"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 has 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. From the moment they meet and compare medication history, Pat and Tiffany settle into a staccato, argumentative rhythm. The tart, brutally frank chemistry that fuels "Silver Linings Playbook" plays out in the film's visual approach, which eschews airbrushed Hollywood aesthetics for a far more jagged, intimate imperfection.
"Broken City" (R, 109 minutes, 20th Century Fox): The crime drama "Broken City" turns out to be much 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 and gun after being involved in 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 former police officer makes a living tailing and photographing cheating spouses. Just before Election Day, Mayor Hostetler - running neck and neck with his opponent - 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 quite as straightforward as it seems; it's a mere thread in a web of political corruption. Billy could just walk away, $50,000 richer, but that would be a lot less thrilling than taking on the creepy, orange-faced, misogynistic and homophobic mayor. There are a few too-convenient plot developments, but overall, this is an entertaining diversion.
Also released Tuesday
"The Guilt Trip"
"Not Fade Away"
"30 Rock: Season 7" (last 13 episodes)