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Scott Tobias

Scott Tobias
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
98% Stronger (2017) Nothing comes easy in the film - even its generic title must be earned.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
60% 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
No Score Yet 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 The China Hustle (2017) 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
83% The Final Year (2017) "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
82% 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
48% 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
87% 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
75% 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
69% 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
91% 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
46% 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
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
44% 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
36% 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
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
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
86% 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
48% 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
44% 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
79% 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
83% 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
24% 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
7% 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
22% 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
59% 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