Scott Tobias

Scott Tobias appears in the following:

A Behind-The-Scenes Couple Get Star Treatment In 'Harold And Lillian'

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A new documentary charts the long and loving marriage of a production designer and a film researcher; critic Scott Tobias calls it "sublime and inspiring."


'Jeremiah Tower': A Reclusive Celebrity Chef, Under Glass

Thursday, April 20, 2017

This unexceptional documentary about an exceptional chef — the chief innovator of California cuisine — dutifully traces his rise and self-imposed exile, but leaves the viewer hungry.


An Adventurer Seeks 'The Lost City Of Z' — And Finds Himself

Thursday, April 13, 2017

In director James Gray's rapturously realized historical drama, an explorer's obsession with finding a remote Amazonian civilization causes him to question his place in the world.


'Going In Style' Is A Disappointingly Feeble Caper Comedy

Thursday, April 06, 2017

This remake of a wry 1979 comedy about three retirees risking it all for a big score ditches the original's sense of urgency to focus instead on subplots and sentiment.


Young Women Bedeviled By Darkness In Moody 'The Blackcoat's Daughter'

Thursday, March 30, 2017

This impressive debut from director Osgood Perkins, about schoolgirls left at a Catholic school over winter break, "feels like a throat-clearing exercise for a horror prodigy," says our critic.


In The Agreeably Schlocky 'Power Rangers,' 'Transformers' Meets 'The Breakfast Club'

Thursday, March 23, 2017

"Go, Go Power Rangers!" - but should you? The film's playful, earnest tone and "gung-ho chintziness" slowly won critic Scott Tobias over.


'T2 Trainspotting': Indulgent Film Reunites Indulgent Characters, 20 Years Later

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The sequel to Danny Boyle's blisteringly original 1997 movie lacks that film's structure and insight, but the cast can still generate fitful flashes of energy and charm.


A Revisionist Western With A Vision That's Oppressively Brutal: 'Brimstone'

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Dutch writer-director Martin Koolhoven's bleak, four-part, 149-minute tale, which features Guy Pearce as a sadistic preacher in the Old West, proves "rigorously unpleasant," says critic Scott Tobias.


'Table 19': At This Wedding, The Laughs Never Register

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Anna Kendrick stars as a wedding guest stuck among the misfits in this labored, low-energy film from director Jeffrey Blitz.


2 High School Teachers Throw Punches And Crude Jokes In 'Fist Fight'

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Charlie Day and Ice Cube lead a great cast, but this comedy, filled with cruel pranks and retrograde notions of masculinity, "leaves a sour aftertaste," says critic Scott Tobias.


'The LEGO Batman Movie' Really Clicks

Thursday, February 09, 2017

The Dark Knight lightens up, already: In this frenetic, loosely structured Bat-sequel to 2014's The LEGO Movie, Will Arnett's arrogant Batman finally gets over himself.


Horror Sequel 'Rings' Brings Them All, And In The Darkness Bores Them

Friday, February 03, 2017

Director F. Javier Gutiérrez attempts to give the horror franchise a VHS-to-digital upgrade with muddled exposition and too-few scares.


Cliches And Sentimentality Hound 'A Dog's Purpose'

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A dog cycles through several canine lifetimes while teaching a series of owners to live, laugh and love. Critic Scott Tobias found the film's repeated, mawkish depictions of doggy death "wearying."


'Alone In Berlin': A Grieving German Couple Sets Out To Undermine The Nazi Movement

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson deliver strong performances, but director Vincent Perez's staid historical drama swathes its subjects' radical actions in too much art-house-reverence.


Betwixt And 'Between Us': Hipster Newlyweds Struggle To Stay Cool

Thursday, January 05, 2017

A couple takes pride in rejecting the trappings of a conventional married life — but the form their rejection takes is so marked by cliché that the film fails to sustain interest.


The 'Hidden Figures' Who Crunched The Numbers In The Space Race

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer star in this drama about the brilliant African-American women whose mathematical skills NASA eagerly exploited ... without publicly acknowledging.


In 'Collateral Beauty,' Will Smith Meets Love, Time, Death — And A Terrible Script

Thursday, December 15, 2016

An ad exec (Will Smith) mourning the death of his daughter meets actors portraying abstract concepts in this absurd, disingenuous film which lays bare Hollywood's inability to grapple with grief.


Go Home, 'Office Christmas Party,' You're Drunk

Thursday, December 08, 2016

This sprawling, chaotic comedy about a sprawling, chaotic holiday party expects its improv-tested cast to make up for its skimpy script. Some performers do; most don't.


When Private Grief Meets Public Duty: The Intimate, Hypnotic 'Jackie'

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Director Pablo Larraín narrows the focus of his Jackie Kennedy biopic to a handful of days around the JFK assassination, and keeps his camera trained on Natalie Portman's expressive face.


Proud Grinches Beware: Sentimentality Sinks 'Bad Santa 2'

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The original Bad Santa has long delighted holiday misanthropes, but an "irredeemably squishy center," says critic Scott Tobias, means its sequel won't give them what they crave.