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5 Teen Movies Reviewed – Speed Round!

Robot & FrankRobot & Frank

Six Words:  Ex-burglar old man befriends interesting robot.
Mood(s):  Witty. Thrilling. Fascinating.
“The human brain, a lovely piece of hardware.”
Bonuses:  Beautifully filmed. Realistic depiction of the future.
Additional:  Seems outlandish and ridiculous at first, but you’ll be hooked once you start. Profanity. 13+

They Call It MyanmarThey Call It Myanmar

Six Words:  Documentary about Burma; expands your worldview.
Mood(s):  Impassioned. Revealing. Informative.
“I think politicians who think they’ve gone beyond being politicians are very dangerous.”
Bonuses:  It’s like traveling to Burma without leaving your couch. Very honest documentary.
Additional:  NR

Drinking BuddiesDrinking Buddies

Six Words:  Two friends try more; twist ending.
Mood(s):  Charming. Exploratory. Witty.
“That’s the problem with heartbreak, to you it’s like an atomic bomb and to the world it’s just really cliché, because in the end we all have the same experience.”
Bonuses: Finally a romantic movie that ends differently than you expect. Very funny.
Additional: Profanity. Momentary nudity. R

Like Crazy 3Like Crazy

Six Words:  College girl and guy go out.
Mood(s):  Teenage. Modern. Heart-wrenching.
“Because it’s the halves that halve you in half.”
Bonuses:  Gorgeously shot scenes. Jennifer Lawrence makes an appearance.The ending.
Additional:  If you have a tumblr, you’ll know where all those gifs are from after watching it. 13+

Hotel RwandaHotel Rwanda

Six Words:  Rwandan genocide’s impact; hotel manager saves.
Mood(s):  Gripping. Emotional. Heavy. Violent.
“There’s always room.”
Bonuses:  You learn something new about the Rwandan genocide.
Additional:  Depicts the division between the Tutsis and Hutus accurately. 13+


–Regina, 17, West Seattle



Ballet in Brief


Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.”

Winter and the ballet are a few of my favorite things. It might be PNB’s classic rendition of “The Nutcracker,” a small production of “Steadfast Tin Soldier,” or the wonderland that is “Swan Lake”–’tis the season. Ballet originated in Europe during the 15th century Italian Renaissance, where the merchants and nobles acted as patrons of the arts, stimulating a new culture in which artists became respected members of society. Le Ballet Comique de la Reine is accepted as the first ballet; it was performed in Paris, lasted over five hours, and centered around a Greek goddess. After this, dance schools were established in France and the five classic ballet positions were developed. In the 19th century, pointe shoes and tutus lead to the concept of floating, heavenly beings and the “prima ballerina.”

I never made it past my weekly dance classes as a six-year-old, but I have friends who spend every day after school dancing for hours. It takes years before they can go “on pointe,” and after that it takes weeks to master each difficult pirouette and jeté. It is an art of perfection and that is no easy feat. What are the dancers in Degas’s paintings really thinking?

As I attend the ballet this winter and settle into my plush seat, out of the cold, I’ll remember the dancers in the 15th century, creating the art. I’ll think of the aspiring ballerinas of today, putting in four hours daily to perfect the moves. There’s so much more than what we see on the stage.

Black SwanA dark portrayal of the ballet world: Black Swan

Documentary following young dancers looking to enter the professional ballet world: First Position 

A graphic novel memoir of a dancer (a children’s book but incredibly sweet): To Dance

– Greta, 16, Teen Center Adviser