Rubén Rosario

Rubén Rosario
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T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 90% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) A film that sometimes tries a little too hard to be inspirational but manages to give you all the feels all the same. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
1/4 19% The Fanatic (2019) The only thing it succeeds in doing is underscoring just how badly Travolta needs to reconnect with the actor he used to be. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
88% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) This unfiltered dose of millennial angst needed a more adept conduit than this cartoonish misfire can muster. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
89% Villains (2019) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
70% Paradise Hills (2019) The intricately rendered look of Paradise Hills is so intoxicating you can almost feel the pheromones working their magic on you. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
96% In Fabric (2019) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
3.5/4 99% The Farewell (2019) In its unflappably honest depiction of coming to terms with death, this powerful and often delightful film becomes the most life-affirming seen I've seen this year. It's a keeper. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's an ambitious and affectionate valentine that bites off more than it can chew but still finds a way to reward viewers' patience. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
85% Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) Here was a filmmaker who could have easily stayed in his comfort zone of smart-alecky banter between dudes but instead chose to pare down his dialogue and flex his visual storytelling muscles. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
90% Before Stonewall (2019) Engrossing, tightly constructed and exhaustively researched. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) ...bright, immensely moving and bracingly mature. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) [It] turned out to be about as mediocre as I feared, some surface pleasures notwithstanding. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2.5/4 96% The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2019) It runs out of juice near the end, but it's held afloat by strong characters and a topical urgency. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) It wants to spread its wings and glide above other comic book-based tentpoles' more juvenile storylines, but Dark Phoenix... merely ekes out an uninspired mishmash of material considerably better handled in prior entries. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
97% Spirited Away (2002) Miyazaki has made a loopy, demanding work of art that asks your inner child to come out and play. There are few high-wire acts in all of moviedom as satisfying as that. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) "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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
2.5/4 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) It's an agreeably entertaining mess of a summer spectacle that nevertheless delivers the kaiju mayhem. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 66% The White Crow (2019) It could have benefited from more actual dance content, and it's hampered by a needlessly convoluted structure, but Ralph Fiennes' modestly scaled portrait of Soviet ballet icon Rudolf Nureyev is arresting arthouse fare... - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
No Score Yet The Experimental City (2017) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
92% Sauvage / Wild (2019) An engaging portrait of life in the margins. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/4 59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) "Sunset" is the cinematic equivalent of that tough history class that required attention and extra study time, but looking back, one comes to appreciate later in life. It makes up in sheer chutzpah what it lacks in storytelling clarity. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
71% Consequences (Posledice) (2018) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
100% Fireflies (Luciérnagas) (2018) An affecting portrait of loneliness and resolve in the face of adversity. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
No Score Yet A Dog Barking at the Moon (2019) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
88% José (2018) Cheng's sophomore feature unfolds in episodic fashion, allowing the filmmaker to focus on quotidian interactions between his protagonist and those he cares about. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/4 92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) The edges might have been sanded off, but this is one guided wildlife tour worth taking. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
27% The Aftermath (2019) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
94% Transit (2019) A much different kind of animal, one that fascinates as often as it confounds. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/4 91% Shazam! (2019) It's an effervescent genre entry that's not afraid to indulge in the irreverent silliness that drew so many of us to comic books in the first place. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
60% Greta (2019) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
94% The Mustang (2019) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
93% Us (2019) An ambitious misfire, a near miss that gets lost in its atmospheric, beautifully rendered hall of mirrors. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
82% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2019) 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). - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2.5/4 47% Dumbo (2019) Burton's latest might lack the sinister playfulness of his best work, but even if it doesn't quite soar to the heights it set out for itself, it glides confidently into your good graces. By a Trunk. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
81% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
93% Screwball (2019) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) "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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
91% The Last Resort (2018) 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? - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
97% The Rider (2018) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
100% Paddington 2 (2018) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) The sparks fly as Decker tears off the blinders and invites you to embrace the madness. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019