MiamiArtZine

MiamiArtZine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Rubén Rosario
Rating Title/Year Author
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Rubén Rosario The more it grafts aspects from its eight predecessors onto its frenetic, slapped-together narrative, the more impersonal it becomes. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
The Irishman (2019) Rubén Rosario Aided by cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto's indelible, unfussy compositions and editor Thelma Schoonmaker's knack for juggling myriad aesthetic and narrative elements, Scorsese has crafted a fine, fine film... EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Rubén Rosario Davis probably faces the toughest challenge on screen, and he skillfully navigates the film's blend of melancholy and whimsy. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Rubén Rosario It goes down easy, thanks to a colorful palette and Woolverton's refusal to soft-pedal the nefarious lengths Queen Ingrith will go to carry out her anti-fairy agenda. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Rubén Rosario Yes, it takes a while to acclimate to the video-y sheen, but those willing to take the plunge will likely not be disappointed by this pleasant, agreeably silly flick that did not merit its critical drubbing... EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Dolor y gloria (2019) Rubén Rosario The nostalgia here is predominantly of the self-critical kind, and that makes a world of difference. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
Joker (2019) Rubén Rosario Heath Ledger's maniacal agent of destruction would have kicked this sorry-ass loser off Gotham's tallest building. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
Judy (2019) Rubén Rosario It's perfectly respectable, and respectably dull. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Rubén Rosario "Hustlers" otherwise forges ahead with unbridled confidence and a big heart. It's sassy, brash and sneakily tender. Don't let it get away. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Rubén Rosario The journey of a few billion miles is dwarfed by the chasm separating an unmoored man from being able to reach his loved ones, Gray conveys with exacting mastery of his craft. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Rubén Rosario Series creator Julian Fellowes has penned a briskly paced follow-up to his show that manages to juggle about as many characters as the source material without losing its balance. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Rubén Rosario It's difficult to turn a blind eye to some of the creative lapses on display here, but come on, I'm not made of stone, and against all odds, this fitfully winning crowd-pleaser wore down my defenses. It lets kindness lead the way. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Rubén Rosario This unfiltered dose of millennial angst needed a more adept conduit than this cartoonish misfire can muster. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Villains (2019) Rubén Rosario Attention is paid to character nuance, but there's not a single original element in sight. The cornpone preciousness corrodes the narrative until all that's left is a trail of bodies and a self-satisfied smirk. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Paradise Hills (2019) Rubén Rosario The intricately rendered look of Paradise Hills is so intoxicating you can almost feel the pheromones working their magic on you. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
In Fabric (2018) Rubén Rosario It's cinematic haute couture with a velvety sheen and a tendency to invade your subconscious. Fabric, in other words, is a stitch above its peers. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Rubén Rosario It's an ambitious and affectionate valentine that bites off more than it can chew but still finds a way to reward viewers' patience. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Before Stonewall (1984) Rubén Rosario Engrossing, tightly constructed and exhaustively researched. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Rubén Rosario The imperfectly okay 2019 Lion King might not hold a candle to the tighter, more enthralling 1994 "Lion King," but as big screen diversions go, it makes admirable use of its larger-than-life canvas. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Rubén Rosario ...bright, immensely moving and bracingly mature. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Rubén Rosario The bad news is that the cast that surrounds them continue to be insufferable Gen-Z clichés, and watching their slim storylines play out felt to this reviewer like nails on a chalkboard. Plus, none of these actors look like high-schoolers anymore. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Rubén Rosario [It] turned out to be about as mediocre as I feared, some surface pleasures notwithstanding. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Rubén Rosario "Rocketman" is a big-hearted valentine that invites viewers to follow their passion. Corny, to be sure, but as summer entertainment goes, there's no denying it hits the sweet spot. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Rubén Rosario The best movie the genre has seen since Mad Max: Fury Road is waiting to give you that unfiltered high that you crave. Is it too much of a good thing? At times, yes, but why would you want restraint from such a wild ride? In this case, too much is enough. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
