Eighth Grade Trailer - Elsie Fisher

One of the breakout hits from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in January was the coming-of-age comedy Eighth Grade. Marking the directorial debut of YouTube star-turned-professional comedian Bo Burnham, the film throws us right into the middle of the final week of the last year of middle school for Kayla Day (played spectacularly by Elsie Fisher). What unfolds, as you’ll see in the first Eighth Grade trailer, are all the trials and tribulations that come with the hormones, embarrassment and awkwardness that we’ve probably all desperately tried to forget. Read More »

A Wrinkle in Time Trailer

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time.)

I’m going to start this A Wrinkle in Time spoiler review a little differently than normal. I think we, as a critic and audience, should be honest with each other for a moment.

Some of you out there might not be aware of this, but there’s a certain burden that comes with being a woman of color in the film criticism space. To be truthful, I don’t feel this burden all of the time, but I always know it’s there. As I’m surprised to find, writing this review for A Wrinkle in Time happens to be one of those times in which I distinctly feel the pressure I’m under as a black woman to like and laud A Wrinkle in Time, to support director Ava DuVernay. But I can’t honestly do that. The film has a multitude of issues that must be addressed.

However, the film itself can also be reviewed on two different levels: how it performs as a film for children and how it performs as a film for adults.

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on my block trailer

Mark your calendars for yet another Netflix series, the latest in what will be a surge of original series and movies after the streaming service allocated $8 billion to the production of Netflix originals.

This week, it’s On My Block, a coming-of-age comedy from the creator of the popular MTV high school comedy AwkwardOn My Block takes the same premise — social outcasts who try their best to survive high school — but transplants it to an inner city public school. Though it deals with some darker matters, On My Block looks just as irreverent and light-hearted as its MTV predecessor.

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Rust trailer

The Sundance Film Festival has been a launchpad for talented filmmakers all over the world, and a trailer for a new Brazilian drama called Rust has me wondering if director Aly Muritiba‘s name is one we’re going to become familiar with as this year’s fest gets underway this week. His film tells the story of a high school girl who suffers the consequences and shame of a compromising video leaking to her entire high school. Check out the full trailer below.
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love simon trailer

Teen romance movies are a dime a dozen, but Love, Simon has the benefit of being a major teen romance film revolving around a gay character. Sure, plenty of indie films and prestige flicks have explored the heartache of young gay love or the excruciating fear of coming out, but have any of them done it to an upbeat pop soundtrack? Not many.

Yes, the movie looks cheesy as hell, and yes the stars are as generically attractive as the ones you’ll find in any schlocky teen romance film — star Nick Robinson did first stretch his teen romance acting chops in 2017’s tearjerker Everything, Everything — but it’s still gives the spotlight to a gay lead in a major motion picture. And that’s huge.

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Little Bitches trailer

As we step further into 2018, it’s now dawning on me that we’re only a couple years away from looking back on the last ten years of filmmaking and assessing major industry trends that have happened over the past decade. And while I’ll hold most of those observations until then, one of the things I’ve noticed is that, after an influx of teen comedies about 20 years ago, entries in that genre seem to have largely dropped off in the past few years.

But an upcoming film called Little Bitches proves that if you have a solid script and a talented young cast, the teen high school comedy will never go out of style. Check out the red-band trailer and two exclusive clips from the film below.

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Sabrina TV show

Netflix has found its Sabrina the Teenage WitchMad Men actress Kiernan Shipka has joined the cast of the Riverdale spin-off, which will be inspired by the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics. The comics update the Sabrina the Teenage Witch character into darker, more horror-themed stories. The still-untitled Sabrina TV show was acquired by Netflix in December.

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the breakfast club deleted scene

It’s been more than 30 years since the release of John Hughes’ seminal teen comedy classic The Breakfast Club, but the movie continues to surprise us.

Take the new Criterion Collection release of the film, for example. The new edition, out January 2, contains 50 minutes of previously unreleased material, providing all sorts of insights into the 1985 film that opened the door for authentic teen storytelling in the ’80s. One minute of this new material is a never-before-seen deleted scene between Molly Ringwald’s Claire and Ally Sheedy’s Allison.

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2 Dope Queens HBO

We cover a lot of stuff here at /Film, but sometimes a trailer slips through the cracks. And that’s where a good old fashioned trailer round-up comes in handy! This is a very special trailer round-up because it’s devoted solely to TV trailers. We love you, TV! You don’t judge us like others do! Below, find trailers for Grace and Frankie2 Dope QueensCrashingThe PathLittle Women, Stargate: Origins and Riverdale.

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Groundhog day rip offs

This weekend, Happy Death Day will give audiences that old familiar feeling that they’ve seen something like this before. Because they have: it’s a slasher movie take on Groundhog Day. But Groundhog Day isn’t the only film to use the time loop scenario.
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