Tag Archive: Heroes

Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch & Alan Tudyk
Screenplay by Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee
Directed by Rich Moore

A video game villian grows tired of being the “bad guy,” but his quest to become a hero ends up wreaking havoc on the world of his arcade.

Please take a moment
to explain to the young ones
what an arcade is.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Wreck-It Ralph is playing now in theaters nationwide.

Starring: Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman & Michael Caine
Written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan
Directed by Christopher Nolan

After eight years in hiding, Bruce Wayne once again becomes Batman to stop the vicious terrorist Bane from wiping Gotham City off the map.

Only someone as
insane as the Joker could
nitpick Batman’s flaws.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Dark Knight Rises is now playing in theaters nationwide.

Somewhere in the middle of last decade, the creative folks behind comics giant Marvel realized they could probably make more money by producing their own films rather than licensing their property to other movie studios. After reacquiring the rights to several of their key superheroes, Marvel Studios began to unveil a series of films with overlapping continuity, shared characters, and a master plan that would lead up to a massive ensemble piece. Now that plan comes to fruition with The Avengers – the Marvel Universe collective that features such heavy hitters as Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, and Captain America. With The Avengers opening in theaters in less than a week, it’s time for the Haiku Review to look back at the Marvel Universe films that have been leading up to it. Continue reading

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett & Tim Robbins
Screenplay by Greg Berlanti & Michael Green & Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg
Directed by Martin Campbell

A test pilot is chosen to be a part of an elite force of intergalactic peacekeepers known as the Green Lantern Corps.

Seems Kermit was right:
it’s not easy being Green.
A cosmic flame-out.

Grade: C

By Daniel J. Hoag
Green Lantern is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 10/14/11.

Starring: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci & Toby Jones
Screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
Directed by Joe Johnston

During World War II, scrawny patriot Steve Rogers joins a top secret military project that turns him into brawny Captain America and pits him against Nazis and the power-hungry villain known as Red Skull.

Flag-waving Evans
makes up for the flame-out that
was Fantastic Four.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Captain America: The First Avenger is now playing in theaters nationwide.

Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz & Cameron Diaz
Written by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
Directed by Michel Gondry

After his father is murdered, a wealthy, hard-partying slacker decides to fight crime with the help of a gadget-making martial arts expert.

Seth Rogen fights crime?
More likely than his nailing
Katherine Heigl.

Grade: C+

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Green Hornet is now showing in theaters nationwide.