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Scott Tobias

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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 and Coronets and The Ruling Class.


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 discordant, comprehensible and elusive; no wonder it earned both boos and the Best Director prize at Cannes.


'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.


Effects-Heavy 'Oblivion' Pines For An Analog Past

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Dreaming of a simpler era while throwing a raft of digital effects at the screen, this budget sci-fi adventure can't quite decide what kind of dystopia it wants to explore. Stunning visuals and deliberately robotic performances make for a pretty but confused futurescape.


Zany 'It's A Disaster': Anything But

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The eternally off-kilter character actor David Cross has nearly found a match for his talents in the apocalyptic It's A Disaster. Not everything works in this madcap adventure at the end of the world, but Cross can notch a win on his belt for his turn as baffled straight man in this toxic charmer.


'Simon Killer': An American (Psycho) In Paris

Thursday, April 04, 2013

In most movies, the creepy ex-boyfriend would be an ominous antagonist, or even a supporting character. But in Antonio Campos' eerie thriller, the spotlight is all on the titular nutcase.


What Happened In The Overlook's 'Room 237'?

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Silly and serious by turns, Rodney Ascher's documentary essay entertains nine theorists who seek to puzzle out secret meanings in Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece The Shining. Their ideas don't always hold up — but this fascinating film certainly does. (Recommended)


'Gimme The Loot': The Tagger's Life, Lightly

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Bronx and its graffiti artists get a cheery, charming portrait in writer-director Adam Leon's debut feature, Gimme the Loot. Echoing the films of Richard Linklater in its vibrant authenticity, the film captivates in an agreeable 81 minutes. (Recommended)


'60s Japan, Aglow 'From Up On Poppy Hill'

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The thoughtful, simple From Up on Poppy Hill is an ode to a quieter past in the midst of a rapidly developing Tokyo. Though it doesn't necessarily appeal to a youthful audience, the warm and quiet beauty of this animated import saves it from its overtly explicit thematic concerns.


'Everyman's Journey': Don't Believe Everything You Hear

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Earnest to a fault, this feel-good documentary can't quite mask the commercial cynicism behind the story of the rock band Journey and its up-from-obscurity frontman.


Adolescent Angst Turns Deadly In 'Stoker'

Thursday, February 28, 2013

South Korean director Park Chan-wook makes his English-language debut with this taut horror thriller. Though at times the narrative wears thin, tense imagery and a haunting narrative keep the action moving along to a terrifying finale. (Recommended)