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Matt Soergel

Matt Soergel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
83% Jerry Maguire (1996) Cruise's relationship with Zellweger's character is fascinating, far deeper and more honest than the usual cookie-cutter romance.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Aug 24, 2016
4/4 92% Shakespeare in Love (1998) There's so much to like about this film, which is giddily romantic, funny and clever, chock-full of Shakespearean touches like doomed love, mistaken identity and men dressing as women and women dressing as men.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Feb 22, 2016
3/4 95% Casino Royale (2006) It's as close to Fleming's books as we've seen since the early days of Sean Connery. And it's darker, for sure, and more brutal than almost all of the movies.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 2, 2015
2/4 57% Die Another Day (2002) Adding to the grimness: The title song is from Madonna, a dreary bit of lightweight electro-pop that goes on and on to little effect.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 2, 2015
2.5/4 57% Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) The good news in Tomorrow Never Dies is that Pierce Brosnan fills out James Bond's tux considerably better. In his second go at Bond, he seems tougher and less-lightweight.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 1, 2015
3/4 88% The Simpsons Movie (2007) It's impossible to keep the Simpsons down. Even during those draggy parts, you need to stay alert: You never know when the film's 11 credited screenwriters will unleash another zinger.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Aug 2, 2015
3/4 99% Finding Nemo (2003) It looks great, of course: All the Pixar movies do. But the genius of those other movies lay in their actual stories -- stories as inspired as the animation.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jul 29, 2015
3/4 44% Daredevil (2003) Much of the film is a setup for hoped-for sequels, so the plot isn't really the thing. But Daredevil benefits from some strong supporting roles.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jul 14, 2015
2/4 57% Blade II (2002) The original Blade movie was a chilling, gory vampire story, energetic and stylish -- all in all, a bloodthirsty success. The second one's chaotic and dumb and almost completely without thrills.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jul 14, 2015
3/4 90% Spider-Man (2002) Spider-Man is the most modest would-be summer blockbuster in a long while, an adaptation of the 40-year-old Marvel comic book that's surprisingly heartfelt, but also a bit pokey and underwhelming.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jul 7, 2015
4/4 98% E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) There are many big moments in E.T., but also plenty of magical small ones that make it work after all these years.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 29, 2015
3.5/4 88% Shrek (2001) The story's simple, the quest not that complicated. But the joy of Shrek is in the telling, in the details along the way.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 9, 2015
4/4 92% Children of Men (2006) Children of Men is so boldly told, so thought out, so infused with the joy of filmmaking, that it's absolutely exhilarating. It's one of the best movies of the past year.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Apr 1, 2015
91% The Departed (2006) It's a convoluted, rich plot that goes back decades, but The Departed is so sure-footed it all makes sense.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jan 25, 2015
3/4 74% Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) (2006) A compelling war-what-is-it-good-for? film, a simple, empathetic story based on a real event.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 14, 2014
3.5/4 86% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is as deep and as much fun as its title: That is, not very, and quite a lot.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 14, 2014
3/4 84% Elf (2003) Will Ferrell has the ability to turn those wide eyes and that big body into a potent comic weapon, so Elf gets a good number of laughs from his complete, innocent abandonment to his role as a lummox-size elf.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 14, 2014
78% Bad Santa (2003) It's a movie that ages well. I suspect that Bad Santa, after playing profitably at the box office through the holidays, is fated for a long life as an out-of-nowhere cult hit, perhaps along the lines of Office Space.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 14, 2014
3/4 75% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) The whole of it isn't much, but the parts are sometimes splendid. Kubrick was messing with our minds, as always.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 13, 2014
2.5/4 86% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) The action's pretty pedestrian, and you wouldn't be blamed if you wished they'd just get it over with so that we could get back to the glories of Hellboy himself.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 8, 2014
3.5/4 88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) The acting is stronger than ever in this fourth installment.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 8, 2014
4/4 93% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Satisfyingly, Astin's Sam grows the most here, coming into his heroic own. His big eyes, gazing adoringly and beseechingly at the tormented Frodo, speak volumes about loyalty and bravery.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 8, 2014
3.5/4 83% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) Have no fear, you legions of Potter fans: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a solid step forward in the movie adaptations of J.K. Rowling's much-read novels.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 6, 2014
3.5/4 89% Shrek 2 (2004) It's a close call as to which one's better.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 6, 2014
