December 2012/January 2013 Don't Miss Movies

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Silver Linings Playbook

Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) and Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games), above, star in this genre mash-up about mental illness, football and competitive dancing. It’s a risky act, but director David O. Russell (The Fighter) strikes a perfect balance between drama and zany fun. Cooper handles weighty emotions with aplomb, and Lawrence surprises with fine comic timing, but Robert De Niro wins MVP as an Eagles-obsessed dad.—Alison Bailes

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The Guilt Trip

Barbra Streisand meets her comic match in Seth Rogen (50/50) for a memorable mother-son tour, above. Widowed and overly invested in her only child, Joyce (Streisand) eagerly joins inventor Andy (Rogen) when he invites her on a road trip to peddle his eco-friendly cleaning supplies. The actors clearly had a great time making the film, which catapults Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) to the humorous heights of female directors Nora Ephron and Nancy Meyers. —Susan Toepfer

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