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Terminal tearjerker

OUT NOW! Based on the novel of the same name, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS lives up to expectations and stears clear of the worst clichés.

This Hollywood adaptation of a 
New York Times bestseller
 by cult Youtube blogger
 John Greene had big
 shoes to fill. Fanatics and
 loyalists aside, terminally 
ill teen Hazel (Woodley) and her even-more-adorable love interest Augustus (Elgort) mostly cut through the saccharine, wise-beyond-their-years-kids-with-cancer clichés with thoughtful turmoil that sees them cross the Atlantic to meet Peter van Houten (Dafoe), a caustic, alcoholic novelist holed up in Amsterdam. Go have a big, if embarrassing, life-affirming cry at the movies.

The Fault In Our Stars | Directed Josh Boone (USA, The
 Netherlands 2013) with
 Shailene Woodley, Ansel
 Elgort, Willem Dafoe, Lara 
Dern. Starts June 12

Originally published in issue #128, June 2014