Movie reviews of Hope Madden

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

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J.T. LeRoy

7

The two leads become a great point/counter point and the film is strongest in their shared scenes. When JT wanders off alone, burdened by puppy love or struggling to keep up a persona of another’s creation, a certain spark goes out.

25 april

25 apr

Poster for Family

Family

7

Family is smart, R-rated comedy that ultimately caves to the pressure to conform, but its struggle to be itself is laudable.

25 april

25 apr

Poster for Stockholm

Stockholm

7

Thanks to a fine cast that’s able to toe Budreau’s unusual line between comedy and drama, though, you’ll find yourself strangely fond of everyone involved.

25 april

25 apr

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Teen Spirit

5

No wonder Teen Spirit feels so derivative. You haven’t just seen this movie before, you’ve seen Elle Fanning in this movie before.

19 april

19 apr

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The Curse of La Llorona

6

The story unfortunately skirts the real tensions to be drawn from questioning her parenting skills.

18 april

18 apr

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Hagazussa

8

Albrun’s is a tragic story and Feigelfeld crafts it with a believable loneliness that bends toward madness. He’s captured this moment in time, this draining and ugly paranoia that caused women such misery, with imagery that is perplexingly beautiful. He’s cast a spell and you should submit.

17 april

17 apr

Poster for Little Woods

Little Woods

8

But politically savvy filmmaking is not the main reason to see Little Woods. See it because Tessa Thompson and Lily James are amazing, or because the story is stirring and unpredictable.

17 april

17 apr

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Hellboy

4

Hellboy is lousy with limb severing, blood gushing, intestine spilling action.

12 april

12 apr

Poster for Little

Little

6

The plotting is pretty sloppy and at no point does the comedy draw more than a chuckle, but Little is an amusing if forgettable waste of time.

11 april

11 apr

Poster for Pet Sematary

Pet Sematary

6

The movie looks good, and Clarke anchors the events with a thoughtful, believable performance that helps Pet Sematary overcome some of its more nonsensical moments.

5 april

5 apr

Poster for The Wind

The Wind

7

Tammi’s confident pacing and Gerard’s masterful performance ensure a gripping trip through a merciless slice of prairie life.

3 april

3 apr

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The Aftermath

6

It’s a nice distraction from a film that is otherwise as unsurprising as any you’re likely to see. Knightly and Skarsgård perform admirably in blandly familiar roles. And, of course, they look glorious.

3 april

3 apr

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Gloria Bell

8

Gloria Bell is a beautiful film, one that fearlessly affirms the potency of an individual woman, one that recognizes the merit of her story.

22 march

22 mar

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Captive State

6

The look is a bit murky, the 1984-style occupations a tad convenient and the lack of one single point of view character limits audience investment in character, and therefore, in the outcome. But the aliens look pretty cool, John Goodman offers a twisty, melancholy performance that’s worth seeing, and there’s rarely a bad time to be reminded of the power of resistance.

15 march

15 mar

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Wonder Park

4

No. Math and science can help with a lot of things, but grief is grief and it just needs to be accepted. This trickery to overcome it is a cheat, as is the film’s ending, not to mention that roller coaster bear moment. Good lord, I wonder how this got made.

15 march

15 mar

Poster for Birds of Passage

Birds of Passage

8

David Gallego’s cinematography renders an absurdly beautiful desolation, colors splashing and popping against bleached sandy neutrals. Naturalistic performances from the entire cast aid in the film’s authentic feeling, but the poetry of the directors’ use of long shots and the singing voiceover give Birds of Passage the tone of folklore.

14 march

14 mar

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The Hole in the Ground

7

Cronin’s subtext never threatens his story, but instead informs the dread and guilt that pervade every scene. Performances are quite solid and the way folklore – in tale and in song – is woven through the story creates a hypnotic effect.

6 march

6 mar

Poster for Greta

Greta

4

Well, par for the course with this film. It opens strong, develops well and relies on Huppert’s supernatural presence to create palpable tension before going entirely off the rails.

28 february

28 feb

Poster for Fighting with My Family

Fighting with My Family

7

While Fighting with My Family manages to sidestep or subvert a lot of genre clichés, it hardly breaks new ground. Instead, Merchant elevates the familiar with a more authentic feeling backstory and a winning cast.

22 february

22 feb

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Lords of Chaos

6

In recreating a series of increasingly more unfortunate events, Åkerlund never manages to shed new light on the crimes at hand. And maybe he can’t—maybe that’s the point.

22 february

22 feb

Poster for Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel

6

There is nothing especially groundbreaking or memorable, however, about the film. There is nothing inferior about it, either. It pushes some boundaries in terms of content as well as movie experience and it entertains from start to finish. It’s Hunger Games with a more likable protagonist, Ready Player One with a plot.

15 february

15 feb

Poster for Happy Death Day 2U

Happy Death Day 2U

3

The point is, if you are in the mood for some genre bending SciFi fun, you won’t find it here.

13 february

13 feb

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

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