Teens

Love, Simon

Nick Robinson stars as the titular teenager, who’s ordinary in every way but one (as he reveals in his opening voiceover): he’s gay, but no one knows it. Blessed with loving best friends Leah (Katherine Langford), Abby (Alexandra Shipp) and Nick (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.), Simon isn’t sure he’s ready to come out yet. But after …

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Moonlight (2016)

Taking place in a rough, drug-addled neighborhood in Miami, Moonlight introduces us to a character in three chapters. “Little” (Alex Hibbert) is a cripplingly shy kid who is relentlessly bullied at school, who can’t even find solace at home where he lives with his crack-addled mother (Naomie Harris). A surprising friend comes in the form …

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

As its title suggests, the key element in the whimsical fantasy-adventure is a secret orphanage – hidden within a time loop on a remote island in Wales – housing a number of children with extraordinary abilities (think: a kinder, gentler version of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters) and presided over by the titular governess/guardian (Eva …

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Ice Girls

Mattie Dane (Michaela du Toit) is a 15-year-old aspiring figure skating champion whose dreams screech to a halt when she falls at regionals. When the eviction notice comes a few days later, she and her mom and her sister are forced to move out of the big city of Toronto to Sudbury, Ontario with their …

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Saved!

Set at American Eagle Christian High School, Saved! is the story of Mary (Jena Malone), an ordinary teen whose world is turned upside down when her boyfriend reveals that he is gay. Troubled, Mary feels that it is her responsibility to help him. Most girls would view remaining a supportive friend “helping”, but Mary’s religious …

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Dope

Virtual unknown Shameik Moore (who’s had a handful of guest-starring spots on TV shows) makes his big-screen leading-role debut as Malcolm, a super-smart, straight-A inner-city-L.A. high schooler with dreams of attending Harvard. He and his best pals, Jib (The Grand Budapest Hotel’s Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons), are ‘90s hip-hop aficionados, who dress in …

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Paper Towns

Based on the novel by teen-lit author-god John Green, who also penned the weeper The Fault in Our Stars, this coming-of-age drama starts of well enough, but then quickly devolves into a tedious, uninteresting and, ultimately, irritating exercise that left me feeling duped. It is not the swoony romance its marketing would have you believe …

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