Directed by Jason Reitman
With George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick
Opens Dec. 4 (limited), Dec. 25 (wide)
After beguiling audiences at festivals from Telluride to Toronto, this adaptation of Walter Kirn's 2001 novel has secured front-runner status for the Best Picture Oscar. That might seem a stretch for a film about a management consultant (Clooney) whose job is to fire people and who loves his job. But Reitman's blend of comedy and drama, romance and social observation make Up in the Air the ideal movie and maybe even a cure for the Great Recession blues.