Tag Archive: Martial arts


Starring: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Donny Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian & Pierre Gruno
Written and directed by Gareth Evans

When an elite SWAT team raids an apartment building run by a vicious drug lord, they find themselves trapped and under siege by the gangster’s well armed bodyguards and tenants.


Plot dies a gory
death – but at least it’s a cool,
martial art-y death.

Grade: B


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Raid: Redemption is available on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1899353/

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(Blu) Haiku Review: Warrior (2011)

Starring: Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Jennifer Morrison & Nick Nolte
Screenplay by Gavin O’Connor & Anthony Tambakis & Cliff Dorfman
Directed by Gavin O’Connor

Two estranged brothers must battle each other in a winner-take-all mixed martial arts competition.


Been-there, slugged-that. Still,
this MMA Rocky packs
a powerful punch.

Grade: B+


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Warrior is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 12/20/11.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1291584/

Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu & David Cross
Written by Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger
Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Po unravels secrets about his past while leading the Furious Five on a mission to stop a power-hungry peacock who is set on ruling China with violence.


Great animation,
heart, laughs help this franchise earn
a black belt in fun.

Grade: B+


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Kung Fu Panda 2 is available on Blu-ray and DVD today.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1302011/

Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz & Cameron Diaz
Written by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
Directed by Michel Gondry

After his father is murdered, a wealthy, hard-partying slacker decides to fight crime with the help of a gadget-making martial arts expert.


Seth Rogen fights crime?
More likely than his nailing
Katherine Heigl.

Grade: C+


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Green Hornet is now showing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0990407/