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    by » Mon September 2nd, 2019, 20:35

    Film Festival 2019 Preview: 12 Biggest Movies With Oscar Chances

    There are a surprising amount of movies playing at this year’s festival season that are adapted from articles. Hustlers may be the most anticipated of this bunch, if only because of its truly irresistible hook. Based on a piece from New York magazine, Hustlers follows a group of strippers, led by Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez, who decide to take on the rich Wall Street jerks who visit their club every night and fleece them for all they have. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, with Adam McKay and Will Ferrell on producer duties, Hustlers has a tricky tone to nail. How do you tackle what these women did, acknowledge the Robin Hood-esque fantasy of it, but not romanticize just how dark the truth got? It’s a tough job but the movie also has serious indie breakout potential and it remains depressingly rare to see a film with a female majority cast alongside a woman director. Hustlers will make its world premiere at TIFF.
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    by » Mon September 2nd, 2019, 20:35

    Film Festival 2019 Preview: 12 Biggest Movies With Oscar Chances

    There are a surprising amount of movies playing at this year’s festival season that are adapted from articles. Hustlers may be the most anticipated of this bunch, if only because of its truly irresistible hook. Based on a piece from New York magazine, Hustlers follows a group of strippers, led by Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez, who decide to take on the rich Wall Street jerks who visit their club every night and fleece them for all they have. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, with Adam McKay and Will Ferrell on producer duties, Hustlers has a tricky tone to nail. How do you tackle what these women did, acknowledge the Robin Hood-esque fantasy of it, but not romanticize just how dark the truth got? It’s a tough job but the movie also has serious indie breakout potential and it remains depressingly rare to see a film with a female majority cast alongside a woman director. Hustlers will make its world premiere at TIFF.
    https://screenrant.com/film-festival...oscar-preview/

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    by » Fri September 6th, 2019, 01:20

    Quote Originally Posted by Loveguru View Post
    omg for real?
    Yas! It's getting an incredible buzz. It premiers at TIFF tomorrow after which we'll start getting official reviews. But things are looking bright

    16 Movies coming out soon that will be major Oscar contenders

    by Jason Guerrasio, Business Insider


    “Hustlers”


    There are a lot of things to love about this movie, especially its incredible cast that includes Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, and Cardi B. But what may give it an award season edge are the talents of its writer-director Lorene Scafaria ("Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, "The Meddler") who takes the "us versus them" mentality following the financial crisis and turns it into a gripping crime drama.
    “Hustlers”
    (STX Entertainment, Sept. 13)
    Director: Lorene Scafaria
    Cast: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Cardi B, Lizzo
    Ever since I saw “Hustlers” at an early screening, I can’t stop raving about it. Every Oscars season, there’s a movie that sneaks up on the pundits. And I have a feeling that this dramatic comedy written and directed by Lorene Scafaria will be a box office hit and critical darling. Set in 2008, at the height of the financial crisis, a group of strippers at a New York club take extreme measures to stay in business. If there’s any justice, Jennifer Lopez will receive her first Oscar nomination for channeling the ringleader Ramona as Erin Brockovich by way of Matthew McConaughey in “Magic Mike.” — Ramin Setoodeh, Variety


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    by » Fri September 6th, 2019, 02:19

    I have to admit: the trailer looks kind of interesting. This might be the first J.No movie role I’ll like since Maid in Manhattan (which was more guilty pleasure anyway ).
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    by » Fri September 6th, 2019, 14:58

    lo. Colour me surprised lol. I thought this was going to be a throw away movie...you know the type that has all the big names but then flops?? Good for all the buzz! I'd love to see Jen get some nominations at least.

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    by » Fri September 6th, 2019, 16:49

    First RT review and it's fresh

    Yes, Lopez is THAT good.

    Jennifer Lopez launches her Oscar bid in Hustlers, a gritty ensemble drama based on an article in New York Magazine about strippers who took back their autonomy by drugging and robbing clients. I know, weird heroines. The girls are Constance Wu, Keke Palmer and Lili Reinhart with side hustles from Cardi B (who helped the develop the story as a former stripper) and the awesome Lizzo. Produced by Lopez, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. And yes, Lopez is THAT good. In theatres next week.
    https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hustlers_2019

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    by » Fri September 6th, 2019, 16:49

    She deserves every award just for her devotion

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    by » Fri September 6th, 2019, 21:00

    Box office prediction update:

    US only.
    9/13/2019 Hustlers
    First weekend : $28,500,000
    Domestic total forecast : $77,000,000
    https://www.boxofficepro.com/long-ra...-joker-update/

    wow, they keep going up, hopefully it can cross 30 min first weekend. Another success for Miss Lopez ? yes, please.

