Scott Tobias

Scott Tobias appears in the following:

Troubled Teen Finds New Direction In Clear-Eyed 'Bull'

Thursday, April 30, 2020

A 14-year-old girl finds herself drawn to bull riding in this "humble and low-key to a fault" debut feature.


The Mom-And-Pop Bookstore That Sold Gay Porn: 'Circus Of Books'

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Rachel Mason and her siblings grew up unaware that their parents ran a gay bookstore. Her "affectionate but thinly realized" documentary skims the surface of stories that deserve deeper dives.


Documentary 'Beyond The Visible: Hilma Af Klint' Makes Solid Case For Abstract Artist

Thursday, April 16, 2020

This documentary about an under-recognized abstract painter presents "an extensive case for Klint as a major artist while casting a jaundiced eye on how art history gets written."


In The Disappointingly Thin 'Tigertail,' A Taiwanese Immigrant Struggles To Connect

Friday, April 10, 2020

Writer/director Alan Yang turns away from his proven track record in comedy for this "earnest, drippy" multi-generational drama that traffics in underwritten, wanly dramatized conflicts.


A Young Cult Member Turns Against Her Flock In 'The Other Lamb'

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska's film about a young woman (Raffey Cassidy) questioning her place in a remote religious cult wears its broad allegory on its (woolen) sleeve.


'Vivarium': House Hunters, Unnatural

Thursday, March 26, 2020

A young couple seeking a house in the 'burbs encounter an unexpected (sub)development and cannot leave. Despite its Twilight Zone premise, the film's "eccentricity and wit" carry it a long way.


It Ain't Cabot Cove: Murder In Maine Haunts The Twisty 'Blow The Man Down'

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Two sisters attempt to cover up a killing in a fishing village that harbors its own sinister secrets in this film that evokes the tone of films like Fargo and Blood Simple.


'The Invisible Man': When Danger Is Present — And Clear

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Leigh Whannell's update of the H.G. Wells novel traffics in a "psychological realism that's unusual for the genre," which effectively transforms it into "Gaslight with a horror twist."


'Young Ahmed' Is A Flawed But Complex Character Study

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The premise — young Belgian Muslim sets out to murder one of his teachers — has drawn sharp criticism; the film itself is "hugely flawed" but more thoughtful than the controversy surrounding it.


Romantic Drama 'The Photograph' Is Unfocused

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Stars Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield have great chemistry, but this earnest romantic drama feels "curiously flat and under-seasoned."


'And Then We Danced': Queer As Folk Dance

Friday, February 07, 2020

Levan Akin's tale of two male Georgian dancers who find happiness in stolen moments together goes through all the usual dance-movie paces, but the chemistry between its two leads is strong.


2 Friends Scarred By War Attempt To Heal In 'Beanpole'

Thursday, January 30, 2020

In post-WWII Leningrad, two women bonded by grief, guilt and hardship set out to make their futures brighter than the horrors of their shared past.


'Dolittle' Does A Lot, All Of It Terribly

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Robert Downey Jr.'s first post-Marvel Universe foray "is not a film. Dolittle is a crime scene in need of forensic analysis. Something happened here. Something terrible. Something inexplicable."


'Cats': Spay It

Thursday, December 19, 2019

"The fundamental wrongness ... never dissipates," says critic Scott Tobias.


Small-Town Grief Gets Surreal In The Twisted And Twisty 'Knives And Skin'

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Writer-director Jennifer Reeder's soon-to-be cult hit is "Twin Peaks as recast through the lens of radical feminism, if not nearly as academic as that sounds."


In A Rote, Rebooted 'Charlie's Angels,' Only Kristen Stewart Earns Her Wings

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Writer-director Elizabeth Banks' take on the franchise plays "like a campy, under-budgeted 'Mission: Impossible,' " that loses momentum whenever Stewart is off-screen.


'Doctor Sleep' Is Haunted By The Ghost Of Stanley Kubrick

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Mike Flanagan directs a meandering, imitative sequel to both the Stephen King book and the Stanley Kubrick movie, The Shining; its nonhorror elements prove more persuasive than its scares.


'Motherless Brooklyn' Is A Noir Miss

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Edward Norton's passion project — an over-lit, neo-noir adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's 1999 novel — struggles to convey the novel's interiority.


Inner Life, During Wartime: 'The Kill Team'

Thursday, October 24, 2019

A horrified soldier in Afghanistan witnesses atrocities encouraged by his commanding officer in Dan Krauss' feature film, based on his 2013 documentary of the same name.


'Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil' Clips Angelina Jolie's Wings

Thursday, October 17, 2019

This "extremely weird" sequel to the 2014 film that riffed on Disney's Sleeping Beauty shunts its main character off-screen for most of its running time, in favor of CGI spectacle.