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'Silver Linings Playbook'
Director: David O. Russell
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver
Screening at: Toronto
Why: As one of the most jagged, free-wheeling voices in mainstream American film, David O. Russell has never struck out for this critic. As much as I (and the Academy) loved “The Fighter,” however, his latest appears to be a return to the brand of eccentric, off-center comedy where he's always been happiest. Casting Bradley Cooper promisingly against type as a former high school teacher regathering his life after a nervous breakdown that landed him in a mental hospital, this adaptation of the Matthew Quick novel may or may not reach the dizzying conceptual heights of “I Heart Huckabees,” but should hopefully give its ace A-list ensemble the same freedom to play.