Movie – American Hustle: B+

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American Hustle had all the ingredients for a favorite; five actors I like, a director whose previous works I’ve enjoyed, and critical acclaim. Alas, all that didn’t congeal into the cinematic dish I was salivating over. It had the humor of Silver Linings Playbook, but not consistently. The characters were strong, but not as strong as in The Fighter. The performances, however, were absolutely up to expectations, especially Bale, Lawrence, and Renner. The soundtrack was also awesome and perfectly utilized.

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Movie – Silver Linings Playbook: A

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Upon examination, it’s a romantic comedy I suppose, but it certainly didn’t seem like that loathed genre during the viewing. Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro’s characters are all beautifully nuanced and perfectly acted. The humor is smart and continuous. It’s a script where everything just worked.