Tag Archives: High School

Lady Bird

TIME TO FLY.  In 2002, a student (Saoirse Ronan) at a Catholic high school in Sacramento struggles with her mother (Laurie Metcalf), college prospects, new friends and a boy she likes. For her solo directing debut (after co-directing Nights and Weekends (2008)), Greta Gerwig was inspired by her own life. Ronan is outstanding as the … Continue reading Lady Bird

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge

THE FIRST NAME IN TERROR RETURNS… Teenager Jesse Walsh (Mark Patton) has strange dreams about a monstrous man and can feel how he’s falling under the man’s spell. This sequel imitates the original in many ways, but what makes it stand apart is its (sometimes less than) subtle gay subtext. There’s even a visit to … Continue reading A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge

In the House

THERE’S ALWAYS A WAY IN.  French teacher Germain Germain (Fabrice Luchini) becomes fascinated with a story written by one of his 16-year-old students, Claude (Ernst Umhauer), that has him essentially spying on the family of a classmate. It’s easy to find yourself in the position of Luchini’s teacher, drawn into a boy’s voyeuristic fantasies detailed … Continue reading In the House

Spider-Man: Homecoming

As Peter Parker (Tom Holland) tries to juggle high school with serving as Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey, Jr.) apprentice, a new villain (Michael Keaton) emerges who’s taken advantage of alien technology. Another indie filmmaker gets a chance to shine in the Marvel factory. Jon Watts brings a humorous, light touch and a bit of cheeky … Continue reading Spider-Man: Homecoming

Grease

GREASE IS THE WORD. In 1958, Danny and Sandy (John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John) return to high school after summer, but their fling becomes complicated. An adaptation of the Broadway musical that found favor among both audiences and critics, especially since its period setting was popular at the time. This colorful movie has a dreamy quality … Continue reading Grease

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

WE ARE INFINITE. In high school, a freshman with a dark past (Logan Lerman) makes friends with a couple of seniors (Emma Watson, Ezra Miller) who are outsiders. Stephen Chbosky turned his own novel into a successful film that finds a compelling balance between the charms of the high school genre and a few darker … Continue reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower