Tag Archive: Family

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-

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



Haiku Review: Frozen (2013)

frozenStarring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad & Alan Tudyk
Screenplay by Jennifer Lee
Directed by Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee

When her sister’s magical powers trap their kingdom in an endless winter, young Anna sets out on a quest to find her sibling and bring back warm weather.

Buried under the
polar vortex of Disney’s
princess formula.

Grade: C+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Frozen is playing now in theaters nationwide.

Haiku Review: Nebraska (2013)

nebraskaStarring: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk & Stacy Keach
Written by Bob Nelson
Directed by Alexander Payne

A man reluctantly escorts his aging, alcoholic father to Nebraska when the old man becomes convinced that he’s won a million dollars in a sweepstakes.

(leave feeling like you) HAVE WON

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Nebraska is playing now in select cities.


Haiku Review: Wadjda (2103)

WadjdaStarring: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah & Ahd
Written & directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour

A young Saudi girl wants to raise money for a bicycle but finds only discouragement in the religious and political culture around her.

You can’t keep a good
woman down – but whole cultures
sure keep on trying.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Wadjda is playing now in select cities.


Haiku Review: Blue Jasmine (2013)

Blue JasmineStarring: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Louis C.K. & Peter Sarsgaard
Written & directed by Woody Allen

A New York socialite suffers a nervous breakdown and moves in with her lower-class sister after her husband is imprisoned for financial fraud and their assets are seized by the government.

Blanchett is the queen,
but you’ll just be surprised that
Dice Clay doesn’t suck.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Blue Jasmine is playing now in select cities.


way way backStarring: Liam James, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, Maya Rudolph, AnnaSophia Robb, Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Written & directed by Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

On vacation with his mother and her emotionally abusive boyfriend, a shy teenager begins to come out of his shell after he befriends the employees of a local water park.

Although, most older
guys who friend kids at water
parks are pedophiles.

Grade: B+

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


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.


Haiku Review: Mama (2013)

mamaStarring: Jessica Chastain & Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Screenplay by Neil Cross and Andy Muschietti & Barbara Muschietti
Directed by Andy Muschietti

When two young girls are taken in by their uncle and his girlfriend after living alone in the woods for several years, a haunting, maternal presence follows them to their new home.

Hey, for a little
extra free time, I’d let a
ghost watch my children.

Grade: C+

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


pinesStarring: Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn, Bradley Cooper, Rose Byrne, Bruce Greenwood & Ray Liotta
Written by Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio & Darius Marder
Directed by Derek Cianfrance

When the lives of a motorcycle stunt rider and a rookie cop collide, their children suffer the devastating effects.

The film opens on
Gosling’s abs and then just goes
downhill from then on.

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Place Beyond the Pines is playing now in select cities.


guilt tripStarring: Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen, Adam Scott, Colin Hanks & Yvonne Strahovski
Written by Dan Fogelman
Directed by Anne Fletcher

A son takes his over-attentive mother on a cross-country business trip to reunite her with a long-lost romantic interest.

Rogen makes a film
you can watch with your mom that
won’t mortify her.

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Guilt Trip is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/23/13.