Weekly Round-Up: Jan. 18-25, 2016

This week I caught another 2016 Best Picture nominee and a Frank Capra classic:

Room (2015)

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Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in Room (2015).

Held captive for years in 10-by-10-foot space, a devoted mother (Academy Award nominee Brie Larson) and her spirited five-year-old son (Jacob Tremblay) finally escape, enabling the boy to experience the outside world for the first time. Both harrowing and uplifting, Room puts you through an emotional wringer, but it’s also a reminder of life’s possibilities. Larson and Tremblay are remarkable. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. In theaters now.

 

 

 

You Can’t Take It With You (1938)

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L-R: Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, Jean Arthur, and Edward Arnold in You Can’t Take it With You (1938)

 

In this comedy based on the Kaufman and Hart play of the same name, the level-headed Alice Sycamore (Jean Arthur) has to introduce her eccentric, yet good-natured family to the wealthy, snobby parents of her sweet fiance Tony Kirby (James Stewart). Chaos inevitably ensues. This movie is hilarious and full of heart, and it features stellar performances from an ensemble cast of many familiar faces from Frank Capra’s other films. Arthur and Stewart are adorable. REQUIRED. Streaming on Amazon and iTunes. 

For more on You Can’t Take It With You and the other collaborations of Jean Arthur and Frank Capra, check out my entry in the Classic Symbiotic Collaborations Blogathon.

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