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Rating Title/Year Author
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
() 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
Jose (2016) 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
Ben Is Back (2018) Michelle Solomon It may not be warm and fuzzy for the holidays, but it is a depiction of real life. And Roberts is this movie's biggest gift. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Rubén Rosario Even if "Returns" isn't nearly as clever and lively as one would hope, it still merits an umbrella ride to the theater, thanks to its commitment to exploring the Bankses' domestic woes, and also for its richly saturated look. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
Mirai no Mirai (2018) Rubén Rosario This is family entertainment with the blinders off, a trippy, irresistibly loopy jaunt through past, present and future that weaves a strange kind of magic. Your inner brat will beam, and wince in recognition. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words (2017) Michelle Solomon It's only a small piece of others talking about Callas since most of the time, and beautifully rendered, it's just us watching, like flies on the wall, listening to Maria dissect her own life. And what a work of art it is. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Rubén Rosario In short, this is a Queen biopic for people who like their music biz stories tame, easily digestible and, in the sexuality spectrum, at least 75 percent straight. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
The Happy Prince (2018) Rubén Rosario Even though it is very much a film about terminal illness and coming to terms with one's mortality, Everett has made the kind of warts-and-all portrait that matches ambition with a beguiling empathy. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Rubén Rosario What prevails is a commitment to the material that goes well beyond vanity-project interests, as well as a dogged affection for these two flickering flames that burned more brightly as one. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018
Mandy (2018) Rubén Rosario For all its spellbinding tableaux and accomplished production design, "Mandy's" most valuable asset is Cage, who spends half the movie with his face covered in blood that, appropriately enough, looks more like war paint. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
My Best Friend (2016) Rubén Rosario A moving chronicle of a tender but fraught friendship that never strikes a false note. It is all the more powerful for eschewing feel-good concepts about the way people come into our lives and how they're capable of changing us. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
A Simple Favor (2018) Rubén Rosario An impish comedy that wants to poke fun at everything in sight, including but not limited to the thriller genre. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
Support the Girls (2018) Rubén Rosario A feel-good comedy firmly rooted in the Darwinian realities of the service industry, but much like its stubbornly optimistic protagonist, it knows to prevent the characters' dilemmas from slipping into miserabilism. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
Skate Kitchen (2018) Michelle Solomon The story is a coming of age, and immerses moviegoers in a subculture that is both fascinating, but will no doubt be foreign to most. Moselle, in her docu style, let's the story tell itself. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2018
The Wife (2017) Michelle Solomon The moody undertones give it suspense, but the edge of your seat is of the emotional kind, and when the lid is blown off the whole kit and caboodle, you may have seen it coming, but how? That's the ultimate in wonderful moviemaking. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Rubén Rosario It might not reinvent the wheel, but if there's a more satisfying studio release this summer, I've yet to see it. So what are you waiting for? Run, don't walk. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2018
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017) Rubén Rosario What ultimately makes Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood such a treat is that Tyrnauer invites us to hang out with Bowers, walk a mile in his shoes. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
The Tribe (2014) Rubén Rosario The Tribe ultimately doesn't have all that much to say. For all the deafening mayhem on display, it all but loses its voice. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
Güeros (2014) Rubén Rosario Ruizpalacios is too busy indulging in stylistic flourishes for us to form much of an emotional bond with the characters, leading to a closing shot that would have been really powerful if he'd tightened the film's structure. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
Crimson Peak (2015) Rubén Rosario This poetic rendezvous with restless spirits ends up lifting our own. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
Rosewater (2014) Rubén Rosario Stewart seems to be declaring on every frame of Rosewater, but his knack for dealing with dry subject matter in all kinds of hilarious ways would have worked wonders. It's almost cruel how he turns the film into such a humorless bore. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
The Boxtrolls (2014) Rubén Rosario The film's idiosyncratic character design and veddy English quirks might not appeal to every moviegoer's palate, but its admirable refusal to beg for your sympathies, deftly executed by a game voice cast, brings out your inner Wild Thing. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Rubén Rosario Fifty Shades of Grey is that hot date you bring home to discover (s)he's a cold fish between the sheets. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Rubén Rosario If my mind wanders toward television, that's because "Homecoming" often feels like a 'roided-up pilot for a season's worth of tidy small-screen fare. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018