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    by » Sun September 8th, 2019, 07:12

    YAS QUEEN Welcome back Actress-Lo

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    by » Sun September 8th, 2019, 14:27

    Even her biggest hater Roger Friedman had to acknowledge her performance

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    by » Mon September 9th, 2019, 02:23

    Hustlers ain't gonna get no Oscar nominations!

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    by » Mon September 9th, 2019, 03:05

    Jennifer Lopez is a star reborn in ‘Hustlers,’ a smart, bracing tale of strippers turned grifters

    By JUSTIN CHANGFILM CRITIC
    SEP. 8, 2019

    1:30 PM TORONTO —

    The movies have rarely done right by Jennifer Lopez, but the brashly entertaining “Hustlers” isn’t just the exception that proves the rule; it reconfigures her cinematic image with such brazen intelligence and purpose that it seems determined to make up for lost time. As Ramona, a one-woman supernova who reigns over a New York strip club, Lopez gives her most electrifying screen performance since “Out of Sight,” slipping the movie into her nonexistent pocket from the moment she strides out onto a neon-lighted stage in a rhinestone bodysuit.

    (...)

    You can’t take your eyes off Lopez, not just because she’s beautiful but also because her beauty has so many bittersweet dimensions: This is a part that required a diva, a movie star, but one who’d seen her share of frustration and failure. The role of Ramona especially resonates in the hands of a mega-watt celebrity whose own physical attributes have been mocked and exaggerated in gross disproportion to her talent.
    https://www.latimes.com/entertainmen...jennifer-lopez

    There’s Never Been A Movie Quite Like Hustlers Before
    Anne Cohen
    September 8, 2019, 8:00 AM

    (...)

    Hustlers’ selling point may be its dazzling ensemble cast — Lizzo, Cardi B., Trace Lysette, Keke Palmer and Lili Reinhart co-star, among others — but Lopez and Wu are undoubtedly its power-center. The former is mesmerizingly good, doling out catch-phrases and advice like a protective den mother. Ramona is the kind of person everyone naturally gravitates towards, like sunflowers bending towards the sun, quickly wilting once she loses interest. She’s wild and maternal, loving and fierce, protective, and dangerous. It’s the role Lopez was born to play, and if the Academy has any sense, there’ll be some Oscar chatter in her future.
    https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/201...z-constance-wu


    Jennifer Lopez reminds the world of her white hot star wattage in this lapdancing Robin Hood caper film.

    (...) Lopez commands the screen by being her confidence-exuding Jenny-from-the-block self, so superhumanly charismatic that she may as well be hovering a few inches above the ground.
    https://lwlies.com/reviews/hustlers/


    TIFF Film Review: J. Lo and Constance Wu Take on Crime Genre in Empowering “Hustlers”

    Thanks to the emotional staying power of the feminine perspective and a career-high performance by Jennifer Lopez, “Hustlers” is proof that the ladies can be just as naughty as the fellas, and equally if not more likable.

    Posted by J. Don Birnam | Sep 8, 2019 | Film Reviews

    Grade: A-
    http://splashreport.com/tiff-film-review-j-lo-hustlers/


    ‘Hustlers’ Is Fascinating, Fabulous and Fun: Read the Early Review!

    3.5 stars (out of 4)

    Hustlers is a fascinating true story dramedy about a group of enterprising exotic dancers in New York City that band together and swindle Wall Street sleaze balls out of money. There’s a valuable lesson in here, as these degraded women get too greedy in their quest to topple the patriarchy and achieve the American dream. But first, I must talk about the Jennifer Lopez and the pole dancing.

    Her skills are so jaw-dropping fabulous that if this were an Olympic sport, she’d win gold. First she slithers around the pole with rattlesnake-like smoothness and then she spins around it as if she’s water circling a drain. There will be more important scenes on a big screen this year, but none will be as flat-out awe-inspiring as the one which her character, Ramona, effortlessly shows her protégé (Constance Wu Opens a New Window. ) all her moves, using cute nicknames like “The Peter Pan,” “The Martini” and “The Tabletop.” Ever the consummate and ageless performer, Lopez has found her signature role playing a tough-talking, stiletto-strutting instigator of a crew of enterprising strippers. These ladies did break the law, but you can’t blame them for following the leader.

