Joy (2015)
First screened in December 2015
Director: David O. Russell. Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Édgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Isabella Rossellini, Virginia Madsen, Elisabeth Röhm, Bradley Cooper, Dascha Polanco, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Bates Wilder, Drena De Niro, Melissa Rivers, Isabella Crovetti-Cramp, Ken Cheeseman, Bill Thorpe, Damien Di Paola, Emily Nunez, Madison Wolfe, Aundrea Gadsby, Tomas Elizondo, Laura Wright, Susan Lucci, Maurice Bernard, Donna Mills, Ken Howard. Screenplay: David O. Russell and Annie Mumolo.

Twitter Capsule: Something forced about first half. Something magical about second. Ever more modulated emotions. Quiet, moving, weirdly timely.

VOR:   Unusual take on the rags-to-riches story, not quite a star vehicle and not quite an ensemble piece, and tinged with melancholy even when joyous. Nothing else like it out there.

Photo © 2015 Fox 2000 Pictures/Annapurna Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Musical/Comedy)
Best Actress (Musical/Comedy): Jennifer Lawrence

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