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
4.5/5 79% 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 91% 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 89% 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 93% 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 58% 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 87% 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 94% 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 93% 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 72% 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 72% 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 63% 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
4.5/5 93% The Little Mermaid (1989) I still very much enjoy The Little Mermaid, despite some of its narrative problems I mentioned. It's certainly a gorgeous movie and rewatching it was a pretty satisfying walk down memory lane. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) It's an evocative film that allows you to immerse yourself in the characters and analyze your own lives. It may not be a 'fun' film per se, but the emotional resonance is what I love about independent cinema. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4.5/5 93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) You would think it'd be tough to live up to the super fun trailer with the rousing Led Zepellin's Immigrant Song, but the movie manages to do just that... and then some! - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 59% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Overall it's a decent adaptation, but I'm not sure if it's really all that necessary. I feel like the rich story would've been better served as a miniseries. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) It's great to have a filmmaker who evidently has been a fan of the franchise since he was a kid, but still also an 'outsider' who dared to take the 40-year-old saga into unexpected paths. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
5/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) This jolly good fun ride is accompanied by a lively score by Dario Marianelli. A thoroughly joyful experience, this is one franchise I hope will keep on going. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) There's not a lot of action in the film, but yet PTA made even the seemingly mundane act of sewing, cutting fabric, and especially cooking, so intriguing... and suspenseful. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4.5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) In the end, it's films that I connect with emotionally that I love and remember the most. This one is a masterpiece bear revisiting time and time again. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) It's a mostly-thrilling roller coaster ride for Marvel fans, though I wouldn't say it's my favorite in the MCU canon. Some parts are overlong and some went by way too fast. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4.5/5 97% Black Panther (2018) Diverse representation alone doesn't make a film automatically good. But Black Panther did the diverse cast justice by giving them something worthy to do in a well-written, thought provoking film. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 85% Loving Vincent (2017) Loving Vincent left me in awe of Van Gogh's talents but also saddened by his troubled life. I think most artistic genius are tortured souls and he's definitely one of them. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 81% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) This is definitely 'comfort food' for fans of period dramas like me, but fortunately a nutritious one. As a writer, one of the biggest appeal for me is how the movie is practically a wonderful love letter to the written word. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Having seen the film twice already, I can declare Fallout is the best Mission: Impossible film yet. It's full of humor, great tensions and spectacular actions sequences. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
5/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) On top of its historical significance, Crazy Rich Asians is a great movie, period. I laughed, I cried, sometimes both at the same time. Thanks Jon M. Chu and the phenomenal cast, it's such a joyful experience that's both funny AND romantic. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Overall I had a blast with this movie. It's a proper space adventure, you can even call it a space heist flick. I enjoyed the high-octane action scenes, specifically the chase scene in Falcon. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4.5/5 89% A Star Is Born (2018) This is a love story for the ages... that's actually more than just epic romance. A sublime motion picture that defies the theory that all remakes are automatically bad. - FlixChatter Film Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019