Tag Archive: Con men

wolf of wall stStarring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau & Jean Dujardin
Written by Terence Winter
Directed by Martin Scorsese

Based on the true rise and fall of Jordan Belfort, a corrupt, drug-fueled Wall Street executive who lived a life of extravagance by swindling his investors.

In the real world, Big
Bad Wolf eats Little Red and
gets away with it.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Wolf of Wall Street is playing now in theaters nationwide.

Haiku Review: American Hustle (2013)

American hustleStarring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K. & Robert De Niro
Written by Eric Warren Singer & David O. Russell
Directed by David O. Russell

Two swindlers are forced to help an overly ambitious FBI agent, and they soon find themselves neck-deep in political corruption and organized crime.

A comb-over and
bell bottoms would convince me
to do anything.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
American Hustle is now playing in theaters nationwide.

identity thiefStarring: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Robert Patrick & Eric Stonestreet
Written by Craig Mazin
Directed by Seth Gordon

After his identity is stolen, a businessman finds his life turned upside-down, and to put things right, he must travel from Colorado to Florida and return with the eccentric woman who did it.

Two funny people
swindle some laughs, but should have
nabbed a better script.

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Identity Thief is playing now in theaters nationwide.

natural selectionStarring: Rachael Harris, Matt O’Leary, Jon Gries & John Diehl
Written and directed by Robbie Pickering

After her husband falls ill, a devout Christian housewife sets out to find the long-lost son he fathered many years ago.

If you’re an “every
sperm is sacred” guy, this film’s
got loopholes for you!

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Natural Selection is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Toby Jones, Joely Richardson & Elizabeth Olsen
Written and directed by Rodrigo Cortés

When two veteran paranormal researchers seek to debunk a legendary blind psychic, they find themselves in grave danger.

The skeptics: zero
Believers in hokum and
crappy endings: one

Grade: C+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Red Lights is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

Featuring: Frédéric Bourdin
Directed by Bart Layton

This true-crime documentary tells the incredible story of a family who found their missing child after three years, only to discover that the person they got back was harboring an unbelievable secret.

You’ll think “How could folks
be so stupid?” But, hey, this
happened in Texas.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Imposter is playing now in select cities.

Haiku Review: The Master (2012)

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams & Laura Dern
Written & directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

A disturbed, alcoholic World War II veteran is taken under the wing of a charismatic cult leader.

Anderson’s the real
master, but Phoenix deserves
a cult of his own.

Grade: A

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Master is now playing in theaters nationwide.

Starring: David Hyde Pierce, Clayne Crawford, Nathaniel Parker, Megahn Perry & Helen Reddy
Written by Nick Tomnay and Krishna Jones
Directed by Nick Tomnay

It’s far from Perfect,
but there’s some fun in seeing
Niles Crane the psycho.

Grade: B-

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

Starring: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor & Leslie Mann
Written and directed by John Requa & Glenn Ficarra

The true story of a con man who braved repeated prison escapes and plotted increasingly elaborate scams–all for the love of a man he met behind bars.

This crazy true tale
was played a bit too broadly
[cough] Jim Carrey [cough]

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
I Love You Phillip Morris is available on Blu-ray and DVD today.