Lots to get through this week, including the Robert De Niro/Zac Efron comedy Dirty Grandpa, Oscar-nominated financial comedy The Big Short, Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton in Our Brand Is Crisis, Feng Xiaogang in mainland gangster drama Mr. Six and Japanese musical shenanigans in La La La At Rock Bottom.
David O. Russell’s American Hustle, based ever so loosely on true life events, is a camp, gaudy, almost cartoonish evocation of 70s exploitation cinema. Stand out performances from Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner do much to paper over a surprisingly lightweight script and create tension where the story often lacks any real bite.
American Hustle was discussed on our podcast, which you can listen to here.
In this special dispatch, we take a close look at Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. As avid fans of Nolan’s work (and the previous two films in Nolan’s Batman franchise), our expectations were high for this film. Listen to see if The Dark Knight Rises lived up to the hype and how the new characters and villains fared in what will surely be one of the biggest films of the summer.