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Rubin Safaya

Rubin Safaya
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
B 90% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
A- 99% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
B+ 84% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
86% High Life (2018) 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
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
B+ 93% If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) 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
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
95% 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
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
C 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Thanos is an idiot, but neither he nor the filmmakers know this.‐ Cinemalogue
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
B+ 90% I, Tonya (2018) At its core, the film examines performative femininity, toxic masculinity, and the deep-rooted misogyny inherent in both.‐ Cinemalogue
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
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) While the central story concept of THE LAST JEDI, Luke's Dharmic apotheosis and Rey's Gnostic enlightenment, is a brilliant one, it's hounded by lopsided execution and a ham-fisted subplot...‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
C 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) It's difficult to cheer on Wiseau as an anti-hero when it's not clear exactly what, other than a vehicle for his own narcissism, he was championing.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
B 87% The Post (2018) Like a publisher bristling to print the most important story of our time, threatened by exogenous forces, he buries his most important lede an hour into this 109-minute crowd-pleaser.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
41% Justice League (2017) ...a cacophonous mess from start to finish.‐ Cinemalogue
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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
A+ 89% 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
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
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
92% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017
93% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
67% 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
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
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) For a film about resolving communication gaps, ARRIVAL creates too many of them.‐ Cinemalogue
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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
D 27% Suicide Squad (2016) Revenge has seldom tasted so boring.‐ Cinemalogue
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
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
C+ 85% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted May 6, 2016
A 59% High-Rise (2016) Unlike the French Revolution, the film ends with a bang AND a whimper...‐ Cinemalogue
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2015
C+ 86% Steve Jobs (2015) The actors drive this film to good, but not insanely great heights.‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2015
B+ 91% The Martian (2015) The true spectacle of space exploration... lies in the collaboration between people: scientists, engineers, agencies, governments, nations, and the public...‐ Cinemalogue
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2015