    (...)

    Even at her most sinister, she’s sympathetic — and it’s a testament to Lopez’s acting abilities that she gives this glamorous diva a heroic edge.

    (...)
    https://www.usmagazine.com/entertain...ce-wu-work-it/

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    by » Mon September 9th, 2019, 03:05

    The acclaim JLo is getting, i-
    I'm so so happy for her.

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    by » Mon September 9th, 2019, 06:28

    I’m excited for her.
    And finally some long due acclaim for Jennifer.

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    by » Mon September 9th, 2019, 22:26

    Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

    Led by a command performance from Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers is a uniquely empowering heist drama with depth and intelligence to match its striking visual appeal.
    It's at 96% currently

    Hustlers First Reviews: Jennifer Lopez Is Oscar-Worthy in the Surprise Hit of the Toronto International Film Fest
    Critics are calling Hustlers a thrilling, smart, and empowering crowdpleaser that plays like "Scorsese in stilettos."


    It’s been a while since Jennifer Lopez has generated Oscar buzz, so the kind of praise we’re seeing for the actress out of the Toronto International Film Festival may surprising at first. But her performance in Hustlers (2019) 96% is the talk of the town following its premiere Saturday night. Fortunately, the movie itself is getting positive reviews overall, too. The first batch of reviews from the festival note that this crime drama, adapted from a New York magazine article about a group of NYC strippers with a more-than-entrepreneurial streak, is not what it looks like based on the advertising. Hustlers is a classic underdog story and an award season crowdpleaser through and through. Its inspirations are far more Scorsese than Showgirls.

    Here’s what critics are saying about Hustlers:
    Wow, so the movie is better than expected?

    “Everything you’ve seen so far is what is known as a ‘cheat’ in the marketing business…[this] is much deeper than all that glitters on the surface.” – Gregory Ellwood, The Playlist

    “Hustlers is a lot smarter than it initially looks.” – Stephen Whitty, Screen International

    “Hustlers is never anything less than energetic, freight-train-fast, and impeccably plotted…it’s also a welcome twist on the crime thriller genre and the ripped-from-the-headlines, can-you-believe-this-is real drama.” – Kate Erbland, IndieWire

    “There are so many immediate pleasures and vicarious thrills to be had in Hustlers, a giddy, gaudy blast of a movie.” – Benjamin Lee, Guardian

    We’re hearing Goodfellas comparisons: True?

    “An incisive commentary on women in the workplace…surprisingly enough, it shares cinematic DNA with the 1981 juggernaut 9 to 5.” – Beandrea July, Hollywood Reporter

    “[It] does for a gang of New Yawk bad girls what Goodfellas did for the mob…adapted by writer-director Lorene Scafaria at her most Scorsese.” – Peter Debruge, Variety

    “Scorsese in stilettos, Goodfellas slathered in frosty lip gloss and body glitter, this is a must-see Girl’s Night Out movie.” – Courtney Howard, Fresh Fiction

    “Scafaria’s direction is equally confident [with] an opening that’s Martin Scorsese by way of Paul Thomas Anderson.” Stephen Whitty, Screen International

    “Hustlers soon blossoms into the kind of snappy sendup producer Adam McKay might make, with a deft and definite feminine touch.” – Kate Erbland, IndieWire

    “Hustlers is a crowdpleaser to its core.” – Hoai-Tran Bui, Slashfilm
    Is it empowering?

    “Many filmmakers will say their film tackles female empowerment, but few do the legwork to make [it] an integral and authentic part of the story. Scafaria accomplishes that.” – Gregory Ellwood, The Playlist

    “This slyly feminist movie pushes empowerment, too; it’s a film about being in control, not losing it.” – Stephen Whitty, Screen International

    “Scafaria validates her heroines from the start by focusing on them as women whose internal struggles and friendships with each other are far more interesting than their obvious physical allure.” – Beandrea July, Hollywood Reporter

    “Hustlers represents an acrobatic celebration of unbridled femininity, in which liberated ladies take full advantage of the power they hold over men.” – Peter Debruge, Variety

    “[Scafaria] re-contextualizes the way women’s bodies are looked at by almost completely ignoring the men in the room…Scafaria’s camera adopts the perspective of the women in the club, admiring the strength and athleticism of the work.”- Esther Zuckerman, Thrillist

    “The film is so eager to double down on its messages of female empowerment that it ignores any of the seedy kitchen-sink realism that the beginning of the film gestures at.” – Hoai-Tran Bui, Slashfilm

    J-Lo’s best performance to date?

