TUES­DAY AMER­I­CAN HUS­TLE

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8.30PM, GO! Hus­tle opens with the fol­low­ing state­ment: “Some of this ac­tu­ally hap­pened.” Yes, this fan­tas­tic movie is based on a rather fan­tas­ti­cal true story from the 1970s. But that’s not so im­por­tant. What is im­por­tant is some­thing is al­ways hap­pen­ing – and at a run­ning time of more than two hours, that takes some do­ing. Chris­tian Bale and Amy Adams star as a cun­ning, con­ning cou­ple busted by an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) and forced to make a deal. If the pair can lure a bunch of cor­rupt politi­cians to be bribed by Feds pos­ing as “fake sheikhs”, they’ll be let off. The whole cast, in­clud­ing Jen­nifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, are in crack­ing form.

★★★★

the same nar­ra­tive path as the smash hit My Best Friend’s Wed­ding, as Rachel (Gin­nifer Good­win) sees the man of her dreams about to marry her bossy BFF (Kate Hud­son). So what is a girl to do? Force a break-up now, or shut the hell up forever­more? With a run­ning time no less than 110 min­utes, it would be fair to say the har­ried hero­ine will be tak­ing the scenic route to­wards ar­riv­ing at an an­swer. True believ­ers in all things rom and com won’t mind the wait one lit­tle bit. Co-stars Colin Eg­gles­field and John Krasin­ski. quite sting like a bee. Will Smith’s Os­car-nom­i­nated per­for­mance in the ti­tle role is un­de­ni­ably bril­liant, chan­nelling Ali’s swag­ger and sen­si­tiv­ity, but the fo­cus on a mere 10 years of Ali’s life is too nar­row. The fight scenes are great, though – on a par with Rag­ing Bull. to im­prove his pub­lic im­age and lose his per­ma­nent han­gover. OK enough in fits and starts, but not quite up to the lead­ing man’s usual stan­dard. Co-stars Char­l­ize Theron.

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