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Rubin Safaya

Rubin Safaya
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C- 47%

Taking Woodstock (2009)

"Watch carefully as the film tries to ramrod too many themes, invoking split-screen technique, and see if you can identify how often self-indulgence is confused for enlightenment." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
D 8%

Post Grad (2009)

"...a coming-of-age tableau that is neither inspirational nor uplifting." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
C 45%

Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock (2009)

"...what poignancy is served injecting heavy messages about parenting... into a movie which glorifies the suburban existence, makes light of bullying, and gratuitously employs property destruction for comic effect?" ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
A 90%

District 9 (2009)

"The film persuades us to look beneath the aliens' chitinous exterior, and slowly eats at us as the images of racism, subjugation and internment become familiar and prod our conscience." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
D- No Score Yet

Goods (2000)

"Did the studio put so little faith in this snowball of ineptitude that the filmmakers couldn't even afford a tripod?" ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
C 75%

Julie & Julia (2009)

"Amy Adams is so meek she echoes Cynthia Nixon's waif servant in Forman's Amadeus. In fact, for a moment I thought she was Ms. Nixon, until I remembered that Amadeus was twenty-five years ago." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
C- 13%

The Ugly Truth (2009)

"...there's no finesse or scarcity to lend impact to the vulgarity. It's handled with all the craftsmanship of an infant wielding an arc welder." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
D+ 86%

500 Days of Summer (2009)

"The film revels in the hip witticisms that swim mostly inside a writer's head but never come forth in the real world with the timing and execution seen here." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
C- 14%

I Love You Beth Cooper (2009)

"The movie could have been much improved by slicing a few frames from each shot, and reining in Rust's weirdness just a bit%u2014so as to not contribute to the lumbering, hallucinogenic feel of his initial characterization." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
D 45%

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) (2009)

"When the story does get underway, the incident that sets it into motion seems thrown in%u2014precisely what you'd expect for the third installment in a series that was already tired by the second." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
C 49%

My Sister's Keeper (2009)

"The film has its flaws and swims in meticulously crafted schmaltz... yet also has well-conceived tender moments hiding in the fringes." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
D+ 15%

Year One (2009)

"The problem is not the historicity, or lack thereof, in a comedy, but the uneven pace of the humor." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
D+ 51%

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)

"This is either bad writing, bad direction, bad acting or a combination of the three." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
B+ 79%

The Hangover (2009)

"Question: What do Mike Tyson's tiger, a chicken, a horrible effeminate Chinese man stereotype naked in a car trunk, a stolen police car, a baby, a missing tooth and Phil Collins' music all have in common? Answer: Nothing..." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
F+ 9%

My Life in Ruins (2009)

"Leave it to Hollywood to take a bad idea and make it terrible." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
A- 98%

Up (2009)

"...if you've ever wondered what kind of jokes dogs would tell if they could speak, here's your chance." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
B+ 100%

Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

"The story shifts effortlessly between the two-dimensional collage style of the narrator segments, the classical artistic design of the Rama-Sita story, the pencil sketch style of the modern story, and finally Hanshaw's musical numbers in a two-dimensional" ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
D+ 33%

Terminator Salvation (2009)

" fascinating as chewing styrofoam--with the occasional firecracker jammed in to make you chew faster." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
A- 95%

Star Trek (2009)

"...the film will go down, and endearingly so, as the Brokeback Mountain of space operas... In all the cosmos, a fatherless human and a motherless Vulcan find in one another that which they had lost." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
D 75%

Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

"Mr. Moore's documentary fluctuates from lucid, cogent arguments, to cartoonish abstractions and conjectures--all the while, his lilting voice massaging our guilt reflex." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009
C- 20%

Amelia (2009)

" Watching Ms. Swank struggle to emote through carefully-patterned enunciation is an exercise in patience." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009

Good Hair (2009)

"Mr. Rock and Mr. Stilson don't beat you up with a tiresome polemic a-la Michael Moore. Never does he put himself at the center of the film, condescend to the audience, or insult his interview subjects regardless of their views..." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009

The Damned United (2009)

"THE DAMNED UNITED is an intriguing study in human ego, and its ability to interfere with sound management." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009

The Box (2009)

"...I walked into a Cameron Diaz film expecting to be treated to shlock, and concluded that I had just witnessed the rebirth of the classical sci-fi/thriller." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009

Zombieland (2009)

"The film involves such gratuitous, juicy spatter, Dexter Morgan would have a field day." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

