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REVIEW: American Hustle (David O’Russell – 2013)

American Hustle is an ambitious satire, made by an accomplished filmmaker and loaded with terrific acting talent; but despite appreciating it for what it tried to achieve instead, it’s hard not to feel slightly conned.

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REVIEW: American Hustle (David O. Russell – 2013)

“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster”. Wait, I didn’t mean to quote Goodfellas, I meant quote a line from co-writer/director David O. Russell’s American Hustle. Actually, it’s possible to get the two confused because American Hustle plays out like a grand tribute to the crime drama of Martin Scorsese.

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DVD/BLU RAY Review 

DVD REVIEW: The Place Beyond the Pines (Derek Cianfrance – 2012)

The Place Beyond the Pines is a heart-wrenching epic poem that quashes the delusion that sons won’t be affected by the actions of their fathers.

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DVD/BLU RAY Review 

REVIEW:The Hangover Part III (2013) 2nd Opinion

Co writer/director Todd Phillps’ finale changes the key ingredients of the Hangover recipe in a failed attempt to please punters and critics alike. After a death in the family that highlights that Alan (Zach Galifianakis) has been off his meds, the wolf-pack (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha) intervene to get him back on track. On their way to a medical retreat they’re abducted by a gangster, Marshall (John Goodman), with connections to their past. Their way out; track down escaped prisoner Mr Chow (Ken Jeong), and capture him…..

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REVIEW:The Hangover Part III (2013)

In the latest, and hopefully last installment of Todd Phillips’ ludicrously successful Hangover Trilogy, the ‘Wolf Pack’ – Alan (Zach Galifianakas), Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Stu (Ed Helms) – find themselves at the mercy of a mob boss, Marshall (John Goodman), who has been ripped off by Mr Chow (Ken Jeong). Threatening to kill the token hostage, Doug (Justin Bartha), he instructs them to locate Chow, who has just broken out of prison, and his missing gold bullion. The reason they are intercepted on the road? Callow man-child Alan has…

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REVIEW: Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Surrounded by the oppressive confines of a Baltimore mental institution, save for the catch cry ‘Excelsior’ scrawled on paper and adorned on his drab cell wall, we find Patrick (Bradley Cooper) fulfilling his routine of being medicated to the gills. It’s been the required eight months since the courts committed him and despite some spirited objections from the doctors observing and caring for Patrick, his mother (Jacki Weaver) signs a release to bring him home. Patrick’s mental breakdown came at the hands of catching his wife receiving some shower time…

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REVIEW: Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

 Writer and director David O. Russell indulges his broken characters in a world of crazy as a way of coping with a harsh reality in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’.  Russell goes beyond the woes of the irrational and firmly implants the film in the realm family, life and love. Pat (Bradley Cooper) is living with his parents (Robert De Niro and Jackie Weaver) after being released from a mental health institution where he has resided since the breakdown of his marriage.  On the road to recovery Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence)…

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REVIEW: Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook, the latest film from writer/director David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter), is a unique and extraordinary cinematic gift. Whether you are positive and optimistic about life’s challenges and the possibility of second chances, or cynical and contrary, this film tells a relatable and endearing human story. While some there are some heartbreaking dramatic developments, this remains a genuinely funny crowd-pleaser that is not only brilliantly crafted but challenges the conventions of the genre it adopts and respects its audience. Actively shot, reminiscent of the central protagonist’s…

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DVD/BLU RAY Review 

BLU-RAY REVIEW: HIT AND RUN US EDITION

When getaway driver “Charlie Bronson’s” (Dax Shepard) time in witness protection is cut short after his identity is blown, what ensues is a rubber-melting gasoline-burning muscle car road chase, where seat belts are not optional and everything will change.. even Charlie’s name! When Charlie or should we say Yul Perkins’s girlfriend Annie (Kristen Bell) is offered her dream job in LA, Yul offers to pull the cover of his “ride” and drive her there much to the protest of clumsy US Marshall Randy Anderson (Tom Arnold). But when Annie’s ex-husband…

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