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“American Hustle” Review

Posted by    |    December 20th, 2013 at 10:28 am

A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. – Credit: IMDB and Sony Pictures Entertainment

Now in theaters, “American Hustle” focuses on interesting characters, a well written script, humorous, clever dialogue and much more as it presents one of the better old school-type films that I’ve seen in a long time. The film is a bit disorganized, but that is another element that makes this crime drama appealing as the A-list cast appears to have a great deal of fun playing out a thrilling, complex con story. There is also a great soundtrack to accompany this entertaining movie. “American Hustle” is debatably on par with this year’s best films, so don’t miss out on the chance to see this crowd pleasing presentation.

“American Hustle” is rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence. Running time is 2 hours and 18 minutes.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Click here to view my full review for “American Hustle” on WFAA.com

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Frozen and More Reviews of Recent Films

Posted by    |    December 16th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company continues East, encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood.  After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all—a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself—the Dragon Smaug. (more…)