Tag Archive: FBI


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-


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
American Hustle is now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1800241/?ref_=hm_cht_t4

heatStarring: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demián Bichir, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport & Jane Curtin
Written by Katie Dippold
Directed by Paul Feig

An uptight FBI agent and a crude Boston cop team up to stop a high-level drug dealer.


This is what Lethal
Weapon looks like now that Mel
Gibson’s gone crazy.

Grade: B


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Heat is playing now in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2404463/?ref_=hm_cht_t3

Starring: Richard Gere, Topher Grace, Stephen Moyer, Odette Yustman & Martin Sheen
Written by Michael Brandt & Derek Haas
Directed by Michael Brandt

After a U.S. Senator is murdered, a retired CIA operative teams up with a young FBI agent to hunt down a Soviet assassin who was long thought to be dead.


Cold War-era spies
return in a film that’s as
fresh as the Cold War.

Grade: C


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Double is available on Blu-ray and DVD.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1646980/

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-


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Imposter is playing now in select cities.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1966604/

Haiku Review: J. Edgar (2011)

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench & Armie Hammer
Written by Dustin Lance Black
Directed by Clint Eastwood

The story of one of the most powerful and controversial figures of the 20th century, J. Edgar Hoover, a visionary in law enforcement and criminology, and a man who spent so much of his life compiling the secrets of others that his own secrets almost destroyed him.


Hoover would have dug
a helluva lot deeper
than these bullet points.

Grade: B-


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
J. Edgar is now showing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1616195/

Haiku Review: The Guard (2011)

Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle & Mark Strong
Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh

An abrasive small-town Irish cop must team up with a straight-laced FBI agent to solve a murder and stop an international drug-smuggling ring.


Gleeson and Cheadle:
this century’s odd couple.
You’ll laugh yourself green.

Grade: A-


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Guard is now playing in select cities.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1540133/