"Silver Linings Playbook" (R, 117 minutes, Starz/Anchor Bay): This fractured fairy tale of mental illness, family drama, ragged romance and die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fandom landed in the superbly capable hands of director David O. Russell. As the movie opens, Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) is being discharged from a psychiatric facility, having been sent there after an incident involving his estranged wife. Meanwhile, he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a sharp-tongued young widow with an acute nonsense-detector and a knack for brutal honesty equaled only by Pat's own impulsive, socially disastrous candor. The tart, brutally frank chemistry that fuels "Silver Linings Playbook" plays out in the film's visual approach, which eschews air-brushed Hollywood aesthetics for a far more jagged, intimate imperfection. Contains language, some sexual content and nudity. Extras: deleted scenes, featurettes "Silver Linings Playbook: The Movie That Became a Movement," "Dance Rehearsal" and "Going Steadicam With Bradley Cooper."
"The Guilt Trip" (PG-13, 96 minutes, Paramount): Anne Fletcher's lifeless comedy about an overbearing mother and her exasperated adult son has no flawlessly delivered punch lines. It does have a series of clunky, episodic scenes of ersatz intimacy in which Seth Rogen here playing an organic scientist named Andy Brewster tries desperately to play off Barbra Streisand as she preens and poses for a camera she wants very badly to still love her. Admittedly, there are one or two memorable moments. And darned if the film's payoff, when the duo finally reach San Francisco, doesn't land right in the sweet spot. But such fleeting moments aren't worth a tedious, clichéd schlep. Contains profanity and some risque material.
"Broken City" (R, 109 minutes, 20th Century Fox): This crime drama turns out to be better and funnier and more suspenseful than its trailer suggests. Mark Wahlberg plays Billy Taggart, a New York cop forced to hand in his badge after the shooting death of a teenager. The mayor (Russell Crowe) tells Billy his actions were heroic. But the city's residents are outraged, and Billy's law enforcement career must end. Seven years later, the ex-cop makes a living tailing and photographing cheating spouses. Just before Election Day, Mayor Hostetler in a close race contacts Billy. It appears that the mayor's wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is cheating on him, and he wants pictures and information about the man who's cuckolding him. The job, of course, is not as straightforward as it seems; it's a thread in a web of political corruption. There are a few too-convenient plot developments, but this is an entertaining diversion. Contains crude language, violence and sexual situations.
Also: "Not Fade Away," "Texas Chainsaw," "The Details," "Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene" (documentary, PBS), "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (1982), "Walk Away Renee," "Young and Wild" (Chile), "If You Really Love Me" (Dove-approved family film), "G-Dog" and "Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection."