AMERICAN HUSTLE
2013, Sony Pictures, 138 min, USA, Dir: David O. Russell

Partially inspired by the late 1970s ABSCAM sting, this complex crime story stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams as a pair of con artists caught up in FBI agent Bradley Cooper's attempts to bring down a shifty New Jersey mayor (Jeremy Renner). Arab Sheikhs, mob bosses and missing millions figure into the plan, which will keep audiences guessing right to the end. With Jennifer Lawrence and Louis C.K. "AMERICAN HUSTLE is an urban eruption of flat-out fun - the sharpest, most exhilarating comedy in years. Anyone who says otherwise must be conning you." - Richard Corliss, Time.


THE MASTER
2012, The Weinstein Company, 137 min, USA, Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson

Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) is a mentally unstable and alcoholic WWII veteran whose search for purpose is complicated when he forms a profound yet explosive bond with charismatic author Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the leader of a mysterious philosophical movement known as “the Cause.” Set to haunting original music by Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood, this deep character study features astonishing performances from Phoenix, Hoffman and Amy Adams, and is a tense, visually stunning exploration of religion, power and social structures.


ON THE ROAD
2012, IFC Films, 124 min, USA, Dir: Walter Salles

One of the most celebrated novels in American literature finally reaches the big screen with director Walter Salles’ adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s autobiographical look at the birth of the Beat generation. Writer Sal Paradise (Sam Riley) takes a formative road trip with the free-spirited Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund) and his girlfriend, Marylou (Kristen Stewart). With Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.


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