MiamiArtZine

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Rating Title/Year Author
The Mauritanian (2021) Rubén Rosario An emotional payoff that Macdonald has quietly engineered. The cumulative effect catches you off guard, He's crafted a portrait of systemic injustice where the characters come before the politics. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Rubén Rosario This nervy and spiffy biopic, set in the late 1960s, opens with a scene that would feel right at home in the film noir releases its distributor, Warner Bros., churned out in big numbers some 80 years ago... EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Rubén Rosario Despite the party fouls, Barb & Star is a rare treat: a camptastic studio comedy unashamed of its weirdness. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
I Care a Lot (2020) Rubén Rosario This repellent tale of crime and punishment reduces what could have been a potent satire into a rote game of one-upmanship. It's the viewer who's being suckered. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
Bliss (2021) Rubén Rosario By the time the movie lifts the curtain to show its wizard, it's too late. The answers he comes up with would have been intriguing if the film's tired gimmick hadn't made the film so darn mopey. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
A Glitch in the Matrix (2020) Rubén Rosario A production where the solipsism that's being dissected didn't bleed into the filmmaking. It's the movie that our version of A Glitch in the Matrix, brainy yet immature, started out as, but somewhere along the way, this file got corrupted. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
Minari (2020) Rubén Rosario The metaphor sounds heavy-handed, but embedded in the struggles of this family, it leads to a quiet, agreeably verdant payoff that helps sell Minari's warm positivity. Its simplicity is becoming. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
Nomadland (2020) Rubén Rosario They're enamored with the vast spaces that greet Fern as she joins fellow travelers on society's margins, and their kaleidoscopic overview makes for an engaging watch. They've crafted slice-of-life realism with the glossy sheen of a coffee table book. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
Two of Us (2019) Rubén Rosario Meneghetti aims for liberating release, but he never reaches the desired catharsis, because his stale nag of a movie is hopelessly stuck in the past. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
Supernova (2020) Rubén Rosario Firth and Tucci's chemistry is a good thing, because Supernova is harboring a dark secret regarding Tusker's reaction to his grim diagnosis. This is where the movie digs under its burnished surfaces to gnaw at a rift in the men's worldviews... EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
Some Kind of Heaven (2020) Rubén Rosario That energetic vitality driving this sun-dappled valentine to Florida is Oppenheim's own. He's made a honey of a movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
Soul (2020) Rubén Rosario It's a giant leap forward for the Pixar folks: an intelligent meditation on what makes us, us, one predominantly geared at grown-ups. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
Promising Young Woman (2020) Rubén Rosario "Promising Young Woman" ends up being more about Fennell's efforts to upend expectations and pull the rug from under viewer's feet than about the characters, who eventually get lost in the tonal-shift shuffle. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
One Night in Miami (2020) Rubén Rosario [King] stays out of the way to allow her characters to discover that their rigidly held positions are not strictly black and white. She has given them a gripping showcase that revels in exploring those shades of gray. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Rubén Rosario [D]espite the plot's shopworn elements, there's a warm, nurturing vibe driving "Wonder Woman 1984." EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
The Prom (2020) Rubén Rosario All that's missing is spontaneity, humility and a soul. Once the jazz hands subside, there is no there there. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
Sound of Metal (2019) Rubén Rosario The pluses outweigh the minuses here, thanks to Ahmed's understated stoicism, how he modulates Ruben's resentment and pent-up anger. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Mank (2020) Rubén Rosario I say give Mank a try, even if you don't clog your DVR with Turner Classic Movies content. Fincher has made a movie as ornery as his subject, a thorny valentine whose world-weary cynicism conceals a torrent of empathy and compassion... EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Come Away (2020) Rubén Rosario This fairy tale-tinged costume drama shows what happens when drawing from classic children's literature yields stillborn, dispiritingly literal-minded results. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2020
Wolfwalkers (2020) Rubén Rosario The character is a triumph of design, but great care has also been given to develop the personality of this freewheeling urchin with a devil-may-care attitude and a whopper of a secret. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2020
The Vigil (2019) Rubén Rosario What keeps The Vigil afloat is the filmmaker's refusal to exploit the characters' turmoil for easy scares. This is very much a genre piece, but it's also a portrait of a man's struggle... EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
Rebecca (2020) Rubén Rosario [A] disposable period piece, a gallery of pretty pictures in search of a personality of its own. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
Dinner in America (2020) Rubén Rosario Give it up for the wild and endearing Dinner in America. It hits the sweet spot. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
Hunted (2020) Rubén Rosario A cheeky but nasty piece of business with a mean streak and razor-sharp black humor... EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
