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Scott Tobias

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
86%

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
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
Posted Nov 23, 2016
50%

Officer Downe (2016)

"A hyper-aggressive and thoroughly repugnant piece of comic-book juvenalia." ‐Variety
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
Posted Nov 10, 2016
50%

Almost Christmas (2016)

"Almost Christmas plays both sides of the comedy-drama equation broadly, which serves one at the expense of the other." ‐NPR
Posted Nov 10, 2016
91%

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
Posted Nov 3, 2016
84%

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
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
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
Posted Sep 29, 2016
No Score Yet

The Skyjacker's Tale (2016)

"Director Jamie Kastner's muddled documentary squanders first-hand access to a wanted criminal." ‐Variety
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
Posted Sep 23, 2016
92%

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
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
Posted Sep 21, 2016
No Score Yet

Karl Marx City (2016)

"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
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
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
Posted Sep 21, 2016
100%

Yourself and Yours (2016)

"A wise and gently absurdist allegory about how best to approach relationships." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 15, 2016
80%

Without Name (2016)

"An eco-horror curiosity that defies not only genre expectations, but any discernible sense of purpose, too." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 15, 2016
No Score Yet

Layla M. (2016)

"An astute detailing of a Muslim woman's radicalization in Amsterdam and beyond." ‐Variety
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Aug 16, 2016
85%

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
Posted Aug 16, 2016
55%

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
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
Posted Aug 16, 2016
65%

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
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
Posted Aug 16, 2016
86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"Lowery's affecting tearjerker strips away the excess and keeps on stripping, until all that's left is the elemental friendship between boy and beast and a lovely affirmation of family, community, and the preciousness of the natural world." ‐NPR
Posted Aug 11, 2016
26%

Five Nights in Maine (2016)

"We're left to guess how they feel at the beginning of the film and we don't learn much more by the end." ‐NPR
Posted Aug 4, 2016
57%

The Mind's Eye (2016)

"Begos' follow-up to Almost Human, his John Carpenter-inspired debut feature, confirms the helmer as an enthusiastic student of '80s genre fare, but a frustrating underachiever." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 1, 2016
84%

Tallulah (2016)

"Unwieldy but affecting ..." ‐NPR
Posted Jul 28, 2016
75%

Lace Crater (2016)

"Large chunks of this 81-minute trifle amount to mere banality, including a sex metaphor that's anyone's guess, but Atkins scribbles productively in the margins." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 27, 2016
60%

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

"This ungainly, catch-as-catch-can feature isn't a comfortable expansion of the series, but there's a brightness and spontaneity to it that forgives its many lapses ..." ‐NPR
Posted Jul 21, 2016
32%

Equals (2016)

"Its own conceit works stubbornly against it: When two would-be lovers are required to behave like automatons every waking moment, it's not easy to stop being boring when no one is looking." ‐NPR
Posted Jul 14, 2016
75%

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

""It's not Pixar, but it'll do" may get families in the theater, but it's not an inspiring proposition." ‐NPR
Posted Jul 7, 2016
75%

The BFG (2016)

"The biggest emotional moments in The BFG combine Rylance's working-class humility and decency with subtle wrinkles in the animation that suggest a stirring of the soul. It's the rare CGI wonder that moves as well as awes." ‐NPR
Posted Jun 30, 2016
55%

The Neon Demon (2016)

"The mesmeric pull of The Neon Demon cannot be denied. It lures you in for the kill." ‐NPR
Posted Jun 23, 2016
89%

Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016)

"Raiders! nicely interweaves the bittersweet history of the remake with a behind-the-scenes look at the middle-aged Strompolos and Zala collaborating for the first time in decades." ‐NPR
Posted Jun 16, 2016
34%

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

"This is no mere haunted house movie. This is a tour through a giant, spring-loaded funhouse." ‐NPR
Posted Jun 9, 2016
77%

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

"It's bright, affectionate, and so keyed into our particular pop moment that it all but hurls itself into a time capsule." ‐NPR
Posted Jun 2, 2016
92%

The Nice Guys (2016)

"It has the byzantine plot of an L.A. noir, but races through it with the breathless energy of Black's other work." ‐NPR
Posted May 20, 2016
4%

The Darkness (2016)

"McLean must have believed he was making John Cassavetes' "Poltergeist," but this odd fusion of psychodrama and supernatural hokum gets away from him." ‐Variety
Posted May 14, 2016
63%

High-Rise (2016)

"High-Rise is a deeply and relentlessly unpleasant experience, and a borderline incoherent one at that." ‐NPR
Posted May 12, 2016
6%

Search Party (2016)

""Search Party" is a pedal-to-the-metal road trip that aims for spontaneity, but stays within the lines-even when it goes off on wacky tangents, there's never any doubt what direction it's actually headed." ‐Variety
Posted May 12, 2016
67%

Divine Access (2016)

"None of Jack's relationships are handled with enough conviction to make them stick, and that carries over to a religious message that's squishy in the extreme." ‐Variety
Posted May 11, 2016
89%

Dheepan (2016)

"What started as a piercing drama about refugees, rooted firmly in the ethnic crises that have plagued modern Paris, shifts into a cathartic melee that nearly tips into outright fantasy. One part of the film can't be reconciled with the other." ‐NPR
Posted May 5, 2016
76%

Keanu (2016)

"Key and Peele have such a sensationally giddy chemistry together that the film's raggedness plays, in their hands, like a kind of spontaneity." ‐NPR
Posted Apr 28, 2016
100%

A Beautiful Planet (2016)

""A Beautiful Planet" may be little more than an Epcot attraction with broader distribution, but it delivers emphatically on its title and should wow field-trip takers and large-format devotees." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 28, 2016
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