Rubén Rosario

Rubén Rosario
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T-Meter Title | Year
34% Earwig and the Witch (2021) The very thing that makes it novel, the change in format, also proves to be a drawback for viewers who are familiar with Studio Ghibli's body of work...it's a good thing, then that the younger Miyazaki is not aiming for realism... - Pop Culture Pros EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
72% The Mauritanian (2021) An emotional payoff that Macdonald has quietly engineered. The cumulative effect catches you off guard, He's crafted a portrait of systemic injustice where the characters come before the politics. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) This nervy and spiffy biopic, set in the late 1960s, opens with a scene that would feel right at home in the film noir releases its distributor, Warner Bros., churned out in big numbers some 80 years ago... - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Despite the party fouls, Barb & Star is a rare treat: a camptastic studio comedy unashamed of its weirdness. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
80% I Care a Lot (2021) This repellent tale of crime and punishment reduces what could have been a potent satire into a rote game of one-upmanship. It's the viewer who's being suckered. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
28% Bliss (2021) By the time the movie lifts the curtain to show its wizard, it's too late. The answers he comes up with would have been intriguing if the film's tired gimmick hadn't made the film so darn mopey. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
69% A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) A production where the solipsism that's being dissected didn't bleed into the filmmaking. It's the movie that our version of A Glitch in the Matrix, brainy yet immature, started out as, but somewhere along the way, this file got corrupted. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
98% Minari (2020) The metaphor sounds heavy-handed, but embedded in the struggles of this family, it leads to a quiet, agreeably verdant payoff that helps sell Minari's warm positivity. Its simplicity is becoming. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
94% Nomadland (2021) They're enamored with the vast spaces that greet Fern as she joins fellow travelers on society's margins, and their kaleidoscopic overview makes for an engaging watch. They've crafted slice-of-life realism with the glossy sheen of a coffee table book. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
97% Two of Us (Deux) (2021) Meneghetti aims for liberating release, but he never reaches the desired catharsis, because his stale nag of a movie is hopelessly stuck in the past. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
87% Supernova (2021) Firth and Tucci's chemistry is a good thing, because Supernova is harboring a dark secret regarding Tusker's reaction to his grim diagnosis. This is where the movie digs under its burnished surfaces to gnaw at a rift in the men's worldviews... - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
91% Some Kind of Heaven (2021) That energetic vitality driving this sun-dappled valentine to Florida is Oppenheim's own. He's made a honey of a movie. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2021
95% Soul (2020) It's a giant leap forward for the Pixar folks: an intelligent meditation on what makes us, us, one predominantly geared at grown-ups. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
90% Promising Young Woman (2020) "Promising Young Woman" ends up being more about Fennell's efforts to upend expectations and pull the rug from under viewer's feet than about the characters, who eventually get lost in the tonal-shift shuffle. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
98% One Night in Miami (2020) [King] stays out of the way to allow her characters to discover that their rigidly held positions are not strictly black and white. She has given them a gripping showcase that revels in exploring those shades of gray. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) [D]espite the plot's shopworn elements, there's a warm, nurturing vibe driving "Wonder Woman 1984." - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2020
55% The Prom (2020) All that's missing is spontaneity, humility and a soul. Once the jazz hands subside, there is no there there. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
96% Sound of Metal (2020) The pluses outweigh the minuses here, thanks to Ahmed's understated stoicism, how he modulates Ruben's resentment and pent-up anger. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
83% Mank (2020) I say give Mank a try, even if you don't clog your DVR with Turner Classic Movies content. Fincher has made a movie as ornery as his subject, a thorny valentine whose world-weary cynicism conceals a torrent of empathy and compassion... - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
29% Come Away (2020) This fairy tale-tinged costume drama shows what happens when drawing from classic children's literature yields stillborn, dispiritingly literal-minded results. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
99% Wolfwalkers (2020) The character is a triumph of design, but great care has also been given to develop the personality of this freewheeling urchin with a devil-may-care attitude and a whopper of a secret. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
90% The Vigil (2021) What keeps The Vigil afloat is the filmmaker's refusal to exploit the characters' turmoil for easy scares. This is very much a genre piece, but it's also a portrait of a man's struggle... - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
39% Rebecca (2020) [A] disposable period piece, a gallery of pretty pictures in search of a personality of its own. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
