As an extension of our fall movie preview, Indiewire is offering the third of four monthly fall "must-see" lists to help make your cinematic decision-making over the next 30 days as easy as possible.
From Leo Tolstoy and Monty Python to a Danish king and a man willling to find the silver linings of a hard life, check out Indiewire's picks for Novembers 10 best options, and then head over to the full November calendar, as there are many worthy films that didn't end up making this list.
Director: David O. Russell
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Julia Stiles
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Current Criticwire average: A- (see all grades)
Why is it a "Must See"? What was once the Weinstein Company's other big film this fall looks like it might end up trumping "Django" and "The Master" as the distributor's biggest Oscar weapon. Winning audience award after audience award on the film festival circuit, "Silver Linings Playbook" is aiming to win over general audiences this Thanksgiving. Based on Matthew Quick's darkly comedic novel, the David O. Russell-directed film stars Bradley Cooper in his best performance ever (though is that really saying much?) as a man who moves back in with his parents (Robert DeNiro and Jacki Weaver) after being released from a mental institution. But the film's main attraction -- and the frontrunner for the best actress race -- is Jennifer Lawrence as a woman with some mental problems of her own. Lawrence steals every second of screentime she has, and she alone warrants your filmgoing attention come November 21st.
Watch the trailer below: