Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams are up for awards for “American Hustle”.

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Everything about the film ‘American Hustle’ is over-the-top; the ensemble cast of Hollywood heavyweights, disco music, the wardrobes - even the hairstyles.  Viewers get another exceptional comedy-drama from Director David O. Russell (‘The Fighter’, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’). The script provides a complex storyline and is about much more than just a shell game played by con artists in 1978.  ‘American Hustle’ is about characters, control and relationships draped under comb overs, behind tinted glasses and inside polyester suits.  With 10 Oscar nominations (tied with ‘Gravity’ for the most), including all four acting categories, look for ‘American Hustle’ to have a big Oscar Night.

A brilliant script with many laughs is overshadowed by an even stronger cast. Director Russell teams up with his successful ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ lineup of Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro.   Sometimes movies with too many previous Oscar nominees & winners don’t offer each star enough screen time to reward moviegoers with their rare skillsets. That isn’t the case here; every scene in ‘American Hustle’ is rich, compelling and maximized character development…none more so than Christian Bale’s best performance seen to date--highlighted by awkward hair, protruding gut and his continuous out-of-breath scheming.

This is a movie that will be talked about around office water coolers until the Academy Awards are handed out in March. Don’t miss out on the discussion or a great movie “from the feet up”.

Grade: A-

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