Jennifer Lawrence stars as the real-life Joy Mangano, a Long Island girl from a dysfunctional family who crossed all sorts of hurdles on her way to huge success as a home-shopping entrepreneur. From David O. Russell, Lawrence's

Silver Linings Playbook


American Hustle

director, with Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro along for the crazy, carousing ride.


Carol. An achingly beautiful love story, adapted from an early Patricia Highsmith novel, about a New York City shopgirl (Rooney Mara) and a well-to-do married woman (Cate Blanchett) who fall into an affair. Todd Haynes directs the 1950s period piece, full of obsession and yearning and smoky, jazzy song. R

The Big Short. Philadelphia-born Adam McKay is mainly known for his comedies, like Anchorman, but in this adaptation of Michael Lewis' book, he takes on a heavier topic: the 2008 finacial crisis. Ryan Gosling, Steve Carrell, Christian Bale, and Brad Pitt play the parts, while celebs like Selena Gomez, Margot Robbie, and Anthony Bourdain explain complex economic concepts. R

Steven Rea's movie selections do not appear this week.