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‘Tom Cruise was an intense kid’: How Francis Ford Coppola made The Outsiders
‘I was famous for casting unknown actors. I had Nicolas Cage, Robert Downey Jr and Matt Dillon in a circle watching each other try for parts’

Interviews by Phil Hoad

01, Nov, 2021 @12:44 PM

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Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) review – lesbian romcom could do better
Well-intentioned gay coming-of-age ghost story haunted by a naive storyline and an easily avoided 15 certificate

Wendy Ide

12, Jun, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Grand Army review – no kidding about for Netflix's troubled teens
The streamer’s Gen Z drama series is no Breakfast Club, incorporating everything from toxic relationships to terrorism in ambitious fashion

Lucy Mangan

16, Oct, 2020 @9:07 AM

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Babyteeth review – teen illness drama earns its emotional impact
Eliza Scanlen and Ben Mendelsohn lead a terrific ensemble cast in Shannon Murphy’s classy debut about an unlikely high-school romance

Peter Bradshaw

12, Aug, 2020 @9:20 AM

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Perfect 10 review – teen drama marks the arrival of a special talent
Eva Riley’s debut feature is a dazzling coming-of-age tale lit up by a pair of remarkable first-time performances

Cath Clarke

07, Aug, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Bilched review – coming-of-age teen dramedy with authentic attitude
19-year-old Hal Cumpston’s punchy film depicts a universe of scallywags in which the acquisition of alcohol and pot are tasks of monumental significance

Luke Buckmaster

19, Nov, 2019 @3:07 AM

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Shazam! review – likable teen superhero flick
A 14-year-old boy becomes a superpowered man at the click of his fingers – japes, of course, ensue

Simran Hans

07, Apr, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Five Feet Apart review – sickly teen romance mopes to morbid conclusion
A pair of lovestruck hospital patients trade love letters and latex gloves in cinema’s latest exercise in mawkishness

Mike McCahill

22, Mar, 2019 @11:00 AM

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Pent-up emotions: how Flowers in the Attic inspired today’s female writers
A new TV drama, Sharp Objects, is the latest work of fiction that owes a debt to Virginia Andrews’s fevered 80s bestseller

Sarah Hughes

08, Jul, 2018 @1:00 PM

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Midnight Sun review – no toe left uncurled
This earnestly acted teen-abstinence sob-fest reduces a medical condition that makes sun exposure fatal into a quirky foil for a high-school romance

Peter Bradshaw

28, Mar, 2018 @3:53 PM

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Wonder review – nuanced young adult tale
Strong performances and shifting viewpoints steer the story of a disfigured boy overcoming bullying clear of mawkishness

Simran Hans

03, Dec, 2017 @8:00 AM

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Fireworks review – anime romance sparkles with strangeness
This disorientating teen tale – think Japan’s answer to Sliding Doors – follows the divided destinies of three characters in wholly un-Hollywood style

Peter Bradshaw

10, Nov, 2017 @9:00 AM

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