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Scott Tobias

Scott Tobias
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
89% In Pursuit of Silence (2017) As much a visual treat as an aural one, the film divides its time between using the tools of cinema to isolate and enhance the beauty of sounds and silence and exploring different schools of thought on the subject.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
72% Primer (2004) Primer gains its seductive power by leaving the solution tantalizingly out of reach.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
48% Rough Night (2017) Though Aniello and Downs' script feels like a patchwork of other bachelor-night comedies, with scenes from Weekend At Bernie's tacked on for good measure, they're smart enough to allow for silly digressions to keep the action from getting stale ...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
13% Kill Switch (2017) "Kill Switch" might have been the next "Primer" or "District B13," but instead it feels like a demo reel for a game that nobody can play.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
15% The Mummy (2017) Kurtzman has a style that could generously be described as "accommodating." In lieu of any strong vision of his own, he seems content to assemble The Mummy out of a hodgepodge of commercial ideas.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
No Score Yet Middle Man (2017) Crowley's thinly conceived debut feature only has one big joke, and everything around it is either long-winded setup or deflating letdown.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
44% Vincent N Roxxy (2017) Genre clichés catch up with Schultz just as surely as the past catches up with his characters and the sweet, redemptive possibilities of their relationship gets washed away in the tide of gratuitous bloodshed.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) Even in its weaker moments, Wonder Woman honors the scale of a superhero who stands alongside Superman and Batman in the DC lexicon, but has never had a vehicle worthy of her.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
49% Everything, Everything (2017) Everything, Everything is caught in a trap where it doesn't commit to fleshing out the implications of its premise but doesn't have the tools to survive without it.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
35% Snatched (2017) It's a crime to deny Hawn any reasonable share of the laugh lines, but even Schumer gets diminished by situations that require her to react more than create. Their hands are tied in more ways than one.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
69% The Wall (2017) The Wall is tense and dynamic, tremendously active within the narrow parameters of the action.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
51% The Dinner (2017) Even without all the dilly-dallying, The Dinner would have a hard enough uphill battle to get the audience to care about four people it plainly holds in contempt.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
100% Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2017) Bottom line: A Hollywood marriage can be sublime and inspiring, but it's always an adventure.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
81% Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2017) Tenaglia is so committed to making an argument for Tower's place in the culinary firmament that she underserves the part of his life that could have made the documentary unique.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
88% The Lost City of Z (2017) The Lost City of Z is neither Indiana Jones escapism nor a Malick-like reverie about nature, but something in between, a more grounded and troubled vision of human aspirations and imperfections.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
46% Going in Style (2017) Mostly it strips away the qualities that made the original such a gem, starting with the bruised soul that compels these retirees to gamble away their remaining years.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
73% The Blackcoat's Daughter (February) (2017) The film feels determinedly old-fashioned, awash in a hypnotic ambience that's only occasionally punctured by violence. Like his father, Perkins makes his jolts count.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
47% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) The five Power Rangers are appealing but bland, as if skimmed from a CW casting call, and Israelite stages the action sequences in a chaotic mass of swish-pans and rapid-fire edits, perhaps to hide the daytime special effects.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) It never comes up with a coherent answer for why it exists, other than to indulge in the same nostalgia that its characters find so toxic.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
37% Brimstone (2017) After a while ... Koolhoven's inability to modulate the action with wit or even minor shifts in tone makes Brimstone an oppressive grind.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
No Score Yet A Very Sordid Wedding (2017) There's something touching about Shores' hope that a town like Winters can change colors like the streaks of eye shadow that cake his characters' faces, but his impulse toward Southern-fried cartoonishness cheapens and undermines it.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
23% Table 19 (2017) Comedy and drama are toggled like a light switch, and the off-again/on-again flipping keeps Table 19 from getting any kind of flow going.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
27% Fist Fight (2017) There's an ugliness to its language and hyper-aggression that works against the comedy and leaves a sour aftertaste.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
