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Film Review: Girl in Progress

Review: Girl in Progress

As rites of passage go, Girl in Progress is a step backward for the genre.
Patricia Riggen's adolescent dramedy
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 18, 2012
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Review: Kid-Thing

If Spirit of the Beehive took place in Napoleon Dynamite country, it might turn out like David Zellner's absurd and wrenching coming-of-age tale.
Absurd and gut-wrenching
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 20, 2012
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Review: The Myth of the American Sleepover

David Robert Mitchell's impressive if derivative debut doesn't delve so much into a myth as a mini-genre.
Adolescent initiation rites
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 02, 2011
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Review: Life, Above All

A grave, quietly moving coming-of-age tale of a young girl raised in a village where many (her infant sister, in this case) are robbed of the opportunity to come of age at all, Oliver Schmitz's film is told effectively through the sad, wise eyes of the 1
A quietly moving coming-of-age tale
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 05, 2011
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Don't be an idiot

We're all idiots when we're 18. We're all idiots for the first half of our 20s, and longer, for some. By saying so, we're not trying to insult anyone.
What we wish someone had told us about making the best of the college experience
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  January 28, 2011
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Review: The Black Balloon

Toni Collette as another unflappable mother? This time to a spoon-banging, shit-smearing autistic teen?
The complicated nature of acceptance
By ALICIA POTTER  |  April 01, 2009


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Miller and Bettencourt document TB epidemic

You wouldn't think G. Wayne Miller would have time left to blink, considering the work he delivers
Reel Life
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 04, 2009