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The Ten Best Movies of 2012 (So Far)

by Alan Rapp on June 30, 2012

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Super-heroes, aliens, character studies, parents and their children, time travel, the Scottish Highlands, young love, monsters, and the end of the world. Halfway through the year we take a look back at the ten best movies from the first-half of 2012.

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We Need to Talk About Kevin

by Alan Rapp on March 30, 2012

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  • Title: We Need to Talk About Kevin
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we-need-to-talk-about-kevin-posterWhat if your child was responsible for a horrific event that changed not just the lives of your family but scarred entire community? Guilt-ridden and unable to leave and try to start a new life elsewhere, how would you go about your daily life knowing that any sense of normalcy was impossible?

Based on the novel by Lionel Shiver, We Need to Talk About Kevin, brought to the screen by writer/director Lynne Ramsay, focuses on the life of Eva Khatchadourian (Tilda Swinton) following the events of a school massacre caused by her teenage son Kevin (Ezra Miller). We watch as Eva becomes trapped in a series of events that unfold slowly destroying any chance she once had at happiness.

It’s an intriguing take that doesn’t examine the perpetrator of the crime or the specific series of events that led to the massacre, but instead gives us the perspective of the young man’s mother, who despite her love for Kevin, has known there’s something deeply wrong with her son for years.

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The Best Movies of 2010

by Alan Rapp on January 2, 2011

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This wasn’t a year to wow you. 2010 may have been somewhat of an off year for movies, but there are several quality films that hit theaters this year which are worth noting. A couple things struck me as I was putting together this list. First, how actresses stepped up huge this year. Whether in lead or supporting roles, it was a year dominated by the performances of the fairer sex. And second, 2010 was a year of raw emotion, almost visceral, brought to screen. You might argue that one or two of my choices didn’t have elaborate plots, but each delivered on an emotional level.

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