First love, deeply felt.
Bittersweet in the extreme, Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of his own young adult novel is a rare thing—a coming-of-age film that captures, with wounding accuracy, the balance of beauty and sadness that characterises one’s teenage years. The...
A face of evil that only a mother could love.
Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin might just be the scariest film about parenting yet made. The domestic horror film uses graceful metaphor to chilling effect in this series of accumulated reflections from a woman struck numb by the rea...
Real truth at heart of funny family.
Movies want to be liked, but often it’s really hard to like them back. Screen stories can seem too exotic, too remote, characters too mechanical. It’s easy to be cynical about blockbusters but 'small’ movies about 'real’ people battling to get by...
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