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5 Faves: Things we're excited about this week 5/9

I’ve given up on buying DVDs, preferring to wait for Netflix or similar digital format to host my favorite “new” releases. Almost. My already-bowing IKEA shelves got more packed this week when I added “Silver Linings Playbook” to the collection. “Silver Linings” was my favorite movie from last year and one that doesn’t pale after repeat viewings. Pat Solitano - a raw and real performance from Bradley Cooper - is released from a mental institution and moves back in with his parents - Robert De Niro and Jackie Weaver - to try to reconcile with his ex-wife. He forms a connection with a fellow outcast played by Jennifer Lawrence that may end up saving them both. Funny and touching, it features four of the best performances of the year - when Lawrence upstages De Niro, she sealed her path to the Oscar. In the end it finds the right mix of sentimentality without being cloying and unstableness without going off the deep end. – Valerie Katzenstein