Movie reviews of Hope Madden

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

Number of movie reviews: 679 / 679

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The filmmaker and his game lead challenge expectations both in theme and in genre, and while their gamble doesn’t entirely pay off, it’s often riveting stuff. Review

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2 december

2 dec

If you’re longing for a film about women and the historical, hysterical afflictions they faced because they were women, but you really miss seeing these lessons from a leeringly male perspective, I have a hard time imagining a film that better suits your mood than Benedetta. Review

5.0

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1 december

1 dec

The FX are not as impressive as the performances, unfortunately, but the creature itself is creepy as hell. Review

7.0

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30 november

30 nov

Random scenes of exposition are wedged in periodically where none is needed, while other information remains weirdly—though sometimes intriguingly—vague. But certain scenes are brilliant, charged with emotion and brutality, and sometimes tenderness. Review

6.0

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23 november

23 nov

John Leguizamo and Maria Cecilia Botero join Beatriz in a voice cast that brims with pathos, love and energy, just like the family they depict. Review

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22 november

22 nov

Though the film is overlong and perhaps slightly too wrapped up in Weide himself, it warmly and bittersweetly answers one of life’s most relatable questions. Review

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18 november

18 nov

It is less poetic and self-indulgent than Tommaso or Siberia, less sensible than his earlier work, and less compelling than a lot of what he’s done. And the explosions look ridiculous. And yet, there is nothing quite like an Abel Ferrara film. Review

6.0

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17 november

17 nov

Not every performance is as strong, but West evokes such a poignant and dreamlike atmosphere that minor acting hiccups can be overlooked. Review

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10 november

10 nov

A meticulously crafted, deeply felt gem of a film. Review

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8 november

8 nov

Hackl’s clearly working on a shoestring here, and though the film sometimes shows a lack of funds, on the whole, it’s competently made. The humor Hackl, Gibson and Eastwood mine from Christopher Borrelli’s script delivers Dangerous’s saving grace. Review

5.0

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3 november

3 nov

Verbeek lenses a gorgeous late-night cityscape — never sinister, never forbidding, just pretty and mainly empty. Like his film. Review

4.0

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2 november

2 nov

Outrage roils beneath the surface of this film so loudly that it almost drowns out the actual plot, which is fine. The mystery itself, convoluted as it is, mainly allows Cummings and McCabe opportunities for inspired, seethingly comical hijinks. Review

8.0

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2 november

2 nov

There’s nothing showy about Ezwan’s feature debut. Instead, a raw but graceful understatement balances something supernatural with something profoundly earthly to deliver blood, dread and fear. Review

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29 october

29 oct

The film suffers from a lack of imagination. Cooper and team lead us through a dour metaphor full of familiar genre tropes and leave us with a brutal, great-looking, well-acted lecture. Review

6.0

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29 october

29 oct

The full stash runs two and a half hours and might have played better as a short series. It’s a long commitment, and every film has weak spots, which makes the time really feel like a commitment. Review

6.0

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27 october

27 oct

But Sharpe’s vision is not sharp enough, and he ties up Wain’s frantic and messy life with far too much tidiness, a cinematic shortcut that doesn’t suit the film or the subject. Too much effort goes into wrestling Wain’s madness into a coherent, cinema-friendly plotline and it feels like the artist is being cheated once again. Review

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21 october

21 oct

It’s a lot of very attractive waiting for something to happen, which is maybe the best Dune synopsis I can think of. Review

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20 october

20 oct

Bergman Island tells you a lot but leaves it to you to decide what it’s saying. Whatever tale you decipher, your time on the island is well spent. Review

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14 october

14 oct

While several scenes in and of themselves stand out spectacularly, and the weaving together of the various images creates a strange and intoxicating flavor, the underlying story is just too slight and the metaphors somewhat tortured. Review

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14 october

14 oct

Lamb is an absolutely gorgeous, entirely unusual and expertly crafted gem of a film. You should see it. Review

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6 october

6 oct

The result is a mish-mash of messy, frenetic fun with a higher body count than you might expect. Review

6.0

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30 september

30 sep

With characters to root for, violence to spare, and a healthy acceptance of chaos, Bingo Hell is pretty fun. Review

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30 september

30 sep

Performances are exceptional, loose ends are welcome, but with little in the way of visual panache and lots in the way of discomfort, not everyone will stick it out. Review

7.0

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28 september

28 sep

It’s a lovely film. It looks great, performances are solid in a very mellow way, and the resolution feels like a long-coming hug from a buddy. It’s nice. Review

7.0

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24 september

24 sep

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