The Experimental City (2017) Rubén Rosario The film is an ideal addition for the museum's showcase, but it doesn't transcend its educational purposes to make what could have been a potent statement about 20th century America. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Sauvage (2018) Rubén Rosario An engaging portrait of life in the margins. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Rubén Rosario The pieces may all fit together like a mammoth jigsaw puzzle, but what's sorely lacking is spontaneity, that final-chapter frisson of anything-goes tension. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Consequences (2018) Rubén Rosario Stante has crafted a youth-in-revolt saga that hurtles forward like a freight train. Its American counterparts feel like cinematic eunuchs next to this rock-solid, bluntly effective flick. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Luciérnagas (2018) Rubén Rosario An affecting portrait of loneliness and resolve in the face of adversity. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
A Dog Barking at the Moon (2019) Rubén Rosario Sometimes the greatest chasm can be crossed with a kind word, the filmmaker appears to express, and sometimes that void is just too damn wide. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
José (2018) Rubén Rosario Cheng's sophomore feature unfolds in episodic fashion, allowing the filmmaker to focus on quotidian interactions between his protagonist and those he cares about. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
The Aftermath (2019) Rubén Rosario It's the kind of tea-and-crumpets fare where the gloves eventually come off, and is all the more satisfying for doling out so much tough love. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
Transit (2018) Rubén Rosario A much different kind of animal, one that fascinates as often as it confounds. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Rubén Rosario You know it's going to be a topsy-turvy movie year when this Marvel Cinematic Universe detractor is forced to admit he enjoyed an MCU cash cow, but such is the unlikely outcome from catching up with this sneakily absorbing origin story. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Greta (2018) Rubén Rosario The movie coasts by on the strength of its two leads' screen presence, as well as its handsome production values. It's thoroughly enjoyable, but ite ends up being too tidy for its own good. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
The Mustang (2019) Rubén Rosario Clermont-Tonnerre opts for no-frills realism, with cinematographer Ruben Impens providing occasionally arresting lensing. Her steadfast commitment to stick to a sedate and, let's be honest, flavorless approach keeps her film reined in. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Us (2019) Rubén Rosario An ambitious misfire, a near miss that gets lost in its atmospheric, beautifully rendered hall of mirrors. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Sorry Angel (2018) Rubén Rosario Despite my issues, this French import deserved more than the one-week local release it got at the Miami Beach Cinematheque (though kudos to them for showing this brainy, sensual and occasionally saccharine film). EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Knife + Heart (2018) Rubén Rosario Consider this my attempt to shine a spotlight on a film that deserved a little more TLC from MFF. So take a chance, horror fiends of all persuasions, and fall into "Knife + Heart's" meta death grip. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Screwball (2018) Rubén Rosario A deliciously snarky tale of corruption and malfeasance most foul that could have only gone down in South Florida. Corben directs this juicy yarn like the smart aleck in class who can't seem to stay out of trouble. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Rubén Rosario "The Hidden World," suffused with an elegiac finality, earns its tears and its tyke-friendly indulgences. So leave any animation hangups at the door and take the plunge. Become reacquainted and reminisce. Your heart will thank you. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
Cold War (2018) Rubén Rosario This compact romance allows you to marvel at its ravishing visuals while still immersing you in its recreation of Europe in the '50s and '60s. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
The Last Resort (2018) Rubén Rosario You won't get an argument from me if you contend The Last Resort covers an important chapter in Miami-Dade history. But... ask yourself, should such fascinating subject matter be pared down until it resembles a glorified study aid? EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Rubén Rosario The best time I had at the movies came, not from a highly touted prestige production, but from a big studio release that dares to dream big and infuses new life into an oversaturated genre. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
The Rider (2017) Rubén Rosario Zhao's lyricism, brought to shimmering life by cinematographer Joshua James Richards, turns what could have easily been a leaden docudrama into a work of astonishing beauty. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Paddington 2 (2017) Rubén Rosario King also doesn't lose sight that this is the story of a refugee, wrongfully locked away by forces wanting to uphold the status quo, who teaches children good manners and shows grown-ups xenophobia has no place in any society. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Manbiki kazoku (2018) Rubén Rosario The pace is slow and studied, but Hirokazu rewards your patience with a doozy of an ending that makes you reexamine what you've just seen without ever feeling the least bit gimmicky. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Madeline's Madeline (2018) Rubén Rosario The sparks fly as Decker tears off the blinders and invites you to embrace the madness. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Suspiria (2018) Rubén Rosario Yes, it's too long and bites off more than it can chew in thematic and narrative terms, but this witches' brew, ambitious to a fault, is propelled by all too real demons. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Minding the Gap (2018) Rubén Rosario Liu never strains for significance, making an exhilarating film that feels tailor-made for T-shirt-and-jeans fans of nonfiction fare like this critic. Simply wonderful. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019