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David O. Russell

American Hustle (2013)

David O. Russell is a very good director, and a very good writer. So it's a shame to watch American Hustle and get the impression that he's not happy with himself. This is, of course, just awfully presumptuous of me, but I couldn't help…

American Hustle (2013)

David O. Russell's patchy Abscam comedy satirises the Seventies  American Hustle: the title promises a classic, definitive statement of the nation's most typical forms of duplicity. The movie interweaves FBI entrapment of corrupt…

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook is a romantic comedy that happens to focus on a number of people who have mental health problems. The fact that it balances the romance with the gentle humour with one of the best depictions of bipolar disorder I…

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Long shots David O. Russell dips further into the mainstream and accessible but still with an original touch in Silver Linings Playbook, a romance between two mental patients freshly out on their own and making a go at living healthy…

The Fighter (2010)

Boxing movies are predictable. Drug addiction movies are predictable. Inspiring true stories are predictable. My next sentence is very predictable: The Fighter is annoyingly predictable. But it’s an enjoyable movie. Storytelling clichés…

The Fighter (2010)

The Fighter is a case of an unremarkable screenplay being elevated by fantastic performances. Chronicling the early life of Massachusetts born boxing hero Micky Ward and that of his troubled older brother Dicky Eklund, The Fighter is truly…