The Screen Scene

The Screen Scene is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Scott Phillips
Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5.0 Greyhound (2020) Scott Phillips Director Aaron Schneider maintains an excellent sense of "geography" during the action sequences. Viewers know where the various ships and submarines are at all times ... EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
4.0/5.0 The Columnist (2020) Scott Phillips The Columnist is a black comedy that tips into horror territory with its outbursts of over-the-top violence. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
4.0/5.0 The Swerve (2018) Scott Phillips The Swerve captures our current 21st century sense that the whole world has gone crazy, and we might be the only sane people left. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
3.5/5.0 The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) Scott Phillips The true MVP of The Wolf of Snow Hollow is Jim Cummings' sharp, funny and suspenseful screenplay. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
4.5/5.0 Nomadland (2020) Scott Phillips Frances McDormand gives an Oscar-worthy performance as Fern. She explores the fine line between running toward freedom and running away from heartbreak. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
The Paper Tigers (2021) Scott Phillips It boggles my mind that it's the feature directorial debut for its writer-director Quoc Bao Tran because it's such an assured piece of filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
Hunted (2020) Scott Phillips I found myself gleefully laughing out loud on a couple of occasions at the audacity of the filmmaker's choices. If you like a good thriller, Hunted is more than up to the task. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
The Dark and the Wicked (2020) Scott Phillips I'm not a believer that a horror film has to be really scary to be enjoyable, but The Dark and the Wicked is truly frightening. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Scott Phillips Jojo Rabbit is a beautiful fairy tale of a story. It's set amid one of the most horrific periods of world history, but the gas chambers and concentration camps are nowhere to be seen. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
Fractured (2019) Scott Phillips It's not bad, but it's not particularly good. It tries to be a paranoid, conspiracy thriller with an issue about the reliability of its narrator, but I found it too predictable to be truly effective. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
Knives Out (2019) Scott Phillips The all-star cast takes turns chewing the scenery. Daniel Craig nearly steals the film as Benoit Blanc. If film fans are wondering if there is life after James Bond for Daniel Craig, the answer is a resounding YES. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
Doctor Sleep (2019) Scott Phillips As a standalone horror film, Doctor Sleep is successful enough. The film is a tale of the supernatural, struggles with substance abuse and trying to overcome the damage of a crippling childhood. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
The Irishman (2019) Scott Phillips It's an amazing film that caps off a stunning career in film that spans over 50 years. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
Marriage Story (2019) Scott Phillips Baumbach's screenplay is as witty as it is melancholy. There's plenty of laughter to go with the sadness. Marriage Story doesn't wallow in misery. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
1917 (2019) Scott Phillips The narrative may be simple, but the visual approach taken by the film is astonishingly complex. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
Just Mercy (2019) Scott Phillips Just Mercy doesn't preach to its audience. It simply shows us the irrefutable facts and allows us to draw our own inevitable conclusions. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
The Two Popes (2019) Scott Phillips The Two Popes is a fascinating exercise in "what if" history. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
Richard Jewell (2019) Scott Phillips Eastwood has always been an actor's director. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
The Call of the Wild (2020) Scott Phillips Call of the Wild is what I refer to as "an eye of the beholder" film. Its entertainment value very much depends on who is watching it. For this film critic who sees hundreds of films a year, I thought it was a silly waste of time. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (2020) Scott Phillips Miss Americana transcends its subject matter and becomes a study of celebrity in modern America. Even if you're not a Taylor Swift fan, you'll be captivated by this glimpse into a universe populated by the ultra-famous. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Scott Phillips Ford v. Ferrari overcomes its "based on a true story" cheesiness and becomes one of the more enjoyable films of the past year. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
Parasite (2019) Scott Phillips Parasite was the single best film I saw in 2019. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
The Rhythm Section (2020) Scott Phillips It's hard not to sound sarcastic when you discuss the premise of this film. The Golden Gate Bridge couldn't suspend this much disbelief. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
EMMA. (2020) Scott Phillips ...the new film adaptation of Emma by screenwriter Eleanor Catton and director Autumn de Wilde manages to breathe new life into material that might otherwise seem stale to kids reared on YouTube videos and Instagram feeds. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
The Invisible Man (2020) Scott Phillips The Invisible Man is a masterpiece of suspense. Less is definitely more when invisibility is the premise of the film. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
Time to Hunt (2020) Scott Phillips I highly recommend it. It's a cut above your average VOD action film. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
Tigertail (2020) Scott Phillips Unfortunately, Tigertail fails to say anything unique about the Asian-American experience and only skims the surface of its narrative. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
Little Women (2019) Scott Phillips Little Women is a well-written, old-fashioned movie that will appeal to audiences of all ages. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
Crip Camp (2020) Scott Phillips Crip Camp is an extraordinary look at a segment of society whose national campaign for civil rights largely flew under the radar. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
Becky (2020) Scott Phillips Becky is the kind of hidden gem that I always search for... EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
Palm Springs (2020) Scott Phillips Samberg can be a huge screen presence. In Palm Springs, he and Milioti have amazing chemistry and share the screen effortlessly. Samberg is more restrained than usual, toning down his performance allows Milioti to shine. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020