"...a total collapse of coherent storytelling--disconnected scenes of running, jumping, throwing, thrashing, and destroying interspersed with languid stretches of navel gazing (read: moping)." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009

A Serious Man (2009)

"It's a funny film, but mostly to those who convince themselves that there's truth behind every facet of Larry's ludicrously-miserable existence." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

"On a side note, can you believe the Oscar-winning star of RAY made a crack about Helen Keller?" ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

"At best, it's an assembly line of disconnected gags that rely entirely on Mr. Clooney's sub-deadpans and Mr. McGregor's innocent mug working perpendicular to the jokes. At worst, it's a meditation on the greater absurdities of New Age beliefs and ideals." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009

Ninja Assassin (2009)

"As a viewer, your only task here is to watch, eat popcorn, and laugh, jump or shriek%u2014whichever works for you%u2014whenever you see heads roll, limbs fly or or hemoglobin spurting." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009

2012 (2009)

"I'm curious, just a bit, about what goes on in the mind of Roland Emmerich. Does he know that he makes some of the best comedies ever written?" ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009

The Blind Side (2009)

"The black kid is the MacGuffin around which revolves the affected lives of white people." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

"The entire film seems to consist of three thoughts, cycled ad nauseum: Don't leave me. I can't live without you. Make me a vampire." ‐
Posted Dec 6, 2009

Clerks II (2006)

"The turning point is Dante's serious conversation with Becky about his future plans. From there, the movie finds its narrative center and becomes a real story about real people and, suddenly, you find you even care about Randal." ‐
Posted Jul 22, 2006

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

"As the drugs keep cranking the gears of suspicion, seducing them down syllogistic corridors of absurd reasoning, you can feel them out-thinking their own paranoia to the brink of insanity." ‐
Posted Jul 14, 2006

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

"It's as if seven Vice Presidents of Production sat in a boardroom for three days straight, without food or water, and finally their collective genius, poring over reams of test screening data, resoundingly declared with one voice, "WE NEED MORE RUM JOKES" ‐
Posted Jul 7, 2006

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

"...a story that makes studio executives proud, in which the end lesson is that Stockholm Syndrome is a healthy outlook on life for a career gal." ‐
Posted Jun 30, 2006

Superman Returns (2006)

"Routh isn't given much else to do except act as a Flying Plot Device... Kate Bosworth's Lois Lane is a study in the art of still life." ‐
Posted Jun 30, 2006

Wordplay (2006)

"So many aspects of our lives are mundane that just having some sort of passion... means that people are taking time to engage themselves in more than merely subsistence. That demonstrates that there is culture left in the world..." ‐
Posted Jun 23, 2006

The Lake House (2006)

"It's odd, but now I can say I've seen a movie which makes the timing of character interaction in the "Star Wars" prequels look fantastic." ‐
Posted Jun 16, 2006

Cars (2006)

"...scenes involving the colorful townspeople, capitalizing largely on Paul Newman's skill at playing wise yet ostensibly cantankerous old men, are repeatedly interrupted by long stretches of boring homages to the world of celebrity..." ‐
Posted Jun 9, 2006

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

"...the film is so busy coddling itself in colloquial humor and Keillor's conjured up diatribes that, from one Minnesotan to you, isn't funny in it's own right. The humor depends largely on whether or not you've been a fan of the original show." ‐
Posted Jun 9, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

"...the fundamental obstacle to making the average human aware and concerned about the ecology is a matter of comprehending scale--a problem which the formerly robotic Democrat tackles rather elegantly." ‐
Posted Jun 9, 2006

Water (2005)

"'re an observer to a real dialogue and not merely a viewer in an audience watching a scripted drama and plot unfold." ‐
Posted Jun 6, 2006

Keeping Up With The Steins (2006)

"...the director treats this movie much in the same way he treats the religion--an endless series of blindly-adhered liturgies, the deeper history and meaning of which is never fully contemplated." ‐
Posted Jun 2, 2006

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

"This isn't so much a movie as it is a solicitation to lower one's expectations..." ‐
Posted May 26, 2006

Over the Hedge (2006)

"Where it lacks ingenuity and cohesive storytelling, it satiates with manic energy, oddball observation and witty humor..." ‐
Posted May 19, 2006

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

"...the real secret to "The Da Vinci Code" is that there is no secret." ‐
Posted May 19, 2006

Just My Luck (2006)

"Lohan reads more like oak than Marilyn Monroe on her most inebriated day." ‐
Posted May 12, 2006

Poseidon (2006)

"It's a ship. It sinks. People die. Sound familiar?" ‐
Posted May 11, 2006
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