Red Riding Hood (2011)

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Greenlighting this updated Red Riding Hood must have seemed like a no-brainer; combine the current trend for modern gothic – angst-ridden vampires and emotionally conflicted werewolves – with the familiar set up of an ever-green fairy tale, a beautiful cast and the director of the teen behemoth Twilight and you’ve got a sure fire winner, right? But, as so often happens, it seems that so much stock has been placed in replicating a seemingly winning formula that no care was taken to ensure that the resulting film had any emotional heart, or even a cohesive narrative.

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Easy A (2010)

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The high school movie has played an important role in American cinema ever since the 1950s, when films like Richard Brooks’ Blackboard Jungle and Nicholas Ray’s seminal Rebel Without a Cause introduced audiences to the burgeoning concept of teenagers as a culturally significant mass movement. But the genre as we know it today really blossomed in the 1980s, when John Hughes perfectly captured the modern high school experience with films like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

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