    “Not enough can be written about how stunning Lopez is in perhaps her best performance to date.” – Beandrea July, Hollywood Reporter

    “It’s the sort of role that only a true movie star could pull off, so much of it reliant on a rare, intoxicating magnetism.” – Benjamin Lee, Guardian

    “Yes, Lopez is THAT good.” – Anne Brodie, What She Said
    Wait, J-Lo is Oscar-level good?

    “A full-force performance from Jennifer Lopez [is] genuinely deserving of awards consideration.” – Kate Erbland, IndieWire

    “Awards attention would be deserved but a far greater result would be a more expansive set of roles in her future.” – Benjamin Lee, Guardian

    “Scafaria assists by coaxing a performance out of Lopez that is so unexpectedly grounded and moving you’ll be walking out of the theater praying she doesn’t have to wait another 22 years to showcase her rich, dramatic talents again.” – Gregory Ellwood, The Playlist

    How is the rest of the cast?

    “[Constance] Wu, who broke out with…a rather flat and charmless turn in Crazy Rich Asians, is far more effective here, slickly switching between vulnerable and manipulative.” – Benjamin Lee, Guardian

    “[Lopez is] matched excellently by Wu…she wavers between wryness, exhaustion, and affinity for the person who becomes her business partner and close friend.” – Esther Zuckerman, Thrillist

    “Cardi B’s relegated to a few early scenes and then shuffled offstage for the remainder of its running time..but boy, does she own the screen when she’s on.” – Sara Stewart, New York Post

    Does the movie have any problems?

    “As the plan falls apart, Scafaria’s film almost follows…but it’s a brief dip.” – Benjamin Lee, Guardian

    “It runs out of steam early on…there is nobody to root for here, an issue that leads to checking one’s watch midway through the show. ” – Sara Stewart, New York Post

    “There’s an unnecessary wrap-around device…that lacks the innovation that Scafaria’s subjects have in spades.” – Courtney Howard, Fresh Fiction

    “A number of the narrative transitions are wonky, some characters feel a bit too disposable, there is one particular reshoot that is glaringly noticeable…” – Gregory Ellwood, The Playlist

    “Scafaria’s script is missing some of the edges of her earlier films…this picture feels a little too polished, a little safe…” – Stephen Whitty, Screen International

    Should we pop a bottle and make a night of it?

    “This is a movie made to be experienced with an audience.” – Beandrea July, Hollywood Reporter
    https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com...nto-film-fest/
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    by » Mon September 9th, 2019, 22:46

    The discrepancy between the user reviews and the critics reviews tho.

    Misogynist Trump garbaj probably.
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    by » Mon September 9th, 2019, 22:56

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldmoney View Post
    The discrepancy between the user reviews and the critics reviews tho.

    Misogynist Trump garbaj probably.
    Most of people who rated it on IMDB haven't seen the movie. There was only 1 public screening at ITFF last night. About the profile of those users you're probably right, but there are also Mariah (no offence) and Nicki Minaj stans who make campaign on social networks to bring it down. I don't know why IMDB allowed rating in the first place.
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    by » Tue September 10th, 2019, 13:16

    Lorene Scafaria's film portrays the desperation fueled by the '08 crash ... and the power of friendship


    In Lopez’s best role since Enough, she brings the everyday diva to Ramona. She’s approachable, but not stoppable. Her clothes are the finest money can buy, she struts like a model with a fresh contract, but she isn’t cold. Her smile is luminous and makes her easy to approach. At the same time, crossing her would be a terrible mistake. Lopez and Wu are dynamic together. Their back and forth works when they’re fighting, when they’re figuring out how to best cook up their drug cocktail, and when they’re sitting around the Christmas table. Even the gaggle of women who join their crew feed into that energy, culminating in a wonderful ensemble. Rich in character portrayal and energy, the crew is wonderful to watch, even as they systematically destroy lives.

