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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 78% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) "Astonishingly, Tarantino pulls it off with a picture 1.7 times wider than in Lumet's 12 ANGRY MEN, achieving the same tension. " ‐
Posted Jan 1, 2016
C- 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) "Perhaps another director will pick up the elements that Abrams left scattered about, imbue them with some... any kind of subtext, to give us some real poetry. " ‐
Posted Dec 16, 2015
B+ 94% Creed (2015) "What Hollywood director would make a movie in which the hero braids his girlfriend's hair or confides to her his fear of failure? " ‐
Posted Nov 25, 2015
C- 64% Spectre (2015) "If SKYFALL had hints of Mamet, SPECTRE has heaping servings of Bay with slightly more interesting location shoots. " ‐
Posted Nov 6, 2015
C+ 86% Steve Jobs (2015) "The actors drive this film to good, but not insanely great heights. " ‐
Posted Oct 16, 2015
B+ 92% The Martian (2015) "The true spectacle of space exploration... lies in the collaboration between people: scientists, engineers, agencies, governments, nations, and the public... " ‐
Posted Oct 2, 2015
A- 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "George Miller has taken trash, literally and figuratively, and transformed it into a kinetic art sculpture traveling through the Namib at 200 kilometers per hour, complete with its own roving orchestra... " ‐
Posted May 14, 2015
C- 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Mr. Whedon seems to rely heavily on forced jocularity in lieu of substantial character development. " ‐
Posted May 1, 2015
A+ 89% The Breakfast Club (1985) "Molière's most famous work, Tartuffe, is about a pious fraud who turns out to be a criminal... The joke is that Bender is a criminal fraud who turns out to be pious. " ‐
Posted Mar 26, 2015
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. " ‐
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!" " ‐
Posted Jul 12, 2013
C+ 56% Man of Steel (2013) "The film's expository dialogues get in the way of otherwise great images... " ‐
Posted Jun 14, 2013
B- 79% Iron Man 3 (2013) "A palatable entertainment... rests on the strength of the principals " ‐
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. " ‐
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. " ‐
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. " ‐
Posted Dec 25, 2012
A- 90% Lincoln (2012) "Here Mr. Kushner, through the vessel of Daniel Day-Lewis, marveously encapsulates the cerebral, doubting Lincoln. " ‐
Posted Nov 16, 2012
A- 93% 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. " ‐
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. " ‐
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... " ‐
Posted Sep 13, 2012
C- 87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) "Hollywood always bets on the audience's willingness to settle for less than they deserve. " ‐
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. " ‐
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. " ‐
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. " ‐
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. " ‐
Posted Feb 6, 2011
B 92% Another Year (2010) "In a sense, [Mary] manufactures crises to garner sympathy. That, not alcoholism, is her addiction. " ‐
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. " ‐
Posted Jan 29, 2011
B 90% The Fighter (2010) "Driven by its ensemble of skilled actors, The Fighter contrasts success and failure, ambition and apathy, victory and defeat. " ‐
Posted Dec 18, 2010
A 95% 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. " ‐
Posted Dec 18, 2010
D- 51% Tron Legacy (2010) "Garrett Hedlund may be the world's first live-action, artificial actor. " ‐
Posted Dec 18, 2010
F+ 20% The Tourist (2010) "How do you say, "I want a refund," in Italian? " ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2010
B+ 87% Black Swan (2010) "Showgirls meets Fight Club on crazy pills. " ‐
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. " ‐
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. " ‐
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. " ‐
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. " ‐
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. " ‐
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. " ‐
Posted Nov 20, 2010
A+ 97% Breathless (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. " ‐
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. " ‐
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... " ‐
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. " ‐
Posted Oct 2, 2010
A- 86% Inception (2010) " of the strongest science-fiction concepts to come along in some time... " ‐
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. " ‐
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. " ‐
Posted Jul 3, 2010
C 52% Knight & Day (2010) "...the effects throw us into physics-defying action so preposterous that one half of the movie undermines the other. " ‐
Posted Jun 27, 2010
C- 74% Splice (2010) "...a classic case of two scientists being screwed by their own experiment. " ‐
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. " ‐
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. " ‐
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. " ‐
Posted May 14, 2010
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