88% My Name Is Emily (2017) "My Name is Emily" believes firmly and vigorously in life's hidden joys and our ability to rearrange our thinking to accept it, but its own preciousness proves too steep an obstacle.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) For better or worse -- though mostly for better -- it's a full-scale assault on the senses, constantly pushing itself to greater feats of excess.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Batman desperately needed to loosen up and have a good time, and the film throws a rager of a party around him.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
6% Rings (2017) Rings cannot make sense of the hodgepodge of old and new mythology, which confuses a Samara origin story that had already been settled in the other entries.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
30% A Dog's Purpose (2017) The one distinguishing feature, baked into the film's conceit, is that we get to anticipate the dog dying at the end of every segment, and endure the repeated heartbreak of owners who cannot know its spirit is infinite.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
100% Starless Dreams (Royahaye dame sobh) (2017) With the conceptual rigor and emotional directness associated with the best of Iranian cinema, Oskouei simply listens to the stories of those who have never been listened to before. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2017
21% Sleepless (2017) Mostly, everyone goes dutifully through the motions, including Foxx, whose level of investment in the project is neutral at best.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
47% Alone in Berlin (2017) Perez's Berlin is too art-house-handsome, too committed to the look and feel of conventionally well-appointed historical drama.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
43% Between Us (2017) For Between Us to be special, Illingsworth and his leads would have to animate the familiar with the particular, but Dianne and Henry hew too closely to type.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
92% Hidden Figures (2017) In broad but mostly satisfying terms, Hidden Figures celebrates the few African-American women who broke out of the West Area Computers building because their talent was no longer worth suppressing.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
13% Collateral Beauty (2016) It has nothing to teach us about how to process a profound loss. It does, however, have something to say about what passes for "serious" in a studio film in 2016.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
41% Office Christmas Party (2016) The actors are reduced to independent contractors, brought in to patch up subplots that don't add up to a cohesive whole. You admire their individual talent while the movie around them sags and lurches.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) Stone doesn't seem particularly computer-savvy, so he isn't able to connect the dots persuasively between the various programs Snowden is exposing and how they work together to violate our Constitutional rights.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
35% Blair Witch (2016) The microphones on the tiny digital cameras shouldn't be picking up much, but verisimilitude be damned, because Blair Witch renders every snapped stick, crushed leaf, and distant guttural noise as an ear-blistering assault.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) For viewers weaned on lifeless Broadway adaptations, there's a good chance La La Land will be unlike any movie they've ever seen.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) There's a mesmeric intensity to Jackie that's unlike any biopic of its kind, marked by a deliberate effort to narrow the scope to one woman's actions and reactions over the course of a few fraught days.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Once-edgy jokes about Santa's vomit-caked beard, his open hostility toward children, and sexual proclivities in line with R. Crumb are now compulsory elements, like Bruce Willis saying "Yippie-ki-yay" in a Die Hard sequel.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
50% Officer Downe (2016) A hyper-aggressive and thoroughly repugnant piece of comic-book juvenalia.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
67% The Pearl (2016) Though it achieves a remarkable intimacy with its subjects, this study of four transgender women falls short of its intended power.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
49% Almost Christmas (2016) Almost Christmas plays both sides of the comedy-drama equation broadly, which serves one at the expense of the other.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) Even with the fate of the entire universe at stake, Derrickson keeps the tone appealingly light and jokey, and Cumberbatch's Strange isn't so cynical that he can't thrill at discovering his spectacular capabilities ...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
88% Christine (2016) As much as it signals the dawn of a more exploitative brand of journalism, the film also sees Christine as the victim of a sexist newsroom culture that punished women of substance.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
43% The Girl on the Train (2016) The Girl on the Train isn't as interested in exploring the dark consequences of Rachel's jealousy and rage. It's too busy teasing out other scenarios for the sake of it.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
84% Deepwater Horizon (2016) A common disaster movie, with cardboard heroes and villains and an excess of Irwin Allen spectacle. Any sense of outrage goes up in smoke.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
40% The Skyjacker's Tale (2017) Director Jamie Kastner's muddled documentary squanders first-hand access to a wanted criminal.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
77% Goat (2016) Goat is a suitably horrific exposé of campus hazing, but it's wise about the difficulties of ending it, even when victims and perpetrators both want it to stop.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
93% Queen of Katwe (2016) What sets Queen of Katwe apart from other inspirational stories of its kind is that Phiona's dreams are a double-edged sword.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016