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
3.5 The Dig (2021) Hope Madden There's rarely an excuse to miss the opportunity to see either Mulligan or Fiennes act, and their delicate chemistry here is gorgeous. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
3 The Queen of Black Magic (2020) Hope Madden A tight enough screenplay to keep your interest, they've pieced together a tough little horror flick worth a genre fan's time. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
4 The White Tiger (2021) Hope Madden The White Tiger offers a blistering class consciousness that makes the filmmaker's 2014 film 99 Homes feel positively cozy with the effects of capitalism. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
2.5 Brothers by Blood (2020) Hope Madden It can be tough to find a fresh way to tell a mob story. Brothers by Blood doesn't bother. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
3 Some Kind of Heaven (2020) Hope Madden Rather than lampoon the wretched excess, the filmmaker develops character studies, unveiling something more bitter than sweet in this dessert topping of a town. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
3.5 Bloody Hell (2020) Hope Madden Bloody Hell is funny. It's mean funny, sometimes tone-deaf mean and not so funny, but the often joyously dark humor almost makes up for that. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
2.5 If Not Now, When? (2021) Hope Madden Bass's script is too often superficial, creating moments for each star to shine, but those moments invariably feel unearned. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2021
3 Shadow in the Cloud (2020) Hope Madden Shadow in the Cloud is a ludicrous, over-the-top action horror. It knows what it is and it delivers on its promises. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
3.5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Hope Madden Bigger! Bolder! With leg warmers attached to legs that ain't afraid to kick a sexist pig where it counts. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
4 Promising Young Woman (2020) Hope Madden She twists both knife and expectations in a rape-revenge riff that's relevant, smart and surprisingly hilarious. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
4 News of the World (2020) Hope Madden News of the World offers a simply hero's journey, understated by Greengrass's influence and Tom Hanks's natural abilities. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2020
3 Stop Making Sense (1984) Hope Madden Archenemy has plenty of faults, but more than enough inspiration and grit to make you want to overlook them. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
2.5 Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Hope Madden So begins Wild Mountain Thyme, a romantic comedy so cartoonishly Irish you'll expect the Lucky Charm leprechaun to drop by for a Guinness. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
1.5 The Stand In (2020) Hope Madden I felt myself age. I did not feel myself laugh. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
4 Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan (2020) Hope Madden His constant presence anchors the wild, fascinating tales with their physical toll. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
3.5 Girl With No Mouth (2020) Hope Madden It's a wildly unusual tone the film hits, but it never misses. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2020
3.5 18 to Party (2019) Hope Madden His Linklater-esque exploration of near-adolescence runs its course in a single evening, but that doesn't make it any easier to forget. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2020
3.5 Anything for Jackson (2020) Hope Madden The aging couple has a lived-in authenticity about them, even as they are embarking on a very new phase in their relationship. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
4 Werewolf (Wilkolak) (2018) Hope Madden When Panek reveals the source of the terror, Werewolf could easily turn to pulpy horror. It does not. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
4 Mosul (2019) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
3 Porno (2019) Hope Madden Porno nails the time period and the mood, delivering some carnage-laden laughs pointed at both the uptight and the nasty. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
2 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2020
4 Sound of Metal (2019) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
3 The Last Vermeer (2019) Hope Madden Instead the film delivers a competently made, by-the-numbers historical recreation when it could have been art. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
3.5 The Giant (2019) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
4 Dirty God (2019) Hope Madden Co-writer/director Sacha Polak sugar coats nothing, wallows nowhere, and dares you to judge Jade (a breathtaking Vicky Knight), regardless of her behavior. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
3.5 Freaky (2020) Hope Madden It's a bloody riot, and Vince Vaughn hasn't been this much fun since Old School. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
4/5 Dogman (2018) 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 Nov 11, 2020
3.5 Ammonite (2020) Hope Madden Winslet is sharp and brooding, superior and insecure. It's another quietly outstanding performance. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
4 Dating Amber (2020) Hope Madden Petticrew and O'Shea share a truly lovely chemistry, creating the kind of bond you long to see for every desperate and lonely teenager. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
3.5 Mortal (2020) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2020
3 Kindred (2020) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2020
3.5 The Dark and the Wicked (2020) Hope Madden Bertino and cinematographer Tom Schraeder work the darkness in and around the goat farm to create a lingering, roaming dread. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2020
3 The Craft: Legacy (2020) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
2.5 Spell (2020) Hope Madden Spell is a by-the-numbers backwoods thriller. Our hero has forgotten where he comes from. This film plans to scare him into remembering. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
3 Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
2.5 May the Devil Take You: Chapter Two (2020) Hope Madden The point is, best not to look closely at the details. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
3.5 Beasts Clawing at Straws (2020) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
3 Synchronic (2019) Hope Madden For filmmakers who've until now positively dripped with inspiration, it feels like a step backward. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
3 Malasaña 32 (2020) Hope Madden Faith and culture beget big families and poverty, and old-fashioned thinking creates monsters. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
3.5 Martin Eden (2019) Hope Madden All roiling passion and resentment, Martinelli's is a magnetic screen presence. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
4.5 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Hope Madden The film rings with historical significance as well as disheartening immediacy. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
4 On the Rocks (2020) Hope Madden Writer/director Sofia Coppola's latest is a candy-coated rumination on legacies left by loving but problematic fathers. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
2.5 The Cleansing Hour (2019) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
3.5 The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw (2020) Hope Madden 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? EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
3 The Lie (2018) Hope Madden What sets this one apart is mainly the cast, plus a somewhat sly delivery. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
4 The Devil to Pay (2019) Hope Madden It's a stunning film, and a rare gem that treats Appalachians not as clichés, but certainly not as people to be messed with. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
3.5 Save Yourselves! (2020) Hope Madden "The world is f*cked and we should stop pretending it's not." True enough. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
4 Possessor: Uncut (2020) Hope Madden 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2020
3.5 Scare Me (2020) Hope Madden At its best, Scare Me offers an intriguing look inside the mind of privilege. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2020