Synopsis: Christian Bale is Irving Rosenfeld, a brilliant con-artist driven by survival, who is enchanted by a kindred spirit named Sydney Prosser, played by Amy Adams. The two are apprehended by an FBI Agent named Richie DiMasso, played by Bradley Cooper, who seeks to use their skills to uncover a massive web of corruption in the underbelly of the American political system, starting with a prominent New Jersey Mayor named Carmine Polito, played by Jeremy Renner. The deeper Irving and Sydney go with DiMasso’s operation, the more greater the risk for the two of them, but the operation known by the FBI as ABSCAM, faces a greater danger: Irving’s wife Rosalyn, played by Jennifer Lawrence. If Rosalyn’s volatile personality is left unchecked, the whole operation could get ugly fast.
Why is this movie #1?: This is David O. Russell’s finest work and over the years, his films have just been getting better and better. O. Russell takes his vision to a vintage Scorsese-like level and his screenplay with Eric Warren Singer is just dynamite laced with con-artists, fake sheikhs, federal agents, crooked politicians, mobsters all coherently wrapped together in an intricate yet comprehensive package that is entertaining from beginning to end. “American Hustle” is thoroughly and brilliantly well-written, fueled with surprises and comes complete with the best acting ensemble of the year. Academy Award winners Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence as well as nominees Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner all give performances that rank among the year’s best and this movie should be reaping the benefits for multiple Oscar nominations, especially for director David O. Russell who is the architect for the year’s best film.
And with this list complete, 2013 at the movies has come to a close. See you all at the movies in 2014 and have a Happy New Year.