Scott Tobias

Scott Tobias appears in the following:

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.


'Almost Christmas,' But Far From Original

Thursday, November 10, 2016

A by-the-numbers holiday film in which a soulful performance from Danny Glover fails to buoy the proceedings above familiar family squabbles that get dutifully, and too-tidily, resolved.


Marvel's 'Doctor Strange': A Long, Strange, Trippy Origin Story

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Have Cloak, Will Astral-Travel: Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Marvel's Master of the Mystic Arts in a film that's visually stunning but doggedly familiar in structure.


'Christine': A Shocking Act, Plus Traffic And Weather, After The Break

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Director Antonio Campos presents the story of Christine Chubbuck, a young TV reporter in Sarasota, Fla., who stunned viewers with her on-air suicide in 1974.


With 'The Girl On The Train,' A Best-Selling Novel Jumps The Track

Thursday, October 06, 2016

In adapting Paula Hawkins' hugely popular novel, filmmakers never manage to make its twisty story register as anything more than an exercise in convoluted plot machinations.


In 'Deepwater Horizon,' Oil And Water Don't Make A Good Mix

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Director Peter Berg's movie about the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ratchets up the cinematic tension, but quickly devolves into rote disaster-movie cliches.


A Feel-Good Chess Movie Keeps Sentimentality In Check: 'Queen Of Katwe'

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Disney film about a Ugandan girl who becomes a chess champion hits familiar beats but evinces a nuanced understanding of extreme poverty and the societal forces that reinforce it.


'Hands Of Stone,' Fists Of Ham: Roberto Durán Biopic Telegraphs Every Punch

Thursday, August 25, 2016

A strong performance by Édgar Ramírez as the Panamanian boxer can't save a film that suffers from a lack of focus and thin characterization.


Dreamlike 'Kubo And The Two Strings' Offers A Gorgeous, Richly Textured Adventure

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The latest animated film from Laika Studios owes more to the emotional impressionism of Japanese anime master Hayao Miyazaki than the comparatively rigid and familiar story structure of Disney/Pixar.


Warmly Emotional 'Pete's Dragon' Soars In A Summer Of Darkness And Despair

Thursday, August 11, 2016

David Lowery's remake of a minor 1977 Disney feature improves on the original by dialing down the slapstick and dialing up the humanity — and the tears.


Great Actors Spend 'Five Nights In Maine' But It Feels More Like A Fortnight

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Dianne Wiest and David Oyewolo work through grief and resentment in a plodding film our critic calls "an agonizing dirge."


In 'Tallulah,' An Aimless Young Woman Stumbles Across A Purpose: Kidnapping

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The plot's overstuffed, but whenever Ellen Page and Allison Janney share the screen, Tallulah finds its palpably human center.


The Enduring 'AbFab' Picks Up Right Where It Boozily Left Off

Thursday, July 21, 2016

For Absolutely Fabulous to return as a movie 20 years after its sitcom phenom phase might seem absurd, but it's in line with the show's commitment to Patsy and Eddy's timeless lack of cachet.


Familiar Science Fiction + Dull Romance 'Equals' Disappointment

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A new film imagines a dystopian future where feelings are forbidden — but never manages to generate an emotional response in the viewer.


Just Fur Fun, Peeking At 'The Secret Life Of Pets'

Thursday, July 07, 2016

An animated animal version of Toy Story sounds like a good idea, but when the animals don't act like animals, the film runs low on inspiration.


Floppy Ears And Green Gas From One 'BFG'

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Steven Spielberg directs an adaptation of the Roald Dahl book that goes long on sentiment and on ... well, length, but finds charm in its deployment of Mark Rylance as the CGI giant's voice.


Refn's 'The Neon Demon' Paints Hollywood In Garish, Gorgeous, Gory Colors

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Director Nicholas Winding Refn's latest is a blood-soaked, luridly lit and blistering riff on Hollywood beauty standards pitched "somewhere between the museum and the grindhouse."


Fanboys Attempt to Recapture Youthful Home-Movie Magic in 'Raiders!'

Thursday, June 16, 2016

As boys, Chris and Eric made an ingenious shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark that earned cult status. A new documentary reunites them to film the one shot they never managed to get.


'The Conjuring 2': Bigger, Longer And Unholy

Thursday, June 09, 2016

The second installment of director James Wan's horror series about demonic possession ups the ante — and the running time — but justifies both with legitimate scares.