David O. Russell out-Scorseses Martin Scorsese himself with "American Hustle," a rollicking '70s crime romp that’s ridiculously entertaining in all the best possible ways.
Jen Chaney spent 12 years at The Washington Post doing a variety of things, including covering the Academy Awards, dissecting the deeper meanings of the TV show Lost, assessing the value of Ryan Gosling and talking to John Hawkes about why he doesn't use e-mail. She currently writes about pop culture and reviews film, TV and books for numerous outlets, including New York Magazine's Vulture, Esquire, The Washington Post, The Dissolve, Washington City Paper and others. Like Lloyd Dobler, she is always looking for a "dare to be great" situation and often tweets about that quest @chaneyj.
"The To Do List" may not be a film of great substance, but this comedy about a young girl’s strange, semi-erotic journey from untouched maiden to minx accomplishes something both rare and significant for a teen movie: it places a female character in the central role as unapologetic sexual aggressor.