American Hustle

David O. Russell seems locked in to continue his critically lauded string of hits (following up The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook) with American Hustle, and one of the likely reasons has to be

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David O. Russell seems locked in to continue his critically lauded string of hits (following up The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook) with American Hustle, and one of the likely reasons has to be his choice to, once again, enlist the support of what is fast-becoming the “David O. Russell” players. Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence form the backbone of this fictionalized take on one of the biggest political scandals, involving a con man (Bale) working with off-the-reservation FBI agent (Cooper) to bring down the mob with a hapless New Jersey politician (Jeremy Renner) caught in the crossfire. Now that sounds like a crazy Hustle that could only happen in the good old US of A. Opens wide Dec. 20. (R) Not screened in time for review

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