Rubin Safaya

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
64% The Middle Man (2021) All of this builds up to an answer that's passable, but only half as weird as the actual things I've seen happen in Bumblef**k, USA. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
72% The Guilty (2021) When life, or a movie, rewards the limits of your patience by not enraging you further, are you supposed to feel relieved? - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
60% Encounter (2021) Ahmed and his child costars deliver a nuanced story about a family riven by their father's struggles with PTSD. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
88% The Green Knight (2021) Like Peter Brook's stage and film adaptations of the [Mahabharata], the multi-cultural casting works hand in hand with this story's universal themes. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2021
79% Black Widow (2021) So focused on using disability and trauma as plot devices, the filmmakers never plumb the depths of what it is to lack agency. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) At just over four hours, ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE is an unwieldy collection of poorly reassembled subplots, rather than the sweeping epic it portends, and portends, and portends. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) As Hampton, Kaluuya captures the inflection and intensity of a born orator. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
96% Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) A picture emerges of a woman who fought every inch for freedom, achieving it once she wrested her career from the grip of toxic men. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
95% Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) What's truly fascinating is how Sesame Street co-opted a commercial medium for progressive ends through simple gestures... keeping alive the subversive spirit of Henson's dark comedy on Sam & Friends. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
90% President (2021) Nielsson presents a chronicle of events rather than a thesis... the filmmakers add no compelling information to strengthen the argument... - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
96% In the Same Breath (2021) Both China and the United States have so maligned the free press as "enemies of the people" that we're paradoxically conditioned to yearn for the simplicity of spoon-fed positivity over the difficult work of watching the watchmen. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
B- 89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) As the didactic prankster [Abbie Hoffman], Sacha Baron Cohen is a revelation. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) Mikkelsen's performance radiates, vacillating to the extremes of depression and mania with believable restraint. A trained gymnast and dancer, he contrasts Martin's lows with gyrating and leaping highs. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
B- 79% I Am Greta (2020) As a profile in courage, I AM GRETA succeeds. But is the young activist... content with a finished product that furthers her brand more than it educates, instructs, and moves us to effect actual policy change? - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
38% Joe Bell (2021) In contrast to what [original screenwriters] Ossana and McMurtry intended GOOD JOE BELL to be, the end result from which they were completely divorced epitomizes Hollywood's risk-averse, design-by-committee approach to filmmaking... - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
94% No Ordinary Man (2021) The diverse, harmonious co-existence and collaboration within the jazz community-a space where Billy Tipton could thrive, undisturbed, for decades-becomes the template for trans people just beginning to learn how to improvise their own stories. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
99% Wolfwalkers (2020) WOLFWALKERS teaches strong lessons about the irrationality of fear, the virtue of cooperation, and the value of coexistence. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
77% The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel (2020) THE (NEW) CORPORATION has all the dominoes, but fails to line them up and knock them over in one push. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Vanessa Kirby deserves a star vehicle, just not this one. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
94% Nomadland (2021) An Elegy for American Exceptionalism: The nation built by frontiersmen always looked down on them. Rich White America lied to Poor White America all the while sneering at them. We of Brown and Black America never assumed differently. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
67% Penguin Bloom (2021) The Blooms feel like every other in the Family Adversity sub-genre-cardboard cutouts of whom we knew little before the accident except, you know, that they might have come straight from the set of a salad ad. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
71% Simple Passion (2020) It's like Mike Leigh's ANOTHER YEAR without the year. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) The connection between people on and off stage is the performance-the more human, the better. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
A- 98% One Night in Miami (2020) King elegantly encapsulates the message in intimate, revealing dialogues. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
98% Apples (Mila) (2020) His debut film in the Greek Weird Wave, writer/director Christos Nikou uses craft and character in a timely examination of solitude. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
B- 91% Holler (2021) A good first feature for writer/director Nicole Riegel, HOLLER offers Barden, Halper, and Amelio a vehicle to move into bigger roles, yet treads too familiar a formula in the Rural Dead-End Dreams sub-genre. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
94% Boys State (2020) BOYS STATE illustrates the politics of persuasion both in method and substance. If anything, it demonstrates that those who seek actual change for the better... fight an uphill battle. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) If Bill and Ted... can be excellent to each other and to others, then perhaps we can, too. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
D 41% Irresistible (2020) IRRESISTIBLE isn't. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
B+ 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Flashbacks shot like a television drama, the Bloods all appear as their older selves-save for Norman, forever frozen in time. The film implicitly asks: Where are all the movies about Black war heroes? - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
30% Waiting (2005) Instead, it fizzles like the stale beer served at a bad restaurant... - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
B 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) In spite of the formulaic constraints of the male-dominated genre, BIRDS OF PREY soars, swoops, glides, dive-bombs, and sings. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) A visceral experience and visual masterclass, 1917 personalizes the immense scale of the only war to begin on horseback and end in the air. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It's as if the filmmakers worried they might bore the audience if any one shot held their gaze for more than two seconds. How do you make a movie that feels more like a video game than the one-take war film everyone's talking about? - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
68% Bombshell (2019) BOMBSHELL proves that even when white male filmmakers shout from a woman's rooftop... they won't let her have the last word. - Cinemalogue EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
89% 1917 (2020) 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
95% 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
78% 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
70% 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
98% 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
21% 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
91% 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
90% 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
94% 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
92% 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
68% 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
80% 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
95% 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
85% 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