Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard

Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard (Sony Picture Classics)

British actress Carey Mulligan became an international star - and an Oscar nominee - with her affecting performance in this superb drama, which also was up for best picture at this year's Academy Awards.

Adapted by novelist Nick Hornby ("About a Boy") from Lynn Barber's memoir, the film revolves around a 1960s teenager who becomes the social protegee of an older man (Peter Sarsgaard). His influence prompts her to reconsider the direction she wants her future to take. Alfred Molina, Emma Thompson, Rosamund Pike ("Die Another Day") and Dominic Cooper ( "Mamma Mia!") also star. **** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)

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