Tag Archive: Inheritance

Haiku Review: Elena (2011)

Starring: Nadezhda Markina, Aleksey Rozin & Elena Lyadova
Screenplay by Andrey Zvyagintsev & Oleg Negin
Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

An ailing older man tells his second wife that the bulk of his substantial estate will go to his estranged daughter – a decision that causes the wife to take extreme measures in order to protect herself and her impoverished son’s family.

Pathos like only
the Russians can muster up
Chekov would be proud

Grade: B+

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


Starring: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig, Luis Guzman, Nick Nolte & Jennifer Garner
Screenplay by Peter Baynham
Directed by Jason Winer

An alcoholic billionaire must choose between an arranged marriage that ensures his luxurious lifestyle and a relationship with the woman he loves, which will cause him to forfeit his fortune.

Mirren brings some class
Tolerance for Brand a must
Best enjoyed blotto

Grade: B-

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