This week’s movie releases

This week’s movie releases

FILM: AMERICAN HUSTLE
CAST: CHRISTIAN BALE, BRADLEY COOPER, AMY ADAMS, JEREMY RENNER, JENNIFER LAWRENCE
DIRECTOR: DAVID O.RUSSELL

A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most extraordinary scandals of the 1970s, ‘American Hustle’ tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down.

‘American Hustle’ marks the third part in a three-film evolution for filmmaker David Russell. Beginning with ‘The Fighter’, continuing with ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, and playing out on a larger canvas than ever before in ‘American Hustle’, Russell centers on characters who are trying to change their lives through a process of reinvention. “These are movies about people whose lives have not gone the way they wanted or intended,” the director explains. “There remains something deeply lovable about them, but they’re also heartbreaking.

They spend the entire film, not just the third act, reckoning with who they are and how they are going to find their way to love life again. These characters have their sense of who they are splintered into pieces, and are wondering not just what they’re going to do, but how they’re going to care about life again, how they’re going to love again. And it is important to me that they are passionate people who do or have truly loved life in some specific ways. This is as important to me as the ordeal of how they persevere, come out the other side, humbled and their love intact or renewed. It is no cliché when it is, as Irving says, lived from the feet up.”

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Colin-Farrell-in-'A-Winter'FILM: WINTER’S TALE
CAST: COLIN FARRELL, JESSICA BROWN FINDLAY, JENNIFER CONNELLY, WILLIAM HURT, EVA MARIE SAINT, RUSSELL CROWE, MCKAYLA TWIGGS, RIPLEY SOBO
DIRECTOR: AKIVA GOLDSMAN

This is not a true story, it’s a love story.

Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, ‘Winter’s Tale’ is about miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. The film marks the directorial debut of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (‘A Beautiful Mind’), and stars Colin Farrell (‘Saving Mr. Banks’), Jessica Brown Findlay (TV’s ‘Downton Abbey’), and Academy Award winner Russell Crowe (‘Gladiator’).

Peter Lake (Farrell) is a master thief, who never expected to have his own heart stolen by the beautiful Beverly Penn (Brown Findlay). But their love is star-crossed: she burns with a deadly form of consumption, and Peter has been marked for a much more violent death by his one-time mentor, the demonic Pearly Soames (Crowe). Peter desperately tries to save his one true love, across time, against the forces of darkness, even as Pearly does everything in his power to take him down — winner take all and loser be damned. What Peter needs is a miracle, but only time will tell if he can find one.
“The story blends a reality-based environment with the unexplained that exists behind the world we see,” states screenwriter, producer and first-time feature director Goldsman. “It’s a straightforward emotional narrative, yet within that naturalistic world is a world where magic happens and people live for centuries.”

For Goldsman, Mark Helprin’s novel on which the film is based presented a challenge he could not resist. “I first read ‘Winter’s Tale’ in the 1980s and fell in love with it,” he recalls. “It’s hard to let go of things you love, especially if they spark your imagination as strongly as this did.” Goldsman never forgot it, and in fact spent years thinking about how he would adapt it for the big screen. “Mark’s book is big, close to 800 pages, and no screenplay could contain every element, so I worked on it, distilling from it what resonated with me the most, until it became part of the fabric of my writing life.”