Joy (2016)


David O. Russell, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert D’Niro.  Every year seems to bring us a new collaboration from this particular foursome and this one is no different as Joy comes along right on time.  While last year’s American Hustle was a great example of style over substance, this story dedicated to ‘daring women everywhere’ will be looking to capture the public’s imagination.

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American Sniper

At this early stage of the year, I don’t think it’s a stretch to call American Sniper the most controversial film released so far.  It is yet another one based off of a book, this time the autobiography of Chris Kyle, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in US History.  A title that should probably flash a big red blinking light in the direction of where this film could go wrong.

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American Hustle

Image courtesy of American Hustle
Image courtesy of American Hustle

“Some of these events are true”.  The words that open American Hustle are a fair reflection of the liberties this film has taken with the story of the Abscam con.  Directed by David S. Russell and seen by him as the spiritual third part of a trilogy that also includes The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle see’s the return of many of the stars who graced those previous efforts and much like those films, is well on it’s way to sweeping up this awards season.

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