Scott Tobias appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.