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
2 Running With the Devil (2019) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3 Depraved (2019) Hope Madden He tackles the myth, as well as a culture of greed and toxic masculinity, with his latest, Depraved. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
2.5 Haunt (2019) Hope Madden Made sensibly and economically, Haunt sticks to what it knows and focuses on what it came to do. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4 Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4 Knives and Skin (2019) Hope Madden Knives and Skin's pulpy noir package lets Reeder explore what it means to navigate the world as a female. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4 Kamera o tomeru na! (2017) Hope Madden To detail any additional plot points-as tempting as that is-would spoil the enjoyable lunacy One Cut has in store. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
3 It: Chapter Two (2019) Hope Madden And even then, set piece after set piece seems constructed with only one aim: a clearly telegraphed jump scare. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
3 The Wrath (2019) Hope Madden Yoo contains the environment to create something both believable and economical, the image of a very pretty yet desolate trap. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
2.5 Don't Let Go (2019) Hope Madden The film devotes frustratingly little time to the emotional weight of its premise, taking the easy way out repeatedly with cop show shoot outs. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
4 Luce (2019) Hope Madden His film teems with provocation and his cast more than meets that challenge. Harrison Jr. in particular is a revelation. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
4 The Nightingale (2018) Hope Madden It's a harrowing and brilliant tale of horror. It's also our history. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3 Ready or Not (2019) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
3 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Hope Madden Unfortunately, under all that is yet another fantasy about a rich white woman who needs to find herself. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
4 Honeyland (2019) Hope Madden Beautifully filmed with natural light to create a sort of visual lyricism, Honeyland becomes an allegory for our times EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
3 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Hope Madden So remember, high school is a horrible nightmare. Be yourself. And no swiping! EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Hope Madden Øvredal's clear fondness for the terrifying source material, especially the illustrations, gives the film the primal, almost grotesque innocence of a childhood nightmare. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5 Maiden (2018) Hope Madden "What do you mean I can't? That's just idiotic." EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
4 Brainiac: Transmissions After Zero (2019) Hope Madden The adjective used most frequently in Mahoney's rock doc Brainiac: Transmissions After Zero is "weird." EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Hope Madden F&F: H&S consists primarily of fistfights, gun fights and vehicular chicanery stitched together with comic lines. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3 Hex (2018) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
3.5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Hope Madden Tarantino being Tarantino, though, he'll use the movies to make everything better. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5 Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Hope Madden Words of Love is an often compelling look at the relationship between muse and artist. For Cohen fans, it's required viewing. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
2 Darlin' (2019) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019
3 Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Hope Madden Do you know Alice Guy-Blaché? Documentarian Pamela B. Green thinks you should. She is clearly right. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019
2 Stuber (2019) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Hope Madden Morrison's interaction for Greenfield-Sanders's camera has a playful quality. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
3.5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Hope Madden Spider-Man: Far From Home has more than a webshooter up its sleeve. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
4 Midsommar (2019) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
3.5 Luz (2018) Hope Madden Running about 70 minutes and boasting no more than 6 speaking roles, Luz is surrealism at its most basic, storytelling at its sparest. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
3 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
2 Child's Play (2019) Hope Madden Imagine if google home required a super creepy doll in bib overalls to work. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Hope Madden The talents all gel, combining the history and character so beautifully articulated over a quarter century with some really fresh and very funny ideas. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
4 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Hope Madden Not everybody is going to love it, but it will attain cult status faster than any other Jarmusch film, and that's saying something. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3 Men in Black: International (2019) Hope Madden Someone somewhere at some recent point in history must have said, "What we need is another Men in Black movie." EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Hope Madden Exposition and inner monologues continually jockey for position, with lines bad enough to choke even the bona fide talent of Jessica Chastain. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
2.5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2 Ma (2019) Hope Madden How on earth did this by-the-numbers outsider/don't trust the lonely older lady horror flick draw this cast?! EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
2.5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3 Brightburn (2019) Hope Madden Brightburn is a capably made, well-acted piece of semi-schlock horror. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3.5 Double Lives (2018) Hope Madden Bright, funny, biting performances highlight actors who relish the challenge of bringing the script to life. Binoche is at her slippery best. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3.5 Booksmart (2019) Hope Madden Wilde's comedy is the most fun flick to join the party since McLovin and the Lube. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
3.5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Hope Madden Inside of 10 minutes it was clear that this is the best film of the trilogy. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
4 Dogman (2012) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3 Charlie Says (2018) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
3.5 Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Hope Madden Wild Nights with Emily offers a refreshing and awfully entertaining new way of seeing an American treasure. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
4 Hail Satan? (2019) Hope Madden Her wry delivery matches the sensibilities of the Satanists in question, but their outrage and their unexpected sense of community fuel the film. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
2.5 UglyDolls (2019) Hope Madden When it's not distracting you with its borderline plagiarism, UglyDolls is sledgehammering its theme. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
4 Her Smell (2018) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3 I Trapped the Devil (2019) Hope Madden A little ambiguity can lend to atmosphere. This much tends to feel more like lazy screenwriting. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019