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Sisters

Summary: Life hasn’t been fair to Maura (Amy Poehler) and Kate Ellis (Tina Fey). When the sisters learn that their parents Bucky (James Brolin) and Deana (Dianne Wiest) are selling the home that they grew up in it makes them realise that life certainly hasn’t turned out the way it was supposed to for either of them.

Maura hasn’t been in a relationship in a long time and through reliving some of Kate’s memories of their teenage years has realised that she has never really lived at all. Meanwhile Kate who was once the party girl is constantly getting fired and is struggling in her relationship with her daughter. Frustrated with the way things are the two girls decide to live once more by throwing one last party in their family home.

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 7th January 2016

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Jason Moore

Screenwriter: Paula Pell

Cast: Ike Barinholtz (James), Samantha Bee (Liz), James Brolin (Bucky Ellis), Dan Byrd (Patrick Campbell), Christina Beth Campbell (Young Maura Ellis Age 10), John Cena (Pazuzu), Mia Ciccarelle (Young Maura Ellis Age 6), Samantha Blaire Cutler (Young Kate Age 12), Madison Davenport (Haley), Rachel Dratch (Kelly), Scott Drummond (Officer Higgins), Tina Fey (Kate Ellis), Santino Fantana (Mr. Geernt), Sue Galloway (Jolene Barme), Jon Glaser (Dan), Renee Elise Goldsberry (Kim), Ann Harada (Jean), Brian D’Arcy James (Jerry), Greta Lee (Hae-Won), John Leguizamo (Dave), Britt Lower (Mrs. Geernt), John Lutz (Joel Barme), Adrian Martinez (Officer Harris), Heather Matarazzo (Denny), Kate McKinnon (Sam), Bobby Moynihan (Alex), Matt Oberg (Rob), Chris Parnell (Phil), Paula Pell (Dana), Amy Poehler (Maura Ellis), Maya Rudolph (Brinda), Emily Tarver (Brayla), Kristen Vincent (Young Kate Age 6), Colleen Werthmann (Cray), Dianne Wiest (Deana Ellis)

Runtime: 118 mins

Classification: CTC

 

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David Griffiths:

The female members of America’s comedy set have been on fire when it has come to films over the past few years. While the likes of Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell have delivered bomb after bomb the women have produced hit after hit. Films like Bridesmaids and Trainwreck have seen the likes of Kristen Wiig and Amy Schumer become household names right around the world. Now comes Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s (who bring Maya Rudolph along for the ride) new celluloid baby Sisters. The good news while it is doesn’t exactly reach the heights of some of the other films previously mentioned it certainly works and haves you laughing throughout.

What works about Sisters may completely surprise audiences out there. If you’re expecting a smart comedy like Bridesmaids then keep moving because Sisters is very much the female version of a film like American Pie. Directed by Jason Moore (who brought us Pitch Perfect) and written by long-time Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell Sisters is all about grown women acting badly and Poehler and Fey just seem to lap it up.

In this politically correct time it is surprising what Sisters gets away with. The jokes range from quips about both male and female genitalia right through to the right and wrong ways to announce Asian names. Of course most of the humour centres on the wild antics of the party guests at Maura and Kate’s party-to-end-all-parties but the film also takes some time to take a look at some more serious things such as the fractured relationship between a mother and a daughter through to people realising that their lives have gone completely off track.

The fact that the party provides most of the laughs is a stroke of comedic genius in itself. While there may be one of two too many sight gags the film keeps you laughing all the time. Thanks not only to the humour delivered by Poehler and Fey but also by Ike Barinholtz (who plays Poehler’s love interest), Bobby Moynihan who plays lovable-drug-fuelled-loser Alex and Maya Rudolph who seems to love playing rejected party guest Brinda. Along with other cameo roles, such as John Leguizamo and John Cena, these smaller characters in the film seem to come together and just deliver laugh and laugh and soon you find yourself barracking for more than just the lead characters. Moore and Pell’s decision to allow this to happen may have been a huge risk but it pays off for them time after time.

