Matt Rodriguez

Matt Rodriguez
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Matt Rodriguez graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in journalism and film and is currently the Chief Editor of Shakefire.com, an entertainment news and reviews website based in Atlanta, GA.
Publications: Shakefire

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
A+ 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story 4 may very well be the strongest film in the franchise with a heartfelt story that is full of laughter, warmth, and love, showing that four films later there is still plenty of life left in these toys. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
B+ 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Annabelle Comes Home is the best film in the franchise since the original The Conjuring and will make you terrified of creepy dolls if you weren't already. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
D 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) There is no glorious rise from the ashes for X-Men's Dark Phoenix, only a momentous crash and burn. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
C+ 40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Godzilla: King of the Monsters succeeds in spectacular fashion in its depiction of the Titans but still struggles with its human storytelling. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
F 15% The Hustle (2019) The Hustle is a terribly unfunny film that you shouldn't get conned into seeing. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
A+ 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The culmination of the past 11 years and 21 films from Marvel Studios, Endgame hits all the emotional levels and brilliantly captures that comic book magic. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
A 89% Missing Link (2019) Missing Link is funny, heartwarming, and brilliantly beautiful. In other words, it's perfectly Laika. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
C 57% The Highwaymen (2019) The Highwaymen doesn't have quite enough gas in its tank to get over its steep hill. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
C- 47% Dumbo (2019) Despite having a flying elephant front and center, there's little that's magical about the film. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
A 94% Us (2019) Us is another uniquely terrifying masterpiece from Jordan Peele and further cements him as an auteur of Hollywood. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
B 34% Wonder Park (2019) Wonder Park is a magical film that pushes kids and adults alike to embrace creativity and let your imagination run wild. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
B- 78% Captain Marvel (2019) It's a monumental milestone for Marvel and while not as strong as some of the more recent Phase Three entries, it still soars to new heights for the universe at large. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
A 98% Apollo 11 (2019) Apollo 11 is a masterful documentary that celebrates humanity's achievement of landing on the moon. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
C+ 60% Greta (2019) Greta gets off to a slow start but ends on a high note thanks to performances from Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
A- 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Drama, comedy, and most of all heart, Fighting With My Family has it all. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
A- 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Isn't It Romantic's humor comes from fully embracing the genre and utilizing its tropes for maximum impact. Its brilliance lies in its self-awareness. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
A 89% Arctic (2019) Arctic is perhaps Mads Mikkelsen's most challenging yet rewarding film that puts the actor front and center in an unrelenting story of survival. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
D- 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Happy Death Day 2U is a messy film that repeats itself over and over again without actually going anywhere. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
B- 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is still a good film, but it's nowhere near as fun or creative as the first original. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
A 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) They Shall Not Grow Old takes you to the front lines of World War I and is one of the most visceral and gut-wrenching war documentaries I have ever seen. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
B+ 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a fitting final chapter to the franchise, bringing together the best of what made the previous films so wonderful. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
C- 19% Serenity (2019) Despite not liking Serenity overall, I couldn't help but be captivated and intrigued by its story. Good or bad, it's a film I won't be soon forgetting. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
C- 37% Glass (2019) While its characters might be extraordinary, Glass remains nothing out of the ordinary. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
D 62% A Dog's Way Home (2019) A Dog's Way Home is weird because on one hand it fits the genre to a T, but on the other it's one ridiculous scene after another where absolutely nothing makes sense. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
C- 40% The Upside (2019) With hit or miss humor and a cliche story, The Upside has Hart but lacks the heart of the original. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
C- 49% Escape Room (2019) Despite a strong start, Escape Room can't escape the tiresome tropes of the horror genre, falling back to old tricks that never fully pay off. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
C 65% Aquaman (2018) While its stunning visuals and underwater combat make it a vast improvement over many of the other DCEU films, an overcrowded story and campy dialogue make it far more exhausting than exciting. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
A+ 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The film captures the essence of Spider-Man and delivers the most dazzling and colorful visuals of the year as if it were ripped straight from the pages of a comic book. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
B- 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Despite a lackluster payoff, Mary Queen of Scots is worth watching for the performances of Ronan and Robbie alone. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
A+ 96% Roma (2018) Ambitiously gorgeous and deeply personal, Roma is one of the best films of the year and deserves your full, undivided attention. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
B- 84% Creed II (2018) While the film falls short of delivering a knockout punch, Creed II is able to go the distance thanks to excellent boxing sequences and the return of Ivan Drago. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
D+ 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) An unnecessarily complex and bloated film that even the most die-hard of Harry Potter fans will find difficulty enjoying. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
B 89% A Private War (2018) A Private War is a harrowing biopic that confronts the casualties of war with Rosamund Pike delivering one of the best performances of her career. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
A- 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) A wonderful follow up to the amazing Wreck-It Ralph that will have you laughing nonstop. It's the Disney brand at its finest. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
D+ 32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) The Nutcracker and the Four Realms looks magical at first sight with lavish costumes and dancing but ends up being rather generic and hardly lives up to its Disney moniker. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
B+ 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Rami Malek lives up to Freddie Mercury's lavish and over-the-top persona as he belts out one hit song after another in a tribute worthy of Queen's status among rock legends. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
A- 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) With stellar performances by Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy is as heartwarming as it is devastating. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
B 81% Mid90s (2018) Mid90s captures the atmosphere of growing up in the 1990s and highlights both the good and the bad of a generation. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
C- 79% Halloween (2018) While it's great to see a return to form for Michael Myers, Halloween relies too much on its nostalgic past and is brought down by the very thing that was meant to revitalize it. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
B- 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Channeling his inner Tarantino, Drew Goddard is able to weave an intriguing mystery thriller with a colorful cast of characters despite dealing with pacing and editing issues. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
A- 87% First Man (2018) Just as the moon landing was a spectacular feat for humankind, First Man is an achievement in film when it comes to the cinematography/sound design of the space sequences. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
B- 80% 22 July (2018) Paull Greengrass doesn't hold back with 22 July bringing his gritty style of realism to the 2011 Norwegian terrorist attacks, putting the audience in the middle of the chaos. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
C 76% Smallfoot (2018) Smallfoot may be big on its idea but small on delivery. The film won't dazzle you like the likes of Disney/Pixar, but there are some genuinely heartfelt moments to be had. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
C 29% Venom (2018) Like a runaway train, Venom teeters on the edge of the rails, inches away from becoming an absolute wreck. Like it or hate it, you won't be able to to look away. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
A+ 89% A Star Is Born (2018) Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga sing loud in one of the year's best films. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018