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."
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."
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."
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."