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.


FLIRTING WITH DISASTER
1996, Miramax, 92 min, USA, Dir: David O. Russell

Hoping to better understand his own upbringing, Ben Stiller piles his new baby, wife Patricia Arquette and adoption agency case worker Téa Leoni into a car and sets out on a cross-country odyssey in search of his birth parents, finding mistaken identity, misdirected advances and more along the way. Mary Tyler Moore, George Segal, Alan Alda and Lily Tomlin costar in this hilarious modern screwball. "FLIRTING thrusts you into a sexy, giddy maelstrom of confusion, mischance and misadventure that gets funnier and funnier as it goes along." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times


THREE KINGS
1999, Warner Bros., 114 min, Dir: David O. Russell

This virtuoso blend of action, drama and comedy stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube (along with noted director Spike Jonze in his acting debut) as soldiers in the waning days of the Gulf War. Discovering a map to stolen Kuwaiti gold, the men set off to steal it for themselves, only to wind up caught between Iraqi loyalists and rebels. Largely shot on transparency stock processed in color negative chemicals, THREE KINGS has a visual style that's as striking as its caustic take on warfare.


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