'American Hustle' Finally Gets a Festival Screening

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One of the great unknowns of this awards season is David O. Russell's con man movie American Hustle, but the veil on this film is finally starting to be lifted.

The film, which is based on the Abscam scandal of the late 1970s and early 1980s, will close the Dubai International Film Festival, according to Stuart Kemp of The Hollywood Reporter

The perverse thing is it's not like a screening at the Dubai festival is really giving anyone a sneak peek at the film. The festival runs through December 6 through 14, and the movie is due out in limited release in the United States on December 13. 

Earlier this month, the first six minutes of the film were screened at the AFI Fest's tribute to Russell. Though The Playlist deemed them "intensely funny," Jeffrey Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere said the sampling "wasn't enough to go on." For now, the film is considered a shoo-in for the Oscar race solely because of the pedigree of Russell, an Oscar favorite in recent years with The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, and the cast, which includes Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.  Still, it's mostly an unknown quantity. Even the trailers don't really give us much of a sense of what the movie is about. 

For now we'll have to satiate our interest with this clip of Lawrence's character setting a microwave — excuse us, "science oven" — on fire. 

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