Our five faves of the moment: "Wolf of Wall Street,” "Phantom of the Opera,” "American Hustle,” more

  • Updated: December 28, 2013 - 2:00 PM

1 The brilliance of Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” is that it delivers a strong-medicine rebuke not with a spoonful of sugar, but a nose full of blow. The film is a fleet-footed three hours of startling moments, 99 percent of them hedonistic and hilarious. As with his “Goodfellas,” Scorsese’s new movie comes not to bury its colorful villains but to praise them. Leonardo DiCaprio’s triumph in the lead role is that he makes us enjoy this magnetic monster. Jonah Hill plays his grasping junior partner, his most abrasive, least ingratiating character ever, yet one of his funniest.

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