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 Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

8

Like its subject, the film is fast-paced, smart, fun and funny, as Engel deftly uses Ivins’s timeline as a microcosm of shifting political landscapes. But more importantly, Raise Hell is a fitting tribute to a woman who wasn’t afraid to, and an urgent call to follow her lead.

26 september

26 sep

Poster for Ad Astra

Ad Astra

8

The film’s mainly meditative nature is punctured by bursts of suspense, excitement and even outright terror. Gray commands a complete mastery of tone and teams with acclaimed cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema for immersive, IMAX-worthy visuals that astound with subtlety, never seeming overly showy.

20 september

20 sep

Poster for Hustlers

Hustlers

8

It’s a wild, intoxicating high of girl power. And when it all comes crashing down, the moral ambiguities are scattered like dollar bills under the pole. As Ramona is quick to remind us, if there’s money being thrown, there will always be people ready to dance.

13 september

13 sep

Poster for Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

7

So while we don’t get any juicy intimacies or sordid details, we do get some fantastic highlights from her archives and a unique, first-person perspective of being a queen in a king’s game.

12 september

12 sep

Poster for Brittany Runs a Marathon

Brittany Runs a Marathon

8

Sure, the film has a convenient plot turn or two, but this is some sneaky good crowd-pleasing. Brittany Runs a Marathon ropes you with the comfort of formula, then dopes you with emotional complexities, warm sincerity and a knockout lead performance.

12 september

12 sep

Poster for Bennett's War

Bennett's War

4

There are issues here (the struggles of veterans and/or family farmers) that have merit, but exploring them is not Ranarivelo’s M.O.

30 august

30 aug

Poster for Angel Has Fallen

Angel Has Fallen

4

Hey, if your just here for some mindless action highs, that’s fine, but Angel skirts them, curiously settling for repetitive shootouts and nods to first-person gaming enthusiasts.

23 august

23 aug

Poster for The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Peanut Butter Falcon

7

LeBeouf is tremendous as the wayward rogue whose inner pain is soothed by his bond with the stubbornly optimistic Zak. The chemistry is unmistakable, and ultimately strong enough to welcome the arrival of Johnson, who gives her Eleanor layers enough to embody our fears of the “real world” puncturing this fairy tale.

22 august

22 aug

Poster for One Child Nation

One Child Nation

7

A heartbreaking, sometimes devastating and absolutely necessary history lesson, One Child Nation turns a filmmaker’s very personal story into a profile of shared helplessness.

18 august

18 aug

Poster for 47 Meters Down: Uncaged

47 Meters Down: Uncaged

6

For Roberts and Uncaged, more is more, and this film doesn’t stop until you’re shaking your head at the skillful outlandishness of it all.

16 august

16 aug

Poster for Good Boys

Good Boys

6

The boys are all adorable, and plenty of laughs – especially Tremblay’s hilariously deadpan line about a sex doll- do land flush. By the final bell, though, it’s caught between caring about the boys and laughing at them, and so are we.

15 august

15 aug

Poster for Blinded by the Light

Blinded by the Light

8

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.

13 august

13 aug

Poster for The Kitchen

The Kitchen

6

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.

8 august

8 aug

Poster for Them That Follow

Them That Follow

7

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.

7 august

7 aug

Poster for The Farewell

The Farewell

8

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.

1 august

1 aug

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.

2019.06.28

2019

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.

2019.06.27

2019

Poster for Anna

Anna

2

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

2019.06.21

2019

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.

2019.06.20

2019

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.

2019.06.13

2019

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.

2019.06.12

2019

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.

2019.06.05

2019

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