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Scott Tobias

Scott Tobias appears in the following:

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.

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Just Fur Fun, Peeking At 'The Secret Life Of Pets'

Thursday, July 07, 2016

An animated animal version of Toy Story sounds like a good idea, but when the animals don't act like animals, the film runs low on inspiration.

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Floppy Ears And Green Gas From One 'BFG'

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Steven Spielberg directs an adaptation of the Roald Dahl book that goes long on sentiment and on ... well, length, but finds charm in its deployment of Mark Rylance as the CGI giant's voice.

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Refn's 'The Neon Demon' Paints Hollywood In Garish, Gorgeous, Gory Colors

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Director Nicholas Winding Refn's latest is a blood-soaked, luridly lit and blistering riff on Hollywood beauty standards pitched "somewhere between the museum and the grindhouse."

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Fanboys Attempt to Recapture Youthful Home-Movie Magic in 'Raiders!'

Thursday, June 16, 2016

As boys, Chris and Eric made an ingenious shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark that earned cult status. A new documentary reunites them to film the one shot they never managed to get.

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'The Conjuring 2': Bigger, Longer And Unholy

Thursday, June 09, 2016

The second installment of director James Wan's horror series about demonic possession ups the ante — and the running time — but justifies both with legitimate scares.

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'Popstar' Makes The Most Of Its Big, Chest-Thumping Joke

Thursday, June 02, 2016

The comedy trio known as The Lonely Island blows its goofy musical parodies up to feature length in the story of a boy-band veteran with limitless ego who decides to go solo.

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Crowe And Gosling Bumble Appealingly Through 'The Nice Guys'

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Writer-director Shane Black's first feature script, Lethal Weapon, made him a star. His latest proves that he's still got the stuff when it comes to buddy-cop action comedy.

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The Haves And Have-Nots Have At It In 'High-Rise'

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Based on J.G. Ballard's novel, the film stars Tom Hiddleston as a man who finds himself in an apartment building that invites class warfare between the upper and lower floors.

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'Dheepan' Tells A Refugee's Affecting Story, Until It Doesn't

Thursday, May 05, 2016

The winner of the Palme D'Or at 2015's Cannes Film Festival, director Jacques Audiard's latest begins with a gratifyingly specific story of one man's life, but its trajectory works against it.

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'Keanu' Finds Key And Peele On The Hunt For A Kitty

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The sketch comedy duo Key and Peele pull off the difficult feat of translating their sensibility into a feature film that recalls out-all-night sagas like Adventures In Babysitting.

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'Green Room': A Choreographed Thriller With A Spontaneous Beat

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Green Room, from the director of the well-regarded thriller Blue Ruin, is the violent and inventive story of a touring punk band that gets in way over its head.

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