WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
2011, Oscilloscope Laboratories, 112 min, UK/USA, Dir: Lynne Ramsay

This suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller explores the fractious relationship between a mother and her evil son. Tilda Swinton, in a bracing, tour-de-force performance, plays the mother, Eva, as she contends for 15 years with the increasing malevolence of her first-born child, Kevin (Ezra Miller). Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN explores nature vs. nurture on a whole new level as Eva’s own culpability is measured against Kevin’s innate evilness. Ramsay’s masterful storytelling simultaneously combines a provocative moral ambiguity with a satisfying and compelling narrative, which builds to a chilling, unforgettable climax.


THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
2012, Lionsgate, 102 min, USA, Dir: Stephen Chbosky

Stephen Chbosky adapts and directs his best-selling novel about Charlie (Logan Lerman), a thoughtful but introverted freshman at a Pittsburgh high school. In the aftermath of a friend’s suicide, Charlie struggles with serious emotional issues, but finds sympathetic ears in school seniors Sam (Emma Watson) and her stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller). Paul Rudd, Dylan McDermott and Joan Cusack are among the adults in their lives. “An ecstatic expression of the beautiful solidarity of youth.” - Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly.


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