Scott Tobias

Scott Tobias appears in the following:

In This 'Freak Show,' Conformity Is The Real Bully

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Trudie Stylar's coming-of-age film about a queer kid running for Homecoming Queen at his conservative private school is bright and stylized, if a bit thin on plot and characterization.


'Insidious: The Last Key' Unlocks The Series' Past. Again.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

The creaky fourth entry in the Insidious film series focuses on its in-house team of poltergeist-busters — a wise move — with a prequel that supplies the origin story for Elise (Lin Shaye).


Slick, Speedy And Ultra-Violent '68 Kill' Leaves A Bitter Aftertaste

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Many noir thrillers play with misogynistic ideas, but "68 Kill keeps the hostility and loses the self-deprecation, which turns it into an example of misogyny rather than an examination of it."


'Atomic Blonde' Is A Blast

Thursday, July 27, 2017

"It may be style over substance," says critic Scott Tobias of this spy thriller starring a butt-kicking Charlize Theron, "but wow what style!"


Filthy, Freewheeling 'Girls Trip' Features The Summer's Breakout Performance

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Meanwhile, Back at the Raunch: This tale of four women letting loose in the Big Easy hits familiar beats, but Tiffany Haddish's "incandescently filthy" turn as Dina proves a revelation.


In This Smart Drama About Eating Disorders, Dark Humor Cuts 'To The Bone'

Thursday, July 13, 2017

In writer-director Marti Noxon's drama, a young woman (Lily Collins) battles anorexia at an in-patient facility. The film, rounded out by a great cast, offers a knowing, intimate take on the disease.


'The Rehearsal' Brings A Family Scandal To A Performance Space

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Based on the novel by Eleanor Catton, The Rehearsal follows a young drama student unable to resist using a friend's misfortune as fodder for his art.


Documentary Scours Our Noisy Globe 'In Search Of Silence'

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Director Patrick Shen features plenty of talking heads opining about our essential need for quiet and solitude, but this film works best when he captures moments of pristine, meditative stillness.


'Rough Night' Is Shamelessly Derivative — And Shamelessly Funny

Thursday, June 15, 2017

This raunch-fest comedy about a wild (and lethal) bachelorette party stumbles out of the gate, but once Kate McKinnon's Aussie-for-no-particular-reason character shows up, so do the laughs.


'The Mummy' Makes An Inauspicious Beginning To A Monster Mashup

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Universal is trying to get a franchise of monster movies going, but Tom Cruise's tired turn as a man who accidentally awakens a sleeping mummy doesn't get them off to a very good start.


A Worthy Big-Screen Treatment Of A Long-Neglected 'Wonder Woman'

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Director Patty Jenkins understands the scale of a screen superhero who is a true demigod, not an ordinary millionaire or spider-bite victim.


Trying To Wring Entertainment Out Of A Quagmire In 'War Machine'

Friday, May 26, 2017

War Machine, a Netflix production based on a book about the drawn-out U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, suffers from a one-note Brad Pitt performance and a frustrating lack of focus.


The Device Of Illness Disappoints In 'Everything, Everything'

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Based on Nicola Yoon's YA novel, Everything, Everything has some of the ingredients it needs to be satisfying, but the way it uses illness only as a plot device makes that satisfaction elusive.


A Mysterious Iraqi Sniper Pins Down Two U.S. Soldiers In 'The Wall'

Thursday, May 11, 2017

John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson star in Doug Liman's stripped-down, real-time thriller. Despite its script's many contrivances, critic Scott Tobias says Liman's direction is tense and unrelenting.


'The Dinner,' Overcooked And Underseasoned

Thursday, May 04, 2017

In this tale of two couples struggling with a moral dilemma, strong performances get drowned in endless flashbacks and needless backstory that render the central drama flavorless.


A Behind-The-Scenes Couple Get Star Treatment In 'Harold And Lillian'

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A new documentary charts the long and loving marriage of a production designer and a film researcher; critic Scott Tobias calls it "sublime and inspiring."


'Jeremiah Tower': A Reclusive Celebrity Chef, Under Glass

Thursday, April 20, 2017

This unexceptional documentary about an exceptional chef — the chief innovator of California cuisine — dutifully traces his rise and self-imposed exile, but leaves the viewer hungry.


An Adventurer Seeks 'The Lost City Of Z' — And Finds Himself

Thursday, April 13, 2017

In director James Gray's rapturously realized historical drama, an explorer's obsession with finding a remote Amazonian civilization causes him to question his place in the world.


'Going In Style' Is A Disappointingly Feeble Caper Comedy

Thursday, April 06, 2017

This remake of a wry 1979 comedy about three retirees risking it all for a big score ditches the original's sense of urgency to focus instead on subplots and sentiment.


Young Women Bedeviled By Darkness In Moody 'The Blackcoat's Daughter'

Thursday, March 30, 2017

This impressive debut from director Osgood Perkins, about schoolgirls left at a Catholic school over winter break, "feels like a throat-clearing exercise for a horror prodigy," says our critic.