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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Instead we get a blandly sanitized soap opera, the warrior queen discussing hair care with her female soldiers as frequently as military tactics. Throughout, Bhise’s direction feels amateurish, every scene stagnating as it drowns in costumes and unconvincing sets. Review

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2019-11-14

2019

It’s a lazy hero’s quest adventure flick where the hero learns little and isn’t given much chance to become a hero. Review

4.0

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2019-11-13

2019

The entire cast—and it’s a big one—impresses, from bewildered CIA staff to opportunists looking to cash in, from battered inmates to White House Chief of Staff. With limited screen time, each performer establishes a character, not a cardboard villain or hero, and the contribution elevates the entire film. Review

8.0

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2019-11-13

2019

It’s a stunning film, and a rare gem that treats Appalachians not as clichés, but certainly not as people to be messed with. Review

8.0

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2019-11-12

2019

It’s a ludicrous mess, but not quite ludicrous enough to make it fun. What could have been most enjoyable as insane winds up being mainly inane. Review

4.0

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2019-11-06

2019

It’s a too-tidy end to a decent spook show—nothing especially scary or daring or original, but an atmospheric thriller that looks good and entertains. Review

6.0

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2019-10-30

2019

Though they wisely narrow the story, beginning immediately before Harriet’s escape from a Maryland plantation and ending just after her astonishing Civil War battle, the film still feels a bit shallow in its telling. Review

7.0

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2019-10-30

2019

Roy Cohn is dead, but as Where’s My Roy Cohn? makes dismayingly clear is that his ghost still haunts us. Review

8.0

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2019-10-29

2019

Joachim Ronning shows moments of visual inspiration, splashing color across the screen one moment, forbiddingly grim grey tones the next, but the little magical creatures rarely suggest the CGI budget was spent very wisely. Review

4.0

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2019-10-16

2019

His film would feel desperate to be socially relevant if it were not so incredibly lazy in just every conceivable way. Review

4.0

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2019-10-16

2019

The story itself is a socially conscious drama brimming with despair and outrage. Review

7.0

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2019-10-15

2019

Rose Byrne is one of the most reliable comic actors working today. Here she’s basically a jealous, controlling, psychotic Siri and her deadpan delivery is priceless. It’s just not enough to salvage the film. Review

5.0

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2019-10-11

2019

The Addams Family is unlikely to charm longstanding fans and will likely bore young moviegoers. It might entertain a slim swath of tweens, but this family deserves better than that. Review

5.0

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2019-10-11

2019

Mary feels simultaneously rushed and bloated. It’s a remarkable waste of both Mortimer and Oldman’s talent and the only true mystery—left unsolved, by the way—is how it drew these actors in the first place. Review

4.0

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2019-10-09

2019

In another filmmaker’s hands, this jarring one-off nuttiness might seem contrived or off-putting, but not on Planet Miike. His profession may be shifting sand beneath some feet, but Takashi Miike flies wherever he wants to go. Review

8.0

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2019-10-09

2019

The enormously likable cast and a tight script elevate the film above its slight story and often borrowed ideas. But the pace is quick, the bowels are spilling, and I’ve never enjoyed Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off more. Review

7.0

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2019-10-07

2019

It’s a deep, immersive dive into how Alien evolved to become the masterpiece that it is and why the film remains as haunting today as it was when John Hurt’s chest first burst in 1979. Review

8.0

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2019-10-03

2019

It’s a fascinating look at the function clowns have served since their medieval beginnings, as well as the internet’s way of amplifying folk tales. Review

7.0

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2019-10-02

2019

The film makes more than a few convenient moves, but it packs a lot of surprises and showcases very solid performances. Review

7.0

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2019-10-02

2019

There’s not a single performance in the film that isn’t a welcome surprise. And underneath it all, Dick Long reimagines small town masculinity, isolation and loneliness. Review

8.0

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2019-09-27

2019

Rambo: Last Blood, on the other hand, is a MAGA fantasy come to vivid, bloody fruition. Weak. Review

2.0

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2019-09-20

2019

Without the needed distraction of a Full On Cage, it’s tough not to notice the narrative inconsistencies, trite dialog, stupid character names. Review

4.0

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2019-09-18

2019

Made sensibly and economically, Haunt sticks to what it knows and focuses on what it came to do. Gaps in logic are few. One or two of the kills offer intrigue and the villains are, if not especially impressive, at least kind of fun. Review

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2019-09-11

2019

. Though this ghost story with tiny dragons and stuffed tigers is darkly fanciful, it’s also surprisingly clear-eyed in its view of the toll the drug war takes on the innocent. It’s Latin American horror at its best. Review

8.0

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2019-09-11

2019

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