Tag Archive: Terrorism


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+


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
The East is playing now in select cities.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1869716/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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STIDStarring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller & Alice Eve
Written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof
Directed by J.J. Abrams

The crew of the Enterprise is sent on a rogue mission to capture a terrorist responsible for attacks against Starfleet.


Cumberbatch strikes fear
across galaxies without
sporting a mullet.

Grade: B


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
Star Trek: Into Darkness opens in theaters nationwide tomorrow.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1408101/?ref_=sr_1

iron man 3Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Jon Favreau & Ben Kingsley
Written by Drew Pearce & Shane Black
Directed by Shane Black

Tony Stark dons his metal suit to battle a terrorist called The Mandarin.


We get it, Gwyneth.
You have really nice abs. Please
put a shirt back on.

Grade: B+


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
Iron Man 3 is playing now in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1300854/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

ZD30Starring: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle, Harold Perrineau, Mark Strong, Mark Duplass, Joel Edgerton & Chris Pratt
Screenplay by Mark Boal
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow

An account of the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden.


Bigelow is the
Navy SEAL of directors:
bold, precise, fearless.

Grade: A


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
Zero Dark Thirty is playing now in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1790885/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis & Arnold Schwarzenegger
Screenplay by Richard Wenk and Sylvester Stallone
Directed by Simon West

Grizzled old mercenaries seek vengeance on a terrorist who killed one of their own.


How many 80s
has-beens does it take to make
one box office draw?

Grade: D


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Expendables 2 is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 11/20/12.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1764651/

Haiku Review: Skyfall (2012)

Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney & Ben Whishaw
Written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan
Directed by Sam Mendes

When a cyberterrorist seeks revenge on M., it’s up to James Bond to stop him.


Seems Her Majesty’s
Secret Service has come through
for us once again.

Grade: A-


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Skyfall is now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1074638/

Starring: Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman & Michael Caine
Written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan
Directed by Christopher Nolan

After eight years in hiding, Bruce Wayne once again becomes Batman to stop the vicious terrorist Bane from wiping Gotham City off the map.


Only someone as
insane as the Joker could
nitpick Batman’s flaws.

Grade: A-


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Dark Knight Rises is now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1345836/

Starring: U.S. Navy SEALs
Written by Kurt Johnstad
Directed by Scott Waugh & Mouse McCoy

A highly-trained U.S. Navy SEAL team must stop a deadly terrorist attack.


Real SEALs L.A.R.P. up some
Call of Duty-style thrills. Don’t
quit your day jobs, boys.

Grade: C+


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Act of Valor is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1591479/

Starring: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow, Viola Davis & Jeffrey Wright
Screenplay by Eric Roth
Directed by Stephen Daldry

After a boy finds a key in his parent’s closet, he goes in search of the lock that will fit it, believing that there will be a special message left to him by his father, who died on September 11th.


“Think we can make folks
cry with this 9/11
thing?”–Stephen Daldry

Grade: B-


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0477302/

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton & Michael Nyqvist
Written by Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec
Directed by Brad Bird

Ethan Hunt and his IMF team must go rogue to stop a Swedish terrorist after they are framed for bombing the Kremlin.


Brad Bird performs the
impossible: making us
forget we hate Cruise.

Grade: A-


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1229238/