Of course the stars here though are Poehler and Fey and both just seem to feed off the comedic talent and energy that is around them. However that doesn’t mean that they allow themselves to res on their laurels. No these two work ultra hard as well and while they deliver the laughs that were scripted for them amazingly well you also get the feeling that a lot of this film has been ad-libbed by the pair and that works well as well. While the world may have been concentrating on the new breed of Amy Schumer and co over the past few years it is obvious that Fey and Poehler want to show the world that they are still in the peaks of their career as well.

So many of these party movies fail every year but here Sisters works brilliantly well. While I wouldn’t exactly describe it as a top comedy it does more than enough to keep the laughs coming throughout the film, okay you may even have a couple of laughter explosions during it, and that is more than you can say for a lot of the comedies that are around these days. Even better is the fact that this is some of Poehler and Fey’s finest work and is a must for those that love their brand of comedy.

 

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)

 

IMDB Rating: Sisters (2015) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Sisters reviews: You can listen to our full Sisters  review on a future episode of  The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show. You can also read our Sisters review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Cinderella

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Cinderella (2015) – Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter
  2. Insurgent (2015) – Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James, Kate Winslet
  3. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  4. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  5. Games Of Thrones (2011) – Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington
  6. Interstellar (2014) – Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy
  7. Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) – Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford
  8. Focus (2015) – Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, Adrian Martinez
  9. Chappie (2015) – Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver
  10. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine
  11. Pixels (2015) – Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage
  12. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  13. Run All Night (2015) – Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D’Onofrio
  14. The Flash (2014) – Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett
  15. House Of Cards (2013) – Kevin Spacey, Michael Gill, Robin Wright, Kate Mara
  16. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015) – Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kaine
  17. Empire (2015) – Lizzy Leigh, Jussie Smollett, Kaitlin Doubleday, Taragi P. Henson
  18. iZombie (2015) – Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley
  19. Vikings (2013) – Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgard, Robert McDomhnail
  20. Furious 7 (2015) – Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham
  21. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas
  22. Spectre (2015) – Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fieenes, Monica Bellucci
  23. Divergent (2014) – Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney
  24. The Last Man On Earth (2015) – Will Forte, January Jones, Cleopatra Coleman, Kristen Schaal
  25. The 100 (2014) – Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonnell, Bob Morley

Cinderella

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Cinderella (2015) – Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter
  2. Chappie (2015) – Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver
  3. Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015) – Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford
  4. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  5. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  6. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams
  7. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine
  8. House Of Cards (2013) – Kevin Spacey, Michael Gill, Robin Wright, Kate Mara
  9. Focus (2015) – Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, Adrian Martinez
  10. Unbreakable Kenny Schmidt (2015) – Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane
  11. Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014) – Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver
  12. The Last Man On Earth (2015) – Will Forte, January Jones, Cleopatra Coleman, Kristen Schaal
  13. Insurgent (2015) – Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James, Kate Winslet
  14. The 100 (2014) – Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonnell, Bob Morley
  15. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  16. Better Call Saul (2015) – Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Michael Mando
  17. Mean Moms (????) – Jennifer Aniston
  18. Vikings (2013) – Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Jessalyn Gilsig, Gustaf Skarsgard
  19. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014) – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
  20. Birdman (2014) – Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough
  21. Run All Night (2015) – Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D’Onofrio
  22. Big Hero 6 (2014) – Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller
  23. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parilla, Josh Dallas
  24. Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) – Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  25. The Imitation Game (2014) – Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Fifty Shades Of Grey

