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  • American Hustle (R)

    David O. Russell's fictionalized drama about Abscam, the FBI sting operation that nailed more than a half dozen U.S. legislators on bribery and conspiracy charges, made me nostalgic for the 70s—not for all the bad hair, splayed collars, gold chains, and plunging necklines, but for an era when grown-up movies like this one came out almost every week. more...
  • Animal Kingdom (R)

    In the opening shot of this tense Australian noir, a comfy domestic scene turns lurid and tragic in the blink of an eye, which is a pretty good encapsulation of the entire movie. more...
  • American Psycho (R)

    The grisly murders in this modest proposal (2000), set in 80s Manhattan, are inspired by envy and ennui, and their perpetrator is a suavely pathetic solipsist and independently wealthy executive (Christian Bale). more...