Four big movies – “American Hustle,” “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” “Nebraska” and “Saving Mr. Banks” – are coming to area theaters this week, and News Arts Editor Jeff Simon screened them all.
Wondering which you should see? Check out his reviews, both written and video:
“American Hustle”: “Everything about David O. Russell’s ‘American Hustle,’ opening Friday, is a triumph and a stunner. If there’s any movie that puts an exclamation point to just how wonderful this movie year has been, ‘American Hustle’ is the one,” Simon writes, giving it four out of four stars.
“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”: “It will surprise no one that “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” started out with a great idea almost worth the absurd overpromotion we’ve been living with for weeks. And then it dissipated every bit of it with so much silliness that it ends with 10 minutes where silliness graduates to rank stupidity,” Simon writes. Two and a half stars out of four.
“Nebraska”: The heartening return of Bruce Dern to major American movies is only one of the reasons Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” enjoys a reputation so much better than it deserves. The other reason the movie has become one of the year’s most overrated is how magnificently estheticized it is,” Simon writes. Three out of four stars.
“Saving Mr. Banks”: “ ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ is consummately professional show business, Disney division. You’ll laugh when it wants you to laugh. You’ll mist up when it wants you to mist up. And, when it ends, you’ll get a vaguely convincing glimpse of how the human imagination triumphs over the unavoidable pains of living and family,” Simon writes. Three stars out of four.