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Weekend Preview: Must-See 'Silver Linings Playbook,' Wright & Knightley's Beautifully Mounted 'Anna Karenina'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 16, 2012 at 6:54PM

The Oscar race is about to get real now that David O. Russell's crowd pleaser "Silver Linings Playbook" is hitting theaters. The satisfying film stars Bradley Cooper at his all-time best and Jennifer Lawrence on form. Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina" has proved more devisive among critics, who praise the lavish costumes and cleverly theatrical set, but also cite a lack of chemistry and depth from the leading players.
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'Silver Linings Playbook'
'Silver Linings Playbook'

The Oscar race is about to get real now that David O. Russell's crowd pleaser "Silver Linings Playbook" is hitting theaters. The satisfying film stars Bradley Cooper at his all-time best and Jennifer Lawrence on form. Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina" has proved more devisive among critics, who praise the lavish costumes and cleverly theatrical set, but also cite a lack of chemistry and depth from the leading players.

Also arriving this weekend are acclaimed documentaries "Chasing Ice," about the stunning and worrying melting of Artic glaciers; and "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God," about pedophilia in the Catholic church. Indies "Price Check" and "Funeral Kings" are also in select theaters. Reviews, trailers and more below:

"Silver Linings Playbook" Dir. David O. Russell, USA 87% Fresh | Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver | At AFI | Weinsteins Pushing for Oscar. | TOH Interviews Lawrence.

Film: "With great pacing, a great sense of the moment and some of the most entertaining one-liners you'll find this side of a Coen brothers' film, there's much to like about Silver Linings Playbook."

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'Anna Kareninina'
"Anna Karenina" Dir. Joe Wright | Focus, UK 64% Fresh | Cast: Keira Knightley, Aaron Johnson, Jude Law, Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson | Review round-up | TOH Interviews Knightley.

EW: "In making the radical artistic choice to tell the story as if it were being enacted by players on a stage, Wright falls passionately in love with his own fanciful artifices."

"Funeral Kings" Dir. Kevin & Matthew McManus | Freestyle, USA RT | Cast: Dylan Hartigan, Alex Maizus, Jordan Puzzo, Charles Odei

Variety: "A raggedy but refreshing yarn about the near-terminal condition known as male adolescence."

"Price Check" Dir. Michael Walker | IFC, USA 64% Fresh | Cast: Parker Posey, Eric Mabius, Annie Parisse, Josh Pais

Twitch: "You can usually count on Parker Posey. That said, it's a real shame to watch her admirable talents dry up in the easily forgettable Price Check."

"Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God" Dir. Alex Gibney | Content Media, USA  93% Fresh | TOH Interviews Gibney.

AV Club: "Primed to deliver a heady dose of outrage via a broad overview of systemic cover-ups tracing to the Vatican, as well as a specific and heartbreaking case in Wisconsin."

"Chasing Ice" Dir. Jeff Orlowski | Submarine Deluxe, USA 100% Fresh | Scoring in Limited release. | TOH Interviews Orlowski.

NY Daily News: "You won't want to look away - not only because of the gorgeous images, but also because of the reality it presents."
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.