GIFTED -- which pretty much defines the intelligent, feel-good movie experience.
Tom Flynn and directed by Marc Webb (the latter is shown at right), the film is whip-smart and funny from the beginning, filled as it is with characters who seem at once intelligent and real, humane and all-too-human, given to anger, jealousy, grudges and so many other typical foibles.
Starring Chris Evans as Uncle Frank and the already quite seasoned young actress McKenna Grace as Mary (both are shown above and below), these two performers play together with such skill, comfort and ease that you'll imagine they've spent a lifetime in each other's company.
Lindsay Duncan, above), also a ex-math-whiz and wealthy woman who is determined to provide Mary with what grandma is certain that this girl most needs.
Octavia Spencer (above) as Mary and Frank's best friend, to Jenny Slate (below) as Mary's initial school teacher, Elizabeth Marvel as the school's cocky principal, and Glenn Plummer as Frank's eventual attorney.
Fox Searchlight and running a precise and just-about-right 100 minutes, the movie opened last week in select theaters and will hit the rest of the country this Wednesday, April 12. (Here in South Florida it opens in nearly a dozen locations.) Wherever you are, click here to find your nearest theaters.