“The Space Between Us,” about the romance between a boy from Mars and a girl from Earth, plays like a “Muppet Babies” version of “Starman.” It’s nutty. Not nutty enough that you should run out and see it, but still. It features an exploding barn. My 1 1/2-star review, at RogerEbert.com. Read the review here
“The Edge of Seventeen” is a strong successor to John Hughes’ legacy with its mix of biting humor and bittersweet heart. But writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig also dares to go to places that are darker and truer in her feature filmmaking debut. Hailee Steinfeld is just radiant as a high school junior whose hormones and […]
Bored, privileged French teens get drunk and high and engage in wild orgies after school in “Bang Gang,” the feature debut from writer-director Eva Husson. She creates an intimate, dreamlike portrait of angst and longing. But if you’re a parent watching this, you’ll probably think it’s a nightmare. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here
20th Century Fox Rated PG-13 for some language, drinking, sexuality and partial nudity — all involving teens. Running time: 109 minutes. Three stars out of four. “Paper Towns” is a movie that I really liked, but I probably would have loved if I’d seen it when I was 13. If it had come out when […]
Any self-respecting child of the ’80s loves John Hughes and knows at least one of the writer-director’s films by heart. While “Sixteen Candles” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” are a total blast, the Hughes movie that mattered to me most growing up was “The Breakfast Club,” and it remains one of my favorites today. So […]
Chloe Grace Moretz’s grounded, naturalistic presence goes a long way toward making mushy material palatable. Director R.J. Cutler adapts the Gayle Forman young adult novel about a teenage girl trapped in an ethereal realm between life and death. Don’t even try to hold back the sobs. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here
Alonso and I were both pleased to find that this was better than the average teen weepy. Chloe Grace Moretz stars as a cello prodigy trapped between life and death after a devastating car accident. Should she stay or should she go?
I will happily admit to having tears streaming down my face as I read John Green’s juggernaut best seller “The Fault in Our Stars.” But the awkward film version felt emotionally inert, despite the lovely, accessible presence of Shailene Woodley. The tween and teen girls are angry about my RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here
The boys and I compare how much we cried (or didn’t) while watching the film version of novelist John Green’s pop-culture phenomenon about teen cancer patients in love.
Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before: In a rigidly structured, dystopian future, one extraordinary teenage girl will emerge as either its savior or its destroyer. “Divergent,” based on the Veronica Roth novel, definitely follows a familiar, young-adult formula. But the performances — namely from stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James — […]