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Rubin Safaya

Rubin Safaya
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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.‐
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.‐
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.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2011
B 90% The Fighter (2010) Driven by its ensemble of skilled actors, The Fighter contrasts success and failure, ambition and apathy, victory and defeat.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2010
A 95% The King's Speech (2010) Few films this year have had as well-rounded a mix of acting, direction, sound and picture, but The King's Speech is in every respect a beautiful film, beautifully played by its principal and supporting cast.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2010
D- 51% Tron Legacy (2010) Garrett Hedlund may be the world's first live-action, artificial actor.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2010
F+ 20% The Tourist (2010) How do you say, "I want a refund," in Italian?‐
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2010
B+ 86% Black Swan (2010) Showgirls meets Fight Club on crazy pills.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2010
C+ 98% Inside Job (2010) The film's weak points, almost concealed by the tightness of the narrative and graphics charting the flow of money, lie in close proximity to Michael Moore's failings as a documentary filmmaker.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2010
B 79% Fair Game (2010) An interesting subtext to the film is its implied statement about intelligence gathering methods... The national dialogue over torture is well-known and well-exhausted, but here the film doesn't ram it down your throat.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2010
D+ 40% Due Date (2010) I would much rather see two hours of [Robert Downey, Jr.] improvising without any script, than watch five minutes of Zach Galifianakis' tired shtick.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2010
B 53% The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010) At its conclusion you're nowhere near where you started, nor are you waiting for the twist to drag you back to the beginning to tie up all narrative threads in one neat bow.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2010
B+ 93% 127 Hours (2010) Mr. Franco transports us into Ralston's frame of mind in the five-plus days he remained trapped, surviving on a carefully-rationed 300ml of water and whatever wits he could maintain under such horrifying circumstances.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2010
B+ 78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) ...the elements of scene and sound combine to reveal a maturity to the Potter franchise that surprises, scares and entertains in all the ways the lifeless Twilight films failed to accomplish.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2010
A+ 97% Breathless (1961) Together, like their countermelodies, Michel and Patricia form a zero-sum game-nothing matters. But with Michel's death, she is left behind to ponder the consequences of their indifference.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2010
A+ 96% Back to the Future (1985) It's a timeless joke that never gets old: One day you will grow up to be your parents and they'll have the last laugh. The innovation here was in telling the joke backwards.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2010
B 58% It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010) Genuine moments of discovery exist between modest Craig and inquisitive Noelle a-la Cameron Frye and Sloane Peterson, with a touch of The Breakfast Club mixed in...‐
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2010
B 96% The Social Network (2010) Young adults in today's Entitlement Generation may come away from the film thinking that it's perfectly justifiable to be an a**hole and a misogynist, as long as you get into Harvard and come out a billionaire.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2010
A- 86% Inception (2010) of the strongest science-fiction concepts to come along in some time...‐
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2010
C- 64% Predators (2010) Seeing The Pianist's Adrien Brody doing one-liners is like watching Patrick Stewart cover Public Enemy's 911 Is A Joke.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2010
D- 49% The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) ...core fans will go see this movie regardless of what critics, or any other rational human beings, tend to think of this color-graded, celluloid turkey.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2010
C 52% Knight & Day (2010) ...the effects throw us into physics-defying action so preposterous that one half of the movie undermines the other. ‐
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2010
C- 74% Splice (2010) ...a classic case of two scientists being screwed by their own experiment.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2010
C 48% The A-Team (2010) It's disposable fun. Check your brain at the door on the way in. Drop all memory of the movie on your way out.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2010
D 36% Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) A forgettable entertainment that might be worth a matinee if you can't think of anything else to do--laundry, for example.‐
Read More | Posted May 31, 2010
D 43% Robin Hood (2010) [Ridley Scott's] primary interest seems to be that of all "generals in the arts," to wow us with action set pieces garnished with bits of faux-profundity and Cliff's Notes historicity.‐
Read More | Posted May 14, 2010
