Story | Dec 16, 2013 | 1:29 PM
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Column | Dec 17, 2013 | 7:09 AMMy favorite minute of movie this year comes early in David O. Russell's "American Hustle." Christian Bale's character, the con man Irving Rosenfeld, based on the real-life Abscam linchpin Mel Weinberg, is riding high: His small-time investment scams, conducted with his wily mistress (played by Amy Adams), keep growing more profitable, and they're falling in love. Backed by the great Broadway finger-snapper "I've Got Your Number," Bale and Adams dance their way across a Manhattan intersection and, after a perfect cut, into a hotel ballroom where vocalist Jack Jones and a jazz combo are swinging. So few directors today know how to move a camera around; Russell is one of them. The whole movie, a feast of ensemble wiles and stunning hair, is juicy, funny and alive.
Story | Dec 16, 2013 | 6:30 PM
For months, the entertainment press has been writing about Martin Scorsese's travails to bring his sprawling true-crime comedy "The Wolf of Wall Street" in by year's end, so the film could compete in an already overcrowded Oscar derby. And while the...
Story | Dec 13, 2013 | 6:05 PM
Story | Dec 13, 2013 | 2:30 PM
Small-time dreamers and big-time schemers were everywhere at the movies this year -- so much so that by the time David O. Russell's "American Hustle" arrived, its title seemed to encapsulate the very spirit of the times. Everywhere you turned in 2013,...