FILM: American Hustle (15)

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper reunite with Silver Linings Playbook director David O Russell for this comedy about a hare-brained scheme to expose corruption within the hallowed corridors of political power, inspired by a true story.

Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) is a brilliant con man, who is trapped in a loveless marriage with a harridan wife, Rosalyn (Lawrence), who has made it painfully clear that she will demand sole custody of their son if Irving dares to divorce her.

So Irving throws himself into his work, recruiting an inexperienced sidekick Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), who poses as a rich English aristocrat in order to secure funds from gullible businessmen.

Irving and Sydney are arrested by ambitious FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Cooper), who forces them to put their dubious talents to good use and entrap New Jersey Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner) and his associates in the underworld.

As Irving and Sydney prepare to lure Camine into their web, an increasingly jealous and vengeful Rosalyn threatens to destroy the undercover operation as well as Irving’s burgeoning love for his gorgeous assistant.

Released: January 1 (UK & Ireland)