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Movie review: “Silver Linings Playbook”

Oscar-nominated writer-director David O. Russell (“The Fighter”) makes another play for the gold statuette with “Silver Linings Playbook,” which draws up a character study of mental illness within the safe cinematic confines of a romantic comedy.

Published: November 21, 2012

With 2010’s “The Fighter,” David O. Russell took a fact-based story of dysfunctional family dynamics and drug addiction, framed it in the conventions of an underdog sports drama and earned an Oscar nomination.

The writer-director...
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