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015) – Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford
  2. House Of Cards (2013) – Kevin Spacey, Michael Gill, Robin Wright, Kate Mara
  3. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  4. Focus (2015) – Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, Adrian Martinez
  5. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine
  6. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Calles, Steven Yuen
  7. Chappie (2015) – Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver
  8. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams
  9. Cinderella (2015) – Lily James, Cate Blanechett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter
  10. Birdman (2014) – Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough
  11. The Last Man On Earth (2015) – Will Forte, January Jones, Cleopatra Coleman, Kristen Schaal
  12. Big Hero 6 (2014) – Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller
  13. Whiplash (2014) – Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser
  14. Ex Machina (2015) – Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno
  15. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  16. Spectre (2015) – Daniel Craig, Chritoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci
  17. The Imitation Game (2014) – Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech
  18. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas
  19. Vikings (2013) – Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Jessalyn Gilsig, Gustaf Skargard
  20. Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) – Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  21. Better Call Saul (2015) – Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Michael Mando
  22. The 100 (2014) – Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonnell, Bob Morley
  23. The Lazarus Effect (2015) – Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Evan Peters, Sarah Bolger
  24. The Theory Of Everything (2014) – Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, Sophie Perry
  25. The DUFF (2015) – Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Allison Janney

Fifty Shades Of Grey

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015) – Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford
  2. Birdman (2014) – Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough
  3. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samual L. Jackson, Michael Caine
  4. Whiplash (2014) – Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser
  5. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  6. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernathal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  7. The Theory Of Everything (2014) – Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, Sophie Perry
  8. The Oscars (2015) – Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Kendrick, Jack Black, Lupita Nyong’o
  9. Focus (2015) – Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, Adrian Martinez
  10. The DUFF (2015) – Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Allison Janney
  11. Games Of Thrones (2011) – Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams
  12. American Sniper (2014) – Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis
  13. Boyhood (2014) – Ellar Coltraine, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Elijah Smith
  14. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody
  15. The Imitation Game (2014) – Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech
  16. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  17. Big Hero 6 (2014) – Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller
  18. Jupiter Ascending (2015) – Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean
  19. House Of Cards (2013) – Kevin Spacey, Michael Gill, Robin Wright, Kate Mara
  20. Better Call Saul (2015) – Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Jonathan Banks
  21. Batman v Superman (2016) – Ben Affleck, HenryCavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg
  22. Vikings (2013) – Robert MacDomhnail, Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Jessalyn Gilsig
  23. Gone Girl (2014) – Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
  24. Still ALice (2014) – Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth
  25. The Flash (2014) – Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

Summary: A timid magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams embarks on a true-life adventure when a negative goes missing.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th December, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Ben Stiller

Screenwriter: Steve Conrad, James Thurber (short story)

Cast: Marcus Antturi (Rich Melhoff), Jon Daly (Tim Naughton), Craig Dourmashkin (Curtis), Paul Fitzgerald (Don Proctor), Kathryn Hahn (Odessa Mitty), Terrence Bernie Hines (Gary Mannheim), Kai Lennox (Phil Melhoff), Shirley MacLaine (Edna Mitty), Adrian Martinez (Hernando), Nicole Neuman (Rachel), Conan O’Brien (himself), Patton Oswalt (Todd Maher), Sean Penn (Sean O’Connell), Andy Richter (himself), Adam Scott (Ted Hendricks), Ben Stiller (Walter Mitty), Kristen Wiig (Cheryl Melhoff)

Runtime: 114 mins

Classification:PG

OUR THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY REVIEWS & RATINGS

Greg King: Stars(3.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

David Griffiths:

Everybody knows Ben Stiller has one of modern days’ top comedic actors. What many don’t realise though is that whenever Stiller had decided to pull on the director’s cap that success has always followed. His debut directional effort ‘Reality Bites’ drew plenty of applause, while his follow ups ‘The Cable Guy,’ ‘Zoolander’ and ‘Tropic Thunder’ were all massive commercial successes.

Now Stiller directrs and stars in the new screen adaption of James Thurber’s classic story ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty.’ Now if you judged this film by its trailer you could see that this is a film that could go either way. It could fall in a heap and be a bore just like too many of Stiller’s recent films or it could be abstract and different enough to be interesting.

Stiller stars the downtrodden, lonely loser in life Walter Mitty. A man who has no personal life but lives for his job – a job that sees him looking after photographer’s negatives at ‘Life’ magazine. He also tends to ‘zone out’ from time to time and take himself on magical journeys that only occur inside his head. However, his life is turned upside down when he soon realises that job may be taken away from him when the ambitious and plain rude Ted Hendricks (Adam Scott) arrives on the scene boasting that ‘Life’ is about to go online and heads will roll. The way he bullies Walter also shows him that his will be one of those rolling heads.

