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American Hustle

By ironing out the thorny, antisocial edges he still displayed in Silver Linings Playbook, writer-director David O. Russell delivers his best, most accessible film to date—a sexy, hilarious, quintessentially American black comedy. This mesmerizing period piece has fun with the (real life) ABSCAM scandal of the late-'70s. Christian Bale and Amy Adams play a couple of con artists recruited (blackmailed more like it) by a cocky FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) into helping entrap politicians in a multimillion-dollar bribery case. For all the manic fun, though, there's a tough emotional nugget at the center of it all—the idea that sometimes even con artists, liars and hustlers would really like to be the person they're pretending to be. 138 minutes R.