Scott Tobias

Scott Tobias appears in the following:

'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.


'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.