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  • August: Osage County

    August: Osage County

    ★★★★

    August: Osage County, the 2008 Pulitzer winning play by Tracy Letts has been one of my favourites. Its unabashed examination of the sardonic human condition drew me in to the world of the dysfunctional and estranged Weston family, where there is no pretence, only brutal honesty.

    Letts, who has also written the screenplay for the screen adaptation of his play, had the rather unenvious challenge of creating a screenplay that would transform a critically and commercially successful three and a…

  • American Hustle

    American Hustle

    ★★

    Somewhere along the 138 minute runtime of American Hustle, you realise you are being conned. All the elements are in place. It’s a damn good sell – boasting of a stellar cast in the form of Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro.

    Okay, there is Jeremy Renner somewhere in there as well, but let’s be honest, he’s anything but ‘stellar’. That would be pushing it. He’s always underwhelmed me and in this film he’s…