Tag Archive: Spies


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


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Page Eight is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1797469/

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Haiku Review: Cars 2 (2011)

Starring: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine & Emily Mortimer
Screenplay by Ben Queen
Directed by John Lasseter & Brad Lewis

Lightning McQueen takes the gang overseas for the World Grand Prix and his best friend Mater gets caught up in some international espionage.


Imagination,
amazing animation
keep Pixar revving.

Grade: B+


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Cars 2 opens in theaters nationwide this Friday.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1216475/

Starring: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn & Frank Langella
Screenplay by Oliver Butcher & Stephen Cornwell
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra

After a traffic accident while in Berlin for a biotechnology summit, a man awakens from a coma to find that his wife doesn’t acknowledge him and someone else has taken over his identity.


It’s just another
amnesia thriller you are
likely to forget.

Grade: C


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Unknown is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 6/21/11.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1401152/

Haiku Review: Hanna (2011)

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Olivia Williams & Cate Blanchett
Screenplay by Seth Lochhead and David Farr
Directed by Joe Wright

A teenage girl, raised by her father to be the perfect assassin, comes out of hiding to seek revenge on the ruthless operative who murdered her mother when she was just a child.

Hip, Euro-style thrills
(Deadly) fish out of water
Modern Grimm fable

Grade: B+


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Hanna is now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0993842/

Starring: Naomi Watts & Sean Penn
Screenplay by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth
Directed by Doug Liman

Based on the true story of CIA operative Valerie Plame, whose life and career were left in shambles when her undercover status was leaked by the White House after her husband, a retired ambassador, wrote a newspaper article challenging the basis for the U.S. war on Iraq.


Burning your own spy:
Just one more of Team Bush’s
war atrocities.

Grade: B+


c2010
By Daniel J. Hoag
Fair Game is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/29/11.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0977855/