94% Dinner in America (2020) Give it up for the wild and endearing Dinner in America. It hits the sweet spot. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
62% Hunted (2020) A cheeky but nasty piece of business with a mean streak and razor-sharp black humor... - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
45% Malasaña 32 (2020) Don't give this creaky contraption the time of day. It's a place where brain cells go to die. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
85% Detention (2019) ...the movie barely gets off the ground, because even the most casual horror fan can tell exactly what is happening here within the first 20 minutes, and Hsu's nonlinear narrative takes an eternity to arrive at a big reveal... - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
100% My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To (2020) For Cuartas, there is still room for improvement in terms of plotting and narrative structure, but his talents as a humanist and visual storyteller are on ample display. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
82% The Boys in the Band (2020) Here it is, for your streaming pleasure: imperfect, needlessly dressed up, and still very much a powerhouse. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
100% My Prince Edward (2020) ...decent enough, insofar as writer-director Norris Wong, making her feature directing debut, subverts rom-com trappings to examine societal pressures to marry... - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
83% We Don't Deserve Dogs (2020) It's a constant, wall-to-wall assault on your ears that often does not match the tone of what is happening onscreen. It's the territorial urine that stinks up this middling Nat Geo wannabe for the NPR crowd. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
89% The Nest (2020) The Nest's dark clouds come with a silver lining, and its open-ended (but sneakily optimistic?) resolution makes this prickly pear of a movie the last thing this reviewer could have imagined: life-affirming. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
2.5/4 73% Mulan (2020) No Mushu, no songs, no problem. It's an empowering action spectacle that, although it stumbles out of the gate, is held aloft by its progressive depiction of life in the barracks... - Hudak on Hollywood EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
70% Tenet (2020) With such lofty goals, the characters are reduced to pieces on a sleek chess board. And if Nolan doesn't give a damn about what happens to his chronology-challenged travelers, why should we? - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Turning his story into a Gilliamesque oddity might have looked good on paper, but in aiming for awkward reinvention, this literary adaptation topples under the weight of its lead-footed whimsy. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
87% Cuties (Mignonnes) (2020) The movie might not reinvent the wheel thematically, but it moves to its own syncopated rhythms. Ignore the online discourse and give it a chance. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
100% The Strong Ones (Los fuertes) (2019) What Zúñiga accomplishes is a sense of balance between the two men, a harmony that is threatened by their social disparity, which the filmmaker deals with in sensitive and unvarnished fashion... - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
100% Tu Me Manques (2019) ...even when some scenes are marred by being staged and delivered at a fever pitch, "Tu me manques" is an accomplished portrait of despair and loneliness. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
100% Dry Wind (2020) [A] sultry and stylish portrait of sexual obsession on the down low... - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
95% First Cow (2020) I doubt I'll see a lovelier film in 2020. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
73% Cubby (2019) If you want to buck the trends and seek out a comedy that feels fresh and vibrant, look no further than this endearing first feature from star/screenwriter/co-director Mark Blane. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) Stewart is just going through the motions. His wet blanket of a satire lacks the very quality that Zimmer yearns for: conviction. There's zero joy in it. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) ...instead, it settles for being a decent Ferrell vehicle. Not that I'm complaining (all that much). This Netflix programmer still brings on the giggles. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
94% Palm Springs (2020) There's still room for intellectual growth for The Lonely Island and the other makers of Palm Springs, but they've made an intriguing leap forward... - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
100% Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020) Walter's glow came from deep within. "Mucho Mucho Amor" captures that light. This Scorsagian liked it. Mucho. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
100% Okko's Inn (2019) It's no accident that the loopy and whimsical series of events recalls Miyazaki's work. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
100% Driveways (2020) Quite a feat for an 83-minute character study that, I assure you, is small only in size... - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
92% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) This is Balagov's third work that is not a short, but it already possesses a seasoned hand's control of the medium. An assured new voice emerges. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
91% The Invisible Man (2020) Whannell the screenwriter still has some catching up to do with Whannell the director. But his spiffy remake is mostly able to sustain that sweet spot between cheap thrills and sobering drama. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
75% The King of Staten Island (2020) The King of Staten Island repeatedly mistakes shrill head-butting and facile quips for genuine introspection. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020