Starring: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Olivia Williams and Emma Thompson
Story: In the post-war, pre-Beatles London suburbs, a bright schoolgirl is torn between studying for a place at Oxford and the more exciting alternative offered to her by a charismatic older man. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Rated: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual content, and for smoking
Bottom Line: Exuberant dialogue, masterful direction and brilliant acting – it’s smart, romantic, timeless and funny. AN EDUCATION makes the grade…and is assured a Best Picture nomination come Oscar time.