Tag Archive: Secrets

Written by Jon Foy & Colin Smith
Directed by Jon Foy

A group of men seek to unravel the mystery behind the Toynbee Tiles, a series of cryptic messages that have appeared on the streets of cities across the U.S. and South America for over three decades.

A real bargain bin
conspiracy theory;
some artist laughs last.

Grade: C

By Daniel J. Hoag
Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles is available now on DVD.


Starring: Elizabeth Olsen
Screenplay by Laura Lau
Directed by Chris Kentis & Laura Lau

A young woman experiences horrific events while at her family’s lake house.

You’ve been to this House
before, but Olsen makes this
visit well worth while.

Grade: B

By Daniel J. Hoag
Silent House is now playing in theaters nationwide.

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.

Starring: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello & Sigourney Weaver
Written by Shawn Christensen
Directed by John Singleton

After discovering a website that suggests he is a missing person, a high school student uncovers a secret that causes him to flee from both dangerous criminals and the CIA.

Abs win jobs. Lautner
didn’t land the lead with his
talent or that face.

Grade: D-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Abduction is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 11/17/12.

Starring: Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Jesper Christensen, Marton Csokas, Ciaran Hinds & Tom Wilkinson
Screenplay by Matthew Vaughn & Jane Goldman and Peter Straughan
Directed by John Madden

The past comes back to haunt three Mossad agents who, in 1966, were assigned to track down a Nazi war criminal hiding in East Berlin.

Helen Mirren finds
Nazis hard to catch in this
solid suspense flick.

Grade: B

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

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

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

Starring: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette & Rémy Girard
Screenplay by Denis Villeneuve, Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne
Directed by Denis Villeneuve

After their mother’s death, two siblings receive instructions to track down the father they thought was dead and the brother they never knew they had.

Some family secrets
are best left buried, others
make you want to bathe.

Grade: A-

By Daniel J. Hoag
Incendies is available on Blu-ray on 9/13/11.

(Blu) Haiku Review: Jane Eyre (2011)

Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell & Judi Dench
Screenplay by Moira Buffini
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga

Orphaned governess Jane Eyre’s relationship with her brooding employer is threatened by a terrible secret that he had hoped to hide from her forever.

Great acting steams up
this moody Brontë classic.
Take that, Jane Austen.

Grade: B

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

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly & Winona Ryder
Written by Allan Loeb
Directed by Ron Howard

When a man discovers that his best friend’s wife is being unfaithful, he struggles with how to break the news to him.

Sweaty, unpleasant
A**holes and adultery
Opie makes a mess

Grade: C-

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

(Blu) Haiku Review: Get Low (2010)

By Daniel J. Hoag

Duvall shines as a
hermit with burning secrets.
Keep tissues handy.

Grade: B+

Get Low is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 2/22/11.