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Rubin Safaya

Rubin Safaya
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
40% Justice League (2017) ...a cacophonous mess from start to finish.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) For all its brazen gags, its hip soundtrack, and its cool if somewhat hetero-normative heroes , the House That Steve Rogers Built doesn't rush headlong into truly dangerous territory.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
C 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) While [BLADE RUNNER 2049] succeeds in more complex world building, it doesn't achieve a depth of story that couldn't have been told in half the running time.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
A+ 88% RoboCop (1987) A scathing social commentary loaded with layers of metaphor not immediately recognizable to my twelve-year old self, I've been digesting thirty years hence.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
B- 85% It (2017) IT is replete with "jump scares" and visual/body horror. However, the film shines when focused on the children's relationships with one another, their mutual distrust of authority, and their pact to fight back.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
93% Logan Lucky (2017) LOGAN LUCKY is a delight, peppered throughout with clever set-ups and pay-offs beset only by an over-abundance of characters. ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
A+ 92% Dunkirk (2017) DUNKIRK's triumph owes to the simplicity of the finished product, not the complexity of the technical inputs. That masterful distillation is the piece that Nolan has finally brought under his command.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) We've been trained to think Caesar is noble, Koba is flawed, and the Colonel is evil. The truth is that Caesar is flawed, Koba is a victim, and the Colonel is weak.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) It only took two women to right a ship that dozens of male D.C. executives, writers and directors, have tried their damnedest to sink.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
68% Alien: Covenant (2017) Scott seems to be... peppering us with bits of mythology like the interesting clues that lead nowhere in the television series, LOST. In the end, they're all dead anyway.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) ROGUE ONE begins as an inspired concept, only to conclude with a soulless stare.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) For a film about resolving communication gaps, ARRIVAL creates too many of them.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
C 89% Doctor Strange (2016) Affluent white guy gets knocked down a peg or two, gets rebuked by his girlfriend (Rachel McAdams) when he needs her support the most, has an epiphany at the hands of an (inexplicably white) eastern master, and re-emerges as a superhero: Doctor Peculiar.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
A+ 98% Moonlight (2016) Jenkins accomplishes a feat of narrative genius. The three stories of Little, Chiron, and Black, could exist separately as shorts... Still, we see them as one character in different stages.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
D 26% Suicide Squad (2016) Revenge has seldom tasted so boring.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
C- 74% Ghostbusters (2016) It's not that this go-around regurgitates... It's the inconsistency of the dialogue, story and editing that leaves me flat.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
C+ 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Sure, TREK BEYOND is an entertaining ride... But that... is at the center of why the J.J. Abrams-produced reboot runs afoul of the spirit of what STAR TREK was always about: Tackling complex social issues with inventive and diplomatic workarounds.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
C- 57% The Neon Demon (2016) Refn is too engrossed in false color nostalgia, replicating the moods and palettes of the 80s, like Panos Cosmatos' BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW or the many hipster bands of late who copy the sound and fashion, but never bothered to listen to the lyrics.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
B 91% Captain America: Civil War (2016) The Russos devote substantial time undoing the incoherent mess Joss Whedon left behind in AGE OF ULTRON...‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted May 6, 2016
A 60% High-Rise (2016) Unlike the French Revolution, the film ends with a bang AND a whimper...‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2016
B 95% The Jungle Book (2016) The film creates a clear sense of right and wrong; violence and greed are blinding forces that threaten a delicate balance upon which all depend. ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
D 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Snyder creates a series of bigger explosions and greater "inescapable" scenarios which works itself to absurdity until the audience, not the villain, is beaten into submission. ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
B- 90% Blade Runner (1982) Like Nolan's INCEPTION and Kubrick's 2001, Scott's works are really shallow, action set pieces masquerading as profound science fiction.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2016
B+ 74% 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.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2016
C- 93% 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.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
B+ 95% 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?‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2015
C- 63% Spectre (2015) If SKYFALL had hints of Mamet, SPECTRE has heaping servings of Bay with slightly more interesting location shoots.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2015
C+ 86% Steve Jobs (2015) The actors drive this film to good, but not insanely great heights.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | 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...‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | 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...‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
C- 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Mr. Whedon seems to rely heavily on forced jocularity in lieu of substantial character development. ‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | 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.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | 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.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2014
A- 71% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2013
C+ 55% Man of Steel (2013) The film's expository dialogues get in the way of otherwise great images...‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2013
B- 79% Iron Man 3 (2013) A palatable entertainment... rests on the strength of the principals‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | Posted May 16, 2013
C- 86% 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
Read More | Posted May 16, 2013
A+ 92% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2013
A+ 87% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2011
B 92% Another Year (2010) In a sense, [Mary] manufactures crises to garner sympathy. That, not alcoholism, is her addiction.‐ Cinemalogue.com
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2011