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Rating Title/Year Author
B Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Matt Rodriguez As bumpy as the road has been, Sonic the Hedgehog crosses the finish line with grace, delivering a fun and humor filled film that is enjoyable for the entire family. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
B- Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Matt Rodriguez Just like Harley Quinn's persona, Birds of Prey is a chaotic ballet of madness and action where the rules don't apply. It throws caution to the wind and proceeds with reckless abandon. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
B The Gentlemen (2020) Matt Rodriguez Like a good stiff drink, The Gentleman has an initial bite but stick with it and you'll be treated to a smooth finish. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
D+ Bad Boys for Life (2020) Matt Rodriguez Bad Boys for Life has a few great moments that play to the strengths of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, but overall it ends up mostly firing blanks. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
A+ Little Women (2019) Matt Rodriguez A coming-of-age drama about the lives of the March sisters, Little Women tells a wonderful story with absolutely fantastic performances, making it one of the best films of 2019. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
D- Cats (2019) Matt Rodriguez Like the Ark of the Covenant, you won't be able to look away as it melts your face off. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
C- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Matt Rodriguez It's a rushed film that force throws everything at the screen, resulting in a lackluster ending that goes out with a whimper instead of a bang. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
C Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Matt Rodriguez Jumanji: The Next Level indeed feels like just another level to the same game rather than a full sequel that builds upon what the first established. It's entertaining but there's nothing inventive about it. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
A- A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Matt Rodriguez A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is an absolutely loving tribute to Fred Rogers as it showcases how even the coldest of hearts can be warmed by his love and compassion EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
B+ Waves (2019) Matt Rodriguez Following a Florida family as they learn to deal and move on from a horrific tragedy, Waves will take you on an emotional roller coaster of love and forgiveness. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
A Ford v Ferrari (2019) Matt Rodriguez 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
A Frozen II (2019) Matt Rodriguez 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
A Doctor Sleep (2019) Matt Rodriguez Doctor Sleep is a terrifying addition to the franchise that wonderfully pays tribute to both the novel and Kubrick's adaptation. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
C- Gemini Man (2019) Matt Rodriguez 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
B+ Joker (2019) Matt Rodriguez 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
B+ Ad Astra (2019) Matt Rodriguez Ad Astra is a beautiful film that explores the deep recesses of not only space but also the human condition. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
D The Goldfinch (2019) Matt Rodriguez 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
B The Nightingale (2018) Matt Rodriguez 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
B- It: Chapter Two (2019) Matt Rodriguez 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
B Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Matt Rodriguez Sometimes we all need that one film that feels familiar and is a welcoming comfort. Brittany Runs a Marathon is that kind of film. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
A Good Boys (2019) Matt Rodriguez Good Boys doesn't hold back the filth and will have audiences laughing nonstop with its raunchy and sometimes twisted dark sense of humor. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
C- The Kitchen (2019) Matt Rodriguez The Kitchen strives to be another Widows and has the beginnings of some good ideas, but struggles to find its own identity. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
B- Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Matt Rodriguez 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
C+ Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Matt Rodriguez 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 EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
C+ Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Matt Rodriguez 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
A- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Matt Rodriguez Far From Home delivers some of the most jaw dropping moments the MCU has seen as it builds in awe-inspiring intensity and delight. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
C+ The Lion King (2019) Matt Rodriguez 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
A+ Toy Story 4 (2019) Matt Rodriguez 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
B+ Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Matt Rodriguez 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
D Dark Phoenix (2019) Matt Rodriguez There is no glorious rise from the ashes for X-Men's Dark Phoenix, only a momentous crash and burn. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
C+ Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Matt Rodriguez Godzilla: King of the Monsters succeeds in spectacular fashion in its depiction of the Titans but still struggles with its human storytelling. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
F The Hustle (2019) Matt Rodriguez The Hustle is a terribly unfunny film that you shouldn't get conned into seeing. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
A+ Avengers: Endgame (2019) Matt Rodriguez 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
A Missing Link (2019) Matt Rodriguez Missing Link is funny, heartwarming, and brilliantly beautiful. In other words, it's perfectly Laika. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
C The Highwaymen (2019) Matt Rodriguez The Highwaymen doesn't have quite enough gas in its tank to get over its steep hill. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
C- Dumbo (2019) Matt Rodriguez Despite having a flying elephant front and center, there's little that's magical about the film. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
A Us (2019) Matt Rodriguez Us is another uniquely terrifying masterpiece from Jordan Peele and further cements him as an auteur of Hollywood. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
B Wonder Park (2019) Matt Rodriguez Wonder Park is a magical film that pushes kids and adults alike to embrace creativity and let your imagination run wild. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
B- Captain Marvel (2019) Matt Rodriguez 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. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
A Apollo 11 (2019) Matt Rodriguez Apollo 11 is a masterful documentary that celebrates humanity's achievement of landing on the moon. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
C+ Greta (2018) Matt Rodriguez Greta gets off to a slow start but ends on a high note thanks to performances from Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
A- Fighting With My Family (2019) Matt Rodriguez Drama, comedy, and most of all heart, Fighting With My Family has it all. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
A- Isn't It Romantic (2019) Matt Rodriguez 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
A Arctic (2018) Matt Rodriguez Arctic is perhaps Mads Mikkelsen's most challenging yet rewarding film that puts the actor front and center in an unrelenting story of survival. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
D- Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Matt Rodriguez Happy Death Day 2U is a messy film that repeats itself over and over again without actually going anywhere. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
B- The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Matt Rodriguez 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
A They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Matt Rodriguez 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
B+ How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Matt Rodriguez 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
C- Serenity (2019) Matt Rodriguez 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
C- Glass (2019) Matt Rodriguez While its characters might be extraordinary, Glass remains nothing out of the ordinary. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019