American Hustle -- The LA Times' Glenn Whipp sits down with writer and director David O. Russell and editor Jay Cassidy for a discussion of American Hustle, starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence.
Reporter Grace Collier (Chloe Sevigny, TV'sBig Love, American Psycho) witnesses a woman committing a bizarre murder in this disturbing shocker based on Brian De Palma's 1973 classic. When police fail to find a corpse or any trace of the crime, Collier undertakes her own investigation that leads her to a mental asylum and the discovery of the mysterious woman's once-conjoined twin. Stephen Rea also stars as the twins' controlling and controversial doctor in a chilling look at the deep and sometimes psychotic bond between Sisters.
A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British 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. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, American Hustle defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes.
James Franco stars as the young Allen Ginsberg - poet, counter-culture adventurer and chronicler of the Beat Generation. In his famously confessional, leave-nothing-out style, Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless and electrifying work of his career, the poem HOWL. Meanwhile, in a San Francisco courtroom, HOWL is on trial. Prosecutor Ralph McIntosh (Strathairn) sets out to prove that the book should be banned, while suave defense attorney Jake Ehrlich (Hamm) argues fervently for freedom of speech and creative expression. The proceedings veer from the comically absurd to the passionate as a host of unusual witnesses (Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker, Treat Williams, Alesssandro Nivola) pit generation against generation and art against fear in front of conservative Judge Clayton Horn (Bob Balaban).
HOWL is simultaneously a portrait of a renegade artist breaking down barriers to find love and redemption and an imaginative ride through a prophetic masterpiece that rocked a generation and was heard around the world.
A faded rock star is forced to take responsibility for the daughter he never knew he had in Janie Jones, a funny and touching road trip through the world of rock 'n' roll from writer-director David M. Rosenthal (Falling Up), inspired by his own experiences.
Rocker Ethan Brand (Alessandro Nivola) and his band, the Ethan Brand Experience, are on the comeback trail when a former flame (Oscar nominee Elisabeth Shue) drops a bomb in his lap-their 13-year-old daughter, Janie Jones (Abigail Breslin). Ethan refuses to believe Janie is his kid, but when her mom suddenly leaves for rehab, the child has no place to go but with the band.
With no inclination toward fatherhood, Ethan continues his hard-living ways, leaving Janie to fend for herself in the dive bars and sleazy motels along the way. As his drug- and booze-fueled antics take their toll on and off stage, the band deserts him one by one, until he and Janie are left alone.
Desperate to finish the tour and revive his career, Ethan stays on the road as a solo act with Janie in tow. As Ethan's self-destructive spiral threatens to derail his comeback, Janie uses her own surprising musical talents to help guide him down the rocky road to redemption.
James Franco delivers a career-defining performance as poet Allen Ginsberg. Through his search for personal and creative expression, Ginsberg writes HOWL, and must contend with attorney Jake Ehrlich (Jon Hamm) during HOWL'S bizarre obscenity trial.
The true story of the FBI's 1980 under-cover sting operation of Congress, dubbed Abscam, to root out corruption which was the brainchild of the world's greatest con man.
Ethan Brand (Alessandro Nivola) and his band are on the comeback trail when a former flame (Elisabeth Shue) drops a bomb in his lap: their 13-year-old daughter, Janie Jones (Abigail Breslin). Ethan refuses to believe Janie is his kid, but when her mom suddenly leaves for rehab, the child has no place to go but into the tour bus and on the road with the band. With no inclination toward fatherhood, Ethan continues his hard-living ways, leaving Janie to fend for herself in the dive bars and sleazy motels along the way. As Ethan's self-destructive spiral threatens to destroy his band's future, Janie uses her own surprising musical talents to help guide him down the rocky road to redemption. Nivola and Breslin naturally embrace their musical characters, both actually sing and perform in the film, while developing Ethan and Janie's relationship in a refined way to delicately express the emotional needs of the characters. Writer/director David M. Rosenthal blends the musical setting with road trip movie elements that add subtle layers to the dynamic of his two main characters.
A Tribeca Film. Ethan (Alessandro Nivola), a musician content with his rock-n-roll lifestyle, has his life turned upside down with the arrival of a 13 year-old daughter he never knew he had. Left to raise Janie Jones (Abigail Breslin), Ethan and Janie embark on a road trip of music and father-daughter bonding.
Has-been rock star Ethan is attempting a comeback when a former groupie tells him he has a 13-year-old daughter, Janie, and leaves her in his care.
HOWL is simultaneously a portrait of a renegade artist breaking down barriers to find love and redemption and an imaginative ride through a prophetic masterpiece that rocked a generation.
Washington, DC, 1975. Soviet embassy 'political attaché' Sergei Kukushkin, a KGB captain, defects, claiming he has to seize the time window of the KGB Washington mole 'Sasha'. Mother believes his indications and starts ruthlessly interrogating as mole suspect Leo Kretsky, who keeps denying.
In 1950, Harvard and Yale friends Jack McCauliffe, Leo Kritzky and Yevgeny Tsipin decide to join the hottest 'game' of their age: Cold War espionage. As cover requires, they enjoy the luxury society circuit and have love - and family lives. But the game spares nobody, not even the trio-mates.
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