At The Movies: Little Women makes the classic tale spring to life, while The Peanut Butter Falcon is a rambling but fun road trip

Still from the film Little Women featuring Saoirse Ronan (left) and Timothee Chalamet.
Still from the film Little Women featuring Saoirse Ronan (left) and Timothee Chalamet.PHOTO: SONY PICTURES

SINGAPORE - There have been several movie adaptations of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel. The latest, Little Women (PG, 135 minutes, opens Jan 16, 4 stars), brings a jolt of energy to a story set in 19th-century Massachusetts, making it spring to life a way that sets the standard for period drama.

Told as snapshots in the life of the March family, the story opens with the March sisters and their mother "Marmee" (Laura Dern) already living in "genteel poverty" - the women are not exactly starving, nor are they ready to give up their housekeeper. Yet they cannot afford to pass up any chance of improving their lot, whether it be by cosying up to wealthier relatives or by marriage.

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