John Green. Most people call him a Young Adult author, others prefer the name 'Teen Whisperer.' And in the case of his 2009 novel, "Paper Towns," Green's teenager-understanding superpower proves to illuminate every word on each page. The film adaptation does the same - except in this case, the aura is not found on pages, but rather in a beige minivan, in an ordinary band room and in a vapid paper town.
Director Antoine Fuqua's story of a rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches boxer takes on the classic genre with new life in "Southpaw." The film follows light heavyweight world champion boxer Billy Hope in a tale of love, loss and redemption. But "Southpaw" also immerses audiences in an extremely personal plot line that challenges viewers to consider how far they would go for their loved ones.