August 9, 2012 The Campaign stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as competing candidates in a congressional race. While the film aims to be a biting political satire, critic Scott Tobias says it draws little blood. In its more absurd moments, though, it provides big laughs.
July 26, 2012 Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn star as neighborhood-patrol members who stumble upon an alien invasion in The Watch. Critic Scott Tobias says the movie does little to expand on the Ghostbusters template it follows so closely.
July 19, 2012 David and Jackie Siegel were set to build their dream house, the largest in America, when the recession collapsed their finances. Critic Scott Tobias says The Queen of Versailles is a nonjudgmental portrayal of the 0.001 percent who fell victim to the crisis along with the rest of the country. (Recommended)
July 12, 2012 Bart Layton's documentary tells the story of Frederic Bourdin, who joined the Barclay family by pretending to be their missing child. Critic Scott Tobias says that while Bourdin's story has been told before, Layton uncovers new layers of deception that makes his version a must-see. (Recommended)
July 12, 2012 Lucy (Mira Sorvino) and Jenny (Tammy Blanchard) are estranged sisters with opposite temperaments who reunite in Union Square, the first film in almost 10 years from Nancy Savoca. Critic Scott Tobias says that great dialogue and lead performances add life to a formulaic story.
June 21, 2012 Pixar tries to solve its female-heroine problem with a movie about Merida, a rebellious princess who, to her mother's dismay, craves freedom from all men. Critic Scott Tobias says the film's powerful character and message are unfortunately surrounded by uninspired plotting and comic relief.
June 14, 2012 Adam Sandler stars as the beer-swilling Donny, who reunites with his son (Andy Samberg) before the latter's wedding. Critic Scott Tobias says this movie about the virtues of juvenile crassness showcases an extreme, R-rated version of the Sandler we met 20 years ago in Billy Madison.
June 7, 2012 Paul Williams Still Alive tracks the '70s songwriter and celebrity who wrote hits for Barbra Streisand, The Carpenters and Kermit the Frog. Critic Scott Tobias says Williams is a remarkable subject but overshadowed by the film's obtrusive director.
May 31, 2012 Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, this hourlong trifle follows the adventures of a feline playing family pet by day and cat burglar by night. Critic Scott Tobias says the handcrafted film is a pleasant diversion, if a bit overplotted.
May 24, 2012 Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return in the second Men In Black sequel as J and K, two of the sable-clad agents monitoring the Earth's secret alien population. Critic Scott Tobias says a time-travel plot and a strong performance from Josh Brolin as a young Agent K give the franchise a lift.
May 17, 2012 Milk writer Dustin Lance Black directs a swampy Southern melodrama about a single mother's affair with the married sheriff of a small Virginia town. Critic Scott Tobias says the film suffers from inconsistent direction that treats its characters with contempt and its place as caricature.
April 19, 2012 French writer-director Mia Hansen-Love (The Father of My Children) follows a young woman through the passion and heartbreak of first love. Critic Scott Tobias says the subtle and perceptive film is about emotions that linger and assert themselves, even against our better judgment. (Recommended)
April 13, 2012 A new film profiles Patty Schemel, the drummer for the '90s alternative rock band Hole and witness to the early grunge scene and its dramatic demise. Critic Scott Tobias says the misshapen documentary provides some compelling stories but struggles with its own subject's proximity to fame.
April 5, 2012 Documentarian Morgan Spurlock profiles the San Diego Comic-Con through the eyes of a comics illustrator, designer, dealer and fan. Critic Scott Tobias says the usually snarky Spurlock delivers a brisk and cheery overview — sweet but superfluous.
March 29, 2012 A small-town bouncer is recruited as a minor league hockey enforcer in a sweet and bloody comedy throwback to sports movies of the 1970s. Critic Scott Tobias says star Sean William Scott (Role Models) has found his Hamlet with a masterful comic performance as the affable, dimwitted goon.