Tag Archive: Intelligence

Starring: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton & Andy Serkis
Written by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver
Directed by Rupert Wyatt

After being abandoned and mistreated, a chimpanzee with human-like intelligence from an experimental drug leads an army of altered apes in a grand escape.

Shockingly not bad,
despite monkeying around
with prequel clich├ęs.

Grade: B

By Daniel J. Hoag
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is available on Blu-ray and DVD today.


Starring: Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Michael Gambon, Judy Davis, Ewen Bremner, Felicity Jones & Ralph Fiennes
Written and directed by David Hare

An MI-5 agent must deal with a document left behind by his recently deceased boss that implicates the British Prime Minister in a political scandal.

A slow-burn spy flick
like only the Brits can make
Worth it for that cast

Grade: B

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

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-

By Daniel J. Hoag
J. Edgar is now showing in theaters nationwide.