Cooper and Lawrence are the best couple in a romantic dramedy this year.
Silver Linings Playbook Grade: A Director: David O. Russell (The Fighter) Screenplay: Russell from Matthew Quick novel Cast: Bradley Cooper (Limitless), Jennifer Lawrence (Hunger Games) Rating: R Runtime: by John DeSando
The rumors that had been around for a couple of years have finally been confirmed: At long last, there's a film in the works about the turbulent life of Nina Simone, otherwise known as the "High Priestess of Soul."
Simone was famous from the 1950s through the '70s for her music and her civil rights activism. And although she died in 2003, her voice remains popular on TV, movie soundtracks and commercials.
Grade: A Director: Sam Mendes (American Beauty) Screenplay: Neal Purvis (Quantum of Solace), et al. Cast: Daniel Craig (Casino Royale), Javier Bardem (No Country for Old men) Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 143 min. by John DeSando
Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man invented a new kind of crime fiction. It was hard-boiled, but also light-hearted; funny, with a hint of homicide. Nick and Nora Charles — and Asta, their wire-haired terrier — were rich, witty and in love, when America was in the middle of the Depression. They also drank a lot — Nick and Nora, not Asta, though he got an occasional leftover slurp.