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Scott Tobias

Scott Tobias
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
77% 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
35% 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
19% 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
90% 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
91% 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
33% 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
18% 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
41% 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
93% 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
12% 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
48% 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
44% 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
43% The Skyjacker's Tale (2016) 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
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) The trick of the 1960 version is that it carries itself lightly... The new Magnificent Seven is the worst of both worlds: Completely substance-free, yet heavier than Vincent D'Onofrio's beard.‐ GQ
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
100% Karl Marx City (2017) In exploring the mystery of her father's suicide in 1999, Petra Epperlein returns to her roots in Chemnitz and uncovers meaningful links between his story and the stories of many under Stasi watch.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
No Score Yet Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves (Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n'ont fait que se creuser un tombeau) (2016) "Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves" unfurls with a bravado as outsized as its title.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
50% Anatomy of Violence (2016) Despite a heightened awareness of rape culture and its tragic consequences, [this] catastrophically misjudged film will struggle to add to the discussion.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
89% Yourself and Yours (2016) A wise and gently absurdist allegory about how best to approach relationships.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
86% Without Name (2016) An eco-horror curiosity that defies not only genre expectations, but any discernible sense of purpose, too.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
No Score Yet Layla M. (2016) An astute detailing of a Muslim woman's radicalization in Amsterdam and beyond.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
100% Peter and the Farm (2016) Peter and the Farm isn't afraid to get dirt under its fingernails, which may turn off the weak-stomached, but those same visceral qualities are essential to understanding a man who cannot be separated from the land.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
45% Hands of Stone (2016) It's too diffuse a biography to understand how a boxer could have all that fire in his belly doused so quickly.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
87% Don't Breathe (2016) Great horror films are feats of direction: Scoff all you like about teenagers getting thrashed by a blind war vet, but it's Alvarez who gets the last laugh.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) With Kubo, Laika adds more texture to the dark beauty that's been the house style since Coraline, but it's more emotionally expansive, too.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
27% The Boy (2016) With a little more courage and a lot more craft, Brahms could have been the next Chucky or Annabelle. Instead the little creep is as harmless as a rag doll.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016
83% Lamb (2016) Ross Partridge's unsettling drama Lamb, based on Bonnie Nadzam's novel, leaves this agonizing question to linger over the action for most of the way, which isn't quite as cruel a proposition as it seems.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016
54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) Given the macabre grotesquerie of American politics and culture in our own election year, the time seems right for a great horror series to reflect it back at us. The Purge isn't that series.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016
87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) The film's scolding tone, combined with the sentimental gloss of its ending, leaves an aftertaste that sours the screwball fizz of its cheerier moments.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016
66% Nerve (2016) It's easy to be cynical about Schulman and Joost as gimmicky exploiters of the zeitgeist, but in Sharzer's script, they've channeled the illicit excitement of Truth or Dare into a digital form and turned up the gas.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016
98% Little Men (2016) Little Men has only one big dramatic scene, but it's a shot to the heart, so piercing because Sachs was patient enough to define all his characters fully before unleashing it.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016