Poor Walter believes his biggest problem is finding a way to impress his work colleague and love interest Cheryl Melhoff (Kristen Wiig) but soon finds himself under even more pressure when he realises that the negative that is needed for the front page of the last edition of ‘Life’ has gone missing. This spurs Walter into action and soon he finds himself on a trip around the world trying to find the photographer, Sean O’Connell (Sean Penn).

Like ‘Reality Bites’ did early on his career ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ reveals Stiller as a talented director. His directional style takes this film in many different directions, from heartfelt conversations through to an action sequence (thanks to one of Walter’s zone-outs). But Stiller’s directional style really comes to the fore though when he captures some of the stunning environments that Walter visits amazingly well, and the same time lifts this above its closest rival ‘Eat, Pray, Love.’

As a film ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ really draws you in. You find yourself drawn to Walter as a character and you feel sorry for him. But as a film it goes deeper than that, the screenplay has created some interesting sub-characters including the hateable Hendricks and also eHarmony phone worker, Todd Maher (Patton Oswalt).

We all know somebody like Walter and that connection takes this film to a different level, however no matter how much human emotion is invested into the film there are times the film’s script lets it down. There are about fifteen to twenty minutes of this film that doesn’t need to be there, and it’s a shame that script editor hadn’t done a little bit of pruning.

Still that can be largely forgotten due to the fact that Stiller and his cinematographer create some amazing visuals throughout this film. They capture whatever environment they are in amazingly well, especially the barren volcanic wastelands that Stiller ends up skateboarding down. While the story does have its odd low point it clearly outguns the film most similar to it – “Eat Pray Love.”

The smooth screenplay does also allow Stiller to produce a mixture of comedy and drama and as we have learned from some of his previous roles Stiller thrives on getting to play emotionally damaged characters, and once again here he comes to the fore.

Kristen Wiig and Shirley Maclaine almost seem wasted in their roles however Patton Oswalt makes a surprising cameo that is a joy to watch but the actor who steals the show here is Adam Scott. Scott puts in one of the best performances of the year as the villainous Hendricks and while he is a source of comedic relief he also brings a sense of evil to the film.

“The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty” may dip at one point but for the most part this is a good film that once again reminds cinema lovers that Ben Stiller is more than capable when he pulls on the director’s hat. As far as feel good movies go this one is a winner.

 

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3.5)

IMDB Rating:  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘American Hustle′: Please check our American Hustle review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 62.

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Summary: Manhattan-based  con artists Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) are forced to work for FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) to avoid prosecution following a sting operation. Pushed into a world of New Jersey power brokers and ‘wise-guys’, Irving and Sydney find efforts to clear their names made all the more difficult thanks to DiMaso’s erratic behavior and the unpredictability of Irving’s wife Roslyn (Jennifer Lawrence). Directed by David O. Russell (Silver Lining’s Playbook, The Fighter, Three Kings) and based on an incredible true story, this 1970’s-set award-season contender defies genre, hinging on the comedy of raw emotion, and the drama of life and death stakes.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 12th December, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: David O. Russell