3.5/4 90% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) Turning 13 suits our intrepid Hogwarts students just fine in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.‐ Florida Times-Union
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3/4 95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) Much of the movie is exciting. But none of it is as satisfying as what Jackson was able to create in Fellowship, the first film.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 12, 2014
3.5/4 95% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) Pan's Labyrinth seems as if it has a direct, unfiltered link to the horrors that can haunt a child's mind. It'll likely lurk in yours for weeks to come.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 12, 2014
93% Frost/Nixon (2008) Frost/Nixon is smart and involving, a thoroughly grown-up and carefully made drama about the real-life, on-air showdown between a lightweight TV personality and a disgraced ex-president.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Oct 28, 2014
2.5/4 49% Saw (2004) It is all, of course, total nonsense. But for horror fans it's good nonsense, in the way that a creepy urban legend told by flashlight in a tent at 2 a.m. can be fine and dandy nonsense.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Oct 27, 2014
74% A Beautiful Mind (2001) The story also comes up with a clever way for Nash to fight his problem: He uses his mind. His illness is a puzzle, after all, and he's good at figuring out puzzles. You'll root for him.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Oct 21, 2014
3.5/4 80% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) Anderson likes his characters too much to see real cruelty befall them; you likely will too.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Oct 1, 2014
3/4 87% 28 Days Later (2003) It's an efficient reminder that science-fiction filmmaking doesn't necessarily have to be swamped by special effects, that the best of it comes in tweaking the familiar just enough to turn it fantastical.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Sep 30, 2014
87% The Blair Witch Project (1999) Feel free to admire it: As a cheeky, clever stunt, it deserves it. Enjoying it fully might be a bit more difficult.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Sep 29, 2014
28% Lost in Space (1998) It's too long and a bit clunky, the special effects sometimes slip, and the plot seems at times to be made up as it went along. But Lost in Space remains appealing, with a great robot, a genuine sense of adventure and a good bit of ambition.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Sep 17, 2014
3.5/4 92% Insomnia (2002) Insomnia proves that Memento wasn't a fluke: Nolan is a major talent with many more good films ahead of him.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Aug 25, 2014
97% Chicken Run (2000) Like Wallace & Gromit, it's a paean to British eccentricity, equal parts cluelessness and hopefulness, full of English slang and dry Brit humor.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Aug 24, 2014
4/4 93% Saving Private Ryan (1998) This is Spielberg's way of showing that these warriors were ordinary men -- men who, if they survived, became the grandfathers and great-grandfathers who, these days, pass largely unnoticed through life.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Aug 19, 2014
4/4 95% The Truman Show (1998) Under a cheerfully sunny sky that only heightens the paranoia, it's brilliant in conception and execution, with dozens of bright touches -- verbal jokes, visual jokes, spooky looks.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Aug 18, 2014
3.5/4 96% The Iron Giant (1999) This is sharp, sophisticated stuff, appreciated on different levels by both parents and children, and even those who are neither. The film has impish humor, great adventure and more than a few thrills.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Aug 12, 2014
1/4 8% Summer Catch (2001) Big chunks of plot seem to be missing, as if left on the editing-room floor so that director Mike Tollin, in his feature debut, can get to yet another inspiring speech.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Aug 8, 2014
10% Woo (1998) Pinkett Smith does just fine. She's sexy, funny and ironic and carries Woo as it ambles all over a Brooklyn night that's one long party.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jul 26, 2014
3/4 71% The Ring (2002) The Ring, an elegantly creepy film set in a perpetual Seattle rainstorm, is interested more in eerie, unnerving thrills than bloodletting.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jul 25, 2014
1/4 5% The Avengers (1998) The Avengers is so bad it even elicits a horrible -- even embarrassing -- performance from Sean Connery.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jul 8, 2014
1/4 6% Gigli (2003) The two stars may be in love in real life, but they've managed to keep that chemistry well-hidden on screen.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 17, 2014
9% Catwoman (2004) Catwoman is worse than bad -- it's boring. So boring it's not even laughable.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 17, 2014
0.5/4 3% Battlefield Earth (2000) There are many things to make fun of here.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 17, 2014
17% Wild Wild West (1999) For pure summer escapism, you could do far worse.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 17, 2014
2.5/4 38% Armageddon (1998) It's such a thrill ride, in fact, that after its 2 1/2 hours of thrills, you're likely to feel more pummeled than entertained, which is just the point.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 6, 2014
99% L.A. Confidential (1997) It doesn't let up for a second, cramming James Ellroy's sprawling novel into a mere 98 minutes. That's both good and bad. The good? It's an exhilarating, breakneck ride. The bad? It's over far too soon.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 4, 2014
93% Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) This movie doesn't even try to be for everyone, but it will pierce some of you right in the heart. Give it a shot.‐ Florida Times-Union
Posted May 30, 2014