Silver Linings Playbook, by David O. Russell. Some brilliant romcom, in which two depressed and lost souls (I know, this is a weird start for a comedy, but it does work) meet, get better together and love each other. It’s beautiful. And optimistic. And not cheesy for a bit. All this thanks to a great, clever and not so common scenario (despite a classical frame), and to the actors, beginning with Bradley Cooper (Oscar time?), and all the supporting roles. The film is so great you can go a second time and laugh as much (and maybe even more) as the first. And that feels good.
Gangster Squad, by Ruben Fleischer. A good old gangster movie, nicely shot, nicely played, with a perfect dosage of action, violence, love and humour. But, though enjoyable, it’s nothing to write home about and it is partly ruined by Sean Penn (yes, you’ve read properly, Sean Penn), who is overdoing it constantly and looks like a bad impersonator of somebody in between The Godfather’s Marlon Brando and an over the hill Stallone. Too bad.