Scott Tobias

Scott Tobias appears in the following:

'Secret In Their Eyes' Brings A Brutal Story To A New Home

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The American remake of an Argentinian Oscar winner doesn't do enough to distinguish itself from the original, though it finds a few interesting angles.


No Christmas Cheer For 'The Coopers'

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Coopers are yet another family who've gift-wrapped their dysfunction and brought it home for Christmas.


Tears Aplenty In 'Miss You Already'

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette are convincing as lifelong friends facing both good and bad together, even if the film feels ragged and too forcefully directed at times.


'Our Brand Is Crisis' Is A Satire Oddly Toothless About Politics

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Director David Gordon Green's loose adaptation of a documentary about American political consultants meddling in other nations works as a comedic vehicle for Sandra Bullock, but sputters as satire.


Something Is Happening On The Internet, And 'Jem' Is Not Really On It

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The live-action adaptation of Christy Marx's '80s cartoon staple wants desperately to appeal to teenagers who live online, but it has neither the energy nor the knowledge of the landscape to do it.


Del Toro's 'Crimson Peak': A Gothic Romance Inside Richly Creepy Walls

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Guillermo Del Toro loads this genre piece with so much luscious visual language that its story and performers are almost superfluous.


'Pan' Asks The Odd Question: What Happened Before The Fun Started?

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Do you really need to know what happened to Peter Pan before his life became magical? Pan suggests the answer is, "Not really."


Suspense And Emotion Teeter Alongside Each Other In 'The Walk'

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Aside from a shaky French accent from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, The Walk is pretty compelling once it actually gets to the story of a famous wire walk between the twin towers.


Ruling In Compton Schools Case: Trauma Could Cause Disability

Thursday, October 01, 2015

A federal judge has ruled that a child's exposure to traumatic events could lead to disability. The decision allows a case against the Compton Unified School District to move forward.


Horror Tries To Have It Both Ways In 'Green Inferno'

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Horror auteur Eli Roth tries to both tease political correctness and salute old exploitation films, but it's not always possible to thread the needle.


From One Low Moment, 'Queen Of Earth' Follows A Swirl Of Pain

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The latest from director Alex Ross Perry stars Elisabeth Moss in the story of a woman who spends a very hard week in a very isolated place.


A Stoner Film Goes Up In Smoke In 'American Ultra'

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The action comedy almost makes it through on the easy chemistry of Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, but it loses its way in a series of pointless, unmotivated shootouts.


In 'Straight Outta Compton,' Hip-Hop Legends Get The Biopic Treatment

Thursday, August 13, 2015

N.W.A's hard-won battle for mainstream success is illustrated in a film produced by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.


Meryl Streep Shines In 'Ricki And The Flash'

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Diablo Cody and Jonathan Demme offer a lovable portrait of a singer and guitarist in a better-than-average bar band.


New Griswolds Take New Dysfunctions On A 'Vacation'

Friday, July 31, 2015

This time it's Rusty Griswold, the grown son of Chevy Chase's Clark Griswold, dragging his family on a doomed road trip. Critic Scott Tobias says the movie is overeager to provoke and offend.


'Fast 6': Silly, Speedy And Certain To Cash In

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Fast & Furious 6 pits Dominic's crew against a wily terrorist in a high-tech battle royale — but it has a devil of a time explaining why everyone should hop into their cars.


In 'Sightseers,' A Killing Spree Gone South

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Its tone is ultimately sour, but at its brittle, nasty core, Ben Wheatley's slasher-tourism comedy fits squarely in the tradition of British class-resentment pictures like Kind Hearts...


After Darkness, An Impressionistic Light

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Carlos Reygadas' beguiling Post Tenebras Lux features a faltering marriage, a glowing red CGI devil and several impenetrable non sequiturs. It's simultaneously beautiful and discordan...


'Greetings From Tim Buckley,' And From His Shadow

Thursday, May 02, 2013

The singer-songwriter and the son who's desperate to escape his legacy are the subjects of Daniel Algrant's sympathetic if simplistic biographical drama.


'Pain & Gain': Michael Bay's Suffering Fools

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The action comedy Pain & Gain wants very much to be a sardonic social commentary in the Fargo vein — but the director's appetite for glossy consumerism gets between him and the story's moral.