Director David O. Russell is riding high now, but before “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle” he was persona non grata — a difficult hellion whose actors hated him. Indeed, George Clooney loudly complained to anyone who would listen about his unsightly antics while filming this 1999 Desert Storm dramedy. But like 2004’s “I Heart Huckabees,”it turned out pretty great — despite the difficulty. Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube play soldiers so bored by the lack of action they try to steal some Iraqi gold. Sharp back then, it only seems more insightful now, an eight-year war, untold casualties and trillions of dollars later.