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High School Life

For better or worse, school is back in session, and in a form that's likely unrecognizable to those of us who graduated long ago. But we can flash back to the pre-mask and distancing days with any number of films that illustrate the bizarre rituals and rites of passage like learning who befriend, battling teachers and parents, and the life-and-death stakes of young love. (Pictured: Ferris Bueller's Day Off)

High School Life

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Staff Pick of the Day

The Last Samurai

Directed by Edward Zwick

Historical Epic, Period Film, Samurai Film - Rated R - 155 Minutes - 2003

After centuries of relying on hired samurai for national defense, the Japanese monarchy has decided to do away with the warriors in favor of a more contemporary military. Tom Cruise stars as Nathan Algren, a veteran of the U.S. Civil War who is hired by the Emperor Meiji to train an army capable of wiping out the samurai. But when Algren is captured by the samurai and taught about their history and way of life, he finds himself conflicted over who he should be fighting alongside. (Available on HBO Max)

- Matthew Tobey