    (...)

    Together, the entire crew has created a funny, at times shocking, and heartfelt piece of art. Exceptional performances, an unbelievable story, and a soundtrack for the ages make for a viewing experience worth revisiting again and again.

    http://www.pastemagazine.com/article...rs-review.html

    Jennifer Lopez delivers the performance of her career in this crime drama about a group of strippers taking on Wall Street


    Think ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ with strippers and you’ve got the premise of Lorene Scafaria’s surprising, gripping ‘Hustlers’. Constance Wu stars as Dorothy, aka ‘Destiny’, the new girl at a hot Manhattan gentlemen’s club. The wildly successful Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) takes Dorothy under her wing and shows her how to get ahead in exotic dancing. But after the 2008 financial crash, the pair and their friends resort to criminal means to keep the cash coming in.

    This is a deeply feminist film, one where men are given less screentime than the cameoing Cardi B and Lizzo. These women are objectified by the world, though rarely by Scafaria’s camera. They use that fact to scam money and take revenge on Wall Street’s finest. Scafaria treats them as flawed, fractious characters and folk heroes, not sex dolls. She packs in some visual flourishes too, like a shaky cam shot of one of the crew’s walk of shame to her daughter’s school. It’s a reminder that there’s more at stake for these women than the ability to buy designer clothes

    If Wu is compelling as Destiny, Lopez is magnetic as her savvy mentor. It’s her most authoritative role since ‘Out of Sight’. The plot, in contrast to the stars, sags in the middle and there are a few more celebratory hang-out scenes than we need, but the gang are so charismatic, it’s no great chore to spend extra time with them. Why, some people would pay thousands for just a few minutes.

    By: Helen O’Hara

    Posted: Tuesday September 10 2019
    www.timeout.com/london/film/hustlers


    Jennifer Lopez delivers one of her best performances in this true crime film.


    9/10

    [...]

    On its face, this would be a perfectly serviceable story if it focused on the act of embezzling. But where the film elevates a potentially cliched Robin Hood story is in showcasing the bonds and motivations of the women, thanks to Scafaria’s one-two punch of script and direction. Behind the camera, Scafaria guides the scenes to avoid making the strip club look oversexed - not to say that the film is lacking in allure, but Scafaria approaches the performances with an artistic lens more than a voyeuristic one.

    [...]

    Both elements wouldn’t work without the right actors breathing life into these words. Constance Wu conveys the emotional weight needed to carry this story and serves as the conscience of the operation. But it’s Jennifer Lopez’s driven performance as Ramona that steers the ship. Deploying some of the best acting in her expansive career, Lopez is particularly inspiring as the gang’s ring leader – able to flip from considerate to cold on a dime. Wu and Lopez’s chemistry on screen is electric with a friendship that feels so genuine, you’re almost disappointed this bubble they’ve crafted isn’t real.
    www.ign.com/articles/2019/09/10/hustlers-review


    Hustlers Review: 5 STARS

    Scafaria chooses to celebrate what makes women different over dwelling on what holds them back.


    Struggling to make ends meet, inexperienced New York stripper Destiny (Constance Wu) strikes up a friendship and profitable partnership with star dancer Ramona (Jennifer Lopez). When the recession hits, however, the pair concoct a decidedly more dangerous way to earn their money back at the expense of their clients.

    Release Date
    12 Sep 2019

    Whether you’re a fan of her films or not, it’s undeniable that no-one commands a room quite like Jennifer Lopez. That self-made magnetism that has been finessed over years of performing still has the ability to seemingly slow down time, and writer-director Lorene Scafaria appreciates this more than anyone, rewarding such enigmatic energy with the role of a lifetime.

    Make no mistake that Crazy Rich Asians heroine Constance Wu gets top billing for Hustlers — a con movie with all the slickness of a Steven Soderbergh thriller — and rightfully so as its pure-hearted protagonist. Yet from the moment Ramona straddles her pole under a waterfall of paper bills, it’s Lopez whose legacy is cemented in this film.

    “Doesn’t money make you horny?” she coos afterwards to a stunned Destiny, cradling her earnings like a newborn. For the women working at Moves strip club, money is a shortcut to freedom at the expense of a society designed to hold them down. In the New York article that inspired Hustlers, journalist Jessica Pressler frames the women in a Robin Hood context, drugging and robbing Wall Street one creep at a time to afford a better life for themselves and their families at a time of financial disarray.

