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DIRECTOR: David O. Russell

May Contain Spoilers!

David O. Russell was probably best know for his previous Oscar wining work, The Fighter (2010) and there’s no doubt that he earned those accolades. The same can also be said here. But the consistent thread running through his work is that the stories are relatively simple, leaving plenty of breathing room for his colourful but somewhat grounded characters. But this is a director who casts his films with an eye unlike most and draws some of the best performances imaginable from them.

Who would have pegged Bradley Cooper, famed for The Hangover movies and the new “Face” from the less than blockbusting 2010 A-Team reboot, would be Oscar bait but here he is and he’s great as the bipolar teacher who is trying to come to terms with his marital breakdown. He is being “helped” by an equally troubled young…

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