Director: Lenny Abrahamson Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Wendy Crewson, Sandy McMaster, Matt Gordon, Amanda Brugel, Joe Pingue, Joan Allen, Zarrin Darnell-Martin, Cas Anvar, William H. Macy, Jee-Yun Lee, Randal Edwards, Justin Mader, Ola Sturik, Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll, Rory O’Shea, Tom McCamus, Kate Drummond, Jack Fulton

Oscar Nominations: Best Picture; Best Actress in a Leading Role (Brie Larson); Best Director (Lenny Abrahamson); Best Adapted Screenplay (Emma Donoghue)

Synopsis: After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery.

Quotables: JACK: There are so many things out here, and sometimes it’s scary. But that’s okay, because it’s still just you and me.

A Word from the Guise: At first I wasn’t sure how good this movie was going to be, but it didn’t take long before I was captivated. The relationship between Ma and Jack is so beautiful and heartbreaking. Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay have an incredible mother-son chemistry that is rarely seen. Though I’m sure it’s unlikely that Tremblay will receive a nomination (as kids so seldom do), he gives one of the best performances of the year.