Some movies feel like a warm hug. They warm our hearts, comfort our souls and show us what can be good in a world filled with uncertainty. And they often remind us of the responsibilities we share to welcome people to experience new worlds. Lee Isaac Chung\u2019s \u201cMinari\u201d follows a family from Korea as they pursue a new life in rural Arkansas. Working with events from his own young life, Chung explores how a family filled with hope must handle change, how experienced workers may need to adjust to new working conditions for a new employer and how parents can balance realities with dreams for the future. As with the best films about the American experience, \u201cMinari\u201d reveals the difference we all make when we open our hearts to those who deserve to feel welcome. Chung invites us to share this experience from the opening frames. Rarely do we feel we are simply watching a movie on screen; instead we spend time with a family as they take small as well as significant steps into their new lives. We are there to share how they react when they first see their new home, how the parents react to the working conditions at the local chicken hatchery and how they try to help their children cope as they find themselves challenged by change. We are with them as they fight and cry, and hug and comfort each other, always hoping the filmmaker continues to authentically share this family without introducing unnecessary dramatic devices into the narrative. Thankfully, Chung refuses to let the film exaggerate into the artificial. Yes, they face ups and downs, events that shock, people who disappoint. But Chung has too much respect for the character his actors portray to let contrivance intervene. The director achieves a perfect balance. The performances soar. Steven Yeun (of \u201cThe Walking Dead\u201d fame) brings a solemn serenity to his role as patriarch, a man determined to create a better life for his family while pushing himself to accomplish more. In Han Ye-ri, moviemaker Chung finds an ideal channel for maternal love, as the actress expresses deep caring for her children while insisting on her standards the family must set. Young actor Alan Kim brings a childlike wonder to a boy who wants to experience all the adventure a move can bring while carefully scrutinizing his new surroundings. And Noel Kate Cho, as the grandmother, displays a wisdom that can comfort anyone facing any circumstance. As with the best of film, \u201cMinari\u201d fills the screen with small moments that make us feel we are there to give us every chance to get to know these marvelous people. From how they shop in local stores to how they connect with others, the film enables us to see this family for what they can be. And if you love happy endings at the movies, \u201cMinari\u201d lets us know that, only when we open our hearts, and sincerely welcome people we meet, can we help others fulfill the dreams their narratives promise. \u201cMinari\u201d is rated PG-13 for \u201cthematic elements and a rude gesture\u201d and will open in theaters on Feb. 12 and on demand on Feb. 26. The film runs 1 hour, 55 minutes.