Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-YOU; Everyone's a Critic

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-YOU; Everyone's a Critic

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So you think Matt Soergel must be on a Sno-cap sugar high when he sees films? Everyone's a Critic lets you play movie reviewer. Here's what "regular folks" think of movies currently playing at the multiplex.

United 93 - After 50 years of serious film going, this movie left me shaken like none other - dazed, shattered, stumbling, sobbing, incoherent. It was like a knife to the heart, a blow to the head, a visual experience unequaled. Three days later, I am still under the spell of this phenomenal docudrama by Paul Greengrass, who handled the subject matter with such class, respect, reverence, love and passion. Time is irrelevant: This movie will be forever relevant.

Ellen Weiss, 71, Orange Park

United 93 - Movies can entertain, delight, frighten or inform. Sometimes they put us in a place we could never go in real life. United 93's documentary style provides the nearest we will ever get to being there with the passengers. We need to be reminded that it is everyone's duty to be alert, and to tell our loved ones what they mean to us. It isn't always easy to watch, but it is important that we do.

Janet Livermore, 52, Jacksonville Beach

United 93 - Being closest to the door, I was one of the first out of the theater. I turned around and looked into the faces of more than a hundred resolute men, their gazes steady, their jaws set in grim determination, each knowing that given the same choice, between waiting or bravely fighting, they too would have charged up that aisle. Few movies can challenge an audience like this one does. See it on the big screen.

Rod Sullivan, 50, San Marco

Akeelah and the Bee - How do you spell wonderful? This is a beautiful story with a superb cast about an inner-city middle school student with low self-esteem but a lot of potential and spunk. She earns the chance to compete toward the national spelling bee, where words are challenging enough to pronounce, let alone spell. Its message is more meaningful than the definition of any championship word, but Scrabble fans and word lovers will especially enjoy.

Ellen Lord, 37, Southside

Friends With Money - Holy cow, what a terrible movie! …

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