Rubin Safaya

Rubin Safaya

""Movies are so rarely great art that if we cannot appreciate great trash, we have very little reason to be interested in them." - Pauline Kael "Cinema is truth at twenty-four frames a second, and every cut is a lie." - Jean-Luc Godard"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Cinemalogue.com
Total Reviews:
157
Location:
Dallas-Ft. Worth

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B+ 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " A solidly entertaining and thoughtful science fiction persuades us around the edges of the story at what kind of future Alexander and Blue Eyes will inherit from Malcolm and Caesar." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Jul 13, 2014
A- 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " The adult in me might wonder how beings from another universe don't blink out of existence entering one with entirely different cosmic constants... but, then the kid in me says to myself, "Shut up, brain! Giant robots and alien godzillas!" " — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Jul 12, 2013
C+ 56% Man of Steel (2013) " The film's expository dialogues get in the way of otherwise great images..." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Jun 14, 2013
B- 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " A palatable entertainment... rests on the strength of the principals" — Cinemalogue.com
Posted May 16, 2013
C- 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " [Abrams] might as well have made Fast and Furious 7: In Space No One Can Hear You Drift." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted May 16, 2013
A+ 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " The action lies somewhere in the middle, framed on one side by fear and on the other by exhaustion. There's no party. No ticker tape parade." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Jan 11, 2013
A+ 88% Django Unchained (2012) " Mr. Tarantino has learned the difference between sharing one's love of trivia versus sharing one's love of cinema." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 25, 2012
A- 90% Lincoln (2012) " Here Mr. Kushner, through the vessel of Daniel Day-Lewis, marveously encapsulates the cerebral, doubting Lincoln. " — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Nov 16, 2012
A- 92% Skyfall (2012) " SKYFALL returns to basics. The plot and economical but riveting action sequences are secondary to the film's cinematography, direction, acting and writing." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Nov 9, 2012
C 93% Looper (2012) " The transgression of internal logic suspends a faithfully observant viewer's disbelief more than Mr. Gordon-Levitt's glued on eyebrows. " — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Sep 28, 2012
B+ 87% Arbitrage (2012) " The director's first stroke of genius is in convincing you to empathize... with Robert, the puppetmaster who seduces everyone around him..." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Sep 13, 2012
C- 88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " Hollywood always bets on the audience's willingness to settle for less than they deserve." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Jul 20, 2012
C+ 73% Prometheus (2012) " The tragedy of this Prometheus is that it begins to ask huge questions, and then saves the answers for a sequel." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Jun 10, 2012
A 79% Shame (2011) " Shame is the study of our species' need to find connection in spite of our more selfish and isolating primal vices." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 8, 2011
A- 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) " These films are Campbell's "Hero's Journey"... Star Wars to a generation of kids afraid of being thrust so quickly into adulthood-a reality all too close to home for the post-9/11 generation." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Jul 19, 2011
A 90% The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) (2010) " In a Spartan eighty minutes, layers of visual, narrative and character detail are fluidly conveyed, doubly so for a film that contains no dialogues." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Feb 6, 2011
B 93% Another Year (2010) " In a sense, [Mary] manufactures crises to garner sympathy. That, not alcoholism, is her addiction." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Jan 29, 2011
C+ 64% Biutiful (2010) " Mr. Iñárritu does a commendable job with the imagery and story vignettes... However, he never completely and smoothly connects all the threads." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Jan 29, 2011
B 91% The Fighter (2010) " Driven by its ensemble of skilled actors, The Fighter contrasts success and failure, ambition and apathy, victory and defeat." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 18, 2010
A 94% The King's Speech (2010) " Few films this year have had as well-rounded a mix of acting, direction, sound and picture, but The King's Speech is in every respect a beautiful film, beautifully played by its principal and supporting cast." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 18, 2010
D- 51% Tron Legacy (2010) " Garrett Hedlund may be the world's first live-action, artificial actor." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 18, 2010
F+ 20% The Tourist (2010) " How do you say, "I want a refund," in Italian?" — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 15, 2010
B+ 87% Black Swan (2010) " Showgirls meets Fight Club on crazy pills." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Dec 4, 2010
C+ 98% Inside Job (2010) " The film's weak points, almost concealed by the tightness of the narrative and graphics charting the flow of money, lie in close proximity to Michael Moore's failings as a documentary filmmaker." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Nov 25, 2010
B 79% Fair Game (2010) " An interesting subtext to the film is its implied statement about intelligence gathering methods... The national dialogue over torture is well-known and well-exhausted, but here the film doesn't ram it down your throat." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Nov 25, 2010
D+ 40% Due Date (2010) " I would much rather see two hours of [Robert Downey, Jr.] improvising without any script, than watch five minutes of Zach Galifianakis' tired shtick." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Nov 25, 2010
