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Rubin Safaya

Rubin Safaya
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
71% 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.‐
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
C 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Thanos is an idiot, but neither he nor the filmmakers know this.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
C 87% Annihilation (2018) Garland would have done well sticking with either fantasy or sci-fi, but half-assed both.‐
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.‐
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.‐
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.‐
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.‐
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...‐
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.‐
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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) ...a cacophonous mess from start to finish.‐
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.‐
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.‐
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.‐
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.‐
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. ‐
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.‐
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.‐
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.‐
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.‐
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.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) For a film about resolving communication gaps, ARRIVAL creates too many of them.‐
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.‐
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.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
D 27% Suicide Squad (2016) Revenge has seldom tasted so boring.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
C- 73% Ghostbusters (2016) It's not that this go-around regurgitates... It's the inconsistency of the dialogue, story and editing that leaves me flat.‐
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.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
C- 58% 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.‐
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...‐
Read More | Posted May 6, 2016
A 60% High-Rise (2016) Unlike the French Revolution, the film ends with a bang AND a whimper...‐
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. ‐
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. ‐
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.‐
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.‐
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.‐
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?‐
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.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2015
C+ 86% Steve Jobs (2015) The actors drive this film to good, but not insanely great heights.‐
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...‐
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...‐
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. ‐
Read More | Posted May 1, 2015
A+ 88% 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.‐
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.‐
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!" ‐
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...‐
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2013
B- 80% Iron Man 3 (2013) A palatable entertainment... rests on the strength of the principals‐
Read More | Posted May 16, 2013
C- 85% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) [Abrams] might as well have made Fast and Furious 7: In Space No One Can Hear You Drift.‐
Read More | Posted May 16, 2013
A+ 91% 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.‐
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.‐
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. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2012