Tag Archive: Russia

die hard 5Starring: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Yuliya Snigir
Written by Skip Woods
Directed by John Moore

John McClane travels to Russia where he and his estranged son attempt to foil a nuclear weapons heist.

It’s a good day to
call it quits ’cause this franchise
is dying easy.

Grade: C

By Daniel J. Hoag
A Good Day to Die Hard is playing now in theaters nationwide.

Haiku Review: Anna Karenina (2012)

Anna KStarring: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald & Olivia Williams
Screenplay by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Joe Wright

In 19th-century Russia, an aristocratic woman risks everything she has when she begins an affair with an affluent calvary officer.

Costumes, staging mean
little without sympathy
for your tragic lead.

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Anna Karenina is playing now in select theaters.

Starring: Richard Gere, Topher Grace, Stephen Moyer, Odette Yustman & Martin Sheen
Written by Michael Brandt & Derek Haas
Directed by Michael Brandt

After a U.S. Senator is murdered, a retired CIA operative teams up with a young FBI agent to hunt down a Soviet assassin who was long thought to be dead.

Cold War-era spies
return in a film that’s as
fresh as the Cold War.

Grade: C

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Double is available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Haiku Review: Elena (2011)

Starring: Nadezhda Markina, Aleksey Rozin & Elena Lyadova
Screenplay by Andrey Zvyagintsev & Oleg Negin
Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

An ailing older man tells his second wife that the bulk of his substantial estate will go to his estranged daughter – a decision that causes the wife to take extreme measures in order to protect herself and her impoverished son’s family.

Pathos like only
the Russians can muster up
Chekov would be proud

Grade: B+

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

Starring: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Dimitri Diatchenko, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Devin Kelley & Jesse McCartney
Screenplay by Oren Peli
Directed by Bradley Parker

When a group of tourists visit an abandoned village near the site of the Chernobyl disaster, they find themselves trapped and attacked by a terrifying threat.

Chernobyl’s now had
two tragedies befall it.
Bad taste trumps promise.

Grade: C

By Daniel J. Hoag
Chernobyl Diaries is now playing in theaters nationwide.

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor & Joel Kinnaman
Screenplay by Jon Spaihts
Directed by Chris Gorak

Five young people in Moscow find themselves fighting for survival when invisible aliens attack.

These ETs suck our
energy, which explains why
this flick has no juice.

Grade: C-

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Darkest Hour is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 4/10/12.

Featuring: Phil Rosenthal
Written and directed by Phil Rosenthal

When Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal travels to Russia to help adapt his show for Russian audiences, he encounters a great number of setbacks involving unique characters and unbelievable situations.

Phil, if their paying,
who cares if Russkies crap all
over your baby?

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Exporting Raymond is available now on DVD.

Starring: Gary Oldman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Ciarán Hinds, Toby Jones, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong & John Hurt
Screenplay by Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan
Directed by Tomas Alfredson

In the midst of the Cold War, a retired British spy is recruited to uncover a mole at the very highest level of British intelligence.

Not all spies look like
Daniel Craig, but Oldman leaves
your martini stirred.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is playing now in select cities.