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 Tigers Are Not Afraid

Tigers Are Not Afraid

8

. 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.

11 september

11 sep

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Depraved

6

Depraved does offer a glimmer of hope for mankind. Fessenden doesn’t revolutionize the genre or say anything new, though, but you won’t leave the film wishing Shelley’s beast would just stay dead.

11 september

11 sep

Poster for Lunch Ladies

Lunch Ladies

8

Variety, laughs, mayhem, blood spatter, romance, cheerleader pot pie—Hellarious is a tasty treat of bite sized horror.

10 september

10 sep

Poster for Knives and Skin

Knives and Skin

8

This cockeyed lens for the middle American pressure cooker that is high school suggests exhilarating possibilities, but does so with a melancholy absurdity that recognizes the impossibility of it all.

9 september

9 sep

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One Cut of the Dead

8

The manic comedy proves as infectious as the zombiism on the screen, and much of the reason is the committed cast. Ueda allows each performer the opportunity to grow and discover, and every actor at one point or another takes full advantage of his or her moment to shine.

9 september

9 sep

Poster for 여곡성

여곡성

6

It’s a capably made film that wastes little time, boasts strong performances and offers familiar but creepy fun.

4 september

4 sep

Poster for Don't Let Go

Don't Let Go

5

A blandly forgettable waste of a truly impressive group of actors.

30 august

30 aug

Poster for Luce

Luce

8

Whether intentional or not, the casting adds an underlying sense of urgent dread—as does Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury’s discordant score.

29 august

29 aug

Poster for The Nightingale

The Nightingale

8

Her tale becomes far more than an indictment of colonization, white male privilege, domination and subjugation. It’s a harrowing and brilliant tale of horror. It’s also our history.

22 august

22 aug

Poster for Ready or Not

Ready or Not

6

Even with the clever turns and cheeky performances, the film lacks substance.

21 august

21 aug

Poster for Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

6

Comedic moments are abandoned before they land, emotional messiness is tidied into submission, dramatic moments are undercut before they can generate any tension. The resulting, meandering tale doesn’t go much of anywhere.

16 august

16 aug

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Honeyland

9

Beautifully filmed with natural light to create a sort of visual lyricism, Honeyland becomes an allegory for our times. It’s hard not to be invested in Hatidze’s story, in her bees, as if our own future depends on them.

15 august

15 aug

Poster for Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

6

Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a charmer and not a bad way to spend some time with the family.

9 august

9 aug

Poster for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

6

An analogy of lost innocence, nostalgic without becoming too sentimental, this is old school scary, as unapologetically unoriginal as its source material and almost as effective.

9 august

9 aug

Poster for Maiden

Maiden

7

Scene after windy, wet, terrifying scene—the nautical thrills crisply underscored by Rob Manning and Samuel Sim’s score—skipper and crew of the Maiden strategize, tough it out, and risk a watery grave.

7 august

7 aug

Brainiac: Transmissions After Zero

8

Mahoney lets the music and the musicians tell their own story. Like a lot of rock docs, Transmissions After Zero introduces or reintroduces a group of voices that should not have been lost.

6 august

6 aug

Poster for Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

6

Enough with plot, on to stupifyingly illogical and imaginative action. Hobbs & Shaw offers quite a spectacle.

1 august

1 aug

Poster for Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

7

A bit disjointed but never uninteresting, Words of Love is an often compelling look at the relationship between muse and artist. For Cohen fans, it’s required viewing.

25 july

25 jul

Poster for Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

6

Though Green herself struggles to create a film artistically worthy of the pioneering filmmaker, her heart is in the right place and her quest to help Guy-Blaché reclaim her own place in cinematic history is laudable.

13 july

13 jul

Poster for Stuber

Stuber

4

It’s too bad because both Nanjiani and Bautista deserve a lot better than this low-aiming and forgettable mess.

12 july

12 jul

Poster for Darlin'

Darlin'

4

It’s unfortunate, because there are three or four moments in this film of unique, subversive horror. They flash across the screen and then are gone, drown out by lazily written, listlessly directed cliché.

11 july

11 jul

Poster for Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

7

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’s documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am benefits from the Octogenarian Nobel and Pulitzer prize winner’s characteristically mesmerizing ruminations on her life. As she sits and recounts memories, moments and, most fascinating, glimpses of her writing inspirations, the documentary blossoms.

10 july

10 jul

Poster for Luz

Luz

7

Running about 70 minutes and boasting no more than 6 speaking roles, Luz is surrealism at its most basic, storytelling at its sparest.

26 june

26 jun

Poster for Annabelle Comes Home

Annabelle Comes Home

6

Annabelle Comes Home is no masterpiece and it is definitely a tonal shift from the previous installments, but it’s a mindless PG-13 blast of haunted house summer fun.

25 june

25 jun

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