SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK.  Writer-Director David O. Russell's follow-up to The Fighter is a surprisingly mainstream romantic comedy, but with a hint of that anarchic independent spirit that made Russell famous with films like Flirting with Disaster and I Heart Huckabees.  Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have sizzling chemistry as two "crazies" who find some form of sanity in each other's company.  Cooper has never been better and Lawrence shines, but it's Robert DeNiro who really surprises in a supporting role as Cooper's father.  DeNiro hasn't been this engaged or impressive in over a decade.  Kudos.  The movie isn't perfect, and the ending is a little too tidy for me, but Cooper and Lawrence sell it.  **** stars.  Oscar Best Bets: Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actress (Lawrence).
The Oscar onslaught of December is still upon us, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any Oscar-worthy movies vying for your attention now.  In addition to Argo (**** ) and Flight (***1/2), which have been in theaters for a while now and are both highly recommended by Hammervision, audiences can also choose between the following... Read more »