Scott Tobias

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These 'Zombies' Make An Austen Update Even The Undead Can't Revive

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Despite the success of the book Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, the adapted film does little to successfully marry the Jane Austen classic with anything interestingly scary.


'Synchronicity': Sci-Fi That Smells Like More Than It Is

Thursday, January 21, 2016

It wants to be a Blade Runner-inflected noir, but Synchronicity does nothing with its femme fatale and is disappointingly repetitive of other, better films.


'13 Hours' Finds Fodder For Action, But Not Thought, In Recent History

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Director Michael Bay makes no effort to put history in context in dramatizing the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi; he treats it as a setting for rah-rah action.


In 'Anesthesia,' Separate Threads That Take Too Long To Be Joined

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Sam Waterston stars in this ensemble piece that frustratingly refuses to reveal connections between its many stories until it's too late to engage viewers.


Tarantino Holes Up A Few Outlaws In 'The Hateful Eight'

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Quentin Tarantino makes a three-hour Western pastiche with help from Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and a cast of other old and new associates.


Russell Brand Goes Big And Loud On The Economy

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The British entertainer clearly wants to borrow ideas from Michael Moore's metaphorical guidebook on economic jeremiads, but he mostly manages to grab from the least interesting chapters.


There's Entirely Too Much Melville 'In The Heart Of The Sea'

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The story of the ship that inspired Moby-Dick would have been better off without relying quite so heavily on that connection and the existential questions it inspires.


Spike Lee Declares An Emergency In 'Chi-Raq'

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Lee adapts Aristophanes' Lysistrata into the story of a Chicago woman who pledges to withhold sex as leverage to stop violence.


'Secret In Their Eyes' Brings A Brutal Story To A New Home

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The American remake of an Argentinian Oscar winner doesn't do enough to distinguish itself from the original, though it finds a few interesting angles.


No Christmas Cheer For 'The Coopers'

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Coopers are yet another family who've gift-wrapped their dysfunction and brought it home for Christmas.


Tears Aplenty In 'Miss You Already'

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette are convincing as lifelong friends facing both good and bad together, even if the film feels ragged and too forcefully directed at times.


'Our Brand Is Crisis' Is A Satire Oddly Toothless About Politics

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Director David Gordon Green's loose adaptation of a documentary about American political consultants meddling in other nations works as a comedic vehicle for Sandra Bullock, but sputters as satire.


Something Is Happening On The Internet, And 'Jem' Is Not Really On It

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The live-action adaptation of Christy Marx's '80s cartoon staple wants desperately to appeal to teenagers who live online, but it has neither the energy nor the knowledge of the landscape to do it.


Del Toro's 'Crimson Peak': A Gothic Romance Inside Richly Creepy Walls

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Guillermo Del Toro loads this genre piece with so much luscious visual language that its story and performers are almost superfluous.


'Pan' Asks The Odd Question: What Happened Before The Fun Started?

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Do you really need to know what happened to Peter Pan before his life became magical? Pan suggests the answer is, "Not really."


Suspense And Emotion Teeter Alongside Each Other In 'The Walk'

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Aside from a shaky French accent from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, The Walk is pretty compelling once it actually gets to the story of a famous wire walk between the twin towers.


Ruling In Compton Schools Case: Trauma Could Cause Disability

Thursday, October 01, 2015

A federal judge has ruled that a child's exposure to traumatic events could lead to disability. The decision allows a case against the Compton Unified School District to move forward.


Horror Tries To Have It Both Ways In 'Green Inferno'

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Horror auteur Eli Roth tries to both tease political correctness and salute old exploitation films, but it's not always possible to thread the needle.


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.