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


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is available on Blu-ray and DVD today.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1318514/

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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


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Page Eight is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1797469/

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-


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
J. Edgar is now showing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1616195/