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Florida Times-Union

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 46%

Soul Surfer (2011)

"A solid inspirational story that takes seriously a couple of things often made trivial in popular entertainment: surfing and religion. "

Posted Apr 7, 2011

Matt Soergel

2 ——

Zaat (Dr. Z) (Attack of the Swamp Creatures) (Blood Waters of Dr. Z) (Legend of the Zaat Monster) (Hydra) (1975)

Posted Apr 4, 2011

Matt Soergel

3 66%

Insidious (2011)

"James Wan knows his horror tricks -- even though "Insidious" has just a PG-13 rating, there were people jumping out of seats all through the auditorium. "

Posted Apr 1, 2011

Matt Soergel

4 72%

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

"They have the power to walk through doors in one part of New York and come out in another. That power involves hats. Magic hats. Natty fedoras, mostly. Look, I told you it was loopy. "

Posted Mar 4, 2011

Matt Soergel

5 88%

Rango (2011)

"He is "sinking deeper into the guacamole of his own deception," says the owl who leads a Mexican mariachi band that serves as the story's Greek chorus - a description that shows you just how willfully weird are the goings-on. "

Posted Mar 4, 2011

Matt Soergel

6 55%

Unknown (2011)

"Amnesia antics and mistaken-identity capers, an innocent man on the run, a couple of car chases, a frosty blonde, chilly European settings, implacable assassins, cryptic codes, red herrings and even a ticking time bomb. "

Posted Feb 19, 2011

Matt Soergel

7 24%

The Dilemma (2011)

"It waits around for the chatty Vaughn to decide what he's going to do, ping-ponging between mean humor and bland sentimentality. The one bright spot? The performance of Channing Tatum. "

Posted Jan 17, 2011

Matt Soergel

8 94%

The King's Speech (2010)

"Two great performances, neither marked by that 'look at me!' showiness all too often found in those genteel, award-grubbing, British period pieces that always come out this time of year. Instead they seem, well, very human."

Posted Dec 29, 2010

Matt Soergel

9 96%

True Grit (2010)

"A rousing adventure that's also sneakily comic, with humor that rises from the sharply drawn characters and the dialogue they spout. And how wonderfully they spout!"

Posted Dec 22, 2010

Matt Soergel

10 32%

How Do You Know (2010)

"A more than passable night out if you're fed up with the usual rom-com conventions."

Posted Dec 16, 2010

Matt Soergel

11 87%

Black Swan (2010)

"Works best as a bit of tongue-in-cheek high camp."

Posted Dec 16, 2010

Matt Soergel

12 20%

The Tourist (2010)

"It bides time while watching extras watching Jolie do her fashion-model strut, her famous lips pursed just so. It doesn't help that she is so icily imperious that she seems more like a creepily gorgeous space alien than an actual human being."

Posted Dec 13, 2010

Matt Soergel

13 54%

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010)

"A bunch of evil old men get their comeuppance in 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest,' but the girl who messes with their nest does hardly anything at all."

Posted Nov 29, 2010

Matt Soergel

14 37%

Burlesque (2010)

"Wasn't it astonishing that the only nude scene involved not one of the burlesque dancers, but the posterior of the handsome male lead, who also has an on-and-off relationship with shirts?"

Posted Nov 29, 2010

Matt Soergel

15 79%

Fair Game (2010)

"Not likely to get much of an audience beyond those who have long suspected the worst of the George W. Bush administration. But they'll bristle with outrage again."

Posted Nov 19, 2010

Matt Soergel

16 82%

Four Lions (2010)

"An absurdist satire that's smart enough to follow its deluded losers all the way to the bloody end."

Posted Nov 19, 2010

Matt Soergel

17 78%

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

"Who needs Hogwarts?"

Posted Nov 19, 2010

Matt Soergel

18 55%

Morning Glory (2010)

"A frothy bit of entertainment that never gets tired of the glow that radiates off Rachel McAdams."

Posted Nov 10, 2010

Matt Soergel

19 79%

Nowhere Boy (2010)

"Watch for the emotion that manages to bubble up through that pasty, buttoned-up, stiff-upper-lip, postwar England."

Posted Nov 5, 2010

Matt Soergel

20 40%

Due Date (2010)

"More of an extended sketch than a comedy classic. Still, it has Robert Downey Jr. in a comic role, which is a fine use of his incredible talents."

Posted Nov 5, 2010

Matt Soergel

21 63%

Howl (2010)

"There's more thrill in seeing Franco read it in front of adoring beatniks in 1955 San Francisco. Those scenes, filmed in black and white, have the heft and urgency of real life, turned mythic."

Posted Nov 1, 2010

Matt Soergel

22 46%

Hereafter (2010)

"Two pounds of story flopping around in a 10-pound bag."

Posted Oct 22, 2010

Matt Soergel

23 96%

The Social Network (2010)

"So good it can make thrilling even the sight of people typing at computer keyboards."

Posted Sep 29, 2010

Matt Soergel

24 17%

You Again (2010)

"An oddly unpleasant movie, one that aims itself at a female audience, then proceeds to humiliate its female characters by making them petty, ugly and silly."

Posted Sep 23, 2010

Matt Soergel

25 94%

The Town (2010)

"Now this is how you make a crime yarn."

