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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Aside from a couple of utterly priceless Dupieux flourishes, it’s Dujardin that sells this film. He’s deeply committed to the wildly wrong-headed internal logic of the film and the character. Review

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29 april

29 apr

There’s far too much borrowed and rehashed between Acts 1 and 3 for it to stand the test of time alone, but The Wretched delivers enough to entertain and to leave you interested in what’s next for the Pierce brothers. Review

6.0

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29 april

29 apr

Performances are not always exceptional, and you would not call this a feminist effort, but the underlying wry, weary wit separates the film from anything else like it. Review

7.0

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24 april

24 apr

Bit

Still, there’s low-rent garbage fun to be had with this. Everything about it could have been better, but like most guilty pleasures, it appeals in a sugar high kind of way. Review

5.0

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23 april

23 apr

With a spare script, visual wonder and energy to burn, Why Don’t You Just Die! promises to snatch your attention like a duffle bag of cash and hang on until exactly enough blood is spilled. Review

8.0

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21 april

21 apr

Moretti's instincts as a storyteller supersede, even complement, his disregard for the standard practice of documentary. The result is a slice of global, political, human life that bristles with passion and indignation. Review

8.0

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17 april

17 apr

Popov’s instinct for visual storytelling is again the most compelling argument for the film. Review

6.0

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16 april

16 apr

The film is equally fascinating whether it’s digging into grand ideas or sitting in a sidewalk lawn chair chit chatting about the nastier, day-to-day consequences of gentrification. Review

8.0

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10 april

10 apr

There’s just not a lot to see here. Pretty girls. Terrible music. Worse clothes. Religious zealots. Backwards thinking. Review

6.0

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8 april

8 apr

It’s sweet and charming in a low key, comfortable way, but it is hardly a thrill ride. Review

6.0

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2 april

2 apr

Szumowska strings together a dreamlike series of visions that horrify on a primal level, the imagery giving the film the feel of gruesome poetry more than narrative. Review

8.0

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1 april

1 apr

Though the strength of the cultural context sometimes undercuts the spookiness of the ghost story being told, Under the Shadow builds a strong case for itself as a horror film. Review

8.0

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21 march

21 mar

Not only is that an unusual topic for horror, it’s delivered with the kind of touching restraint that’s almost inconceivable in this genre. Review

7.0

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20 march

20 mar

Run-ins with other survivors, both the good and the bad kind, are played in Carriers with a real mixture of terror and sympathy. It’s one of the many reasons that the film delivers a harder emotional punch than you might be expecting. Review

7.0

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14 march

14 mar

The Hunt is a darkly comedic, socially savvy, equal opportunity skewering and it is a blast. Review

7.0

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12 march

12 mar

Rather than a reimagining of Peter Pan, Wendy feels like a misguided reworking of Beasts of the Southern Wild, which did not need tampering of any kind. Review

6.0

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10 march

10 mar

The film’s affable absurdity suits Forte and Ward makes a sweetly ideal foil for Higgins. Extra Ordinary casts a silly spell that leaves you smiling. Review

7.0

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10 march

10 mar

For raw, sloppy honesty, you’re not likely to find a better candidate. Review

7.0

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10 march

10 mar

The filmmaker’s vision and imagery come full circle with a bold conclusion worthy of Bennett’s performance. Review

8.0

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10 march

10 mar

It garners an amused chuckle or too, maybe even a sniffle, but you’ll be hard pressed to remember anything about it besides those unicorns, and there was no real point to those. Review

6.0

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5 march

5 mar

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is breathtakingly gorgeous. But, like Heloise’s portrait in the film, that’s not enough to make it a masterpiece. It’s the authenticity to the intimacy—perhaps partly born of the fact that Haenel and Sciamma are a real life couple—that’s inescapable, and it drives the piece. Review

9.0

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4 march

4 mar

It’s a film that doesn’t want to give up on small town, low rent, hard work. But it’s also a film that’s bracingly clear-eyed about the reality that balances that optimism. The result is a memorably quiet eulogy. Review

7.0

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28 february

28 feb

Disappearance at Clifton Hill is not a flawless film, but it is deceptively competent. It’s fun and clever. Middleton’s clear eyed yet delusional Nancy Drew never ceases to be appealing. Review

7.0

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28 february

28 feb

While there’s not a lot to like about Stacey Menear’s script, the problem here—as with his 2016 effort that began this whole killer plaything saga—feels more like poor direction. Review

4.0

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21 february

21 feb

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