Movie of the Week: The Wolf of Wall Street

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You can object to Leonardo DiCaprio's business practices, but not his acting in "The Wolf of Wall Street," out Dec. 25. Photo: Paramount Pictures/Red Granite Pictures

You can object to Leonardo DiCaprio’s business practices, but not his acting in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” out Dec. 25. Photo: Paramount Pictures/Red Granite Pictures

Between holiday box offices and award season hopefuls, great movies are getting churned out in theaters on a weekly basis right now. This week, we’re recommending you go see The Wolf of Wall Street–and not just because Leonardo DiCaprio break dances in its film trailer. Out on Christmas Day, this movies is a hedonistic look at the stock market in the nineties, when the type of no-holds-barred behavior in the financial sector that led to the banking crisis of the early aughts was already at an extreme. The Wolf  marks the fifth collaboration between DiCaprio and director Martin Scorsese in the last decade, and their creative partnership just keeps getting better.  DiCaprio’s Jordan Belfort is like the more debauched version of his Jay Gatsby character from Baz Luhrmann’s  The Great Gatsby earlier this year, a stockbroker who works the system to his advantage, and the financial detriment of his clients (illegally of course). Jonah Hill (Dicaprio’s sidekick in the film), turns out a performance that’s being toted as the best of his career. In a way, you already know how this one ends: not necessarily for the characters, but for the country–economic crisis, billion dollar bailouts etc. etc. As such expect it to infuriate and entertain you in equal measures.

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