Movie Review : American Hustle

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Very loosely based on the ABSCAM FBI sting of the late 1970’s/ early 80’s (no I hadn’t heard of it either), American Hustle is a fun and fabulous romp through this gloriously tacky moment in time. The film opens with the words ‘Some of this actually happened ‘ ….. so from that moment on, you need to dismiss what you just read on Wikipedia (I know, I know) and just sit back and enjoy what you are about to see.

Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) is a New Jersey con-man who is not doing to badly for himself. He owns a chain of dry cleaners and deals in fake art. He wants more but lacks the brains and chutzpah to make it happen. Enter Sydney Prosser (Adams), an ex dancer who also wants more but does have the brains and chutzpah to make it happen. The pair embark on a passionate affair and a simple con that involves Sydney posing as a British aristocrat with ‘banking connections’ and soon many fools are being parted from their money.

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Movie Review: The Heat

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You know when you watch the previews for a movie and you think ‘ohhhhh I wanna go see that, it looks really funny’.

And then you wonder if the funny scenes they show you in the trailers are the only funny ones in the entire movie?

Well this is not that movie. This movie is hilarious from the first scene to the last.

Very serious and ambitious FBI Agent Ashburn (Bullock) is hot on the trail of a drug lord. She follows a lead to Boston where she is partnered with the foul mouthed local cop Mullins (McCarthy). The two meet during a prisoner’s interrogation and even he is scared. They get off to a terrible start with the cop resenting the FBI’s presence on her turf and the FBI Agent just wanting to find her ‘perp’ and go home.

Eventually they sort themselves out and start working together. As they investigate their suspected drug baron and follow the leads, they get into some very interesting and very funny  situations. We meet some great characters from an arrogant albino cop to a lovelorn street vendor who pines endlessly for Mullins.

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