Columbus Underground

Columbus Underground is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Hope Madden
Rating Title/Year Author
4 Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (2017) Hope Madden He's captured this moment in time, this draining and ugly paranoia that caused women such misery, with imagery that is perplexingly beautiful. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
4 Little Woods (2018) Hope Madden It's an independent drama of the most unusual sort-the sort that situates itself unapologetically inside American poverty. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
2 Hellboy (2019) Hope Madden Hellboy is lousy with limb severing, blood gushing, intestine spilling action. Also, it's just lousy. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
3 Little (2019) Hope Madden Martin is the film's real star. She carries scenes with a clever knack for portraying an adult brain inside a child's form. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3 Pet Sematary (2019) Hope Madden Sometimes, reboots are better. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3 The Aftermath (2019) Hope Madden You don't need to know the plot, you just need to glimpse the movie poster: Jason Clarke is married to Keira Knightly; Alexander Skarsgård lives in their attic. What happens, do you think? Any guesses? EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5 The Wind (2018) Hope Madden Director Emma Tammi's first narrative feature, The Wind, pulls together all those ideas and more into an absorbing little nightmare. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
2.5 Dumbo (2019) Hope Madden If anyone could rediscover, perhaps even amplify the grotesque tragedy lurking at the heart of this outsider sideshow, it should be Burton. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4 Gloria Bell (2018) Hope Madden Lelio's observational and unobtrusive direction trusts the lead to carry the weight of the film. Moore characteristically rises to the occasion. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
4 Us (2019) Hope Madden Peele draws on moods and images from horror's collective unconscious and blends them into something hypnotic and almost primal. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2 Wonder Park (2019) Hope Madden Good lord, I wonder how this got made. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3 Captive State (2019) Hope Madden Though Wyatt's allegory is clear, it doesn't drown the story itself. Even the most thinly drawn character has purpose and dimension, the ensemble talent assembled here delivering memorable but understated turns. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
4 Pájaros de verano (2018) Hope Madden And though scene after scene of Birds of Passage recalls that familiar structure, reminding you of what's to come, you have never seen a film quite like this. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3.5 Captain Marvel (2019) Hope Madden Captain Marvel is anchored by even more unabashed girl power, managing to stand strong alone while whetting your appetite for what comes next. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.5 The Hole in the Ground (2019) Hope Madden Where Prodigy took the path most ludicrous, Cronin mines a parent's disappointment, grief, loneliness and alienation for more poignant results. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
2 Greta (2018) Hope Madden It opens strong, develops well and relies on Huppert's supernatural presence to create palpable tension before going entirely off the rails. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3 Lords of Chaos (2018) Hope Madden Inside Culkin's quietly convincing performance, deadpan cynicism battles with genuine tenderness in a way that gives the film an affecting yet appropriately faulty soul. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Hope Madden It's Hunger Games with a more likable protagonist, Ready Player One with a plot. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
1.5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Hope Madden Where the original was a funny slasher with a SciFi bent, the sequel is a standard Eighties romcom with an occasionally morbid sense of humor. Think Real Genius, only dumber and more tedious. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
3 Cold Pursuit (2019) Hope Madden The weird tone and Moland's flair for fantastic visuals-not to mention his joy of carnage-keep the film intriguing from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
2.5 The Prodigy (2019) Hope Madden McCarthy may be going for an atmospheric dread, but the result feels stagnant and drowsy. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Hope Madden Lord and Miller nimbly use the "don't lose your inner child" theme so popular in family films to cast a side glance at the current bleakening of society. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3.5 Piercing (2018) Hope Madden The film is an exercise in thwarted expectations wrapped up in voyeurism and lurid imagery. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
5 They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Hope Madden The fact that this immersion pulls you 100 years into the past is beyond impressive, but the real achievement is in the intimacy and human connection it engenders. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
