Movie reviews of George Wolf

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

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Poster for The Quiet One

The Quiet One

6

It’s only a rock and roll doc, but a little more of that honest insight and we could love it.

15 july

15 jul

Poster for Crawl

Crawl

6

Aja and the effects team do the rest, enough to make Crawl an often entertaining creature and bloody fun summer feature.

12 july

12 jul

Poster for Echo in the Canyon

Echo in the Canyon

7

The film does seem like it closes the curtain a bit early, but it gets the point across.

28 june

28 jun

Poster for Yesterday

Yesterday

7

Buy in and you’ll be rewarded with an entertaining take on life choices that’s fun to sing along with, occasionally slight but often downright fab.

27 june

27 jun

Poster for Anna

Anna

2

And yet through all the bad writing and contrivance, Anna’s true ambition never wavers.

21 june

21 jun

Poster for The Spy Behind Home Plate

The Spy Behind Home Plate

6

As unbelievable as Berg’s story is, the dry presentation doesn’t do much to entice the casually interested. But if you find these undertold slices of history fascinating, you’ll be hooked enough to want to seek out Rudd’s version next.

20 june

20 jun

Poster for Shaft

Shaft

5

There are fun elements here, but the lazy execution never fully commits to the promising setup. Shaft’s early self-awareness ends up devolving into self-parody and sadly, I cannot dig that.

13 june

13 jun

Poster for Late Night

Late Night

7

From slut shaming and #metoo to diversity, office politics and the shifting sands of comedic relevance, Kaling’s script is brimming with writing-what-you-know confidence, even when it’s coasting on roads most traveled.

12 june

12 jun

Poster for The Souvenir

The Souvenir

8

The Souvenir is finely crafted as a different kind of gain from pain, one that benefits both filmmaker and audience. It is artful and cinematic in its love for art and cinema, honest and forgiving in its acceptance, and beautifully appreciative for how life shapes us.

5 june

5 jun

Poster for Rocketman

Rocketman

8

But in the world of Rocketman, anything is possible. And even with all the eccentric flights of fancy, the film holds true to an ultimately touching honesty about the life story it’s telling.

31 may

31 may

Poster for Shadow

Shadow

9

There’s little doubt this film could be enjoyed even without benefit of subtitles, while the intricate writing and emotional performances combine for an experience that entertains and enthralls.

23 may

23 may

Poster for Aladdin

Aladdin

6

The film still offers some perfectly fine moments of overly manufactured family entertainment that will make many parents nostalgic for the original. But after the live-action heights hit by The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, this Aladdin is a carpet ride missing much of its magic.

23 may

23 may

Poster for The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun Is Also a Star

5

Credit The Sun Is Also a Star for trying to stray outside the usual lines, even as it hits those same formulaic goalposts.

17 may

17 may

Poster for Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

7

Crushing in its familiarity, gut wrenching in its specifics, Trial by Fire is a tough but worthy reminder of the illusion of fairness.

16 may

16 may

Poster for The Hustle

The Hustle

3

Hathaway is a worthy Oscar winner, and though Wilson’s pony could really use more tricks, she can be funny. What either one of them saw in this inane script is beyond me and beneath both of them.

10 may

10 may

Poster for Tolkien

Tolkien

6

Tolkien turns an ambitious quest into a rather pedestrian journey.

9 may

9 may

Poster for The Intruder

The Intruder

5

The Intruder is a little creepy, too often unintentionally funny and in need of some work.

3 may

3 may

Poster for Long Shot

Long Shot

7

Long Shot has the heart, charm and hilarity to win you over long before then.

1 may

1 may

Poster for High Life

High Life

8

In the latest of many challenging indie roles he’s been choosing post-Twilight, Pattinson is again impressive. In a succession of unlikable characters, he gives Monte a gradually sympathetic layer, an element that becomes critical to making the film’s third act as effective, and ultimately hopeful, as it is.

25 april

25 apr

Poster for Breakthrough

Breakthrough

6

It truly is an incredible survival story, and by grounding it in the spirit of a distraught mother, Breakthrough finds some solid ground.

19 april

19 apr

Poster for Penguins

Penguins

7

Directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson hit all the right benchmarks in their 76 minutes: a penguin adventure that will delight the kids told through often breathtaking footage plus, for the adults, nostalgic odes to parenting and classic hits.

18 april

18 apr

Poster for Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

10

It’s a thrilling, absolute can’t-miss testament to soul personified.

16 april

16 apr

Poster for After

After

3

Director Jenny Gage, whose All This Panic mined genuine young adult emotion, is powerless to shape this material into anything more than plug-and-play emptiness.

12 april

12 apr

Poster for Missing Link

Missing Link

8

The result is a film that’s confident but unassuming, fun without being silly, and satisfying from nearly every angle.

11 april

11 apr

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