REVERSAL OF FORTUNE
1990, Warner Bros., 120 min, USA/Japan/UK, Dir: Barbet Schroeder

Jeremy Irons won a well-deserved Academy Award for Best Actor for his wonderfully sly performance as aristocrat Claus von Bülow, accused of attempted murder of his rich wife, Sunny (Glenn Close). Costarring Ron Silver as Alan Dershowitz.


THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
2016, 111 min, Dir: Colm McCarthy

Based on the best-selling young-adult book of the same name, this unique take on a dystopian future subverts the horror genre with its clever narrative and brutal approach. Young Melanie (newcomer Sennia Nanua) lives in a secret compound where soldiers call her “an abomination” and kids disappear every time a doctor asks her to choose a number between 1 and 10. The reason for this is revealed as the world falls apart and Melanie must go on a journey on which rests the fate of all humanity; joining her will be the soldier who needs to kill her, the doctor who wants to use her and the teacher who just wants to help. Bolstered by standout performances from Glenn Close, Paddy Considine and Gemma Atherton, this is a big-budget horror title with the darkest of sensibilities - a film that dares to ask some very disturbing questions about humanity and presents the most unexpected of answers.


THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP
1982, Warner Bros., 136 min, USA, Dir: George Roy Hill

From a baby bouncing to The Beatles’ “When I'm Sixty-Four,” a lighter-than-air eccentricity runs through this adaptation of John Irving’s bestseller, even in its occasional dark turns, as T.S. Garp (Robin Williams) grows from infant to successful writer over the span of 40 years. In addition to providing Williams with his first dramatic role, the film helped introduce moviegoers to Glenn Close (Garp’s feminist mother) and John Lithgow (transgender ex-footballer Roberta Muldoon), both Oscar-nominated.


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