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American Hustle

Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and in all acting categories!

Poster art for American HustleYou’ve seen smoother, more elegant con movies than American Hustle, but probably none quite so big-hearted or so rudely, insistently entertaining.

As directed by that master of modern farce, David O. Russell, this sprawling fictionalized account of the notorious Abscam case is less a dramatic FBI procedural than a human comedy writ large, bringing a series of screwball variations on themes of duplicity and paranoia against a dazzling ’70s backdrop.

Deliriously funny and brilliantly acted by a cast of Russell returnees, this star-studded  film is a near-continual pleasure to spend 135 minutes with, repeatedly hitting that comic sweet spot where corruption and buffoonery collide.

– Justin Chang, Variety

 

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