Tag Archives: Adolescence

Super Dark Times (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): A dark, disturbing coming-of-age drama thriller

“Super Dark Times” is a dark, disturbing coming-of-age drama which turns out to be more unnerving and compelling than expected. Set in a suburban area of New York State, the movie initially presents itself as a calm, realistic depiction of … Continue reading

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Yongsoon (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A country girl’s hot, problematic summer

While it is uncomfortable to watch at times for good reasons, South Korean film “Yongsoon” comes to us as an engaging coming-of-age drama about its adolescent heroine’s hot, problematic summer. Although it is inarguable that she clings to a very … Continue reading

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Jane (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Elusive happiness in her harsh, despairing world

South Korean film “Jane” begins with one story and then proceeds with another story to tell. While these two stories feel different from each other, they are gradually connected with each other as the movie observes the harsh, despairing world … Continue reading

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The Edge of Seventeen (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Edgy, witty, and heartfelt

Edgy, witty, and heartfelt, “The Edge of Seventeen” is a genuine coming-of-age story about that tumultuous life period called adolescence. While it often throws some funny moments of incisive humor via its spunky heroine who tries to deal with her … Continue reading

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20th Century Women (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Three interesting women in his adolescent life

“20th Century Women” is a warm, sensitive, and humorous film about one adolescent boy who grows up with several colorful people around him during a notable social/cultural transition point in the 20th century American society. Now it sounds like your … Continue reading

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): “I had sex today…”

With vibrant personality and frank attitude, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” gives us a close, intimate look into the bumpy sexual maturation period of its adolescent heroine who becomes aware of her biological/psychological changes more than before. Like many … Continue reading

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Me and Earl and Dying Girl (2015) ☆☆(2/4): Sweet and quirky and pretentious

“Me and Earl and Dying Girl” is one of those superficially whimsical American independent films often shown at the Sundance Film Festival, and I constantly groaned and grumbled throughout its running time. Brandishing its deliberately quirky style and mood, the … Continue reading

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