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Silver Linings Playbook

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: How to put this gently… “Silver Linings Playbook” is a film that, for me, had enormous potential. With an A-list cast, a colloquial script, and a hand-held camera used to capture the intimate neuroses of a middle-class family in Philadelphia, there were moments of genuine enthusiasm and struggle. The film followed the family’s process of accepting one of their sons, Pat (Bradley Cooper), home from a psychiatric institution. The beauty of this film lies in the dynamics and layered dialogue of the central family, who prepare for each Eagles games with a series of good-luck rituals to keep up the juju while noshing on “crab snacks and homemades.” You seriously felt like you were in this family’s house, sharing their joy and anguish over everything from Hemingway to heartbreak. Yet, what seriously tarnished what otherwise was a current and down-to-earth film was the distorted and gut-wrenching representation of its women. Continue reading

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The Hangover, in Retrospect

AKIE BERMISS: So in just over two weeks The Hangover Part II will hit theaters and millions of people who loved the first movie in the series will be returning to see what antics the fellas are going to be up to this time. If you’re like me, you’re probably a bit ambivalent about The Hangover Part II. Like, I saw The Hangover. It was amusing. I enjoyed it. And then I moved on with my life. But when that movie came out in 2009 it was the smash hit of the summer. Why? Not just because it was funny or it came at the right moment or didn’t have any real competition. It was because we weren’t expecting it.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I was saving The Hangover for a bad day, or a rainy day—a day when I needed a good belly-laugh. When it came out a year or so ago, everyone raved about it so much, that I figured it would be a sure-fire pick me up. And last week, at the end of a long day at work, I figured it was the perfect time to settle in for an entertaining evening, and finally watched it. I wish I could say that it lived up to the hype, but at the end of the movie, my husband turned to me and said, “Actually, I kind of thought that would be better.” I had to agree; while it wasn’t a huge disappointment, I wasn’t particularly impressed either.

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Annotated SNL in Review: Bradley Cooper/TV on the Radio

HOWARD MEGDAL: I can’t say I was as excited about this SNL as last week’s version. I love Steve Martin- I really didn’t know who Bradley Cooper was. I enjoy Jason Mraz- I couldn’t have told you if TV on…

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