Christian Bale http://kmuw.org en 'American Hustle' Well Worth All Its Complications http://kmuw.org/post/american-hustle-well-worth-all-its-complications <p></p><p><em>American Hustle</em> is an old-fashioned intrigue comedy in the tradition of <em>The Sting</em>, but with more concentration on complications of plot, as smart crooks eventually outsmart themselves-- if you read the story that way.</p><p>It starts with Christian Bale in charge of a fair-sized scam, and then his partner, Amy Adams, more or less takes over, and then a rather dubious FBI man played by Bradley Cooper gets involved, and from there we proceed to complications that eventually pretty much left me behind.</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Erickson 28074 at http://kmuw.org 'American Hustle' Well Worth All Its Complications Movie Review: 'Out of the Furnace' Is Well Made, But Isn't Subtle http://kmuw.org/post/movie-review-out-furnace-well-made-isnt-subtle <p></p><p><em>Out of the Furnace</em> is rated by <em>Entertainment Weekly</em> as the eighth-best movie of the year, and it is well written, well photographed, well acted, and generally worth a lot of praise. It is a serious drama for grownup audiences.</p><p>But it is also thoroughly unpleasant, with unsympathetic characters, occasional ugly violence and some artsy camerawork that implies subtlety that isn't there.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Jim Erickson 27488 at http://kmuw.org Movie Review: 'Out of the Furnace' Is Well Made, But Isn't Subtle