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 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

Poster for The Hole in the Ground

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

Poster for Lords of Chaos

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

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 The Angel

The 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

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