Tag Archive: Suspense

Haiku Review: Carrie (2013)

carrieStarring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer & Portia Doubleday
Written by Lawrence D. Cohen & Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Directed by Kimberly Peirce

After suffering abuse at the hands of her fanatically religious mother and cruel high school bullies, a teenage girl with telekinetic powers is pushed to the point of revenge.

One of her powers
is the ability to
make you roll your eyes.

Grade: C

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


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: Captain Phillips (2013)

capt phillipsStarring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi & Catherine Keener
Written by Billy Ray
Directed by Paul Greengrass

The true story of the hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates in 2009.

Finally a film
about pirates that doesn’t
involve Johnny Depp.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Captain Phillips is playing now in theaters nationwide.


You're NextStarring: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, AJ Bowen & Joe Swanberg
Written by Simon Barrett
Directed by Adam Wingard

A wealthy but dysfunctional family finds itself under attack from a trio of masked killers.

Once you have sex next
to your dead mom, it’s hard to
go back to normal.

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
You’re Next is now playing in theaters nationwide.


conjuringStarring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor & Ron Livingston
Written by Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes
Directed by James Wan

Based on the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators who, in 1971, helped a family that was being terrorized by a demonic presence shortly after moving into a new home.

Prepare yourself for
the scariest film ever
made about clapping.

Grade: B

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Conjuring is now playing in theaters nationwide.


pac rimStarring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman & Ron Perlman
Written by Travis Beacham & Guillermo del Toro
Directed by Guillermo del Toro

The human race must save itself from extinction by using giant mechanical robots to battle monstrous creatures that are rising up out of the ocean.

Giant robots fight
giant monsters. Who needs those
stupid Transformers?

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Pacific Rim is now playing in theaters nationwide.


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.


purgeStarring: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey & Rhys Wakefield
Written and directed by James DeMonaco

A security expert and his family are held under siege during the Annual Purge, a 12-hour period when all crime–including murder–is legal.

You mean the king of
security’s never heard
of a panic room?

Grade: C+

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Purge is playing now in theaters nationwide.


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.


side fxStarring: Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum & Ann Dowd
Written by Scott Z. Burns
Directed by Steven Soderbergh

When a psychiatrist prescribes an experimental drug to a young woman suffering from terrifying anxiety, the side effects have deadly consequences.

No drug can fight the
depression that will come if
Soderbergh retires.

Grade: B+

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