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Rapid Review: “American Hustle,” “Inside Llewyn Davis” & “Saving Mr. Banks”

Rapid Review: “American Hustle,” “Inside Llewyn Davis” & “Saving Mr. Banks”

Rapid Review: “American Hustle,” “Inside Llewyn Davis” & “Saving Mr. Banks”
December 20
12:13 2013

Preston Barta / Film Critic

“American Hustle”

Rating: 4.5/5

Director: David O. Russell

Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence

“American Hustle,” about a pair of con-artists who are forced to work for the Feds in the 1970s, is being called the 2013 revival of classic Scorsese gangster pics, like “Goodfellas” (1990) and “Casino” (1995), but minus the gangsters— for the most part. It has plot twists, a jamming soundtrack, conniving characters, backstabbings and so on, but yet, it’s new. It’s fresh and hot out of the oven, baked with a comical script and memorable performances from Bale, Adams, Cooper and Lawrence.

“American Hustle” is playing at Cinemark Denton.

“Inside Llewyn Davis”

Rating: 3/5

Director: Joel and Ethan Coen

Stars: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman

“Inside Llewyn Davis,” a tale that follows a young singer (Oscar Isaac) as he navigates the 1961 folk scene, is not the finest film the Coen brothers have ever produced. While it’s aesthetically pleasing (good cinematography and overall look) and features a downloadable soundtrack, you just can’t get over the pointless feel. The Coens are the kings of pointless films; however, movies like “The Big Lebowski” and “Burn After Reading” at least have interesting characters that you care about. Here, Isaac’s character just may be 2013’s biggest jerk on screen.

#IsaacIsGoodInItTho #PoorCat

“Inside Llewyn Davis” is playing at Landmark the Magnolia.

“Saving Mr. Banks”

Rating: 3.5/5

Director: John Lee Hancock

Stars: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti and Colin Farrell

“Saving Mr. Banks,” the story of Walt Disney’s battle to get the rights of “Mary Poppins,” will have you laughing, crying and singing its praises. It’s a gentle film, with first-rate performances from Thompson and Hanks, especially Hanks who wears the beloved Disney like a suit. The film manages to be sad without being mawkish and comical without being detracting from emotion. “Saving Mr. Banks” will probably be remembered as one of the best films of 2013 and for good reason.

“Saving Mr. Banks” is playing at Cinemark Denton and Movie Tavern.

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