Tag Archives: Coming-of-age drama

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Not a failure at all

“Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made”, which is currently available on Disney+, is a witty and whimsical comedy film which will entertain not only its target audiences but also other audiences out there. While it is as broad and simple as … Continue reading

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Premature (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): One summer romance in Harlem

“Premature”, which won the Someone to Watch Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards early in this year, is a modest but intimate tale of young romance set in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Mainly revolving around a … Continue reading

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All the Bright Places (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): An earnest young adult romance drama

Netflix film “All the Bright Places” is an earnest young adult romance drama about two troubled adolescents with each own issue. While I appreciate its somber and sensitive approach to its dark subjects including grief and mental illness, the movie … Continue reading

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Mickey and the Bear (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): As she struggles to live with her dad

There is a vivid, palpable sense of frustration and exasperation in “Mickey and the Bear”, a small but intimate drama film about an adolescent girl who has been stuck in a small town in Montana. Through a series of episodic … Continue reading

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Jojo Rabbit (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): An uneven World War II comedy by Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi’s latest comedy film “Jojo Rabbit”, which won the Grolsch People’s Choice Award when it was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in last September, is a typical case of whimsical mixed bag. While it has some nice … Continue reading

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Sub-Zero Wind (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Her bleak adolescent years

South Korean film “Sub-Zero Wind” is as bleak as its very title suggests. Like many of recent South Korean coming-of-age drama films, the movie is often shrouded in stark and gloomy realism, but its story and characters are thoughtfully handled … Continue reading

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The Cat and the Moon (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): A solid directorial debut by Alex Wolff

“The Cat and the Moon” is your typical coming-of-age drama about a troubled adolescent hero wandering and struggling a lot in his unstable life, but it is a bit better than I expected. Sure, there are some rough spots here … Continue reading

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