Tag Archive: Dysfunctional families


august osage countyStarring: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Margo Martindale, Sam Shepard, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin & Benedict Cumberbatch
Written by Tracy Letts
Directed by John Wells

After their patriarch goes missing, a dysfunctional family reunites and finds themselves once again at odds with each other and their cancer-stricken, pill-addled mother.


A family so
messed up that incest is the
least of its problems.

Grade: B-


c2014
By Daniel J. Hoag
August: Osage County is playing now in theaters nationwide.
IMDb

 

You're NextStarring: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, AJ Bowen & Joe Swanberg
Written by Simon Barrett
Directed by Adam Wingard

A wealthy but dysfunctional family finds itself under attack from a trio of masked killers.


Once you have sex next
to your dead mom, it’s hard to
go back to normal.

Grade: B+


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
You’re Next is now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1853739/?ref_=hm_inth_t3

Starring: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller & Chloƫ Grace Moretz
Screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith
Directed by Tim Burton

After being buried alive for nearly two centuries, a vampire returns to his homestead only to find dysfunctional ancestors and a vengeful witch waiting for him.


For a creative
guy, Burton sure wastes a lot
of time on remakes.

Grade: C+


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Dark Shadows is now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1077368/

(Blu) Haiku Review: Pariah (2011)

Starring: Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, Aasha Davis, Charles Parnell & Kim Wayans
Written and directed by Dee Rees

A teenage girl in Brooklyn gradually embraces her identity as a lesbian, which begins to put added strain on her parents already-fragile marriage.


A must-see for both
the persecuted and their
ignorant haters.

Grade: A-


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Pariah is available on Blu-ray and DVD today.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1233334/

Starring: Peyman Moadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini & Sarina Farhadi
Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi

The separation of a married couple in Iran sets off a chain reaction of events that changes several lives forever.


Lesson: Don’t let your
divorce keep you from choosing
“the help” more wisely.

Grade: A


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
A Separation is playing now in select cities.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1832382/

(Blu) Haiku Review: Warrior (2011)

Starring: Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Jennifer Morrison & Nick Nolte
Screenplay by Gavin O’Connor & Anthony Tambakis & Cliff Dorfman
Directed by Gavin O’Connor

Two estranged brothers must battle each other in a winner-take-all mixed martial arts competition.


Been-there, slugged-that. Still,
this MMA Rocky packs
a powerful punch.

Grade: B+


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Warrior is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/20/11.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1291584/

Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin & Jennifer Lawrence
Written by Kyle Killen
Directed by Jodie Foster

A severly depressed person begins using a beaver hand-puppet as his means of communicating with the world.


In this bleak Beaver,
Gibson plays a crazy man.
Not much of a stretch.

Grade: C


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Beaver is available on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1321860/