Movie reviews of Hope Madden

These are all the movies and series that Hope has reviewed. Read more at: Maddwolf.

Number of movie reviews: 480 / 480

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There are about a dozen too many nightmare sequences and the end is simply nonsense, but for horror fans, it’s not a bad time. Review

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25 august

25 aug

By enlisting a female character to behave so erratically in service of a weak story, Pretorious seems to be intentionally pointing out the idiotic leaps in logic audiences are willing to make. Review

4.0

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21 august

21 aug

Does the leap from Salem to Western ghost town make sense? It does not. But for a witchtastic Western, is it fun? Edgar Allen Poe couldn’t have made it any more fun. Review

6.0

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20 august

20 aug

It’s a mainly competent but frequently lazy flick with gore to spare and some fun animations, but it could have been a lot more. Review

6.0

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18 august

18 aug

His film plays with your preconceptions but never substitutes clever gimmick for story. The result is a sly, entirely satisfying journey into love, loneliness and how little we understand each other. Review

7.0

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16 august

16 aug

Bechelder’s footage never glamorizes its leads. Their candor, idealism and even their missteps and shortcomings as politicians are on display, giving the film a transparency and authenticity. Review

7.0

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14 august

14 aug

Part Venom, part Alien and all manner of Russian, the film pulls in images and ideas that feel familiar—sometimes too familiar—but the execution maintains your interest. Review

7.0

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12 august

12 aug

The film is absolutely a mash note to rock’s most rebellious rag. Review

8.0

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12 august

12 aug

The circular logic isn’t as tight as Young may think it is, but again, Limbo provides serviceable fun. No scares and not a ton of laughs—indeed, where Young is hoping to land on the horror-comedy spectrum is a bit muddy—but thanks mainly to a game cast, Limbo is still a pretty good time. Review

6.0

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7 august

7 aug

Out Stealing Horses can’t quite make the current-day footage ache or resonate quite so clearly. The events adult Trond deals with feel artificial, a forced structure. But that doesn’t rob the film of its magic. Review

7.0

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7 august

7 aug

Though the execution lacks polish, Spinster makes up for most of that with Peretti’s cynical charm and its own quiet determination to subvert its chosen genre. Review

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6 august

6 aug

You Never Had It will not entertain everyone equally, but it will thrill a handful of people and you know who you are. Review

8.0

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6 august

6 aug

From beginning to end, the film transmits a quiet, creeping dread. Seimetz can’t entirely capitalize on the intoxicating world she’s created, but hers is a unique voice and beguiling vision. Review

8.0

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4 august

4 aug

Bustamante’s film is a slow boil as interested in those who’ve tacitly accepted evil as it is in those who’ve committed it. What goes unsaid weighs as heavily as what happens in front of us. Impressively, this is also the first horror film in decades to make truly effective use of a dream sequence. Review

8.0

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4 august

4 aug

The film is a heartbreaker that just does what it wants to do. Review

9.0

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1 august

1 aug

For a B-movie, The Big Ugly delivers what it needs to. Review

7.0

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28 july

28 jul

A ninety minute doc that contents itself with a nostalgic traipse down VHS store aisles would be fun. A doc series that contextualizes the phenomenal explosion in the popularity of horror in the Eighties, digging into sexism, feminism, foreign titles, changing music, the Reagan influence, the impact of VHS and MTV – that would be amazing. In Search of Darkness is neither. Review

4.0

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27 july

27 jul

The delivery is measured and creepy, and though the final act feels simultaneously tidy and nonsensical, the mysteries themselves—not to mention a trio of excellent performances—more than satisfy. Review

7.0

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23 july

23 jul

Maine’s script is equally insightful, funny and tender. Review

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23 july

23 jul

There’s enough suffering in the final reel to clarify The Rental’s genre, but that doesn’t mean it entirely works. Review

6.0

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21 july

21 jul

When Kelly Reichardt tells a story, she breaks your heart. She does it slowly and quietly, but it’s broken nonetheless. Review

8.0

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16 july

16 jul

Ghosts of War makes an effort to say something meaningful. That message is waylaid by confused second act plotting and a third act reveal that feels far more lurid and opportunistic than it does resonant or haunting. Review

6.0

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14 july

14 jul

It pays off, delivering a thrilling action movie that doesn’t disregard your brain. Even better, this is a movie that tugs at your emotions without the need for swelling strings or sentiment to convince you. Review

8.0

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10 july

10 jul

There’s not a lot of depth to this story. But James doesn’t shy away from the ugliness, guilt, anger or grief that fuel relationships tied up in this particularly painful genealogical horror. With its evocative analogy, Relic shows us what we are really afraid of, and it isn’t ghosts. Review

7.0

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8 july

8 jul

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