Posted Sep 17, 2010

Matt Soergel

26 51%

The Switch (2010)

"The chemistry between Jason Bateman and a grave, sweet child actor gives 'The Switch' a little melancholy magic you might not expect, what with its sitcom-y plot and dialogue."

Posted Aug 20, 2010

Matt Soergel

27 80%

Like Dandelion Dust (2010)

"A well-acted drama with a compelling plot: You'll definitely want to see what happens at the end. "

Posted Aug 13, 2010

Matt Soergel

28 82%

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

"I've spent perhaps 27 minutes of my entire life playing video games, and about that much time reading comic books. Yet I liked every minute of 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.'"

Posted Aug 13, 2010

Matt Soergel

29 79%

The Other Guys (2010)

"A hit-and-miss parody of mismatched-buddy cop films, which is not that easy, given how that grizzled genre has pretty much ossified into parody all by itself."

Posted Aug 6, 2010

Matt Soergel

30 96%

Restrepo (2010)

" This isn't the movies. It's life."

Posted Jul 30, 2010

Matt Soergel

31 42%

Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

"It has room for a dozen or so comedians to cut loose, many of them at the final dinner party. Before that, though it gets best use out of a killer trio who throw everything they've got into this broad comedy. "

Posted Jul 30, 2010

Matt Soergel

32 69%

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010)

"The amazing Noomi Rapace is a sub-100 pound ball of fury, pain, wariness and soulfulness. Rapace owns this role, fully, and it's hard to imagine anyone else taking it over."

Posted Jul 23, 2010

Matt Soergel

33 62%

Salt (2010)

"The kind of movie that figures if Angelina Jolie can jump onto the roof of one speeding truck, then wouldn't it be even better if she jumped onto the roofs of three speeding trucks?"

Posted Jul 23, 2010

Matt Soergel

34 80%

Cyrus (2010)

"Wonderfully acted, kind of creepy, drolly funny and quite content to be unlike most stories out of Hollywood."

Posted Jul 15, 2010

Matt Soergel

35 86%

Inception (2010)

"Meanwhile, explanations are offered, buildings collapse on themselves, DiCaprio frets moodily, henchmen fall over and that white van keeps falling off that bridge ... It's all very beautiful, and mostly very empty."

Posted Jul 15, 2010

Matt Soergel

36 41%

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

"A breezy bit of summertime family entertainment. "

Posted Jul 14, 2010

Matt Soergel

37 49%

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

"Probably the best in the series, and a definite rebound from the bland second one. It will make its intended audience swoon."

Posted Jun 29, 2010

Matt Soergel

38 10%

Grown Ups (2010)

"While there's plenty of flatulence, the movie's out of gas well before it's over."

Posted Jun 25, 2010

Matt Soergel

39 99%

Toy Story 3 (2010)

"This is how good "Toy Story 3" is: Even the ending credits have more story arc, more emotional resonance, than many other movies have in their entire running time."

Posted Jun 18, 2010

Matt Soergel

40 66%

The Karate Kid (2010)

"It would have been an even better movie if they had waited a few years to make it ... That way, it wouldn't have been so sickening to see the slight child actor getting pummeled."

Posted Jun 10, 2010

Matt Soergel

41 64%

Harry Brown (2010)

"Full disclosure: I'd happily rewatch even my neighbor's vacation video from Dollywood if Caine were in it. And here, brooding, world-weary and emphysemic, he is, of course, magnificent."

Posted Jun 4, 2010

Matt Soergel

42 74%

Splice (2010)

"An enduring lesson one takes from "Splice" is that you should never let the frontiers of human knowledge be pushed by scientists who drive an AMC Gremlin and wear ironic T-shirts."

Posted Jun 4, 2010

Matt Soergel

43 36%

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

"Ancient catacombs, sneering villains, hammy comic relief, posh British accents, manly broad shoulders and womanly belly buttons."

Posted May 27, 2010

Matt Soergel

44 62%

The Joneses (2010)

"A fine, sneaky satire ... undercut by an awful ending, one that smells as if someone (a corporation perhaps?) got their hands on it. "

Posted May 27, 2010

Matt Soergel

45 58%

Shrek Forever After (2010)

"Shrek still mopes around too much. But he recovers nicely with a good bit of help from his friends, Donkey and Puss, as fine a pair of sidekicks as filmdom has produced."

Posted May 21, 2010

Matt Soergel

46 75%

Greenberg (2010)

"It's Gerwig who's the real revelation ... She'll be around for a long time, but you'd be well-advised to get to know her right now."

Posted May 14, 2010

Matt Soergel

47 40%

Letters to Juliet (2010)

"Pure fluffy eye candy."

Posted May 14, 2010

Matt Soergel

48 73%

Iron Man 2 (2010)

"Entertaining ... but long stretches of the movie are more fizzle than sizzle."

Posted May 7, 2010

Matt Soergel

49 81%

City Island (2010)

"Consider the unpretentious 'City Island' fine counter-programming to the CGI monsters, bland romantic comedies, randy teens and spandex superheroes that clog the megaplex. "

Posted Apr 30, 2010

Matt Soergel

50 18%

The Back-up Plan (2010)

"It's clear within minutes where it's all going: right into the bare-chested embrace of the World's Perfect Man."

Posted Apr 23, 2010

Matt Soergel

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