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Silver Linings Playbook: Director David O. Russell ("The Fighter") delivers his most unabashedly crowd-pleasing, though still quirky, dramedy. Bradley Cooper stars as a bipolar teacher struggling toward normal following his wife's infidelity and his long stint in a mental institution. Then he meets a grieving widow (Jennifer Lawrence), and his life gradually turns around. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and even though I'm convinced that Lawrence deserves a best actress nomination for "The Hunger Games," she's bound to get one for her modern-day ditzy dame with "Dancing With the Stars" in her eyes.