Rubin Safaya

Rubin Safaya
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Executive Editor of Cinemalogue & Awardswatch.
Publications: Cinemalogue
Location: Dallas-Ft. Worth
Official Websites: cinemalogue.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
93% 1917 (2019) A visceral experience and visual masterclass, 1917 personalizes the immense scale of the only war to begin on horseback and end in the air. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
97% The Irishman (2019) Now 77, a grandfather, married five times, Scorsese sees the struggle not as that of a man against himself, but as a man fighting against time. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Flanagan's return to the Overlook proffers a different kind of technical restoration, rescuing King's creation from the abandoned hotel in Kubrick's head. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) At times inelegant in its execution-drones and immigration detention centers, superfluous dehumanization in a movie about cyborgs-yet certainly more curious about its own implications, DARK FATE is on some levels a better film than T2. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) The cleverness of PARASITE unfolds in slight deviations from what we expect... Mistakes, misperceptions, and misunderstandings accumulate, like heavy rains at the bottom of a long staircase-a drip, a drizzle, a torrent, a deluge. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) ...the movie is such a harum-scarum hodgepodge I can't tell if we're supposed to feel sorry for Lucy, revile her, or be bored by her. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
95% Uncut Gems (2019) Craftier direction could maintain the separation between viewer and subject while still conveying the sense of agitation omnisciently, without dragging us through the depths of Howard's self-dealt miseries. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
92% The Lighthouse (2019) If THE LIGHTHOUSE works it's because Dafoe and Pattinson perform beyond all expectation, as there's nothing else to do with the material but go overboard with it. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
97% Marriage Story (2019) Johansson and Driver deliver their most powerful performances yet. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Murphy's [Rudy Ray] Moore recalls the vibrance of the earliest of the comedic prodigy's inventive performances-at once badass and endearing. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
91% Ford v Ferrari (2019) More gumption than gravitas, FORD V. FERRARI excites and entertains yet also serves as a meta-analysis of design by committee. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
69% Joker (2019) JOKER-a middlebrow impression of highbrow-has a moral compass, and it's pointed in the wrong direction. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) While the film doles out platitudes the adult in us finds overtly simplistic for complicated times... Johansson delightfully surprises with affection and sincerity. Thomasin Mackenzie delivers a defiant rebuttal against Eurocentric exceptionalism... - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Hanks pulls off a magic trick so astonishing it would leave Houdini speechless. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
72% The Traitor (2020) If the intent was indictment of toxic masculinity at its worst extreme, Bellocchio had the opportunity to pare back visual metaphors... and invest directly in Maria as a whole person. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
47% Guest of Honour (2019) Thewlis sells a character we'd love to see in the wholly-committed, absurdist caper GUEST OF HONOUR yearns to be. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
83% The Report (2019) Rife with exposition, the film feels like an Eighth Amendment violation. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
80% Good Boys (2019) The plot's climactic event... veers into a sort of uncomfortable voyeurism... It feels as though we're given a backstage pass into moments children hold sacred, at least for those few years when the now trivial was then viscerally painful. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
C 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Does this genuinely sweet moment lead to Tate's vengeance against her would-be killers? As if there aren't enough male buddy movies; women's agency be damned! - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
A+ 93% Do the Right Thing (1989) ..can you recall any grade school music class that taught us about Langston Hughes, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, or, and especially, Florence Price, whose playful strings in "Juba Dance" are an obvious inspiration for the elder Lee's score? - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
B- 83% Midsommar (2019) Visceral paroxysms of grief--that sort of hyperventilating wail over the phone telegraphing Dani's state of mind--indelibly linger in ours. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
B 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) As Bo leads us through the adventure, she ditches the skirt. Staff in hand, with a glint in her eye, she evokes Charlton Heston and Harrison Ford, with touches of Bogart as well as Bacall. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Parents' concerns today revolve around whether their children have enough maturity to navigate social situations enhanced by the immediacy of information exchange. If any of this film rings true, they've much reason to be proud. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) If AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR was a treatise on the Freshman year PoliSci theories of the intergalactic evil-monger, Thanos, then its follow-up is an epic poem on the cosmic futility of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
B 90% Shazam! (2019) The delight of this movie rests in the equal parts of sincerity and fun the actors bring to a much needed reboot of the D.C. brand, besieged by characters and story lines whose self-seriousness is at odds with their discount cosplay aesthetic. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2019
