Rubén Rosario

Rubén Rosario
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The best movie the genre has seen since Mad Max: Fury Road is waiting to give you that unfiltered high that you crave. Is it too much of a good thing? At times, yes, but why would you want restraint from such a wild ride? In this case, too much is enough. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 66% The White Crow (2019) It could have benefited from more actual dance content, and it's hampered by a needlessly convoluted structure, but Ralph Fiennes' modestly scaled portrait of Soviet ballet icon Rudolf Nureyev is arresting arthouse fare... - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
No Score Yet The Experimental City (2017) The film is an ideal addition for the museum's showcase, but it doesn't transcend its educational purposes to make what could have been a potent statement about 20th century America. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
89% Sauvage / Wild (2019) An engaging portrait of life in the margins. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/4 59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) "Sunset" is the cinematic equivalent of that tough history class that required attention and extra study time, but looking back, one comes to appreciate later in life. It makes up in sheer chutzpah what it lacks in storytelling clarity. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The pieces may all fit together like a mammoth jigsaw puzzle, but what's sorely lacking is spontaneity, that final-chapter frisson of anything-goes tension. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
71% Consequences (Posledice) (2018) Stante has crafted a youth-in-revolt saga that hurtles forward like a freight train. Its American counterparts feel like cinematic eunuchs next to this rock-solid, bluntly effective flick. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
No Score Yet Fireflies (Luciérnagas) (2018) An affecting portrait of loneliness and resolve in the face of adversity. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
No Score Yet A Dog Barking at the Moon (2019) Sometimes the greatest chasm can be crossed with a kind word, the filmmaker appears to express, and sometimes that void is just too damn wide. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
100% Jose (2018) Cheng's sophomore feature unfolds in episodic fashion, allowing the filmmaker to focus on quotidian interactions between his protagonist and those he cares about. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/4 91% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) The edges might have been sanded off, but this is one guided wildlife tour worth taking. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
28% The Aftermath (2019) It's the kind of tea-and-crumpets fare where the gloves eventually come off, and is all the more satisfying for doling out so much tough love. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
96% Transit (2019) A much different kind of animal, one that fascinates as often as it confounds. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/4 90% Shazam! (2019) It's an effervescent genre entry that's not afraid to indulge in the irreverent silliness that drew so many of us to comic books in the first place. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) You know it's going to be a topsy-turvy movie year when this Marvel Cinematic Universe detractor is forced to admit he enjoyed an MCU cash cow, but such is the unlikely outcome from catching up with this sneakily absorbing origin story. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
59% Greta (2019) The movie coasts by on the strength of its two leads' screen presence, as well as its handsome production values. It's thoroughly enjoyable, but ite ends up being too tidy for its own good. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
94% The Mustang (2019) Clermont-Tonnerre opts for no-frills realism, with cinematographer Ruben Impens providing occasionally arresting lensing. Her steadfast commitment to stick to a sedate and, let's be honest, flavorless approach keeps her film reined in. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
94% Us (2019) An ambitious misfire, a near miss that gets lost in its atmospheric, beautifully rendered hall of mirrors. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
80% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2019) Despite my issues, this French import deserved more than the one-week local release it got at the Miami Beach Cinematheque (though kudos to them for showing this brainy, sensual and occasionally saccharine film). - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2.5/4 47% Dumbo (2019) Burton's latest might lack the sinister playfulness of his best work, but even if it doesn't quite soar to the heights it set out for itself, it glides confidently into your good graces. By a Trunk. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
85% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) Consider this my attempt to shine a spotlight on a film that deserved a little more TLC from MFF. So take a chance, horror fiends of all persuasions, and fall into "Knife + Heart's" meta death grip. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
93% Screwball (2019) A deliciously snarky tale of corruption and malfeasance most foul that could have only gone down in South Florida. Corben directs this juicy yarn like the smart aleck in class who can't seem to stay out of trouble. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) "The Hidden World," suffused with an elegiac finality, earns its tears and its tyke-friendly indulgences. So leave any animation hangups at the door and take the plunge. Become reacquainted and reminisce. Your heart will thank you. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) This compact romance allows you to marvel at its ravishing visuals while still immersing you in its recreation of Europe in the '50s and '60s. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
90% The Last Resort (2018) You won't get an argument from me if you contend The Last Resort covers an important chapter in Miami-Dade history. But... ask yourself, should such fascinating subject matter be pared down until it resembles a glorified study aid? - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The best time I had at the movies came, not from a highly touted prestige production, but from a big studio release that dares to dream big and infuses new life into an oversaturated genre. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
