Movie reviews of George Wolf

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

Number of movie reviews: 678 / 678

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Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham) manages a wonderful tonal balance, juggling humor (watch for that hilarious Rob Brydon cameo), coming of age pathos, blaring 80s hits, a mighty timely social conscience and even extended dance sequences. Review

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2019-08-13

2019

There’s an allegory here of strong women fed up with fragile masculinity. There’s also a bloody mess of retro schlocky mob noir tropes (patent pending). I love it when a plan has some awkward missteps but still kinda sorta comes together. Review

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2019-08-08

2019

While the film’s concerns are especially timely now, a third act that seems rushed and overly tidy loosens the grip of Them That Follow. The tail here has more bite than the head, but the serpent still deserves respect. Review

7.0

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2019-08-07

2019

While Wang’s script is sharp and insightful, her assured tone is even more beneficial. Even as the film feels effortlessly lived in, it never quite goes in directions you think it might. Wang doesn’t stoop to going maudlin among all the whiffs of death, infusing The Farewell with an endless charm that’s both revealing and familiar. Funny, too. No lie. Review

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2019-08-01

2019

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

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2019-07-15

2019

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

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2019-07-12

2019

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

7.0

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2019-06-28

2019

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. Review

7.0

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2019-06-27

2019

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

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2019-06-21

2019

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. Review

6.0

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2019-06-20

2019

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. Review

5.0

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2019-06-13

2019

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. Review

7.0

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2019-06-12

2019

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. Review

8.0

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2019-06-05

2019

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. Review

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2019-05-31

2019

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. Review

9.0

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2019-05-23

2019

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. Review

6.0

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2019-05-23

2019

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

5.0

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2019-05-17

2019

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

7.0

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2019-05-16

2019

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. Review

3.0

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2019-05-10

2019

Tolkien turns an ambitious quest into a rather pedestrian journey. Review

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2019-05-09

2019

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

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2019-05-03

2019

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

7.0

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2019-05-01

2019

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. Review

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2019-04-25

2019

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

6.0

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2019-04-19

2019

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