Monday, December 22, 2014

Our Movie Critic's Weekend Selections

Oscar Issac, left, and Justin Timberlake star in "Inside Llewyn Davis."
Oscar Issac, left, and Justin Timberlake star in "Inside Llewyn Davis." ALISON ROSA / Long Strange Trip LLC

Inside Llewyn Davis Oscar Isaac is a hard-luck troubadour on the folk scene of early '60s Greenwich Village in the Coen Brothers' sublime odyssey to nowhere. It's a story of artistic struggle, and of the crushing beauty that can be wrested from a song. With Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman - and with many a dark laugh along the way. R

American Hustle David O. Russell's wild, woolly take on the late-'70s FBI sting operation Abscam is also a wild, woolly love story: Christian Bale and Amy Adams as con artists recruited by the Feds, and fated for each other. Throw Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence into the mix and something goes kaboom in just about every scene - brilliantly. R

 

 

 

Saving Mr. Banks A sweet and affecting piece of Hollywood history, about a battle of wills between Walt Disney and Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers. Disney, played by Tom Hanks, is eager to adapt the book, and Travers, beautifully brought to life by Emma Thompson, resists. And resists some more. PG-13

 

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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