Movie reviews of Hope Madden

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

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Number of movie reviews: 270 / 270


Poster for Widows



There are double crosses, flying bullets, car chases, explosions—genre prerequisites that feel like new toys for the super-serious director. McQueen proves a versatile a filmmaker, though he has certainly left his own distinctive mark on the action flick.

16 november

16 nov

Poster for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald


Characters are quirky, wardrobe is glorious, Ezra Miller broods well—all of which is a lot of what we’ve already seen. What Grindewald doesn’t offer is anything new, or any reason to care.

16 november

16 nov

Poster for Border



A film quite unlike anything else, one offering layer upon provocative, messy layer and Abbasi feels no compulsion to tidy up. Instead, he leaves you with a lot to think through thanks to one unyieldingly original film.

15 november

15 nov

Poster for Overlord



A satisfying Good V Evil film that benefits from layers, Overlord reminds us repeatedly that it is possible to retain your humanity, even in the face of inhuman evil. Plus, Nazi zombies, which is never not awesome!

9 november

9 nov

Poster for Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me?


The story of Lee Israel offers a weirdly optimistic if cautionary tale for misfit women. It’s also a great reminder that Melissa McCarthy can really act.

8 november

8 nov

Poster for The Other Side of the Wind

The Other Side of the Wind


As well and as wildly as the movie-making satire plays, at the heart of this film is humiliation on exhibition. Hero worship is hollow, commerce is still king and a man who can’t pay can’t play.

1 november

1 nov

Poster for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms


There are lovely moments peppered through this visually elegant picture, but there is no passion, no danger and no excitement.

31 october

31 oct

Poster for The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince


It’s a performance simultaneously full of life and of death. You see the enormous loss, but more than that, the deflating ugliness of this world etched on Everett’s face, echoing in his every gesture.

30 october

30 oct

Poster for The Dark

The Dark


Occasionally skirts mawkishness, but what YA film doesn’t? In truth, Lange doesn’t run from the baggage associated with his chosen genres. He embraces it, forgives it, makes something powerful out of it.

28 october

28 oct

Poster for Hunter Killer

Hunter Killer


Director Donovan Marsh’s film is not unwatchable. It’s shallowly packaged derivative entertainment, boasting passable water scenes and hand-to-hand action choreography that’s entirely adequate.

26 october

26 oct

Poster for Halloween



The result is a respectful, fun and creepy experience meant to be shared with a crowd.

18 october

18 oct

Poster for The Oath

The Oath


Equally on-target is the tension about sharing holidays with politically opposed loved ones, as well as the image of our irrevocably altered news consumption. But beyond that, The Oath doesn’t offer a lot of insight.

17 october

17 oct

Poster for The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers


The two actors again share a natural rapport that makes you a believer.

12 october

12 oct

Poster for First Man

First Man


The jarring quiet, the stillness and vastness are captured with reverence and filmed beautifully.

11 october

11 oct

Poster for Venom



Not a bad movie. It’s fun, competently made entertainment. And a disappointment.

4 october

4 oct

Poster for Hell Fest

Hell Fest


While a couple of the attractions are fun, the main problem with Hell Fest is that it is not scary.

28 september

28 sep

Poster for Night School

Night School


Those are small successes in a film that squanders a lot of talent and all of our time.

27 september

27 sep

Poster for Assassination Nation

Assassination Nation


All of it’s empty, of course: lurid and stylish, pseudo-feminist and pretend-woke.

21 september

21 sep

Poster for The House with a Clock in Its Walls

The House with a Clock in Its Walls


There is utterly forgettable fun here, mainly thanks to Black and Blanchett, but the intended audience is a little tough to gauge.

20 september

20 sep

Poster for Lizzie



A fresh and believable take on a very old, oft-told story, so that counts for something.

19 september

19 sep

Poster for The Predator

The Predator


There’s a lot of coasting going on in The Predator. A lot of boxes being checked—sometimes checked with flair, but they’re still the same old boxes.

14 september

14 sep

Poster for White Boy Rick

White Boy Rick


It’s too bad, because as a showcase for performances, White Boy Rick excels. It just can’t entirely decide what it wants to accomplish with its story.

13 september

13 sep

Poster for The Wife

The Wife


What you’ll remember is Close, delivering, as is her way, a tour de force performance that may finally land Close her own glittering acknowledgment.

12 september

12 sep

Poster for The Nun

The Nun


With a slight, sometimes silly storyline and an awful lot of atmosphere, Hardy manages an entertaining if forgettable 90 minutes.

6 september

6 sep

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