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 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Led by a phenomenal performance by Christian Bale as driver Ken Miles, Ford v Ferrari is one of the year's most entertaining films. It's a rush of pure adrenaline. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
A 84% Frozen II (2019) Frozen 2 is a more mature and empowering sequel that brings plenty of laughs and catchy songs as it stands toe-to-toe with the original. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
A 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Doctor Sleep is a terrifying addition to the franchise that wonderfully pays tribute to both the novel and Kubrick's adaptation. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
C- 26% Gemini Man (2019) Gemini Man is visually impressive at times, but the film shows that there is still plenty of room for improvement and in the end its visuals aren't enough to overcome the lackluster story. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
B+ 69% Joker (2019) Carried by a commanding, Oscar-worthy performance by Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role, Joker explores the darkest aspects of society and offers a window into the mental breakdown of a man who is pushed passed his breaking point. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
B+ 84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra is a beautiful film that explores the deep recesses of not only space but also the human condition. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
D 24% The Goldfinch (2019) The Goldfinch is like watching a puzzle be put together but have no idea what the finished picture is supposed to be. It's an uneven mess that struggles to say anything meaningful. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
B 86% The Nightingale (2019) The Nightingale will make you angry in its depiction of violence and hatred, but it's a necessary anger that will hopefully lead to a better understanding of its themes. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
B- 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Andy Muschietti struck gold with 2017's IT and while Chapter Two may not be as scary, it isn't that far behind either with a respectable silver. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
B 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Sometimes we all need that one film that feels familiar and is a welcoming comfort. Brittany Runs a Marathon is that kind of film. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
A 79% Good Boys (2019) Good Boys doesn't hold back the filth and will have audiences laughing nonstop with its raunchy and sometimes twisted dark sense of humor. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
C- 22% The Kitchen (2019) The Kitchen strives to be another Widows and has the beginnings of some good ideas, but struggles to find its own identity. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
B- 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is great for newcomers to the series, and a trip down memory lane for those who read the books. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
C+ 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Hobbs and Shaw is at its best when The Rock and Jason Statham are doing their thing, but it feels as long as the runway from Fast & Furious 6 - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
C+ 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood features some of Tarantino's best work, including a phenomenal performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, but it also drags with its long-winded story. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
A- 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Far From Home delivers some of the most jaw dropping moments the MCU has seen as it builds in awe-inspiring intensity and delight. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
C+ 53% The Lion King (2019) The Lion King is a stunning film to look at as individual scenes can be absolutely breathtaking, but it struggles to capture the emotional range of its story. - Shakefire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
A+ 97% 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+ 64% 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+ 41% 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 14% 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 93% 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 33% 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 99% 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- 70% 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- 70% 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- 20% 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 60% 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- 41% 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- 50% 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 66% 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