Hearts in Atlantis

Hearts in Atlantis is ranked among my favorite films I've seen so far this year. Set in the early 1960s, Sir Anthony Hopkins plays the role of a boarder with some mysterious psychic powers. He is hiding from the FBI in the home of Elizabeth Garfield (Hope Davis) and her eleven-year-old son Bobby (Anton Yelchin). The story is written by Stephen King and is similar in essence to his former box office smash, Stand By Me. In this case, the adult Bobby, Robert Garfield (David Morse) reflects o­n his last summer as a kid, when he learned that both of his childhood friends had passed away. The child actors are superb as they suffer the usual growing pains and the tugs of first love. Sir Anthony Hopkins gave what I thought was o­ne of his best performances within the last decade. The mysterious boarder hires Bobby to read him the newspaper and to keep an eye out for the bad guys who are looking for him. Watch for this film at Oscar time. The set design, cinematography, story, and acting were all outstanding. The realism and content of the story certainly brought back