Hope Madden

Hope Madden
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T-Meter Title | Year
1 31% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Rambo: Last Blood is basically Taken meets Home Alone, only racist. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
2 24% Running with the Devil (2019) Facinelli does what he can with that mustache to keep your attention, but when it comes to the school of Glorious Explosive Train Wreck Acting, he's no Nic Cage. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
3 89% Depraved (2019) He tackles the myth, as well as a culture of greed and toxic masculinity, with his latest, Depraved. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2.5 68% Haunt (2019) Made sensibly and economically, Haunt sticks to what it knows and focuses on what it came to do. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
4 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Lopez's fable of children and war brandishes the same themes as del Toro's masterpiece, but grounds the magic with a rugged street style. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
4 75% Knives and Skin (2019) Knives and Skin's pulpy noir package lets Reeder explore what it means to navigate the world as a female. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) To detail any additional plot points-as tempting as that is-would spoil the enjoyable lunacy One Cut has in store. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3 63% It Chapter Two (2019) And even then, set piece after set piece seems constructed with only one aim: a clearly telegraphed jump scare. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3 No Score Yet The Wrath (2019) Yoo contains the environment to create something both believable and economical, the image of a very pretty yet desolate trap. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
2.5 38% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) The film devotes frustratingly little time to the emotional weight of its premise, taking the easy way out repeatedly with cop show shoot outs. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4 93% Luce (2019) His film teems with provocation and his cast more than meets that challenge. Harrison Jr. in particular is a revelation. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
4 86% The Nightingale (2019) It's a harrowing and brilliant tale of horror. It's also our history. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3 88% Ready or Not (2019) The inky black comedy plays like a game of Clue gone mad with arterial spray, the film's comic moments coinciding most often with the accidental slaughter of servants. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3 46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Unfortunately, under all that is yet another fantasy about a rich white woman who needs to find herself. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
4 99% Honeyland (2019) Beautifully filmed with natural light to create a sort of visual lyricism, Honeyland becomes an allegory for our times - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) So remember, high school is a horrible nightmare. Be yourself. And no swiping! - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Øvredal's clear fondness for the terrifying source material, especially the illustrations, gives the film the primal, almost grotesque innocence of a childhood nightmare. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5 98% Maiden (2019) "What do you mean I can't? That's just idiotic." - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
4 No Score Yet Brainiac: Transmissions After Zero (2019) The adjective used most frequently in Mahoney's rock doc Brainiac: Transmissions After Zero is "weird." - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) F&F: H&S consists primarily of fistfights, gun fights and vehicular chicanery stitched together with comic lines. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3 No Score Yet Hex (2018) There is more happening here than you realize, and it's to the filmmakers' credit that you only recognize the film's purpose when they are ready for you to do so. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
3.5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino being Tarantino, though, he'll use the movies to make everything better. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5 80% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Words of Love is an often compelling look at the relationship between muse and artist. For Cohen fans, it's required viewing. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
2 68% Darlin' (2019) Three or four moments in this film of unique, subversive horror flash across the screen and then are gone, drown out by lazily written, listlessly directed cliché. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
3 96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Do you know Alice Guy-Blaché? Documentarian Pamela B. Green thinks you should. She is clearly right. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
2 42% Stuber (2019) Dude, that should be comedy gold, especially in the hands of director Michael Dowse, whose classic hockey comedy Goon understood the charm of the blundering, violent dumbass. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Morrison's interaction for Greenfield-Sanders's camera has a playful quality. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
3.5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Spider-Man: Far From Home has more than a webshooter up its sleeve. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4 83% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar is a bold vision and wholly unnerving experience (emphasis on experience)-the kind of filmmaking the genre is lucky to have in its arsenal. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
3.5 85% Luz (2019) Running about 70 minutes and boasting no more than 6 speaking roles, Luz is surrealism at its most basic, storytelling at its sparest. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Annabelle Comes Home is no masterpiece and it is definitely a tonal shift from the previous installments, but it's a mindless PG-13 blast of haunted house summer fun. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
2 64% Child's Play (2019) Imagine if google home required a super creepy doll in bib overalls to work. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) The talents all gel, combining the history and character so beautifully articulated over a quarter century with some really fresh and very funny ideas. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
4 55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Not everybody is going to love it, but it will attain cult status faster than any other Jarmusch film, and that's saying something. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3 22% Men in Black International (2019) Someone somewhere at some recent point in history must have said, "What we need is another Men in Black movie." - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Exposition and inner monologues continually jockey for position, with lines bad enough to choke even the bona fide talent of Jessica Chastain. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2.5 60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Teaching boys that pretending they're not afraid so they can take charge of every situation = literally every single problem on earth right now. So let's stop doing that. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2 54% Ma (2019) How on earth did this by-the-numbers outsider/don't trust the lonely older lady horror flick draw this cast?! - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
2.5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Aficionados should appreciate Dougherty's clear respect for genre history - as well as Bear McCreary's wonderfully retro score - but this new King is just treading water. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3 57% Brightburn (2019) Brightburn is a capably made, well-acted piece of semi-schlock horror. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3.5 89% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) Bright, funny, biting performances highlight actors who relish the challenge of bringing the script to life. Binoche is at her slippery best. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3.5 97% Booksmart (2019) Wilde's comedy is the most fun flick to join the party since McLovin and the Lube. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
3.5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Inside of 10 minutes it was clear that this is the best film of the trilogy. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
4 No Score Yet Dogman (2012) After his darkly delightful 2015 fairy tale outing Tale of Tales, Garrone returns to the heavier Italian realism of Gomorrah. He hasn't abandoned allegory, though. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Part of the entertainment value here is the genuine fondness for the content director Rob Letterman and his army of screenwriters bring to the table. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3 58% Charlie Says (2019) The aptly titled film is as concerned with the women's brainwashing as it is the crimes themselves, although it unfortunately provides no real insight into either. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
3.5 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Wild Nights with Emily offers a refreshing and awfully entertaining new way of seeing an American treasure. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
4 96% Hail Satan? (2019) Her wry delivery matches the sensibilities of the Satanists in question, but their outrage and their unexpected sense of community fuel the film. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
2.5 27% UglyDolls (2019) When it's not distracting you with its borderline plagiarism, UglyDolls is sledgehammering its theme. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4 83% Her Smell (2019) Becky Something (a ferocious Elisabeth Moss) is so outrageously tough to love that you cannot look away from the downward spiral Perry dares you to witness. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019