Ruben Rosario


Ruben Rosario
Tomatometer-approved critic

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
87% 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
64% Suspiria (2018) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
100% Minding the Gap (2018) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
73% Cold Pursuit (2019) 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 8, 2019
2/4 40% The Upside (2019) "The Upside" ends up letting us down, and even though fingers will justly be pointed at Hart and Weinstein for the baggage they add, Burger has ultimately no one to blame but himself. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/4 94% The Favourite (2018) The bulk of this ribald yarn is well worth putting on your best finery for. It's not quite the homerun it's advertised to be, but an expertly rendered delight all the same. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/4 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) It's rare to see this much sadness distilled with such unbridled joy. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
91% Mirai (2018) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
2.5/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) It dramatizes: bridge-building therapy that allows clashing worldviews to find common ground, much like Jared and Nancy. It's in this capacity that "Boy Erased," frequently unremarkable yet still engaging Oscar bait, works best. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/5 57% The Grinch (2018) It works, as a digital pop-up book that asks us to examine the Grinches inside us all, and find the willingness to let some light in. - CineSportsTalk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
2/4 94% Wildlife (2018) The harder Dano tries to make the movie feel cinematic (and boy, does he!), the more stagy it feels. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 64% Suspiria (2018) Even as it juggles too many balls in the air, "Suspiria" methodically wraps its tendrils around you. The film's bursts of graphic bloodletting, punctuated by eerie nightmare sequences that feel like something out of a queasy art installation. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
70% The Happy Prince (2018) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2.5/4 97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) The filmmaker has crafted a portrait of institutionalized chauvinism that's undeniably on point but so vicious that the laughs are few and far between. In other words, this is not a popcorn moviegoer's satire. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3.5/4 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) A triumph of texture, a tender, deeply felt slice of Americana with the magnetic draw of a adroitly structured short story. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/4 87% Colette (2018) Colette's story teaches us that when it comes to guarding one's creative property, love means never having to say sorry for moving on to greener pastures. The film is dedicated to Glatzer, and it's a fittingly genial tribute for an eclectic body of work. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3/4 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Bolstered by four strong central performances, the most surprising thing about "The Sisters Brothers" is how pleasant and raffishly likable it ultimately becomes. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
91% Mandy (2018) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
2.5/4 76% Smallfoot (2018) Even though not all of it works, and even though it takes too long to hit its stride, its call for bridge-building is a message one is never too old to take to heart. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) A sloppy stew of bullet points, a fatty alphabet soup that overwhelms when it ought to enlighten. It's an unfocused, undisciplined letdown from a bright voice that appears to have lost its way. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
91% We the Animals (2018) Ravishing yet malnourished, follows on Malick's footsteps, but it's too occupied Sundancing the viewer into submission to make you give a damn about these boys who are forced to grow up too quickly. It's smothered by its own beauty. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
100% My Best Friend (Mi mejor amigo) (2018) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
85% A Simple Favor (2018) An impish comedy that wants to poke fun at everything in sight, including but not limited to the thriller genre. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
1/4 48% Destination Wedding (2018) The charismatic stars struggle with earache-inducing dialogue that reduces their characters to bile-spouting losers. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
2/4 85% The Wife (2018) You'll want a divorce from this pedestrian adaptation of Meg Wolitzer's best-seller that missteps by nixing its protagonist's thorny inner monologue in favor of cinema-of-quality mediocrity. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
93% Support the Girls (2018) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
89% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/4 73% Margaret (2011) From its majestic slo-mo opening shots of New York City pedestrians to its devastating closing moments at the Met, "Margaret" enthralls like no other...This smart, literate urban opera is well deserving of a standing ovation. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
3/4 76% A Late Quartet (2012) Surrounded by the unraveling lives of his longtime musical partners, the understated gravity that Walken gives this fading arts patriarch is a gratifying reminder that it's the quieter notes that are often the most resonant, onstage and off. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
2.5/4 81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) A buoyant sequel/prequel to the movie adaptation of the smash Broadway musical leans heavily on its stars' undeniable charisma and splashy, expertly choreographed numbers, especially when it runs out of steam story-wise. - Punch Drunk Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
87% The Tribe (2015) The Tribe ultimately doesn't have all that much to say. For all the deafening mayhem on display, it all but loses its voice. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
92% Güeros (2015) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
72% Crimson Peak (2015) This poetic rendezvous with restless spirits ends up lifting our own. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
77% Rosewater (2014) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
76% The Boxtrolls (2014) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Fifty Shades of Grey is that hot date you bring home to discover (s)he's a cold fish between the sheets. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) 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. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
55% Jason Bourne (2016) The movie returns to its regularly scheduled programming: a rote summer bummer where, ironically enough, events feel more preordained the more Greengrass recycles his patented brand of faux-vérité realism. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
91% Birdman (2014) I did, indeed, hate Birdman in all kinds of expected ways, as stated above, I also despised it in ways that completely took me by surprise, and yes, this goes beyond the crashing cymbals in Antonio Sanchez's earache-inducing score. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
71% Interstellar (2014) I think the reason why I connected so deeply with it is the extent to which Nolan evokes iconic moments from silent films. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
52% Papillon (2018) Despite running just over two hours, the new "Papillon" doesn't overstay its welcome. If anything, it should have been longer, so viewers could truly feel the passage of time - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
66% Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2015) File this well-intentioned disappointment under curiously uninvolving passion projects. - MiamiArtZine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018