Ruth Maramis

Ruth Maramis
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Film is in my blood and I think in movies. I'm an Indonesian-born, Minnesota-based founder/principal writer of FlixChatter Film Blog with 10+ years of experience as a film/tv critic. Besides reviewing films and writing film commentary, I've also been interviewing talents/filmmakers visiting the Twin Cities. I'm also the official blogger for the Twin Cities Film Fest. My passion for film has broaden into filmmaking, as I've been writing/producing short films in the past few years.
Publications: FlixChatter Film Blog

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 73% The Gentlemen (2020) Guy Ritchie's latest crime comedy is more of a battle of wits than full wham-bam-action, boasting fun performances by the ensemble cast, esp. Hugh Grant & Colin Farrell. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Rian Johnson kept the mood of the movie rather light and seemingly frivolous. But don't let that fool you, it's suspenseful when it needs to be and so delightfully entertaining. That last shot is one of the best cinematic final scenes ever! - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
4/5 83% Just Mercy (2020) The talented cast elevates this film above a run-of-the-mill social justice drama. Stylistically, this film is pretty subdued, allowing the inspiring, powerful story to take center stage, as it should. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2020
4.5/5 95% Little Women (2019) Greta Gerwig made one of the best literary adaptations in recent memory. A heartfelt, inspiring story presented masterfully by the fantastic cast that I'll want to watch over and over for years to come. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
3/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) 42 years after the 1st StarWars opened, the final chapter of the Skywalker saga rides mostly on nostalgia & little innovative storytelling. While enjoyable and rousing at times, when it's over I was left with an overwhelming sense of meh. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
2.5/5 24% The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Created by a mother/daughter team, they seem more concerned about enlightening audience instead of telling a compelling narrative. A phenomenal freedom fighter like Rani Lakshmibai deserves a much more thrilling depiction, but it's still worth a watch. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) An enjoyable action comedy boasted by the great chemistry of the cast. It's especially fun to watch Kristen Stewart's comedic side, though sadly the plot is riddled with cliches, with an eye-rolling 'twist' in its third act. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
3.5/5 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Edward Norton's passion project is slow-moving, but still an enjoyable ride with stunning production design of 1950s NYC. I love a good noir mystery that isn't overly grim and violent, and this film fits the bill. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/5 88% Go Back to China (2020) A charming, enjoyable semi-autobiographical dramedy from Emily Ting, featuring memorable performances from Anna Akana & Lynn Chen, two Asian-American performers I hope to see more of. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
4/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) This movie is deceptively-flippant, as there is so much more than meets the eye. A brilliant balancing act of tragedy & comedy. Despite how audacious Taika's Hitler role is, he's able to make us focus on what matters-JoJo's journey in overcoming hatred. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 68% Joker (2019) Joaquin Phoenix's certainly mesmerizing, but his hypnotic quality soon wears out thanks to Phillips' overbearing direction. It's an unrelentingly grim and bleak affair from start to finish, it'd be tough to put on a happy face after you watch it. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) Even with certain scenes some period drama fans might consider risqué, overall the movie plays it safe, a feel-good drama that won't ruffle too much feathers. Fans of the series would definitely get the most enjoyment out of this. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/5 83% Official Secrets (2019) It might not be the most gripping film about whistleblowers, but still a solid drama in which the cast made it well worth a watch. Keira Knightley delivers a pretty convincing portrayal of Katharine Gun, surrounded by a fantastic British cast! - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
2.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Though there are parts that I did enjoy, there are plenty of scenes that did not sit well with me. The fact that both his male leads remain the same from beginning to end is perhaps a reflection on Tarantino himself throughout his career. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
5/5 98% The Farewell (2019) Lulu Wang's sophomore directorial work is one I can readily describe as masterful. Awkwafina is simply tremendous & mesmerizing. I sure hope the Academy won't overlook this superb film next year. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
4.5/5 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Lighthearted, humorous & fun but not without its poignant emotional moments. Tom Holland rocks as the nimble web slinger who wears his heart on his sleeve & Jake Gyllenhaal in his MCU debut couldn't be more perfectly-cast. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
4.5/5 80% Late Night (2019) Kaling & Thompson are such an intriguing & powerful new dynamic duo who actually displays character resilience that's truly inspiring. It's also refreshing to see a 'coming of age' story of a woman in her 60s for a change. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
5/5 89% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Much has been written about THAT Keanu Reeves' cameo, but the secret weapon of the movie is the definitely the charming leads - Ali Wong & Randall Park are now one my of my all-time favorite rom-com couples! - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) I went in hoping to be pleasantly surprised and I was! It has its problems, but overall it's a fun affair thanks to its charming leads. Naomi Scott is a revelation with a bold, defiant new song fit for an empowered princess. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) It's an action franchise where absurdity is the norm given the sheer invincibility of the hero. The ultra-stylized action gets so overblown it's cartoonish, but THAT is precisely the appeal of John Wick movies. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/5 81% Long Shot (2019) For any rom-com to work, even the most unconventional one, there would have to be chemistry between the two romantic leads. I'd say Charlize and Seth have a good rapport and comedic chemistry. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
4.5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) For a movie with such a compelling premise and a humongous build-up, it would be a shame if the payoff is weak. Thankfully that's not the case here, and for that I'm grateful. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