Malasaña 32 (2020) Rubén Rosario Don't give this creaky contraption the time of day. It's a place where brain cells go to die. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
Detention (2019) Rubén Rosario ...the movie barely gets off the ground, because even the most casual horror fan can tell exactly what is happening here within the first 20 minutes, and Hsu's nonlinear narrative takes an eternity to arrive at a big reveal... EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To (2020) Rubén Rosario For Cuartas, there is still room for improvement in terms of plotting and narrative structure, but his talents as a humanist and visual storyteller are on ample display. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
The Boys in the Band (2020) Rubén Rosario Here it is, for your streaming pleasure: imperfect, needlessly dressed up, and still very much a powerhouse. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
My Prince Edward (2020) Rubén Rosario ...decent enough, insofar as writer-director Norris Wong, making her feature directing debut, subverts rom-com trappings to examine societal pressures to marry... EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
We Don't Deserve Dogs (2020) Rubén Rosario It's a constant, wall-to-wall assault on your ears that often does not match the tone of what is happening onscreen. It's the territorial urine that stinks up this middling Nat Geo wannabe for the NPR crowd. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
The Nest (2020) Rubén Rosario The Nest's dark clouds come with a silver lining, and its open-ended (but sneakily optimistic?) resolution makes this prickly pear of a movie the last thing this reviewer could have imagined: life-affirming. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
Tenet (2020) Rubén Rosario With such lofty goals, the characters are reduced to pieces on a sleek chess board. And if Nolan doesn't give a damn about what happens to his chronology-challenged travelers, why should we? EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Rubén Rosario Turning his story into a Gilliamesque oddity might have looked good on paper, but in aiming for awkward reinvention, this literary adaptation topples under the weight of its lead-footed whimsy. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
Cuties (2020) Rubén Rosario The movie might not reinvent the wheel thematically, but it moves to its own syncopated rhythms. Ignore the online discourse and give it a chance. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
The Strong Ones (2020) Rubén Rosario What Zúñiga accomplishes is a sense of balance between the two men, a harmony that is threatened by their social disparity, which the filmmaker deals with in sensitive and unvarnished fashion... EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2020
Tu me manques (2019) Rubén Rosario ...even when some scenes are marred by being staged and delivered at a fever pitch, "Tu me manques" is an accomplished portrait of despair and loneliness. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2020
() Rubén Rosario [A] sultry and stylish portrait of sexual obsession on the down low... EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2020
First Cow (2019) Rubén Rosario I doubt I'll see a lovelier film in 2020. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2020
Cubby (2019) Rubén Rosario If you want to buck the trends and seek out a comedy that feels fresh and vibrant, look no further than this endearing first feature from star/screenwriter/co-director Mark Blane. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2020
Irresistible (2020) Rubén Rosario Stewart is just going through the motions. His wet blanket of a satire lacks the very quality that Zimmer yearns for: conviction. There's zero joy in it. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2020
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Rubén Rosario ...instead, it settles for being a decent Ferrell vehicle. Not that I'm complaining (all that much). This Netflix programmer still brings on the giggles. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2020
Palm Springs (2020) Rubén Rosario There's still room for intellectual growth for The Lonely Island and the other makers of Palm Springs, but they've made an intriguing leap forward... EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2020
Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020) Rubén Rosario Walter's glow came from deep within. "Mucho Mucho Amor" captures that light. This Scorsagian liked it. Mucho. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2020
Okko's Inn (2018) Rubén Rosario It's no accident that the loopy and whimsical series of events recalls Miyazaki's work. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
Driveways (2019) Rubén Rosario Quite a feat for an 83-minute character study that, I assure you, is small only in size... EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
Beanpole (2019) Rubén Rosario This is Balagov's third work that is not a short, but it already possesses a seasoned hand's control of the medium. An assured new voice emerges. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
The Invisible Man (2020) Rubén Rosario Whannell the screenwriter still has some catching up to do with Whannell the director. But his spiffy remake is mostly able to sustain that sweet spot between cheap thrills and sobering drama. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
The King of Staten Island (2020) Rubén Rosario The King of Staten Island repeatedly mistakes shrill head-butting and facile quips for genuine introspection. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2020
Those Who Remained (2019) Rubén Rosario A wistful and touching period piece that wears down your defenses and wrings tears that feel fully earned. Well done. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2020
Forman vs. Forman (2019) Rubén Rosario Directors Helena Trestíková and Jakub Hejna know they're dealing with an irrepressible force of nature, so they let Forman tell his story in his own words and stay out of the way. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2020