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Rubén Rosario

Rubén Rosario
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 20% Cats (2019) It's cartoonish, a little surreal and, at least to this grumpy (cat) critic, altogether irresistible. ‐ Punch Drunk Movies
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The more it grafts aspects from its eight predecessors onto its frenetic, slapped-together narrative, the more impersonal it becomes. ‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
2/4 83% Waves (2019) [Trey Edward] Shults aims to take viewers on a journey predominantly comprised of peaks and valleys with not enough attention devoted to those in-between moments.‐ Punch Drunk Movies
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) 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...‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/4 81% Greener Grass (2019) It's clear [Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe], who cut their teeth doing improv before making movies, have the chops to sustain this high-wire act, because most of the gags land.‐ Punch Drunk Movies
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/4 63% The Good Liar (2019) A safe yet satisfying menu item that won't upset the tummy. It's the house chardonnay of 2019 suspense titles.‐ Punch Drunk Movies
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Davis probably faces the toughest challenge on screen, and he skillfully navigates the film's blend of melancholy and whimsy.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) 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.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) 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...‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) The nostalgia here is predominantly of the self-critical kind, and that makes a world of difference. ‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
69% Joker (2019) Heath Ledger's maniacal agent of destruction would have kicked this sorry-ass loser off Gotham's tallest building.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
2.5/4 91% The Lighthouse (2019) It's a good thing Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson deliver indelible performances in this aggressively foreboding chiller, because "The Witch" director Robert Eggers tries so hard to channel Melville and Lovecraft that he loses his grip on the material.‐ Punch Drunk Movies
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
83% Judy (2019) It's perfectly respectable, and respectably dull.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) "Hustlers" otherwise forges ahead with unbridled confidence and a big heart. It's sassy, brash and sneakily tender. Don't let it get away.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) 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.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) 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.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/4 88% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
1/4 17% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
96% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
79% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) This unfiltered dose of millennial angst needed a more adept conduit than this cartoonish misfire can muster.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
84% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
62% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
94% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
3.5/4 98% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
90% Before Stonewall (2019) Engrossing, tightly constructed and exhaustively researched.‐ MiamiArtZine
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
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) ...bright, immensely moving and bracingly mature.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
91% 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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2.5/4 97% 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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
2.5/4 42% 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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
92% Sauvage / Wild (2019) An engaging portrait of life in the margins. ‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/4 61% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
100% Fireflies (Luciérnagas) (2018) An affecting portrait of loneliness and resolve in the face of adversity. ‐ MiamiArtZine
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
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
90% José (2020) 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
94% Transit (2019) A much different kind of animal, one that fascinates as often as it confounds.‐ MiamiArtZine
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/4 90% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019