I’m just out of the press and industry screening of Up in the Air, and I have to say the movie lives up to all the hype. It’s equal parts comedy and drama with extremely timely themes and fantastic performances, especially from George Clooney and up-and-comer Anna Kendrick. To my surprise, Kendrick seems to have a bigger role than the also impressive Vera Farmiga, who plays Clooney’s love interest in the film. The humor in Jason Reitman’s third film is quite sharp (I can’t recall the last time a joke elicited applause from a group of journalists), but it definitely gives way to a more somber tone near the end. Particularly with this season’s 10 Best Picture slots, Up in the Air seems like a great bet for a nomination at this early date.