Tag Archive: College students

monsters UStarring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Sean Hayes, Dave Foley, Charlie Day, Alfred Molina, Nathan Fillion & Aubrey Plaza
Written by Robert L. Baird & Daniel Gerson & Dan Scanlon
Directed by Dan Scanlon

Before they were the greatest team at Monsters Inc., Mike and Sully were college rivals looking to prove which one of them was better at scaring.

See, kids: Pixar says
you DON’T need to finish school
to follow your dreams!

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Monsters University is now playing in theaters nationwide.

pitch perfectStarring: Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow & Elizabeth Banks
Screenplay by Kay Cannon
Directed by Jason Moore

A college student helps an a cappella singing group in their quest for championship glory.

Not off-key like Glee,
but clich├ęs, bad puns are a
bit “a crappella.”

Grade: C+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Pitch Perfect is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

Starring: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney & Zac Efron
Written and directed by Josh Radnor

When a 35-year-old returns to his alma mater to visit a former professor, he strikes up a friendship with a 19-year-old student.

types with Nineties nostalgia:
this film is for you.

Grade: B

By Daniel J. Hoag
Liberal Arts opens in select cities on 9/14/12.
TCFF 12-10

Starring: Sara Paxton, Katharine McPhee, Donal Logue, Joshua Leonard & Joel David Moore
Written by Will Hayes & Jesse Studenberg
Directed by David R. Ellis

A group of vacationing college students are terrorized by both sharks and creepy locals.

No surprise, Shark bites.
If you want something with teeth,
just rent Jaws again.

Grade: D+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Shark Night is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

Haiku Review: Like Crazy (2011)

Starring: Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones & Jennifer Lawrence
Written by Drake Doremus & Ben York Jones
Directed by Drake Doremus

Two young lovers, one American and one British, find their relationship challenged when visa issues keep them separated.

One bad choice keeps these
lovers apart, and this film
from being profound.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Like Crazy is now playing in select theaters.

Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk & Katrina Bowden
Written by Eli Craig & Morgan Jurgenson
Directed by Eli Craig

Two redneck friends are mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids, especially when a number of them begin to die off in seemingly suspicious circumstances.

Hey college kids! You’re
in for some bloody (great) laughs.
A new cult classic.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranston, Cedric the Entertainer & Taraji P. Henson
Written by Tom Hanks and Nia Vardalos
Directed by Tom Hanks

After losing his blue-collar job, a man enrolls at his local college where a new group of friends and an attractive teacher help him reinvent himself.

A movie that asks
How uncool can a two-time
Oscar-winner get?

Grade: C

By Daniel J. Hoag
Larry Crowne is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 11/15/11.

Starring: Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet, Aly Michalka & Billy Zane
Written by Sonny Mallhi
Directed by Christian E. Christiansen

A college student’s unstable roommate develops a deadly obsession with her.

Single White Film seeks
unsubtle imitation.
Must love tedium.

Grade: D+

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Roommate is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/17/11.