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The film reunites actors Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro with director/writer David O. Russell, the team that made the marvelous “Silver Linings Playbook.” Their latest collaboration looks like the same beautifully crafted tale of quirky characters engaged in interesting activities. But there is no joy at the end of “Joy” as the talent of the mighty Russell runs out.
☆ ☆ 1/2
Movies made from books by Nicholas Sparks are like those hard candy hearts that are so popular for Valentine’s Day. They are sweet, not overly complicated and the message is spelled out in very clear terms. The latest adaptation of a Sparks novel, “The Choice,” is no different.
Also out this week
“The 5th Wave”: Young girl fights back from an alien invasion.
“Top Gun”: Tom Cruise movie being re-released for 30th anniversary.