Tag Archive: Marriage

august osage countyStarring: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Margo Martindale, Sam Shepard, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin & Benedict Cumberbatch
Written by Tracy Letts
Directed by John Wells

After their patriarch goes missing, a dysfunctional family reunites and finds themselves once again at odds with each other and their cancer-stricken, pill-addled mother.

A family so
messed up that incest is the
least of its problems.

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
August: Osage County is playing now in theaters nationwide.



Haiku Review: Nebraska (2013)

nebraskaStarring: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk & Stacy Keach
Written by Bob Nelson
Directed by Alexander Payne

A man reluctantly escorts his aging, alcoholic father to Nebraska when the old man becomes convinced that he’s won a million dollars in a sweepstakes.

(leave feeling like you) HAVE WON

Grade: A-

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

Haiku Review: Wadjda (2103)

WadjdaStarring: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah & Ahd
Written & directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour

A young Saudi girl wants to raise money for a bicycle but finds only discouragement in the religious and political culture around her.

You can’t keep a good
woman down – but whole cultures
sure keep on trying.

Grade: A-

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


Haiku Review: Broken City (2013)

broken cityStarring: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Barry Pepper, Alona Tal, Natalie Martinez & Kyle Chandler
Written by Brian Tucker
Directed by Allen Hughes

An ex-cop is hired by a corrupt mayor to discover the identity of his wife’s lover.

It’s not great, but let’s
be grateful that Russell Crowe
doesn’t sing in this.

Grade: C+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Broken City is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/30/13.


Haiku Review: This Is 40 (2012)

This is 40Starring: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, John Lithgow, Megan Fox, Albert Brooks & Melissa McCarthy
Written and directed by Judd Apatow

As they both turn 40, struggling married couple Pete and Debbie must figure out how to balance romance, careers, parents and children.

I’d have rather watched
two hours of Albert Brooks
in This Is 60.

Grade: B

By Daniel J. Hoag
This Is 40 is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.


to rome with loveStarring: Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page & Alison Pill
Written and directed by Woody Allen

A series of comedic and romantic vignettes set in the city of Rome.

As in his films, it
can be easy to fall out
of love with Woody.

Grade: C

By Daniel J. Hoag
To Rome with Love is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.


It’s Oscar weekend, which means it’s once again time for The Haiku Review to reveal its best films of last year. And thanks to Ben Affleck, waterboarding, vengeful slaves, a French pillow, and one exceedingly incompetent fast-food restaurant staff, 2012 turned out to be a fantastic time at the cinema. So without further ado, here are the ten best movies of the year. Continue reading


Haiku Review: Amour (2012)

amourStarring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva & Isabelle Huppert
Written and directed by Michael Haneke

An elderly man struggles to care for his wife after her health begins to deteriorate.

It’s like Up, but the
first scene lasts two hours and
there are no balloons.

Grade: A

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


Haiku Review: End of Watch (2012)

end of watchStarring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, Natalie Martinez & America Ferrera
Written and directed by David Ayer

Two Los Angeles police officers find themselves in danger when they stumble upon a violent drug cartel.

I don’t remember
any cops on Cops looking
like Jake Gyllenhaal.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
End of Watch is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.


natural selectionStarring: Rachael Harris, Matt O’Leary, Jon Gries & John Diehl
Written and directed by Robbie Pickering

After her husband falls ill, a devout Christian housewife sets out to find the long-lost son he fathered many years ago.

If you’re an “every
sperm is sacred” guy, this film’s
got loopholes for you!

Grade: B-

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