Screen Relish

Screen Relish 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 Rester vertical (2016) Hope Madden Though the crossing storylines don't always work, the characters that populate this harsh but lovely environment pique your interest as Léo's journey captures your imagination. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
1 Truth or Dare (2017) Hope Madden In the meantime, though, you may want to pass on TRUTH OR DARE. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2.5 The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) Hope Madden For foodies and folks looking for the cinematic version of a poolside paperback, THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY delivers. If you're seeking something with a little artistic nutrition, you'll need to look elsewhere. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3 The Forgotten (2014) Hope Madden Frampton shows an aptitude for utilizing color, texture, light and shadow to create a forbidding atmosphere. His film combines elements of other recent indie gems that couched genre tales in environments of urban squalor. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5 Dark Night (2017) Hope Madden A lyrical American nightmare, although at times its pursuit of authenticity feels more like cinematic sleight of hand. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2.5 Blood Moon (2014) Hope Madden Between the staging and the ensemble performances, BLOOD MOON can't overcome an amateurish vibe that finally sinks it. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2.5 The November Man (2014) Hope Madden The film falters most in its dual purposes: mentor/mentee cat and mouse versus international conspiracy leading to a puppet Russian president with a pension for under aged war refugees. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
1.5 If I Stay (2014) Hope Madden Hollywood feeding the cash cow. I know it, but I don't have to like it....or the maddening mess of a movie that is IF I STAY. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3 The Sleeping Room (2014) Hope Madden Blue's ghostly peril feels inarticulate and a bit weak compared to her workday dangers, and the supernatural elements remain unsatisfactorily murky. But that's not enough to sink the sly performances or the really lovely, haunting visuals. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5 The Den (2014) Hope Madden As an in-the-moment cautionary tale, THE DEN offers some escalating shocks and scares that, at its brisk running time, keep you interested. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
4 The Rover (2014) Hope Madden THE ROVER is a throwback to classic Westerns, with a nearly anonymous figure on a bloody, single-minded mission for revenge. You may scoff at the simplicity of the finale, but I'm betting you'll find yourself thinking about it long afterward. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2 The Purge: Anarchy (2014) Hope Madden The path DeMonaco takes for ANARCHY may seem the logical one, but it flirts with camp so often you wonder how much better it might have been with an outright satirical approach a la GOD BLESS AMERICA. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2 Don't Knock Twice (2016) Hope Madden It's bad, is what I'm saying. And worse yet, it's dull. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5 The Belko Experiment (2016) Hope Madden There's not even a single inventive death scene to distract you from the fact that you had really high expectations because you totally love these filmmakers and now you're just wasting yet another lovely evening a darkened movie theater. Sigh. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5 As Above, So Below (2014) Hope Madden The claustrophobic among us, in particular, will be put through the ringer. But Dowdle and crew can't quite piece together enough quality moments to deliver a memorable chiller. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2 Lucy (2014) Hope Madden Apparently believing the film to be an equally eloquent statement on mankind's past, purpose, and future. It isn't, but with about 50 percent less pretension, LUCY could have been a fun guilty pleasure. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5 When the Game Stands Tall (2014) Hope Madden It's an exceedingly passable product of a threadbare formula. It might even be enjoyable if Caviezel could muster the charisma necessary to carry the film. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5 () Hope Madden The auteur overlays tangentially connected images on concert footage in a fashion truly his own. The images range from the absolutely literal to the wildly random, either way lending an air of absurdity to the otherwise straightforward set. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5 Annabelle (2014) Hope Madden ANNABELLE never comes close to the near-classic status THE CONJURING reached, but it's a fun seasonal flick. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
4 The Skeleton Twins (2014) Hope Madden There are a lot of laughs here, but the emotion is dark and usually honest. This season will bring us grand strokes of drama aimed at nabbing Oscar, but right this minute, be glad for the intimate little treasures like THE SKELETON TWINS. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5 Tusk (2014) Hope Madden An insightful kind of stress dream, so close to home for Smith that, even with all its utter ludicrousness, it feels almost confessional. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3 Lucky Bastard (2013) Hope Madden It's hard to tell whether LUCKY BASTARD is an earnestly conceived, whole-hearted attempt, or an opportunistic way to cash in on the titillation of porn and violence by creating a cautionary tale about porn and violence. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
1.5 Think Like a Man Too (2014) Hope Madden We get more and more and excruciatingly more of the same, shovelled shamelessly at us in the hopes that Hart can somehow make it funny. Well, he can't. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5 Coherence (2013) Hope Madden The internal logic, fascinating choices and chilling conclusion to COHERENCE will leave you with just as much to think about. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5 God Help the Girl (2014) Hope Madden Murdock and company haven't built a strong enough foundation for all the froth, leaving you with a film that tries to be provocative and meaningful but winds up settling for adorable. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3 Open Grave (2013) Hope Madden Screenwriters Chris and Eddie Borey take the cabin-in-the-woods premise and layer it with numerous additional horror tropes to pull together a surprisingly engaging picture. It's full of grim twists and imaginative surprises....until it isn't. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3 #Stuck (2014) Hope Madden Don't be off put by the hashtag in #STUCK. Writer/director Stuart Archer's film is less a glib comment on social media alienation and more a savvy reimagining of the romantic comedy. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5 Logan (2017) Hope Madden As an opportunity for Hugh Jackman to put his most iconic character to bed, it's sometimes amazing. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5 A Cure for Wellness (2016) Hope Madden Random creepy images grow tiresome after 80 or so minutes. Unmercifully, A CURE FOR WELLNESS has another sixty minutes to go, without a coherent thread or satisfying payoff. Or any payoff, really. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
4 La tortue rouge (2016) Hope Madden Without the help of dialog, musical numbers or flashy visuals - indeed, the entire effort borders on the monochromatic - THE RED TURTLE becomes a hypnotic experience. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5 The Great Wall (2016) Hope Madden Zhang is a nearly unparalleled visual showman, and though GREAT WALL never approaches the style of his best efforts, the aesthetic will keep your attention and create wonder. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 Estranged (2015) Hope Madden Estranged offers an appealing blend of familiar and novel, repellent and elegant - forever playing with the idea that there is something foul and festering beneath the surface of this lovely home. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019