SPLIT
2016, Universal, 117 min, Dir: M. Night Shyamalan

Writer-director-producer M. Night Shyamalan returns with an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man's fractured, gifted mind. Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (THE WITCH’s Anya Taylor-Joy), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him - as well as everyone around him - as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.


BAD TIMING
1980, Park Circus/ITV, 123 min, Dir: Nicolas Roeg

An all-star cast heads this drama about love, possession and obsession. Alex (Art Garfunkel) is an American psychoanalyst and lecturer in Vienna. He meets and falls in love with Milena (Theresa Russell), a young and beautiful American, and the two embark on a passionate affair. She, however, does not wish to be confined to one man, and as she becomes increasingly unfaithful, Alex becomes more and more possessive. The film is told in flashback as Alex sits in a hospital where Milena is being treated for a drug overdose. He recounts the events to the investigating officer (Harvey Keitel), who must decide whether her condition is attempted suicide or something more sinister.


NEVER LOOK AWAY
WERK OHNE AUTOR
2018, Sony Pictures Classics, 188 min, Dir: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

“I wanted to explore human creativity and how it can be that some people take traumatic events of their lives and turn it into beautiful art,” said writer-director Henckel von Donnersmarck (THE LIVES OF OTHERS) of this portrait of an artist inspired by painter Gerhard Richter. Spanning three eras of German history, NEVER LOOK AWAY tells the story of young art student Kurt (Tom Schilling), who falls in love with fellow student Ellie (Paula Beer). Ellie's father, Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch), a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter's choice of boyfriend and vows to destroy the relationship. What neither of them knows is that their lives are already connected through a terrible crime Seeband committed decades ago. Befitting its artistic theme, Caleb Deschanel’s cinematography and Max Richter’s score provide a rich burnish to the film.


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