Another year, another raft of unmissable movies. Here are the most hotly anticipated releases for JT film critics Mark Schilling, Kaori Shoji and Giovanni Fazio — get them in your diary now.
“American Hustle” (directed by David O. Russell; opens Jan. 31): After “The Fighter” and “Silver Linings Playbook,” director David O. Russell has become such a mainstream success that it’s hard to recall that his career began with the tiny 1994 indie “Spanking the Monkey,” and stalled out for a decade after 1999’s “Three Kings.” His latest has Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and more in a tale of a New Jersey con man enlisted by the FBI to sting some crooked politicians. Heavy on the late 1970s beard, polyester and cocaine vibe that “Argo” picked up on so well. (G.F.)