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Release date: Dec. 13 (Limited)
Director: David O. Russell
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Robert De Niro, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K., Michael Pena
Pros: Russell is coming off his second directing nomination for last year's "Silver Linings Playbook," which was also recognized in the Best Picture category. In front of the camera, "Hustle" features former winners Bale, De Niro and Lawrence as well as nominees Adams, Cooper and Renner. The period thriller is already wowing moviegoers with its impressive trailer and true story origins in the ABSCAM investigations of the early 1980s.
Cons: Is the film just an entertaining thriller such as "American Gangster?" Or, is it a '70s era "Departed" or "Mystic River?" With Russell still editing the picture, we may not know until very close until release.