Posts Tagged ‘coming of age’

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

As funny and on-point as adventure movies get. A sweet movie about innocence neither lost nor found, but rather molded, maintained and celebrated.
Uma Thurman stars in Miramax's "Beautiful Girls," a 1996 romantic dramedy directed by the late Ted Demme.

Class of 1996: ‘Beautiful Girls’

It may not philosophically aspire to much more than mirroring a popular Counting Crows lyric. But its barroom eloquence and stumblebum sadness all linger.

From left, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons and Shameik Moore star in "Dope," a 2015 coming-of-age comedy released by Open Road Films and directed by Rick Famuyiwa.


"Dope" is a crazy, funny and smart film, with a terrific bunch of young actors, that helps us look at the familiar in new ways, and laugh while doing it.

Class of 1994: “Reality Bites”

Formless and fuzzy, "Reality Bites" is a film whose legacy as an encapsulation of an ethos and an era has little to do with the film itself.


Blue is the Warmest Color

With literary elegance, two perfect performances and a powerful erotic charge that’s explicit but not exploitative, this French epic is one of the year's best.

Class of 1993: “This Boy’s Life”

In "This Boy's Life," Leonardo DiCaprio's leading-role debut, he acts as if announcing his career's mission statement — indicative of inevitable stardom.


Class of 1993: “A Bronx Tale”

Nick's monthly look at films celebrating major anniversaries in 2013 begins with Robert De Niro's directorial debut — an emotionally complex coming-of-age tale.
Terri inside


Thanks to a strong sense of realism, "Terri" stands out amongst other coming-of-age films.

It's Kind of a Funny Story inside

It’s Kind of a Funny Story

With such talent behind this, it's hard not to be disappointed by its simplicity.
Flipped inside


Wanting to be sweet does not excuse embarrassingly bad writing.

It's Kind of a Funny Story inside

It’s Kind of a Funny Story

The movie takes the easy path, but it's still a fun movie.
Summer Eleven inside

Summer Eleven

It's a very flawed film, but it has a lot of heart.

Cemetery Junction inside

Cemetery Junction

It didn't play in America but this coming-of-age film really should have. It's probably because of those unknowns like Ralph Fiennes and Ricky Gervais.

Heroes of the Zeroes: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The best Potter film continues Nick Rogers' look at the 365 best films of 2000-2009.