RELEVANT Recommends

With all the books, shows, movies and albums that come out every week, it can be hard to choose what's worth checking out and what's, well, not. At least, it used to be hard. But with RELEVANT Recommends, things are much easier. We give you a list of five things you should be watching, reading or listening to this week.

'The Impossible'

Why We Like It

The true story of a family torn apart by the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, The Impossible features some riveting performances from Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, and a brutal tale of family, survival, and lots of water.

'Les Miserables'

Why We Like It

Lately, Victor Hugo's classic tale of redemption has been most famous for rocketing Susan Boyle to stardom. Here's hoping Tom Hooper and his stellar cast (Anne Hathaway, Russel Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter) can restore the tale back to its former glory.

'Flight Behavior'

Why We Like It

Barbara Kingsolver—who churns out good fiction the way some people churn out Instagrams of brunch—has another stunner on her hands with Flight Behavior, which follows the changes one woman experiences after a near-religious experience she has while watching a swarm of butterflies in a forest.

'Amour'

Why We Like It

Michael Haneke is one of the world's absolute finest filmmakers, and the word on Amour is that it's a great movie for people who don't mind having their hearts ripped to pieces by the overwhelming sadness of watching an aging couple care for each other as one of them slowly succumbs to disease.

'Zero Dark Thirty'

Why We Like It

Director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal's telling of the hunt for Osama bin Laden finally gets its wide release this weekend, and early buzz for the film has been about as good as early buzz for movies gets.

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