TUESDAY AMERICAN HUSTLE
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.