Broken City: A bumbling ex-cop (Mark Wahlberg) gets embroiled in a scandal when the mayor of New York (Russell Crowe) taps him for a special job. A shockingly thrilling zoning-policy debate and super-realistic car chase are worth the price of admission.
- Leah Churner
Silver Linings Playbook: After being released from a mental institution, a former teacher (Bradley Cooper) meets an alluring young woman (Jennifer Lawrence) who offers to help him reconnect with his wife - if he does her a favor. A super-smart script and knockout performances by Cooper and Lawrence make this film one of the best romantic comedies in years.
- Scott Renshaw