Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen

When I saw director Stephen Chbosky’s name revealed in the trailer for Dear Evan Hansen, I clutched my heart. Chbosky made the fantastic movie The Perks of Being a Wallpaper in 2012, impressively adapting his own novel for his first feature (wow). The film, for me, came out of nowhere, blindsided me, and made me …

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Nocturne (2020)

As a teen, no one wants to be second fiddle to their sibling, or, in the case of Juliet (Sydney Sweeney), second piano. Juliet and her twin sister Vivian (Madison Iseman) are both senior students at a prestigious performing arts high school, where both excel at classical piano playing. Except, well, Vivian has always been …

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The Lie (2020)

The Lie, despite having the normally gore/horror label Blumhouse attached to it, is a mostly bloodless, slow burn drama. Divorced parents Jay and Rebecca (Peter Sarsgaard and Mireille Enos) are co-parenting their teenage daughter Kayla (Joey King), swapping weekends and errands, and trying their best to remain civil as they have taken the early steps …

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Five Feet Apart

In pop culture entertainment, success always spans copycats, and it seems especially so with young adult books and movies these days. From over-intellectualizing self-aware teens, to 16-year-olds struggling to survive in a dystopian world, to teens dabbling in vampirism, you can name handfuls if not more of any given popular trope. Interestingly, we now have …

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Eighth Grade

Junior High, for most of us, is the worst age to look back on. I remember the summer after eighth grade, I grew something like four inches, all arms and legs and horrifying stretch marks. Bad skin. Hair that won’t behave. Blossoming mean girls rule the hallway, and even if you aren’t invisible, they make …

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Every Day

Based on the young adult novel by David Levithan, Every Day is the story of Rhiannon (Angourie Rice), an ordinary sixteen year old girl who has been juggling everyday teenage life and problems at home. Her depressed father has lost his job and spends his time painting, while her mother (Maria Bello) is either busy …

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As a teenager growing up across the street from the Creedmoor psychiatric center in the early 1980s, Candy Cahill (Stef Dawson) is acutely aware of what it means to be different, locked up, and defined by the scope of your Day Pass. She sees the Creedmorians shuffling down the street every day, often being mocked …

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Juno is just the type of hipster, slangy comedy that will be a huge cult hit and inevitably get a backlash as it gets more and more adored (see Napoleon Dynamite). These kinds of films come along so rarely, that I’m happy to wholeheartedly embrace it, even though I’m sure that I (along with everyone …

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