D 15% A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) unintelligible mess, as if this remake of the slasher-genre favorite is its own dismembered victim.‐
Read More | Posted May 1, 2010
D 75% Kick-Ass (2010) Kick-Ass is a movie carefully engineered to appeal to the child in some of us.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2010
C- 62% When You're Strange (2010) When You're Strange wobbles in the transition from straightforward biography to op-ed with teeth. At times, the editor doesn't seem to know what to do with the uncovered footage, or there isn't enough to string it into a visual narrative. ‐
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2010
C+ 28% Clash of the Titans (2010) The filmmakers achieved something I wasn't expecting. They improved the visual effects without taking the silly action-oriented story too seriously.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2010
B+ 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) The acting, cinematography and production design work well without being overstated. We aren't treated to Dutch Angle abuse to falsely inflate tension. Instead, the story and the characterizations drive the suspense.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2010
A 85% The Art Of The Steal (2010) That tens of thousands of years of human and cultural progress could manifest itself in a single human being... and be obliterated in less than a half-century by commoditization to the advantage of public and private power-brokers is the great tragedy.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2010
B 69% The Runaways (2010) Despite its flaws, it's eminently watchable particularly for those, like myself, nostalgic for an era of brazen rock, uncluttered by today's whiny, ineffectual Corgan and Yorke clones.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2010
C- 54% Green Zone (2010) While never truly boring, it's a rehash of leaden archetypes of good and evil to suit an action flick disguised as social commentary--hand-held shots abused to excess.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2010
C 74% Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (District 13: Ultimatum) (2009) The chief motivation for watching this film is to see people bouncing off walls. That being the case, you could just as easily watch neighborhood kids on a sugar rush.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2010
C- 52% Alice in Wonderland (2010) No background whatsoever is given, from initial intentions to their invariably sympathetic turns, to understand the motivation driving most of the character arcs...‐
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2010
A- 83% The Ghost Writer (2010) The story involves intricately crafted misdirection and political intrigue in a style reminiscent of David Mamet's Spartan. The omnipresent machinations beckon a second viewing for a deeper read.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2010
C- 23% Saint John of Las Vegas (2010) With a scattershot plot, one's attention may focus more acutely on the characterizations, adeptly handled by very skilled, principal actors.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2010
D 19% Cop Out (2010) I'm convinced that Mr. Smith has the ability to create humorous sketches and slap them together... But he doesn't seem to yet grasp how to structure, pace and edit a continuous, rational narrative.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2010
A 68% Shutter Island (2010) Mr. Scorsese is like Buddy Rich, dynamically gunning out more tonality, depth and rhythm from a four piece kit than James Cameron's ham-fisted, three-hour solo on his latest twenty-piece contraption.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2010
C- 49% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) Despite so much epic drama in Greek mythology from which to borrow, here we are given little sense of the magnitude of the clash between the quarrelsome gods...‐
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2010
D 18% Valentine's Day (2010) Where's Burt Bachrach or Leonard Cohen when you need him?‐
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2010
D+ 29% Dear John (2010) Mr. Tatum... gives Keanu Reeves serious competition - defining numerous shades of blank of which I had been thus far unaware.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2010
C 56% Edge of Darkness (2010) ...we must sit through inexorable hokum and titillating violence... right up until the infuriating end.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2010
D 28% Extraordinary Measures (2010) It seems there's one jackass doctor for every desperate father in America.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2010
A 83% Black Dynamite (2009) Here, the acting, framing, focus, blocking, editing, sound and film processing all nail down the period so perfectly... It looks, sounds and feels as if it were shot in 1972.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2010
C- 31% The Lovely Bones (2009) ...the movie veers off into whimsical imagery entirely incongruous with the tone of every other scene.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2010
C- 47% The Book of Eli (2010) The movie lacks sufficient build-up to make us care about his journey until it's already over.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2010
C- 22% Leap Year (2010) Ms. Adams and Mr. Goode are capable of showing greater comic depth than is on display in this relatively shallow, recycled parable of serendipitous discovery of true love.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2010
D+ 38% Nine (2009) There isn't a single intriguing, amusing, passionate or inspiring visual to be found in Nine.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2010