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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation writer and director Christopher McQuarrie is likely to return for a sixth Mission: Impossible film starring Tom Cruise!

Source: M:I6 is Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission, Should He Choose to Accept It – SuperHeroHype

Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

“We’re Doing All the President’s Men, and Then We’re Doing The Parallax View“: Michael Cuesta on Kill the Messenger | Filmmaker Magazine.

Exclusive: Michael K. Williams Talks ‘Kill The Messenger’ | blackfilm.com/read.

Jeremy Renner Is Preparing For Life After Tights.

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Infographic: How Marvel Assembled Its Cinematic Universe | Features | Empire.

Jeremy Renner on Chris Evans and ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ | Variety.

‘American Hustle’ Rearview: Don’t Be Conned by David O. Russell’s Latest | Variety.

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When you have so many high caliber stars in one movie and often the same scenes, you think it would be hard for anyone person to stick out.  American Hustle  does not have this problem.  Christian Bale and Amy Adams star as con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner, Sydney Prosser, entrapped by a determined FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper).  Initially told they need to help catch four criminals, DiMaso’s plans balloon into catching bigger fish with each collar.  When Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner) becomes a target, Irving and Sydney are forced down a treacherous path that could lead to problems with the mob.

The love triangle of Bale, Adams, and Cooper does not live up to the trailer.  There is a lot of heat and passion with Adams and Cooper but it fizzles out very quickly, leaving everyone a little disappointed.  I like the friendship that develops between Irving and Polito as Irving begins to question entrapping the mayor.  Bale give a passionate performance as the street wise Irving who is looking to get out from under DiMaso as quickly as possible.  Adams holds her own between the two actors.  I felt that Cooper was playing another flashier version of Avery from The Place Beyond the Pines.

The supporting cast is incredible with Jack Huston, Alessandro Nivola, Shea Whigham, Michael Peña, and the brilliant Louis C.K. who plays Richie DiMaso’s supervisor.  You get a surprise appearance when the mob element is ready to invest in the scheme.  Jennifer Lawrence gives another brilliant performance as Irving’s wife, Rosalyn.  Interestingly, she plays another crazy female who attracts men with her strange charms and seduction somewhat similar to her Oscar-winning role in Silver Linings Playbook.

You cannot have a movie about the 1970s and not focus on the clothes or the music.  The film does not disappoint as the women and men dazzle in the trends of the times.  Irving has dry cleaning businesses and entices Sydney with the discarded items in a backroom.  I need to talk Amy Adams’ stylist and figure out the secret as Sydney does not wear a bra for most of the film.  It has to be some heavy-duty tape to keep those dresses strategically placed on her breasts.  Best retro hairstyle is shared by DiMaso’s perm and Irving’s comb over, which are toyed with throughout the film.  The soundtrack is amazing; you can read my review of it here.

American Hustle is a lot of fun and has an amusing “screw you” ending that will leave you satisfied.

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In The Immigrant, the love triangle between a prostitute, her pimp, and his brother unfolds in the early 1900s.  Eva Cybulski  (Marion Cotillard) arrives at Ellis Island with her sister Magda (Angela Sarafyan) from Poland.  They are separated due to Magda’s illness and Eva is identified as a woman of low morals, which means she will be deported.  However, Eva has caught the eye of Bruno Weiss (Joaquin Phoenix) who claims to be an immigrant lawyer who can help her and her sister.  Desperate to retrieve her sister, Eva naively enters the world of prostitution with Bruno’s guidance.  Bruno is fixated with Eva and their fragile “relationship” is threatened with the arrival of Emile (Jeremy Renner), a magician and also Bruno’s brother.

This period film moves through the underworld of New York in a related fashion as Boardwalk Empire.  Eva was raped on the voyage to America, however,  her rapists have now shamed her in the eyes of her relatives.   The unfortunate reality for women, especially immigrants, is highlighted here as Eva in now forced to have sex as a way to survive.  Her choices are limited choosing between dangerously unstable Bruno and the unreliable Emile.  Both claim to love her and want to help with freeing her sister, however, they keep her dangling, knowing that Eva would leave once she has what she wants.  You get another tragic figure performance from Joaquin Phoenix that is comparable to his performance in The Master.  I do not think this is one of his better performances.  Jeremy Renner plays a playboy who charms his way into Eva’s heart.  He does keep you guessing on what his true intensions with Eva will be.  Eva has to quickly learn to assert herself within Bruno’s collection of women and become business-savvy in order to earn money to buy Magda’s freedom.  Marion Cotillard gives a good performance that is far better than her role as Billie Frechette in Public Enemies.

 The film was directed by James Gray and will be distributed in the US by The Weinstein Company.

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