97% The Rider (2018) Zhao's lyricism, brought to shimmering life by cinematographer Joshua James Richards, turns what could have easily been a leaden docudrama into a work of astonishing beauty. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
100% Paddington 2 (2018) King also doesn't lose sight that this is the story of a refugee, wrongfully locked away by forces wanting to uphold the status quo, who teaches children good manners and shows grown-ups xenophobia has no place in any society. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) The pace is slow and studied, but Hirokazu rewards your patience with a doozy of an ending that makes you reexamine what you've just seen without ever feeling the least bit gimmicky. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) The sparks fly as Decker tears off the blinders and invites you to embrace the madness. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
66% Suspiria (2018) Yes, it's too long and bites off more than it can chew in thematic and narrative terms, but this witches' brew, ambitious to a fault, is propelled by all too real demons. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
100% Minding the Gap (2018) Liu never strains for significance, making an exhilarating film that feels tailor-made for T-shirt-and-jeans fans of nonfiction fare like this critic. Simply wonderful. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/4 40% The Upside (2019) "The Upside" ends up letting us down, and even though fingers will justly be pointed at Hart and Weinstein for the baggage they add, Burger has ultimately no one to blame but himself. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/4 93% The Favourite (2018) The bulk of this ribald yarn is well worth putting on your best finery for. It's not quite the homerun it's advertised to be, but an expertly rendered delight all the same. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Even if "Returns" isn't nearly as clever and lively as one would hope, it still merits an umbrella ride to the theater, thanks to its commitment to exploring the Bankses' domestic woes, and also for its richly saturated look. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/4 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) It's rare to see this much sadness distilled with such unbridled joy. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
92% Mirai (2018) This is family entertainment with the blinders off, a trippy, irresistibly loopy jaunt through past, present and future that weaves a strange kind of magic. Your inner brat will beam, and wince in recognition. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
2.5/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) It dramatizes: bridge-building therapy that allows clashing worldviews to find common ground, much like Jared and Nancy. It's in this capacity that "Boy Erased," frequently unremarkable yet still engaging Oscar bait, works best. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/5 58% The Grinch (2018) It works, as a digital pop-up book that asks us to examine the Grinches inside us all, and find the willingness to let some light in. - CineSportsTalk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
2/4 94% Wildlife (2018) The harder Dano tries to make the movie feel cinematic (and boy, does he!), the more stagy it feels. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) In short, this is a Queen biopic for people who like their music biz stories tame, easily digestible and, in the sexuality spectrum, at least 75 percent straight. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 66% Suspiria (2018) Even as it juggles too many balls in the air, "Suspiria" methodically wraps its tendrils around you. The film's bursts of graphic bloodletting, punctuated by eerie nightmare sequences that feel like something out of a queasy art installation. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
71% The Happy Prince (2018) Even though it is very much a film about terminal illness and coming to terms with one's mortality, Everett has made the kind of warts-and-all portrait that matches ambition with a beguiling empathy. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2.5/4 97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) The filmmaker has crafted a portrait of institutionalized chauvinism that's undeniably on point but so vicious that the laughs are few and far between. In other words, this is not a popcorn moviegoer's satire. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3.5/4 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) A triumph of texture, a tender, deeply felt slice of Americana with the magnetic draw of a adroitly structured short story. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/4 87% Colette (2018) Colette's story teaches us that when it comes to guarding one's creative property, love means never having to say sorry for moving on to greener pastures. The film is dedicated to Glatzer, and it's a fittingly genial tribute for an eclectic body of work. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/4 86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Bolstered by four strong central performances, the most surprising thing about "The Sisters Brothers" is how pleasant and raffishly likable it ultimately becomes. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) What prevails is a commitment to the material that goes well beyond vanity-project interests, as well as a dogged affection for these two flickering flames that burned more brightly as one. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
91% Mandy (2018) For all its spellbinding tableaux and accomplished production design, "Mandy's" most valuable asset is Cage, who spends half the movie with his face covered in blood that, appropriately enough, looks more like war paint. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
2.5/4 76% Smallfoot (2018) Even though not all of it works, and even though it takes too long to hit its stride, its call for bridge-building is a message one is never too old to take to heart. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018