Tag Archive: Identity

Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley & Jason Mantzoukas
Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Alec Berg & David Mandel & Jeff Schaffer
Directed by Larry Charles

When a cruel African dictator is usurped by a conniving advisor with a body double, he must befriend a liberal activist in order to reclaim his position and ensure his country is not turned into a democracy and subsequently exploited by oil companies.

Cohen’s bag of tricks
is lighter, but he still has
some cards up his sleeve.

Grade: B

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Dictator is now playing in theaters nationwide.

(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-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Pariah is available on Blu-ray and DVD today.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany & Timothy Dalton
Written by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and Christopher McQuarrie and Julian Fellowes
Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

An American on vacation in Venice meets a mysterious woman who gets him tangled up in a complicated web of intrigue involving Interpol, the Italian police, and Russian hit men.

Talented foreign
filmmaker in Tinseltown:
the real tourist.

Grade: C

The Tourist is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/22/11.