I like Mary Poppins. It's an enjoyable movie with adorable animated dancing penguins. I adore Julie Andrews and she made children everywhere beg to have Mary Poppins as their nanny. Not once in my entire life had I ever thought of the story of Mary Poppins. It never occurred to me to wonder what inspired Ms. Travers to write such an interesting and wonderful character. Shame on me. This movie tells the tale of the making of Mary Poppins, and the inspirations behind the characters. It is heartwarming, heart wrenching, cute, sad, and has adorable animated dancing penguins. Tom Hanks is down right freaking awesome as Walt Disney. The team he has working on the movie are beautifully frustrated the majority of the movie, and seem genuinely ecstatic when they finally get that cranky Ms. Travers to smile. The flashbacks to explain her life and the reason behind Mary Poppins aren't the usual choppy unorganized flashbacks I'm accustomed to seeing and I will never look at Mr. Banks the same again. This movie is worth seeing, just bring tissues.
Well, I liked it. Look, this could've so easily turned into another tired Rocky movie, but didn't. There's only one direct reference to Sylvester Stallone's franchise and it's actually tolerable and tasteful. So kudos. Basically it's about Razor (Stallone) and Kid (De Niro), who are two retired boxers that get in the ring one last time to settle the score on who is the better boxer. There are enough humorous nuggets that kept me laughing throughout the entire movie. I seriously couldn't stop laughing. Don't get me wrong, it's a slugfest, but it's also downright funny. If I ran the screening I would've given out butterscotch jellybeans. You gotta see the movie to get that reference! You should go see this. You'll thank me. I'd actually like to see it again, and I don't say that too often.
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.