Movie reviews of Hope Madden

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

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Poster for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

6

Yes, much of the charm of the original has worn thin. To make up for it, the sequel relies too heavily on pop culture references...

8 february

8 feb

Poster for The Prodigy

The Prodigy

5

The bigger problem is the leaden pacing and lack of action. McCarthy may be going for an atmospheric dread, but the result feels stagnant and drowsy.

8 february

8 feb

Poster for Cold Pursuit

Cold Pursuit

6

Plenty of peculiar turns and quirky moments between odd characters elevate this one above your garden variety Neeson thriller. It offers a mildly entertaining time...

8 february

8 feb

Poster for Piercing

Piercing

7

It’s not a film that will satisfy a lot of viewers, it’s more of a fascinating and forgettable sketch.

31 january

31 jan

Poster for They Shall Not Grow Old

They Shall Not Grow Old

10

The fact that this immersion pulls you 100 years into the past is beyond impressive, but the real achievement is in the intimacy and human connection it engenders.

31 january

31 jan

Poster for Cold War

Cold War

9

Pawlikowski uses music to inform a shifting relationship; he uses a relationship to illustrate changing global politics; he leans on an impossible political situation to articulate insurmountable challenges within a relationship. The result is poetry.

30 january

30 jan

Poster for Yours in Sisterhood

Yours in Sisterhood

7

This confluence and conflict creates some fascinating and fascinatingly untidy responses. In many ways, the energy of the film relies on the tension between the few people who feel well-matched and the few people who feel dissonant.

24 january

24 jan

Poster for Stan & Ollie

Stan & Ollie

7

Like the comedy of Laurel and Hardy, this film is sweet, clever and entirely of another time.

24 january

24 jan

Poster for Pledge

Pledge

6

Pledge is no masterpiece. It is, however, a tightly packaged, insightful and mean little flick.

18 january

18 jan

Poster for Replicas

Replicas

3

That King quote didn’t flash through my mind as I thought about the Foster family and their existential paradox. I was thinking about me having to sit through this movie.

11 january

11 jan

Rust Creek

6

The biggest obstacle facing her as she maneuvers her tropes to serve a (hopefully) unexpected purpose is that her protagonist is the least interesting character in the movie.

11 january

11 jan

Poster for El Angel

El Angel

7

Still, the sheer off-kilter spectacle that finds its focus in small, weird moments is too great to dismiss. Like the character it creates, El Angel’s allure is too strong to resist.

9 january

9 jan

Poster for Escape Room

Escape Room

5

Even if all these antics are new to you, the film’s predictable climax and disappointing waning moments are bound to leave you feeling that this movie could have been better.

4 january

4 jan

Poster for Ben Is Back

Ben Is Back

7

The film itself dips too often into maudlin traps. And though the third act is far from awful, the filmmaker’s insights for family dynamics and dysfunction are stronger.

20 december

20 dec

Poster for The Possession of Hannah Grace

The Possession of Hannah Grace

4

85 minutes of not too much—not much point, very little action, not a lot of scares and even fewer answers.

30 november

30 nov

Poster for Green Book

Green Book

6

But that is the primary problem with Green Book. It sympathizes greatly, but has absolutely no idea how to empathize.

21 november

21 nov

Poster for Robin Hood

Robin Hood

3

The score feels cribbed, the action is video-game superficial and the costuming came directly from Forever 21. Why did they make this movie again?

21 november

21 nov

Poster for Widows

Widows

7

There are double crosses, flying bullets, car chases, explosions—genre prerequisites that feel like new toys for the super-serious director. McQueen proves a versatile a filmmaker, though he has certainly left his own distinctive mark on the action flick.

16 november

16 nov

Poster for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

5

Characters are quirky, wardrobe is glorious, Ezra Miller broods well—all of which is a lot of what we’ve already seen. What Grindewald doesn’t offer is anything new, or any reason to care.

16 november

16 nov

Poster for Border

Border

8

A film quite unlike anything else, one offering layer upon provocative, messy layer and Abbasi feels no compulsion to tidy up. Instead, he leaves you with a lot to think through thanks to one unyieldingly original film.

15 november

15 nov

Poster for Overlord

Overlord

7

A satisfying Good V Evil film that benefits from layers, Overlord reminds us repeatedly that it is possible to retain your humanity, even in the face of inhuman evil. Plus, Nazi zombies, which is never not awesome!

9 november

9 nov

Poster for Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

8

The story of Lee Israel offers a weirdly optimistic if cautionary tale for misfit women. It’s also a great reminder that Melissa McCarthy can really act.

8 november

8 nov

Poster for The Other Side of the Wind

The Other Side of the Wind

7

As well and as wildly as the movie-making satire plays, at the heart of this film is humiliation on exhibition. Hero worship is hollow, commerce is still king and a man who can’t pay can’t play.

1 november

1 nov

Poster for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

5

There are lovely moments peppered through this visually elegant picture, but there is no passion, no danger and no excitement.

31 october

31 oct

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