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February 16, 2013

Weekend Reviews: Oscar frontrunners hold relevance

Once again, it is that time of the year: either you’re complaining about the weather or your lack of a valentine, or attempting to view all of the films nominated for this year’s Academy Awards.

I’m sorry to say that I don’t really have much pull with the weather deities this year. Every good hair day I’ve encountered has ended in either a downpour or random wind storm that pushes each person brave enough to venture outside around like pawns in a game of chess.

And as for the valentine problem, well … I like you, but not that much.

However, I am very happy to report that I have your guide for must-see 2013 Oscar movies. Some were amazing and some weren’t, so to save you from your curiosity, I have compiled a list of my favorite Oscar films (because you know, I’m always right about what each person should see …). 

That last remark was sarcasm. But I do hope that you are able to see at least some of these movies and make your minds up for yourselves.

So to begin, I will suggest that the movie to see for this year’s Oscars is “Silver Linings Playbook,” which stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. The film follows the story of Pat and Tiffany, played by Cooper and Lawrence respectively, as they form a friendship based off of near-necessity and relate to each other’s dealings with mental illness.

I was very unaware of the movie’s basic plot when I sat down to watch it. I only knew that it was getting a lot of Oscar buzz, and that it starred De Niro as Pat’s father, who also suffers with mental issues of his own.

Given that, the movie completely surpassed the expectations I had of it. Despite the roles I had previously seen Cooper in, such as “Wedding Crashers” and “The Hangover,” “Playbook” showed me that he has more acting chops than those films allowed him to portray.

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