Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 366: Tue Dec 31

American Hustle (Russell, 2013): Vue Leicester Square, Daily screenings (from Dec 19)

This much-anticipated movie is getting exclusive screenings ahead of its official opening on Jan 1 at the Vue Cinema in Leicester Square from December 19 onwards.

Chicago Reader review:
David O. Russell's fictionalized drama about Abscam, the FBI sting operation that nailed more than a half dozen U.S. legislators on bribery and conspiracy charges, made me nostalgic for the 70s—not for all the bad hair, splayed collars, gold chains, and plunging necklines, but for an era when grown-up movies like this one came out almost every week. Scripted by Eric Warren Singer (The International) and given a comic punch-up by Russell, it centers on two con-artists-in-love (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) who are sucked into the operation by a dodgy FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) and forced to entrap the beloved mayor of Trenton, New Jersey (Jeremy Renner, playing a role based on Congressman Frank Thompson). Filled with rich characters and sharp dialogue, the movie turns on questions of friendship and fidelity, both personal and political, with a knockout performance by Jennifer Lawrence as the con man's jealous, ball-busting wife.
JR Jones

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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