“Brooklyn” is an enjoyable, uplifting and entertaining film that can be recommended for its wonderful screenplay and impressive performance by Saoirse Ronan (Oscar supporting actress nominee, “Atonement,” 2007) as Ellis, an Irish immigrant who immigrates in 1952 to Brooklyn, where she’s torn between a life with a new boyfriend and her old life back home.

This is not your contemporary hipster’s Brooklyn. This is your grandfather’s Brooklyn when the Dodgers were still playing at Ebbets Field. It’s a wistful, visual love poem to another era and to an America that immigrants still long for. “Brooklyn” is a film of uncommon grace and extraordinary beauty.

John Crowley (“Boy A,” 2007) directs the straightforward and rather rudimentary story from a screenplay by Nick Hornby (“Wild,” 2014; “About a Boy,” 2002) based on the 2009 novel by Colm Tóibín. Hornby’s “Brooklyn” rings true and is charming and often humorous. Look for an Oscar screenplay nomination for Hornby.

“Brooklyn” has the coming-of-age feel of “American Graffiti” (1973), “Diner,” (1982) and “Brighton Beach Memoirs” (1986), but from a female perspective.

Ronan gives a quiet performance of immense strength and reserve. Her big blue eyes, unassuming face and delicate presence lend a depth of emotion that leaps off the screen. Look for an Oscar actress nomination for Ronan.

Notable in a supporting role is Emory Cohen as Tony, Ellis’ American boyfriend. Cohen gives the sense of a young Frank Sinatra.

Domhnall Gleeson as Ellis’ Irish suitor Jim, as well as Jim Broadbent as an Irish priest, Matt Glynn as an American priest, Julie Walters as a Brooklyn boardinghouse owner, Jessica Paré as a department manager, Fiona Glascott as Ellis’ sister Rose, Eve Macklin and Emily Bett Rickards as Ellis’ boardinghouse roommates, James DiGiacomo as Tony’s younger brother, and Brid Brennan as Ellis’ Irish shop employer round out the exceptional cast.

Director of photography Yves Bélanger (“Wild,” 2014; “Dallas Buyers Club,” 2013) suffuses “Brooklyn” with lovely light. Costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux provides lots of fun with the early-1950s’ era wardrobes. The soundtrack is a great mix of traditional Irish tunes, the era’s pop hits and music by composer Michael Brook.

“Brooklyn” is a modern classic of sublime artistry. Don’t miss it.

“Brooklyn,” MPAA rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some Material May Be Inappropriate For Children Under 13.) for a scene of sexuality and brief strong language Genre: Drama, Romance; Run time: 1 hr., 51 mins.; Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Credit Readers Anonymous: “Brooklyn” was filmed in Ireland and Montreal.

Box Office, Dec. 4: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” continued at No. 1, three weeks in a row, with $18.6 million, $227.1 million, three weeks, keeping the comedy-horror film, “Krampus,” opening at No. 2, with $16 million;

3. “Creed,” $15.5 million, $65.1 million, two weeks; 4. “The Good Dinosaur,” $15.5 million, $75.9 million, two weeks; 5. “Spectre,” $5.4 million, $184.5 million, five weeks; 6. “The Night Before,” $4.9 million, $31.9 million, three weeks; 7. “The Peanuts Movie,” $3.5 million, $121.4 million, five weeks; 8. “Spotlight,” $2.9 million, $16.6 million, five weeks; 9. “Brooklyn,” $2.4 million, $11.2 million, five weeks; 10. “The Secret in Their Eyes,” $1.9 million, $17.2 million, three weeks.

Unreel, Dec. 11:

“In the Heart of the Sea,” PG-13: Ron Howard directs Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson and Ben Whishaw in the action-adventure based on an 1820 event that became the basis for Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” novel about a New England whaling ship battling a sperm whale at sea.

“The Big Short,” R: Adam McKay directs Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt in a comedy-drama about the circa 2007 Wall Street financial collapse.

“The Lady in the Van,” PG-13: Nicholas Hytner directs Maggie Smith as well as Alex Jennings, Dominic Cooper and James Corden in a comedy drama about an elderly woman living in a van.

“Legend,” R: Brian Helgeland directs Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton and Colin Morgan in a crime-thriller based on the story of identical twin gangsters, Reggie and Ronnie Kray, and their crime spree in East End London during the 1960s.

Four Popcorn Boxes out of Five Popcorn Boxes