4.5 Cold War (2018) Hope Madden Set against shifting political and musical environments and spanning at least four countries and 15 years, Pawel Pawlikowski's Cold War is a gorgeous and mournful ode to star-crossed lovers that feels equally sweeping and intimate. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
3.5 Yours in Sisterhood (2018) Hope Madden A conversation between generations, a glimpse into the changing and yet somehow unchanged reality of feminism-filmmaker Irene Lusztig's unusual documentary Yours in Sisterhood bridges eras to shed some light. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
3.5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Hope Madden Like the comedy of Laurel and Hardy, this film is sweet, clever and entirely of another time. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
3 Pledge (2018) Hope Madden Pledge is no masterpiece. It is, however, a tightly packaged, insightful and mean little flick. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
1.5 Replicas (2018) Hope Madden But as a scientist struggling with enormous moral choices and debilitating grief? It is distracting enough that I almost didn't notice those plot holes I kept falling into. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
3 Rust Creek (2018) Hope Madden But Rust Creek cuts deeper when it requires that we-and the heroine, for that matter-rethink the hillbilly. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
3.5 El Ángel (2018) Hope Madden the sheer off-kilter spectacle that finds its focus in small, weird moments is too great to dismiss EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
2.5 Escape Room (2019) Hope Madden Man, I really liked Escape Room back in 1997 when it was called Cube. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2019
4 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Hope Madden It is a film without illusions, but one that carries the unbowed spirit of its characters on a deeply felt journey that honors its origins. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
4 Vice (2018) Hope Madden When did the upper reaches of the Executive Branch go so brazenly corrupt, so treasonously, moronically, dumpster-fire-with-a-spray-tan wrong? It's not as recent as you think. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2018
3.5 Ben Is Back (2018) Hope Madden Roberts, who has solidified her status as formidable character actor in own second act, takes command of this film and never gives an inch. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5 Vox Lux (2018) Hope Madden Corbett writes and directs an astute and unusual pop ballad about celebrity-American celebrity, at that. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3 The House That Jack Built (2018) Hope Madden The House that Jack Built-a 2+ hour peek into the mind and methods of a murderer-is von Trier's most lighthearted picture to date. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
5 Roma (2018) Hope Madden More than anything, it is proof of Cuarón's mastery as a cinematic storyteller. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
2 The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) Hope Madden Do you ever watch a movie and wonder how it got that elusive green light? I just did. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
1.5 Robin Hood (2018) Hope Madden The score feels cribbed, the action is video-game superficial and the costuming came directly from Forever 21. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
3 Green Book (2018) Hope Madden The film, co-written by Vallelonga's son Nick, owes what artistic success it offers to two strong central performances. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
4 Widows (2018) Hope Madden Wait, Steve McQueen made a heist movie? A filmmaker so punishing you watch a little Lars von Trier to lighten the mood? EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Hope Madden What Grindewald doesn't offer is anything new, or any reason to care. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
4 Border (2018) Hope Madden He mines John Ajvide Lindqvist's (Let the Right One In) short story of outsider love and Nordic folklore for ideas of radicalization, empowerment, gender fluidity and feminine rage. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
3.5 Overlord (2018) Hope Madden Though clearly Overlord lacks the scope of something like Saving Private Ryan, visceral scenes of war set the stage for a film about the monstrosity lurking inside man. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
4 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Hope Madden Set Israel's curmudgeonliness against the unbridled zeal and charm Grant brings to his character, and a compelling odd-couple-on-the-skids is born. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5 The Other Side of the Wind (2018) Hope Madden As well and as wildly as the movie-making satire plays, at the heart of this film is humiliation on exhibition. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
2.5 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Hope Madden There are lovely moments peppered through this visually elegant picture, but there is no passion, no danger and no excitement. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
3.5 The Happy Prince (2018) Hope Madden You see the enormous loss, but more than that, the deflating ugliness of this world etched on Everett's face, echoing in his every gesture. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
2.5 Hunter Killer (2018) Hope Madden On a scale from Gerard Butler to 10, how bad is Hunter Killer? EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018