Tag Archive: Wizards


hobbit 2Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry & Benedict Cumberbatch
Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro
Directed by Peter Jackson

Bilbo Baggins continues his quest to help his dwarven companions reclaim their homeland – a journey that leads him straight into the lair of the mighty dragon Smaug.


Aren’t these films supposed
to be more about, you know,
the freaking Hobbit!

Grade: B


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is playing now in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1170358/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt

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OzStarring: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams & Zach Braff
Written by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Sam Raimi

The story of how a swindling magician became the Wizard of Oz and defended the fantasy realm from a pair of evil witches.


Like Oz himself, this
film is just a screen with no
magic behind it.

Grade: C-


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
Oz the Great and Powerful is playing now in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1623205/?ref_=sr_1

hobbit 1Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage & Andy Serkis
Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro
Directed by Peter Jackson

60 years before the events in The Lord of the Rings, a young Bilbo Baggins reluctantly sets out with a group of dwarfs who are bent on reclaiming their lost kingdom from the fierce dragon Smaug.


Bless us and splash us
Gollum’s most precious in this
overstuffed return.

Grade: B


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0903624/

Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara & Hank Azaria
Voices: Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Katy Perry, Fred Armisen, George Lopez & Anton Yelchin
Directed by Raja Gosnell

After Gargamel chases them through a magical portal into New York City, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before the evil wizard captures them.


Watching this film feels
like getting Smurfed in the eye.
A real pile of Smurf.

Grade: D-


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Smurfs is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0472181/

Starring: Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel & Toby Jones
Written by Danny McBride and Ben Best
Directed by David Gordon Green


Expecting viewers
to be high is no excuse
for dull, crass writing.

Grade: C-


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Your Highness is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 8/9/11.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1240982/

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes & Alan Rickman
Screenplay by Steve Kloves
Directed by David Yates

Hogwarts is under siege as The Boy Who Lived finally squares off against He Who Must Not Be Named in the final chapter of the Harry Potter saga.


Our hearts enchanted,
Potter will forever be
The Boy Who Lives On.

Grade: A-


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II is now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1201607/

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes & Alan Rickman
Screenplay by Steve Kloves
Directed by David Yates

Harry, Ron and Hermione are on the run from the Death Eaters and in search of Voldemort’s horcruxes in the first half of the final Potter film.


Two films may charm your
wallet, but the extra time
summons welcome depth.

Grade: A-


c2010
By Daniel J. Hoag
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects, 2010.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0926084/