Movie reviews of George Wolf

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

Number of movie reviews: 370 / 370

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You can file it under “music nerdery,” but spend some time with Other Music and you’ll find a mix of celebration and eulogy. Both are worthy, for a small business in NYC and the similar culture of community disappearing from just about everywhere else. Review

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23 august

23 aug

Russell on a rampage. That’s it. You want some of that? Crowe and Unhinged deliver it, with all the when’s, why’s, and how’s right up in your face. Review

6.0

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21 august

21 aug

Making that leap with us, and not for us, is no easy trick, but The 24th is more proof of risk and reward. The ugliest corners of the mirror can be valuable teachers, and we need Willmott’s voice – as both a writer and a filmmaker – to keep us looking. Review

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20 august

20 aug

All the familiar YA parts are here, and Words on Bathroom Walls keeps them comfortably close. But like those sentence-building magnets on the refrigerator door, just moving them around seldom leads to anything that makes much sense. Review

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19 august

19 aug

The result is an endlessly fascinating and thoroughly entertaining mixture of shock and awe. Review

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14 august

14 aug

The cast is uniformly splendid and the locales ooze sophistication. But while The Bay of Silence qualifies as perfectly acceptable adult fare, you can’t help wishing it would have said a little more. Review

6.0

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13 august

13 aug

The writing is playfully seductive and the cast is a joy, setting a delicious hook that keeps you guessing, at least for a while. And while the finale struggles with consistency, the final shot sends an undeniable message. Review

7.0

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7 august

7 aug

The surroundings are gorgeous, the tidy ending is never in doubt, and the real life family ties provide unspoken warmth. It will no doubt remind you of places you’ve already been, but the soft edges and lived-in appeal of Made In Italy feel like a weathered welcome mat. Review

6.0

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7 august

7 aug

Despite the slick camerawork from cinematographer Salvatore Totino, here we are. There are possibilities strewn about The Tax Collector that might have gelled into a robbers bookend for the compelling cops in Ayers’s End of Watch. But like pesky overdue notices, ignore those possibilities too long and there’s a great big mess on your hands. Or on your screen. Review

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6 august

6 aug

Even at its nuttiest, I Used To Go Here is a deceptively smart look at the complexities of accepting adulthood. Review

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5 august

5 aug

Waiting for the Barbarians is not a film that will leave you guessing. But the decades-old message remains painfully vital, and in its quietest moments of subtlety, the film gives that message sufficient power. Review

7.0

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1 august

1 aug

Bray’s mission is never in doubt, and the film’s ultimate resolution becomes a tidy, manipulative pinch from the Nicholas Sparks playbook, right down to the throwing of a shameless trump card. Review

4.0

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30 july

30 jul

These moral complexities of a man questioning his sense of the world are what gives The Shadow of Violence its voice, one that speaks most eloquently in the spaces between the bloodshed. Review

8.0

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28 july

28 jul

Curie was one for ages. Radioactive does suffer from scattered elements, but ultimately turns in watchable, satisfying results. Review

7.0

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22 july

22 jul

There will be eyerolls, but if you’re keeping score, also enough frightful eyebrow-raising to make Impetigore a winning dive into twisted family values. Review

6.0

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22 july

22 jul

We ache with this family and cheer for them, even when their choices might disappoint us. Review

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16 july

16 jul

There may be little that surprises you in Lake of Death, but a sterling partnership between director and cameraman makes sure you have a fine souvenir from the visit. Review

6.0

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15 july

15 jul

This is a storytelling experiment left to its own ends, which end up being delightfully and desperately character-driven. Review

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9 july

9 jul

But while most of the film is gracefully laced with Foster’s honest introspection on his multiple failed marriages and concerns about being a good father, the final act wavers with a more glossy, choreographed concentration on his personal life. Review

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1 july

1 jul

Director Kim seems unfazed by the script’s lack of originality or moments of contrivance, confident in his ability to find new frights in well-traveled neighborhoods. For the most part, he does, even managing to touch a nerve that resonates beyond the horror genre itself. Review

7.0

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30 june

30 jun

Though the bulk of the film is given a linear, by-the-numbers presentation, the musical history it recounts is essential. An important and timeless biography, Ella‘s got that swing. Review

7.0

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26 june

26 jun

The real treat, though, is seeing Byrne finally dig into another role worthy of her comedy pedigree. Review

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25 june

25 jun

Yes, it is predictable, drags in spots and is assembled from parts of plenty of other films. But director Peter Segal and screenwriters Erich and Jon Hoeber find some solid self-aware laughs poking holes in plenty of film tropes, from action scenes and tough guy catch phrases to over-the-top gay neighbors and the very idea of little kid sidekicks. Review

6.0

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24 june

24 jun

My Darling Vivian is essential to understanding the complete legacy of a cultural icon. But even beyond the celebrity trappings, it is a bittersweet testament to love, to family, and to scars that never quite fade. Review

8.0

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17 june

17 jun

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