Movie reviews of Hope Madden

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

Number of movie reviews: 711 / 711

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Kovgan’s respect for the work as well as the life of her subject is clear and she’s captured much of that spirit. Review

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2020-01-22

2020

The film lacks the vibrant subversiveness of Mom and Dad and comes nowhere near the insane vision of Mandy, so Cage fans might be only mildly impressed. Lovecraft fans, though, have reason to be excited. Review

6.0

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2020-01-22

2020

The film breaks through as not only an admirable artistic vision produced with integrity, but a beautiful human tale of perseverance and love. Review

7.0

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2020-01-21

2020

An urgent portrait of a system in collapse, Midnight Family also uncovers one family’s raft of hope amid an ocean of desperation. Review

8.0

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2020-01-16

2020

Is Bad Boys for Life ludicrous? Oh, hell yes. Luckily its casual sexism and jingoism are offset by its refreshing pro-violence stance. Review

4.0

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2020-01-16

2020

Stewart gets to try on the action hero role, and she’s not too bad. For a 95 minute sea monster movie, neither is Underwater. It’s not too good, either, but at least there are no sparkly vampires. Review

6.0

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2020-01-10

2020

Three Christs misses more opportunities than it grabs, which is unfortunate because both Dinklage and especially Goggins deliver performances worth seeing. Review

6.0

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2020-01-09

2020

Jump scares are telegraphed, CGI and practical effects are unimpressive, editing is uninspired and, worst of all, the sound design lacks any of that goosebump-inducing inspiration Shimizu used to such great effect. Review

4.0

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2020-01-03

2020

The film is more charming than outright funny, relying on its leads’ natural charisma and fun chemistry, but it does offer more than a handful of chuckles. Review

6.0

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2019-12-25

2019

In all, this remarkable filmmaker and her enviable cast make this retelling maybe the most necessary version yet. Review

8.0

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2019-12-24

2019

Wisely, Roach and team don’t get swept away by the bracing change and empowerment of victory. Indeed, Bombshell’s final act is a smack I still feel. But its power is its honesty. Review

7.0

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2019-12-19

2019

The plot ends up killing Black Christmas, which is too bad. Takal threads some audacious take downs of bro culture throughout a film with a lot of insight. It’s just not a very good movie. Review

5.0

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2019-12-13

2019

The corruption hangs from this family like a mink stole, and The Kingmaker doesn’t deliver the same empathetic shock value to be found in Greenfield’s 2012 doc The Queen of Versailles. Review

8.0

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2019-12-12

2019

The Two Popes is hard to resist. In the end – especially at the end – the film is almost criminally charming. Review

7.0

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2019-12-11

2019

Not a frame, not a glance, not a bizarre line of dialog is wasted or misplaced in a bold vision that’s stylized nearly to death. In a good way. Strickland’s audacious anti-consumerism fantasy must be seen to be believed. Review

7.0

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2019-12-05

2019

Even so, Daniel Isn’t Real is an Olympic-sized leap forward from Mortimer’s previous feature, Some Kind of Hate, the director here showcasing an unpredicted visual flair and storytelling finesse. Though his film treads some well-worn ground, the way Mortimer and team balance the supernatural and psychological push and pull creates an unnerving atmosphere. Review

6.0

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2019-12-05

2019

Like Schults’s first film Krisha, Waves is embroiled in family issues as well as addiction, though this time the issues and the sociological context concern American blackness—questionable territory for a white filmmaker, even one as irrefutably talented as Schults. Perhaps thanks mainly to remarkable performances by Brown, Russell and especially Harrison, Waves rings mainly true. Review

8.0

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2019-12-04

2019

He can’t entirely break free, though, and Dark Waters in the end—however stirring, informative and timely the tale—feels far too safe to be a Todd Haynes film. Review

7.0

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2019-12-04

2019

In what is essentially a one man show, Christopher Rygh delivers a quiet, brooding performance for a quiet, brooding film. He cuts an impressive figure as the Vikingesque warrior at the center of this adventure and his work speaks of joyless endurance. Review

7.0

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2019-12-03

2019

In other hands, Honey Boy is another look at the ugly familial dysfunction that both propels and destroys young actors. Instead, through mundane details, we’re offered an unsettling and candid character study and a finely written family tragedy. Review

8.0

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2019-11-26

2019

Johnson proves that you can poke fun without abandoning compassion. More than that, he reminds us that, as a writer, he’s shooting on all cylinders: wry, clever, meticulously crafted, socially aware and tons of fun. Review

8.0

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2019-11-25

2019

Sachs’s greying narrative, while never pushy, feels determined to expose our personal desires to check off boxes and maintain the illusion of control. Frankie manipulates events to find solace in the idea that there are final solutions, or that a person may continue to be needed and useful, even present for our loved ones after we’re gone. But life is untidy, and fittingly, so is Frankie. Review

7.0

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2019-11-22

2019

Hanks doesn’t love Fred Rogers as much as he entirely accepts him, and that’s the magic of this performance. Review

8.0

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2019-11-22

2019

Thanks to the actors’ commitment and the filmmakers’ skill in atmospheric horror, the movie grips you, makes you cold and uncomfortable, and ends with a memorable slap. Review

7.0

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2019-11-15

2019

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