B 54% The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010) " At its conclusion you're nowhere near where you started, nor are you waiting for the twist to drag you back to the beginning to tie up all narrative threads in one neat bow." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Nov 25, 2010
B+ 93% 127 Hours (2010) " Mr. Franco transports us into Ralston's frame of mind in the five-plus days he remained trapped, surviving on a carefully-rationed 300ml of water and whatever wits he could maintain under such horrifying circumstances." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Nov 25, 2010
B+ 78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) " ...the elements of scene and sound combine to reveal a maturity to the Potter franchise that surprises, scares and entertains in all the ways the lifeless Twilight films failed to accomplish." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Nov 20, 2010
A+ 97% Breathless (À bout de souffle) (By a Tether) (1961) " Together, like their countermelodies, Michel and Patricia form a zero-sum game-nothing matters. But with Michel's death, she is left behind to ponder the consequences of their indifference." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Oct 25, 2010
A+ 96% Back to the Future (1985) " It's a timeless joke that never gets old: One day you will grow up to be your parents and they'll have the last laugh. The innovation here was in telling the joke backwards." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Oct 25, 2010
B 58% It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010) " Genuine moments of discovery exist between modest Craig and inquisitive Noelle a-la Cameron Frye and Sloane Peterson, with a touch of The Breakfast Club mixed in..." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Oct 8, 2010
B 96% The Social Network (2010) " Young adults in today's Entitlement Generation may come away from the film thinking that it's perfectly justifiable to be an a**hole and a misogynist, as long as you get into Harvard and come out a billionaire." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Oct 2, 2010
A- 86% Inception (2010) " ...one of the strongest science-fiction concepts to come along in some time..." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Jul 17, 2010
C- 64% Predators (2010) " Seeing The Pianist's Adrien Brody doing one-liners is like watching Patrick Stewart cover Public Enemy's 911 Is A Joke." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Jul 15, 2010
D- 49% The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) " ...core fans will go see this movie regardless of what critics, or any other rational human beings, tend to think of this color-graded, celluloid turkey." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Jul 3, 2010
C 53% Knight & Day (2010) " ...the effects throw us into physics-defying action so preposterous that one half of the movie undermines the other. " — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Jun 27, 2010
C- 74% Splice (2010) " ...a classic case of two scientists being screwed by their own experiment." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Jun 27, 2010
C 47% The A-Team (2010) " It's disposable fun. Check your brain at the door on the way in. Drop all memory of the movie on your way out." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Jun 27, 2010
D 36% Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) " A forgettable entertainment that might be worth a matinee if you can't think of anything else to do--laundry, for example." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted May 31, 2010
D 43% Robin Hood (2010) " [Ridley Scott's] primary interest seems to be that of all "generals in the arts," to wow us with action set pieces garnished with bits of faux-profundity and Cliff's Notes historicity." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted May 14, 2010
D 15% A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) " ...an unintelligible mess, as if this remake of the slasher-genre favorite is its own dismembered victim." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted May 1, 2010
D 76% Kick-Ass (2010) " Kick-Ass is a movie carefully engineered to appeal to the child in some of us." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Apr 16, 2010
C- 62% When You're Strange (2010) " When You're Strange wobbles in the transition from straightforward biography to op-ed with teeth. At times, the editor doesn't seem to know what to do with the uncovered footage, or there isn't enough to string it into a visual narrative. " — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Apr 14, 2010
C+ 28% Clash of the Titans (2010) " The filmmakers achieved something I wasn't expecting. They improved the visual effects without taking the silly action-oriented story too seriously." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Apr 3, 2010
B+ 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) " The acting, cinematography and production design work well without being overstated. We aren't treated to Dutch Angle abuse to falsely inflate tension. Instead, the story and the characterizations drive the suspense." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Apr 3, 2010
A 85% The Art Of The Steal (2010) " That tens of thousands of years of human and cultural progress could manifest itself in a single human being... and be obliterated in less than a half-century by commoditization to the advantage of public and private power-brokers is the great tragedy." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Apr 3, 2010
B 69% The Runaways (2010) " Despite its flaws, it's eminently watchable particularly for those, like myself, nostalgic for an era of brazen rock, uncluttered by today's whiny, ineffectual Corgan and Yorke clones." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Mar 19, 2010
C- 53% Green Zone (2010) " While never truly boring, it's a rehash of leaden archetypes of good and evil to suit an action flick disguised as social commentary--hand-held shots abused to excess." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Mar 12, 2010
C 74% Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (District 13: Ultimatum) (2009) " The chief motivation for watching this film is to see people bouncing off walls. That being the case, you could just as easily watch neighborhood kids on a sugar rush." — Cinemalogue.com
Posted Mar 5, 2010
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