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 ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
2007, Warner Bros., 160 min, USA, Dir: Andrew Dominik

This poetic portrait of hero worship gone bad has attracted a cult following for good reason – it’s one of the best Westerns of the last 30 years. Young Robert Ford (Oscar nominee Casey Affleck) is thrilled when he finally gets to ride with legendary outlaw Jesse James (Brad Pitt). But this new member of James’ gang soon is disillusioned by the difference between the man and the myth. Featuring Oscar-nominated cinematography by Roger Deakins, music by Nick Cave and strong supporting performances by Sam Rockwell, Jeremy Renner and Sam Shepard.


THE TOWN
2010, Warner Brothers, 125 min, Dir: Ben Affleck

After masked armed robbers hold up a bank and briefly take employee Claire (Rebecca Hall) hostage, the gang's leader Doug (Ben Affleck) insinuates himself into her life to make sure she won't give any unwanted information to the Feds. The two begin a poignant if problematic romance, while Doug's dangerously volatile best friend (Jeremy Renner) keeps a watchful, malevolent eye on the couple. Ben Affleck excels as both director and lead in this gritty tale of South Boston hoods chasing the allusive Perfect Crime. With Jon Hamm and Blake Lively.


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