5/5 96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) This film is so overdue, yet it couldn't have come at a more perfect time. As more people are championing gender parity in cinema, this film would likely inspire to keep up the good fight. I can't recommend this film enough to anyone. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/5 59% The Case for Christ (2017) For someone who loves journalism films like Spotlight, The Insider, etc., the investigative aspect certainly appeals to me. No, this film didn't quite rise to the level of those films, but still one that's well worth your time. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 53% Risen (2016) Risen is a pretty riveting film from director Kevin Reynolds. No hammy acting or dogmatic bluntness, thanks to Fiennes' layered performance as a conflicted man. I highly recommend for believers and non-believers alike. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/5 30% Red Joan (2019) ...the film barely scratches the surface in depicting a multi-layered woman in one of the most interesting times in history. Director Trevor Nunn depicts a series of espionage activities rather than deliver a compelling character study. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 47% Dumbo (2019) Just as the lil' elephant keeps stumbling on its large ears, the movie doesn't always get every step right either. But one thing for sure, the CGI Dumbo is utterly adorable! - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The film did a good job making me care about the characters, instead of just showing a play-by-play of a horrifying event. Indeed a grim and unflinchingly-tense film that shows the triumph of human spirits and acts of heroism by regular people. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3.5/5 90% Shazam! (2019) Plenty to like here, especially Zachary Levi's unabashedly-exuberant performance in a role he's born to play. I have my quibbles but still excited for what Shazam will do next in the inevitable sequels. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
4.5/5 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) What I like most about this movie is the way the story unfolds. I actually like the deliberate, almost unhurried pace, but every moment is never without a sense of dread. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 88% Wind River (2017) I love that Taylor Sheridan is just as concerned with his characters as he is with solving a murder case, putting this film far and above a typical CSI or Law & Order's 'whodunnit' episode. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4.5/5 95% Her (2013) There are so many rich nuances in this film that I could mull over and contemplate with, it's definitely one of those films that I'd like to watch more than once just to absorb it all again. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 94% The Eagle Huntress (2016) Perhaps it's more of a narrative than a documentary, but still it's a wonderful, uplifting story that's skillfully-told. A soaring film in every sense of the word. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
4/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) It's an important film to be sure, but also a well-written and well-acted piece that's as inspiring as it is entertaining. It made me laugh and cry, with an ending that made me want to get up and cheer. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
4/5 83% Virginia Minnesota (2019) In his directorial debut, Daniel Stine is able to weave a charming story that's sweet, poignant, mysterious, and even surreal at times. The cinematography is absolutely stunning and it can be said this is a love letter to Northern Minnesota. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4.5/5 93% Wonder Woman (2017) Gal Gadot absolutely rocks as the mighty Wonder Woman, as well as the sweet and compassionate Diana. It's not just the best DCEU film so far, it's a solid and hugely entertaining film, period. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
4.5/5 91% Captain America: Civil War (2016) It's commendable for having the right balance of story, character, emotion, humor AND high-octane action. The fight scenes are well-choreographed that you can actually SEE the action despite the sheer number of people fighting. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
4.5/5 90% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) The story gives a nod to his past but also boldly moves the story forward. I feel that there's truly something huge at stake here, not just for Captain America, but for everyone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
3.5/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Overall I think Captain Marvel is a fun addition to the MCU canon. However, I can't help but wish I liked her character more by the end of the movie. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 71% Triple Frontier (2019) There's plenty to like about this film and I'm glad I saw it on the big screen. The ensemble cast and taut script makes this a journey worth taking. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Visually it's absolutely stunning, the colorful world of the Internet universe is mesmerizing, and the way the characters are 'transported' from one site to another is so fun and clever! - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3.5/5 78% Green Book (2018) It's one thing to depict racial inequality by presenting facts, but it's truly a moving experience when it's told in such a personal level and see how hearts are being transformed by personal relationships. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3.5/5 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) Vinterberg's strength behind the camera is creating a lush and atmospheric look that serves the story well, thanks largely to his frequent collaborator Charlotte Bruus Christensen. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 90% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) It's rare to see such a well-developed, female-centric dramas these days, so kudos to Assayas for writing/directing one that also feels authentic. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2.5/5 27% Pan (2015) Overall, all the well intention of the filmmakers involved is swallowed up by overwhelming action and CGI spectacle. It also went on for far too long at nearly 2-hours, but too short on humor and whimsy. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) Jurassic World is nothing more than popcorn cinema and no less disposable as the nameless extras gobbled up by Indominous Rex. I suppose if you expect a ton of dino-chomping action and chase scenes, then you probably enjoy this movie. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3.5/5 62% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Despite its flaws though, props to Gilroy for his creativity and taking us to a world rarely depicted on screen. Heck, the character names alone is ingenious... Morf Vandewalt, Vetril Dease could be such fun band names! - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4.5/5 95% Nightcrawler (2014) Nightcrawler is a brilliantly-crafted Neo-noir that has a lingering effect long after the end credits. The film was deservedly nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
1.5/5 27% Jupiter Ascending (2015) Some dumb action flicks can still be entertaining but to add insult to injury, this movie is also quite boring, and the bombastic action/chase scenes just dragged on for far too long. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4.5/5 92% Ex Machina (2015) It's further proof that one doesn't need an astronomical budget or big stars to tell a compelling, memorable story. Dazzling, provocative and haunting... everything you'd expect from a futuristic sci-fi film. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019