Shakefire

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Rating Title/Year Author
B The Little Things (2021) Matt Rodriguez The Little Things is a suspenseful mystery that hooks you with its performances and delivers a satisfying story, even if it's a tad bit underbaked. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
B+ The Last Vermeer (2019) Matt Rodriguez The Last Vermeer is like watching a work of art being painted. It's impossible to see the bigger picture initially, but each brushstroke reveals just a bit more and adds to its beauty. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
D+ Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Matt Rodriguez Like a hollow bar of chocolate, The Witches is an empty shell of a film that will only disappoint those looking for something with more substance. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
B+ Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Matt Rodriguez Sacha Baron Cohen is both a genius and an absolute madman in his quest for a laugh and making people feel awkward. For better and for worse, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm doesn't hold anything back. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
A- Love and Monsters (2020) Matt Rodriguez Love and Monsters is everything you want out of a movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
B+ The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Matt Rodriguez Led by a hilariously brilliant performance from Geraldine Viswanathan, The Broken Hearts Gallery is a much needed feel-good film of 2020. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
C+ Chemical Hearts (2020) Matt Rodriguez The film still follows the same formula of many young adult adaptations, albeit with its own handful of variables to try and change things up to varying success. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2020
C- Mulan (2020) Matt Rodriguez While Mulan has some wonderful action sequences, the stiff story and lack of charm leaves much to be desired. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
A- Boys State (2020) Matt Rodriguez A fascinating documentary that shines with political potential EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2020
B- The High Note (2020) Matt Rodriguez The High Note may feature a story we've seen before and follow some of the same predictable beats, but it still takes audiences on an entertaining ride thanks to its love of music and chemistry between its characters. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2020
B Extraction (2020) Matt Rodriguez While the story itself is nothing special, Extraction delivers a heavy dose of adrenaline with wonderfully choreographed action set pieces. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2020
B+ Selah and the Spades (2019) Matt Rodriguez Writer and director Tayarisha Poe takes all the drama of high school and ups the ante to Shakespearian levels in her feature film debut that keeps things fresh and interesting. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2020
A- Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Matt Rodriguez Never Rarely Sometimes Always tells an emotionally gripping story that has you locked in from the opening scene where every moment lands with an impactful punch to the gut. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2020
A- The Invisible Man (2020) Matt Rodriguez The Invisible Man is unsettlingly good as it brings a classic story into the modern era. It's a horror that is all too real, with Elisabeth Moss delivering a commanding performance that'll leave you grasping the edge of your seat. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
B EMMA. (2020) Matt Rodriguez Emma. is lavish and decadent with extravagant costumes and colorful sets; a royal feast for the eyes with a charming story. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
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