Scott Tobias

Scott Tobias appears in the following:

'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.


'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.