Tag Archive: Politics

wolf of wall stStarring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau & Jean Dujardin
Written by Terence Winter
Directed by Martin Scorsese

Based on the true rise and fall of Jordan Belfort, a corrupt, drug-fueled Wall Street executive who lived a life of extravagance by swindling his investors.

In the real world, Big
Bad Wolf eats Little Red and
gets away with it.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Wolf of Wall Street is playing now in theaters nationwide.


Haiku Review: American Hustle (2013)

American hustleStarring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K. & Robert De Niro
Written by Eric Warren Singer & David O. Russell
Directed by David O. Russell

Two swindlers are forced to help an overly ambitious FBI agent, and they soon find themselves neck-deep in political corruption and organized crime.

A comb-over and
bell bottoms would convince me
to do anything.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
American Hustle is now playing in theaters nationwide.

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.


Dallas Buyers ClubStarring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Denis O’Hare & Steve Zahn
Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée

Based on the true story of Ron Woodroof, who, in the 80s and early 90s, set up a distribution ring of experimental and non-FDA-approved medication for desperate and neglected AIDS patients after discovering that he had contracted the disease – and that conventional American treatments were corrupted by poor bureaucracy.

McConaughey is
finally the actor we
all thought he would be.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Dallas Buyers Club is playing now in select cities.


eastStarring: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson, Jason Ritter & Julia Ormond
Written by Zal Batmanglij & Brit Marling
Directed by Zal Batmanglij

An operative for a private security firm is sent to infiltrate an eco-terrorist group known as The East.

That True Blood guy gets
naked and people will do
anything for him.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
The East is playing now in select cities.


Haiku Review: Snitch (2013)

snitchStarring: Dwayne Johnson, Barry Pepper, Jon Bernthal, Michael K. Williams, Melina Kanakaredes, Benjamin Bratt & Susan Sarandon
Written by Justin Haythe and Ric Roman Waugh
Directed by Ric Roman Waugh

When a man’s son is arrested for narcotics possession, he makes a deal to infiltrate a local drug ring to reduce his son’s sentence, but soon finds himself in over his head with a Mexican cartel.

Can you smell what The
Rock is cooking? I’m worried
that it might be meth.

Grade: B-

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


pinesStarring: Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn, Bradley Cooper, Rose Byrne, Bruce Greenwood & Ray Liotta
Written by Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio & Darius Marder
Directed by Derek Cianfrance

When the lives of a motorcycle stunt rider and a rookie cop collide, their children suffer the devastating effects.

The film opens on
Gosling’s abs and then just goes
downhill from then on.

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Place Beyond the Pines 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.


central park 5Written and directed by Sarah Burns & David McMahon & Ken Burns

This documentary tells the story of five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who, in 1989, were wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park.

West Memphis Three got
four films. Did these guys get just
one ’cause they’re not white?

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Central Park Five is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/23/13.


Haiku Review: Cosmopolis (2012)

cosmopolisStarring: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gadon, Mathieu Amalric, Jay Baruchel, Kevin Durand, Samantha Morton & Paul Giamatti
Written and directed by David Cronenberg

The life of a young billionaire begins to unravel during the course of a tumultuous trek across the city in his stretch limousine.

R-Patz proves he’s more
than a sparkley vamp – he’s
a total bore, too.

Grade: C-

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