Movie reviews of Hope Madden

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

Number of movie reviews: 944 / 944

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Strays is the laziest kind of “road picture” – a series of unrelated sketches. There’s a Point A and Point B, but those steps in between are random skits about red rockets and chew toys. And those moments are just not funny enough to merit a full feature. Review

4.0

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17 august

17 aug

Moss can’t quite stick the landing, but their shoestring Frankenstein fable feels closer to the truth than most of them. Review

7.0

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16 august

16 aug

The plot does nothing intriguing, the story offers nothing new nor does it do anything to deepen or enrich the Dracula legend. The inevitability of the story doesn’t help, nor does the full 2-hour run time. Review

5.0

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11 august

11 aug

Turtletaub can’t quite pull those threads together, though. While Jules is a lovely film, its big-hearted take on mental health and science fiction made me just want to watch Colin West’s somewhat similar but vastly superior Linoleum again. Review

6.0

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10 august

10 aug

A messy, anarchic animation style delivers on the promise of the outsider theme and especially impresses in 3D. Somehow simultaneously creepy, jubilant and cool, the look is like no other piece of animation to be seen on the big screen. Review

8.0

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1 august

1 aug

It’s smart humor, one that recognizes the defensiveness and fear at the heart of Ben’s disdain for anything that swings for the fences, and for anyone who puts themselves in the vulnerable position to try and fail. Review

8.0

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1 august

1 aug

I cannot figure out why it’s so hard to mine the dozens of ghosts mentioned in this ride and book for a decent haunted house story, but I’ve definitely learned to stop getting my hopes up. If Justin Simien can’t do it and the Muppets can’t do it, it’s probably time to give up. Review

5.0

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27 july

27 jul

Cavalli lenses an environment simultaneously elegant and bucolic, a kind of fairy tale where nobody’s feeling very optimistic of a happy ending but are unready to embrace reality quite yet. It leaves a little room for hope. Review

8.0

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21 july

21 jul

The character itself is the cliché stranger who can explain it all. And though the climax is powerful, the resolution feels a bit like a cynical joke. It’s not enough to ruin this clever, odd duck of a thriller, though. Review

7.0

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20 july

20 jul

Barbie is a brilliantly executed, incredibly fun, brightly colored, completely logical feminist statement that should be remembered come awards season. Review

8.0

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19 july

19 jul

Final Cut is missing the manic, raw authenticity of Ueda’s original, though. It feels too well constructed, its jokes too perfectly timed and placed. And yet it is otherwise so similar to One Cut of the Dead that it’s tough not to wonder over the point of remaking it. Review

7.0

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13 july

13 jul

Cruise and company manage to exceed expectations yet again. Review

8.0

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11 july

11 jul

Beltran’s direction, though competent, lacks inspiration. He never manages to mine tension, and his actors rarely feel truly stuck. Review

5.0

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11 july

11 jul

O’Sullivan’s tone is forever uplifting, sometimes comically so, but the underlying peril these women have faced and forced is anything but light. He and his writers (men, all) honor these put-upon women who manage. Review

4.0

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11 july

11 jul

Not every wild situation lands. Each emotional climax feels destined, obvious. But somehow, even well-worn tropes feel revolutionary when claimed by a filmmaking team (director, all writers, all leads) of nothing but Asian women. Review

7.0

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6 july

6 jul

The conclusion feels a little tidy, but the intricate ballet of character study and mystery that precedes it is so tight you’ll forgive the minor misstep. Review

7.0

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5 july

5 jul

It’s stunning that this is Oakley’s feature debut. The patient pacing pays off with a fully earned climax and not one note rings false. Review

8.0

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29 june

29 jun

The Melt Goes On Forever celebrates the audacity of Hammons’s curation, the subversive nature of his exhibition and the humor in his reactions and presentations, but is quick to point out that his lasting impact on art in the U.S. and globally is more a product of the intensity and relevance of the work itself. Review

7.0

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2023-06-21

2023

It can’t hurt to watch it, though, assuming you’re in the mood for an awful lot of goopy, sloppy, sticky – dare I say cheesy – action and you’re able to fully unplug your brain. Review

6.0

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2023-06-20

2023

Tense, surprising and delightfully unusual, Peppergrass is a gem of a thriller worth seeking out. Review

7.0

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2023-06-15

2023

It lacks the uniqueness of Pixar’s greatest or most enduring efforts, but it’s a touching, gorgeous, emotional and forgiving tale. Review

7.0

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2023-06-15

2023

The story, and to a degree the entire film, is hokey but Moon Garden generates more than enough of the macabre in old school fairy tales to evoke a wondrous nightmare energy. Review

7.0

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2023-06-14

2023

Rodgers possesses sharp storytelling instincts and a cinematic presence so sincere and authentic it could break your heart. You come away from this film hoping genuinely for his happiness and waiting eagerly for his next film. Review

8.0

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2023-06-09

2023

Ramsay is particularly impressive, her performance layered and authentic despite the movie’s theatricality. Review

7.0

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2023-06-07

2023

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