into a bloody debacle. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 8, 2015
81% 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
100% Fargo: Season 2 Episode 8 ""Loplop" picks up on all the subplots that were sidelined during last week's episode and strikes a uniquely delirious tone, poised somewhere between absurdist dark comedy and a blood-caked personal odyssey. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 1, 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
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
39% 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 (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
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
69% 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
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
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
44% 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
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
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
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
27% 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
84% 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 (2015) ""Being AP" feels like the work of an official biographer who went a little bit rogue. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 29, 2015
80% 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
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