Tag Archive: Heists

killing them softlyStarring: Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins & Ray Liotta
Written & directed by Andrew Dominik

A mob enforcer is called in to track down three criminals who robbed an underground poker game, which disrupted the criminal economy.

Seems our corporate
mentality is hurting
Tony Soprano.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Killing Them Softly is now playing in theaters nationwide.


Starring: Aksel Hennie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Synnøve Macody Lund & Eivind Sander
Written by Lars Gudmestad & Ulf Ryberg
Directed by Morten Tyldum

An art thief runs afoul of a vindictive mercenary.

Hell hath no fury
like that Game of Thrones guy scorned.
Plus, dog rides tractor.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Headhunters is now playing in select cities.
TCFF 12-18

Starring: Frank Langella, Peter Sarsgaard, James Marsden, Liv Tyler & Susan Sarandon
Written by Christopher D. Ford
Directed by Jake Schreier

A retired jewel thief is given a robot butler by his son to help with the old man’s care, and soon the two new friends are pulling off heists together.

Touching and funny.
This robot makes a better
friend than most people.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Robot & Frank opens 8/12/12 in select cities.
TCFF 12-04

Starring: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie, Edward Burns & Ed Harris
Written by Pablo F. Fenjves
Directed by Asger Leth

An falsely-accused ex-cop escapes from prison and climbs out on the ledge of a tall building to serve as a distraction while his brother attempts to steal a valuable diamond that might help prove his innocence.

It’s fitting that this
plot resembles the splattered
corpse of a jumper.

Grade: C

By Daniel J. Hoag
Man on a Ledge is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/29/12.

Starring: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Judd Hirsch, Téa Leoni, Michael Peña & Gabourey Sidibe
Screenplay by Ted Griffin and Jeff Nathanson
Directed by Brett Ratner

When a malevolent billionaire swindles the staff of a luxury hotel out of their pensions, several of them band together to break into his penthouse to steal the $20 million dollars they believe is hidden there.

Murphy steals some laughs,
but the plot ain’t exactly
Ocean’s 11.

Grade: C+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Tower Heist is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/21/12.

(Blu) Haiku Review: Fast Five (2011)

Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges & Dwayne Johnson
Written by Chris Morgan
Directed by Justin Lin

Fugitives Dom Toretto and Brian O’Conner make their way to Rio de Janeiro for one last heist and find themselves tangled up with a ruthless drug kingpin and pursued by a relentless U.S. strike force.

The Rock fuels this
stalled franchise, the sole reason
Vin Diesel still works.

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Fast Five is available on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow.

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen, Marie Windsor & Ted DeCorsia
Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick
Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick’s time-shuffling account of an ambitious racetrack robbery.

Thank this noir classic:
without it, there would have been
no Reservoir Dogs.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Criterion Collection of Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.