From Movies to watch this winter:
December 13: American Hustle
What it is: A stylish crime drama, set in the 1970s and 80s, that loosely follows the arc of the FBI’s real-life ABSCAM operation.
Why you should care: If American Hustle can live up to its sky-high potential, it may be the film to beat in December — and possibly for Best Picture. Its screenplay was ranked as one of the best unproduced screenplays of the year in 2010. It’s directed by David O. Russell, who’s fresh off back-to-back, Oscar-nominated successes in Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter. Its massive ensemble cast boasts everyone from Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale to Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams. And every glimpse of the film released so far has absolutely oozed with style. It’s a high bar, but there’s so much talent involved that American Hustle stands a good chance of reaching it.
What else is coming out: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second (and hopefully more compelling) entry in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy; Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, the writer/director/star’s seventh outing as the gun-toting grandmother.
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