Hope Madden

Hope Madden
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T-Meter Title | Year
4 71% Mosul (2020) Mosul handles the political themes with a surprisingly light hand. It keeps your attention and delivers eye-opening information without abandoning storytelling to do it. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3 81% Porno (2020) Porno nails the time period and the mood, delivering some carnage-laden laughs pointed at both the uptight and the nasty. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
2 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Adams plays Vance's unstable mother, Beverly. It's less a character than a collection of outbursts, so I can't even say whether she's good. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
4 96% Sound of Metal (2020) Ahmed is Ruben, in a performance that brings this man to life with so many layers and such nuance and power it requires your attention. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
3 70% The Last Vermeer (2020) Instead the film delivers a competently made, by-the-numbers historical recreation when it could have been art. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
3.5 50% The Giant (2019) Somewhere in that steamy summer between youth and adulthood, between the loose ends of rural life and the tidiness of college, an ugliness lurks like a trap to keep you. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
4 97% Dirty God (2019) Co-writer/director Sacha Polak sugar coats nothing, wallows nowhere, and dares you to judge Jade (a breathtaking Vicky Knight), regardless of her behavior. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
3.5 83% Freaky (2020) It's a bloody riot, and Vince Vaughn hasn't been this much fun since Old School. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
4/5 84% Dogman (2019) 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 Nov 11, 2020
3.5 68% Ammonite (2020) Winslet is sharp and brooding, superior and insecure. It's another quietly outstanding performance. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
4 95% Dating Amber (2020) Petticrew and O'Shea share a truly lovely chemistry, creating the kind of bond you long to see for every desperate and lonely teenager. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
3.5 55% Mortal (Torden) (2020) But there is something akin to swagger in watching this mid-budget action thriller wrangle Norway's own mythology away from a far showier, exponentially more famous universe. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
3 69% Kindred (2020) He hopes a stellar cast and a thick, uneasy atmosphere can make up for some of his film's predictability. For the most part, that does work. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
3.5 90% The Dark and the Wicked (2020) Bertino and cinematographer Tom Schraeder work the darkness in and around the goat farm to create a lingering, roaming dread. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
3 47% The Craft: Legacy (2020) It's as if Lister-Jones really loved hanging out with these kids and then realized at the last minute she was going to have to give them something to do. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
2.5 48% Spell (2020) Spell is a by-the-numbers backwoods thriller. Our hero has forgotten where he comes from. This film plans to scare him into remembering. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
3 53% Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) Peninsula plays like a mash up of Friedkin's 1977 adventure Sorcerer and the 4th in George Romero's line of zombie adventures, 2005's Land of the Dead. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
2.5 50% May the Devil Take You: Chapter Two (2020) The point is, best not to look closely at the details. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
3.5 100% Beasts Clawing at Straws (2020) A nice guy, a missing person, that bag of cash, a mean tattoo, a lucky pack of cigarettes, a cool title-Beasts Clawing at Straws looks like it has it all. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
3 81% Synchronic (2020) For filmmakers who've until now positively dripped with inspiration, it feels like a step backward. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3 45% Malasaña 32 (2020) Faith and culture beget big families and poverty, and old-fashioned thinking creates monsters. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3.5 83% Martin Eden (2020) All roiling passion and resentment, Martinelli's is a magnetic screen presence. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
4.5 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) The film rings with historical significance as well as disheartening immediacy. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
4 86% On The Rocks (2020) Writer/director Sofia Coppola's latest is a candy-coated rumination on legacies left by loving but problematic fathers. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
2.5 75% The Cleansing Hour (2019) The Cleansing Hour plays too much like a film made by someone who's seen a lot of horror movies but lacks an original voice. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
3.5 76% The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw (2020) The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw is a coming-of-age cautionary tale: fear the power of womanhood. But Lee is careful to keep asking who, exactly, is the villain here? - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
3 43% The Lie (2020) What sets this one apart is mainly the cast, plus a somewhat sly delivery. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
4 100% The Devil to Pay (2020) It's a stunning film, and a rare gem that treats Appalachians not as clichés, but certainly not as people to be messed with. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
3.5 88% Save Yourselves! (2020) "The world is f*cked and we should stop pretending it's not." True enough. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
4 94% Possessor: Uncut (2020) Cronenberg's created a gorgeous techno world, its lulling disorientation punctuated by some of the most visceral horror to make it to the screen this year. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
3.5 82% Scare Me (2020) At its best, Scare Me offers an intriguing look inside the mind of privilege. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
3.5 69% The Glorias (2020) Wise and just a little weary, Moore's version brings Steinem's warm soul to the screen. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
3 100% The Paper Tigers (2020) This is a hard film to root against. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4 89% Kajillionaire (2020) The film hits July's sweet spot: gawky introverts struggling to find, accept and maintain human connections. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
3.5 98% The Swerve (2020) As a woman on the verge, her delicate state, the way she fights against her own tendency to submit to misery, is devastating. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
3.5 28% Antebellum (2020) Horror has always brimmed with social commentary and anxiety, so it should come as no surprise that a genre film tackles America's racist shame this directly. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
3 94% Alone (2020) Marc Menchaca, known only as Man, is a delight in the role of the villain. That 'stache! Nary a false note creeps into his menacing demeanor. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5 100% Luz: The Flower of Evil (2019) As colorful as a dream, Juan Diego Escobar Alzate's feature film debut Luz: The Flower of Evil looks like magic and brims with the casual brutality of faith. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
4 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) Pollack's prose created a dizzyingly bleak landscape where Flannery O'Connor and Cormac McCarthy might meet to quietly ponder man's inhumanity to man. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
4 100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) It's the insidious nature of voter suppression and its modern execution that is equal parts enlightening, terrifying and frustrating. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
4 97% Buoyancy (2020) Rathjen wisely relies on naturalistic performances from mainly non-professional actors to recreate the circumstances rather than dramatize them. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
3.5 67% Rent-A-Pal (2020) It's like Blue's Clues, except it's aimed at desperately lonely men, which is maybe the creepiest premise I can remember. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
3 65% Entwined (2020) Making his feature debut as both director and co-writer, Minos Nikolakakis conjures a spooky fairy tale that makes much ado about nature. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
3.5 74% Mulan (2020) Caro's Mulan is a spectacle and it's too bad it won't be shared across big screens. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3.5 No Score Yet A Step Without Feet (2020) Because of the music, the dance, the poetry and the candor, a deeply human and powerfully universal story emerges. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3.5 88% Immortal (2020) They offer four slices of life-well, slices of not death-and an intriguing look at what death means to us. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
3.5 71% Tenet (2020) Past and present collide in some of the most interesting, tense and downright fun action sequences Nolan's ever put together. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
2.5 33% The New Mutants (2020) It doesn't really work as an angsty romance, misses the mark as a horror movie and never for a minute feels like a superhero flick. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
4 87% Get Duked! (2020) The horror is light, the comedy raucous, the fun explosive. Get Duked may not change you, but it will brighten your mood. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
3.5 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) David Copperfield has its own lunatic charm to burn. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020