    This modern band of merry men each come with their own calling card in the film, be it Cardi B’s signature cackle or Lizzo’s white pillowy pimp hat. Even Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart — who takes the hit as the quiet one so the bigger characters can thrive — turns in one of the best vomit scenes of the year, while Wu pairs her signature sweetness with a sharp entrepreneurial streak.

    Their collective moxie is thrilling, and stoked by Ramona’s prowess allows them to run circles around their clientele, a rare, somewhat rewarding sight to behold until the moral scale is upended and the group’s dynamic rapidly unravels. Hustlers is also pleasingly aesthetically assured, switching from travelling, Birdman-like takes to crisp, fast cuts, all captured with a nocturnal neon tinge by cinematographer Todd Banhazl (who worked magic on Janelle Monáe’s visual album Dirty Computer).

    Where Scafaria finds her strongest footing in a genre defined by the cutthroat dialogue of Soderbergh or even Scorsese, is in the welcome camaraderie conjured up between the film’s big narrative punches. There’s a joyful rhythm to the girls squabbling over chicken wings, or giggling through a drug-cooking montage that would make Walter White blush.

    In giving her heist movie a heart without sacrificing the high-tension tropes of the genre, Scafaria chooses to celebrate what makes women different over dwelling on what holds them back. It’s the women in this film that summon its sparky, scrappy edge, who implore you to stick with them through the murkiest of times. And you’ll find yourself doing just that, time and time again.

    A giddily entertaining homage to female power that illuminates bold ambition in its stars and director alike, Hustlers is the kind of era-defining film that Hollywood didn’t know it needed
    www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/hustlers/

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    by » Tue September 10th, 2019, 16:36

    Washington Post has the best quote

    In a year of spectacular comebacks — from Brad Pitt and Renée Zellweger to Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy — none is as purely, sensationally pleasurable as Jennifer Lopez’s commanding lead performance in “Hustlers,”
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/going...?noredirect=on

    Up to 97% on RT with 29 reviews counted

    OMG, I can't believe her talent is finally acknowledged again! This is one of the greatest Hollywood comebacks ever

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    by » Tue September 10th, 2019, 18:33

    Quote Originally Posted by NoAngel View Post
    Most of people who rated it on IMDB haven't seen the movie. There was only 1 public screening at ITFF last night. About the profile of those users you're probably right, but there are also Mariah (no offence) and Nicki Minaj stans who make campaign on social networks to bring it down. I don't know why IMDB allowed rating in the first place.
    Pathetic. I can't believe people would invest their energy to try to bring someone down like that. This is a real case of haters gonna hate. As a Mariah fan I'm embarrassed although I don't doubt the same thing would happen the other way around.
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    by » Wed September 11th, 2019, 03:39

    Quote Originally Posted by Hejira View Post
    Pathetic. I can't believe people would invest their energy to try to bring someone down like that. This is a real case of haters gonna hate. As a Mariah fan I'm embarrassed although I don't doubt the same thing would happen the other way around.
    I'm not sure JLo fans are that hard-core lol. I say this as a lamb. Sometimes we are a bit extra as a fambase....
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    by » Wed September 11th, 2019, 03:40

    Quote Originally Posted by Hejira View Post
    Pathetic. I can't believe people would invest their energy to try to bring someone down like that. This is a real case of haters gonna hate. As a Mariah fan I'm embarrassed although I don't doubt the same thing would happen the other way around.
    I'm not sure JLo fans are that hard-core lol. I say this as a lamb. Sometimes we are a bit extra as a fanbase....
    3 months and I'm still sober, picked all my weeds but kept the flowers!

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    by » Wed September 11th, 2019, 12:27

    I originally thought this looked quite basic but, after hearing reviews, I’ll have to go see it.

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    by » Wed September 11th, 2019, 14:04

    Quote Originally Posted by BehindBreakaway View Post
    I'm not sure JLo fans are that hard-core lol. I say this as a lamb. Sometimes we are a bit extra as a fanbase....
    Truth. Often Imitated, Never Duplicated ...

    I hope Cardi isn't in this too much. I've seen her doing promo, and with what she has done to her face, I feel like it would be distracting. #SheTooPlastic

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