Scott Tobias

Scott Tobias appears in the following:

Documentary Scours Our Noisy Globe 'In Search Of Silence'

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Director Patrick Shen features plenty of talking heads opining about our essential need for quiet and solitude, but this film works best when he captures moments of pristine, meditative stillness.


'Rough Night' Is Shamelessly Derivative — And Shamelessly Funny

Thursday, June 15, 2017

This raunch-fest comedy about a wild (and lethal) bachelorette party stumbles out of the gate, but once Kate McKinnon's Aussie-for-no-particular-reason character shows up, so do the laughs.


'The Mummy' Makes An Inauspicious Beginning To A Monster Mashup

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Universal is trying to get a franchise of monster movies going, but Tom Cruise's tired turn as a man who accidentally awakens a sleeping mummy doesn't get them off to a very good start.


A Worthy Big-Screen Treatment Of A Long-Neglected 'Wonder Woman'

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Director Patty Jenkins understands the scale of a screen superhero who is a true demigod, not an ordinary millionaire or spider-bite victim.


Trying To Wring Entertainment Out Of A Quagmire In 'War Machine'

Friday, May 26, 2017

War Machine, a Netflix production based on a book about the drawn-out U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, suffers from a one-note Brad Pitt performance and a frustrating lack of focus.


The Device Of Illness Disappoints In 'Everything, Everything'

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Based on Nicola Yoon's YA novel, Everything, Everything has some of the ingredients it needs to be satisfying, but the way it uses illness only as a plot device makes that satisfaction elusive.


A Mysterious Iraqi Sniper Pins Down Two U.S. Soldiers In 'The Wall'

Thursday, May 11, 2017

John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson star in Doug Liman's stripped-down, real-time thriller. Despite its script's many contrivances, critic Scott Tobias says Liman's direction is tense and unrelenting.


'The Dinner,' Overcooked And Underseasoned

Thursday, May 04, 2017

In this tale of two couples struggling with a moral dilemma, strong performances get drowned in endless flashbacks and needless backstory that render the central drama flavorless.


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.