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American Hustle

I finally went to see AMERICAN HUSTLE today, and it was well worth the wait. (Not the trailers though, every single one failed to register, but that’s their problem.) David O Russell has delivered a very darkly funny and often quite hysterical film about con artists and those who would use them for their own ends. The whole all-star cast is great, with Christian Bale and Amy Adams as the main cons, Bradley Cooper as the Fed who wishes to squeeze them for his own personal ambitions, Jennifer Lawrence as Bale’s wild card wife with her own con going on, and lots of great supporting roles by Jeremy Renner, Robert DeNiro, Louis C.K., Michael Pena, many of whom have worked with Mr. Russell in prior films. After an admittedly slowish start, the odds keep stacking up and the stakes escalate. I had this constant wicked grin spread across my face and many titterings of laughter escaped my lips. It may not be a deep picture but it was certainly a real hoot to watch, and everyone was having a good time. Recommended!

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Silver Linings Playbook

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK has been out for awhile, and I finally got a chance to see it. I felt it started off as a semitough look at mental illness, then turned into a crazy-guy fantasy where everything around was surreal and absurd. Played straight by all, and played well, one can still see this as a well made Hollywood/Weinstein Brothers Oscar nabber. Call me cynical, but nevertheless I was entertained and director David O Russell did a good job with the material as it was. I preferred THE FIGHTER, THREE KINGS and going way back SPANKING THE MONKEY by him, but this film with its good box office and Oscar buzz should allow him to return to more daring fare. Bradley Cooper was pretty good, and Jennifer Lawrence can add another feather to her cap for her work here.

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