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Scott Tobias

Scott Tobias
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Quest (2017) Christopher, Christine'a, and P.J. are beautiful to watch together, and there's hope in witnessing them persevere - in an underserved neighborhood, against shifting political tides, beset by the random cruelties of fate.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
93% The Disaster Artist (2017) Franco follows the model of Tim Burton's biopic Ed Wood, approaching Wiseau with a delicate balance of affectionate mockery and a heartfelt appreciation for his creative passion.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
87% Darkest Hour (2017) Hidden behind resplendent latex jowls, Gary Oldman plays Churchill as a stout-hearted but deliberative man who's willing to paddle against the political tide, but doesn't arrive at his confidence easily.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
100% Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017) Jim & Andy makes the persuasive argument that Carrey's commitment to the role allowed everyone else in the production to understand and appreciate Kaufman better than they might have otherwise.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) It may be about the selfishness and growing pains of its confused and embattled heroine, but it's made from the perspective of an artist who sees the world more clearly now than she did then.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
No Score Yet Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle (2017) The primary color palette and a light, crowd-pleasing tone wins "Tulipani" some initial good will, but as the story lurches from random wackiness to dark melodrama, Van Diem quickly loses his grip.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
8% The Snowman (2017) Its lapses would be more forgivable if the plotting served some larger purpose, like exposing municipal corruption in Oslo's government, but Chinatown this is not.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
65% Breathe (2017) A period art-house romance that's drunk on sentimentality and sun-touched panoramas of the countryside ...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
98% Dina (2017) What redeems Dina is the fullness of the woman herself, who's managed her disability and survived a mortal threat in order to open up to the possibility of a long-term relationship.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
92% Super Dark Times (2017) For a first-time director, [Kevin] Phillips has an unusually strong handle on the finer arts of setting a mood and evoking time and place.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
35% The Great Wall (2017) The Great Wall gives one of the world's great visual filmmakers $150 million and an army of extras at his disposal, and he turns a monument into a playground.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
67% Buena Vista Social Club: Adios (2017) Adios feels both disorganized and unnecessary, like an encore staged after the house lights have gone up and most of the audience has exited the building.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
41% The Bad Batch (2017) The Bad Batch never organizes itself around a coherent idea or works up the urgency to pay off its premise.‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
87% American Made (2017) American Made delivers so much as rambunctious entertainment that it's easy to miss the film's withering assessment of American foreign policy during the Reagan years. ‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
20% The Price of Success (Le Prix du succès) (2017) Rahim remains a magnetic leading man, but original insights into fame, family and ethnic identity are few and far between.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
No Score Yet Good Favour (2017) Daly succeeds at imagining the hardship and tarnished idealism of a religious community, but the film can't survive on ambience alone. It's missing answers.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
No Score Yet Vampire Clay (Chi o sû nendo) (2017) Umezawa's feats of stop-motion are undermined by his incoherent staging and editing, which substitute manic energy for the nuts-and-bolts of building tension and clarifying action.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
94% Stronger (2017) Nothing comes easy in the film - even its generic title must be earned.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
50% Razzia (2017) "Razzia" is fatally crippled by a conceit that flattens the characters to serve an argument, like bullet points in a sweeping editorial about the current state of Morocco.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
No Score Yet Catch the Wind (Prendre le large) (2017) The film undergoes a surprising evolution from righteous exposé to picture-postcard travelogue, losing much of its potency in the process.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
86% Who We Are Now (2017) Newton has made a beautiful little film about sacrifice and redemption, and he earns it one tiny brushstroke at a time.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
40% Diving (Plonger) (2017) Laurent returns to the theme of an intimate relationship gone sour, but the slight, repetitive scenario stretches the limits of her considerable visual imagination.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
No Score Yet Rothstein's irreverent, can-you-believe-this sense of humor makes the anti-capitalist message go down even easier.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
80% The Final Year (2018) "The Final Year" clings to a precooked thesis about the Obama Doctrine that misses the behind-the-scenes drama and candor of superior political documentaries like "The War Room" or "Weiner."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
55% The Upside (2018) So little has been done to update or refresh "The Intouchables" for American culture or a new audience that "The Upside" has no integrity as a separate piece of work.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
No Score Yet The Hungry (2017) The conceit is narrow and banal, losing not only the poetry of Shakespeare's work but its populist charge, too, which is weakened by yawning gaps in the storytelling.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
85% It (2017) [It's] themes survive the mayhem that pops up with metronomic regularity, but just barely.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
84% Beach Rats (2017) What's special about the film is how much we come to know Frankie, perhaps more than he knows himself.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
49% The Glass Castle (2017) From the title down, it arrives prepackaged and closed to interpretation, which doesn't do justice to lives defined by instability and a legacy of abuse that spans at least three generations.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
76% 68 Kill (2017) Nearly a de facto remake of After Hours, writer-director Trent Haaga's lively trailer-park thriller 68 Kill keeps the hostility and loses the self-deprecation, which turns it into an example of misogyny rather than an examination of it.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
76% Atomic Blonde (2017) Atomic Blonde may be high in empty calories, but craftsmanship of this level is rare and exhilarating, and worth surviving some muddled plotting to appreciate.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
89% Girls Trip (2017) Haddish is so incandescently filthy that a new ratings system should be developed to accommodate her.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
68% To the Bone (2017) Collins commits herself physically to the role while adeptly slinging Noxon's caustic one-liners, and Reeves, as Ellen's doctor, strikes the right note between genuine sympathy and a sobering sense of where she might be headed.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
A 90% Gallipoli (1981) An anti-war movie at heart, but it's also flush with patriotic pride.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
81% The Rehearsal (2016) Maclean asks tough questions about the craft of acting and the behavior of administrators who would rather collect donor checks for new facilities than do the right thing for their students.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
92% 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
45% 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
11% 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
16% 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
41% 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
46% 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
37% 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
67% 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
47% 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
83% 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
87% 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