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Film, "American Hustle": <i>Goodfellas</i>, the Comedy

"American Hustle": Goodfellas, the Comedy

Trying to set a somber drama against faithful recreations of the inherently funny fashions and interior designs of the late 1970s would be tough, so it's a good thing that David O. Russell's American Hustle is played as a comedy.…
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Film, "Silver Linings Playbook": Mostly Cloudy Storytelling

"Silver Linings Playbook": Mostly Cloudy Storytelling

Silver Linings Playbook, which stars Bradley Cooper as a manic-depressive man-child attempting to get his life back together after a breakdown, won the coveted Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and subsequently shot to the top…
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Film, Oscars 2011: The Academy Goes for Safe Nominations

Oscars 2011: The Academy Goes for Safe Nominations

Paramount, distributor of David O. Russell's The Fighter, celebrated the helmer's Best Director Oscar nomination by placing a "For Your Consideration" ad on the cover of Variety, touting him as "the comeback of the year." It was an odd choice…
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Film, "The Fighter": Boxer biopic falls through the ropes

"The Fighter": Boxer biopic falls through the ropes

The Fighter is based on the true story of Lowell, Mass., light welterweight champ "Irish" Micky Ward, but, starring Boston working-class hero Mark Wahlberg, it plays as a Rocky-fied fairy tale for our time: Consigned to Palookaville, a sweet, unassuming…
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Film, Say Wha? Say Why?

Say Wha? Say Why?

Maybe it's the mark of a great film that it can affect an audience member even when he sleeps through the entire thing. Such was the case with my father at a recent preview of David O. Russell's I ♥…
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Film, War Is Heck

War Is Heck

There is nothing gratifying about watching a bullet blast through a woman's skull. Exploding helicopters and splattered cattle are utterly indefensible. And few would smile at the image of a little boy being obliterated by a flashy missile. So why…
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