Screenwriter: David O. Russell, Eric Singer

Cast: Amy Adams (Sydney Prosser), Christian Bale (Irving Rosenfeld), Martie Barylick (Helen), Charley Broderick (Rep. John O’Connell), Louis C.K. (Stoddard Thorsen), Colleen Camp (Brenda), Alura Carbrey (Elizabeth Polito), Bradley Cooper (Richie DiMaso), Danny Corbo (Danny Rosenfeld), Sonny Corbo (Danny Rosenfeld), Gary Craig (Jerry Catone), Robert De Niro (Victor Tellegio), Sal DiMino (Lou Salvano), Richard Donnelly (Rep. Sanders), Andres Faucher (Don Hirxel), Kayla Feeney (Lorna Polito), Steve Gagliastro (Agent Schmidt), Armen Garo (Dick Helsing), Robert Glenn (Jerry), Barbara Guertin (Denise), Shannon Halliday (Doreen Polito), Richard Heneks (Al Kalowski), Paul Herman (Alfonse Simone), Jack Huston (Pete Musane), Jennifer Lawrence (Rosalyn Rosenfeld), Adrian Martinez (Julius), Thomas Matthews (Francis Polito), Alessandro Nivola (Anthony Amado), Michael Pena (Paco Hernandez/Sheik Abdullah), Jeremy Renner (Mayor Carmine Polito), Elisabeth Rohm (Dolly Polito), Matthew Russell (Dominic Polito), Zachariah Supka (Young Irv), Bob Taraschi (Rep. Stelford), Chris Tarjan (Agent Stock), Volieda Webb (Melora), Josh Philip Weinstein (Peter Scott), Shea Whigham (Carl Elway), Gary Zahakos (Congressman Keshoygan), Anthony Zerbe (Senator Horton Mitchell)

Runtime: 138 mins

Classification:M

OUR AMERICAN HUSTLE REVIEWS & RATINGS

Adam Ross: Stars(4)

Please check Adam’s review of ‘American Hustle’ that is available on The Crat

Greg King: Stars(4)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘American Hustle’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

David Griffiths:

At the moment director David O. Russell is Hollywood’s darling. It seems everything that he puts in his hands on becomes Oscar fodder. His movies like ‘The Fighter’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ have garnished plenty of Oscar nods over recent years and actors of the calibre of Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo admit they owe their Oscars to him.

As a director the past has seen Russell fight with his main stars and even have people say they will never work with him again – for that reason it is surprising that he has worked with most of the cast of “American Hustle” before. That certainly being the case with Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

This time around Russell focuses on actual events… albeit with some changed names and some poetic licence. An almost unrecognisable Christian Bale, complete with gut and hard-working comb over, plays Irving Rosenfeld a conman who lives a comfortable life making money before returning home to his strange wife, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) and much loved son each night.

Rosenfeld’s career as a con artist though really takes off after he meets Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) who becomes his lover and partner-in-crime, although their new found scam soon comes to the attention of a desperate young law enforcement officer, Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso’s eagerness soon sees Sydney and Irving wrapped up in an –in-over-their-heads undercover sting designed to bring down community minded mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner).

Russell is somewhat of a frustrating director to watch. There are times during “American Hustle” when Russell eclipses perfection. The style, feel and plot of the film mirrors what Martin Scorsese has done so well over the years but the difference between the master and Russell is that Scorsese knows when to cull. Where the frustration seeps into “American Hustle” is that Russell will deliver a scene that leaves you gasping at its cinematic brilliance and then follow it up with a scene that should have found itself on the cutting room floor.

That problem leads to bigger problems for the film. Firstly the running time of 138 minutes is way too long and then there is the problem that the audiences’ focus drifts in and out depending on the relevance of the scene. Having said that though “American Hustle” is a good film it just doesn’t ever reach the greatness that it should.

What really saves “American Hustle” are the performances that Russell gets out of his cast. These are obviously actors that completely trust their director. How else could you explain Christian Bale going from Bruce Wayne to a man whose gut hangs over his trousers or the normally modest Amy Adams deciding to play a role where her cleavage is on show more often than not? To their credit though both actors deliver. Bale is his usual smooth self while Adams brings a brand of sexiness to the film that would be beyond most other actresses.

Then there are Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper’s performances. Russell just directed them amazingly in “Silver Linings Playbook” and he manages to repeat that here. Lawrence brushes aside those who label her as ‘the hunger games girl’ with her best performance since “The Winter’s Bone” while Cooper plays the manic yet immature DiMaso so well he creates one of the most interesting characters to ever hit the screen. Cudos should also go to Jeremy Renner who is also his usual brilliant self.

Despite its flaws “American Hustle” is still a film that demands a viewing. It’s good not great but it will be the film that everybody is talking about this holiday and awards seasons.

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(4)

IMDB Rating:  American Hustle (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘American Hustle′: Please check our American Hustle review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 62.

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