SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
2012, The Weinstein Company, 122 min, USA, Dir: David O. Russell

The latest film from writer-director David O. Russell stars Bradley Cooper as Pat Solitano, a teacher trying to put his life back together after a meltdown derailed his job and marriage. He is living with his Philadelphia Eagles-obsessed parents (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver) when the mysterious Tiffany (Golden Globe winner Jennifer Lawrence) enters his life. The young woman could be the key to reconciliation between Pat and his wife - but she wants something in return. Adapted from a novel by Matthew Quick, this quirky romantic dramedy earned 8 Academy Awards nominations, including all four acting categories. With Julia Stiles and Chris Tucker.


THE FIGHTER
2010, Paramount Pictures, 115 min, USA, Dir: David O. Russell

Boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg) is on the verge of complete career collapse, with a losing streak getting him no closer to the lightweight title, his "mom-ager" (Melissa Leo) killing him with love and his crack-addict brother (Christian Bale) for a trainer. When Mickey falls for the feisty, hard-nosed Charlene (Amy Adams), who shrewdly sees through his family, he begins to realize that achieving the dream of a lifetime may require breaking away from the people who have shaped his life.


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