93% Us (2019) I'm not sure I always care whether a horror film explains why God forsakes the soon-to-be-zombie-food inhabitants, but here it becomes a problem precisely because Peele's film brims with possibilities and metaphors left unexplored. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) A theme emerges of marginalized people trying to make it in someone else's world. How we get there isn't through tropes and brow-beatings, but through honest dialogue after the chase sequences and fist-fights prove futile. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
A- 86% Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991) Constant innovation and evolution is both Madonna's workaholic race against time and her relentless pursuit of the perfection she imbues upon her mother. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
D+ 37% Glass (2019) GLASS' third act descends into third-rate, fourth-wall allegorical self parody, in which unbelievers (critics) and adversaries (competitors or, as he sees them, imitators) are shot down. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
B- 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) MARY POPPINS RETURNS remains mostly delightful, though not practically perfect in every way. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
C+ 84% Creed II (2018) It's not quite ROCKY II, but then it's not ROCKY III, either. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
B- 66% Suspiria (2018) Set to the lilting vocals and haunting strings composed and arranged by Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Susie's victory over the witches is, this time, a crimson orgy of a Dervish dance perhaps inspired by Brian DePalma's Cuisinart. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
B+ 90% A Star Is Born (2018) "Joanne" demonstrated [Gaga's] range as a vocalist and musician, yet received largely middling reviews. But it did hint at her potential legacy-evolving into an artist as skilled as Prince. A STAR IS BORN cements that legacy. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
B 61% Vox Lux (2018) It all synthesizes into a sub-insane travelogue of the mind that can best be described as NATALIE RAP: THE MOVIE. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
A- 96% Roma (2018) Throughout the film, Cuarón's cinematography and editing tells a story of isolation and subordination-women and men framed and shot separately. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
B+ 74% Destroyer (2018) Despite its shallow set up, DESTROYER picks up quickly. The picture finds its focus deconstructing the crumbling relationships Bell has with everyone around her-coworkers, informants, family. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
83% High Life (2019) It's clear that Denis had, at least vaguely, wanted to examine the erosion of humanity in claustrophobic conditions, but she ham-fists out that tune monophonically-death, rape, violence, paternalistic love. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
B+ 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins rightly attempts to connect these moments to historical images of Black strife, but it's simultaneously derivative and misplaced despite a superbly-acted setup. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BLACKkKLANSMAN lulls you with its satire of American race relations, only to slap you awake at the end of the third act with a montage of grotesqueries from the past couple of years-lest we forget Ferguson and Charlottesville. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) The film holds up well as an action piece, but the intrigue dissolves when we step outside the theater and read about the clandestine way 12 Russian military intelligence officers were caught in the act intefering in the 2016 U.S. Elections. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) In another context, I might say that the film was simply on par with the original but here it serves as a good chaser to the unsatisfying INFINITY WAR cliffhanger. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) The action is plentiful. The gags are funny. Everybody is a day older. The real villain is exactly who you expect. And that's about it. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) ...the film examines how grief clouds judgment and renders us susceptible to manipulation by those who would abuse it for material gain. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) SOLO takes the idea first explored in George Lucas' abominable prequels-explain away the magic-and runs it aground. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
C 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Thanos is an idiot, but neither he nor the filmmakers know this. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
C 88% Annihilation (2018) Garland would have done well sticking with either fantasy or sci-fi, but half-assed both. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
B+ 97% Black Panther (2018) ...there's a constant, nagging deference to action sequences. But what Coogler does right, in spite of everything working against him, is almost breath-taking in context. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
A+ 96% Groundhog Day (1993) Ramis and Murray achieve a harmony of wit and wisdom that works so effortlessly on you, on us all, the phrase "Groundhog Day" in American vernacular has become a synonym for déjà vu. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
B+ 89% I, Tonya (2018) At its core, the film examines performative femininity, toxic masculinity, and the deep-rooted misogyny inherent in both. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
A 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Isolated in the Lombardy region of Italy in a villa tucked away from the sexual politics of America, the tension of the film arises not purely from the proscribed sexuality but rather the intellectual foreplay. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017