The Perks of Being a Wildflower

Has American youth taken a turn for the dull?
Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller
Directed by Stephen Chbosky

Whatever happened to misbegotten youth? Don’t you long for the old days, when young misfits were French, and ran everywhere, and stole things? What happened to the old days, when a good American movie character could look forward to a life of crime on screen? Nowadays they take medication. And moan about not being popular. And make mix tapes and try to get people to feel sorry for ... more >

We need to talk about Kevin

Violence told quaintly
Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller and John C. Reilly
Directed by Lynne Ramsay

We Need to Talk About Kevin isn’t the first film this year to outlast its immediacy. A novel written by Lionel Shriver in the wake of the Columbine school killings, director Lynne Ramsay has been trying to make the film since her last feature, Morvern Callar, in 2002. The unusually long gestation period has stripped the story of its ripped-from-the-headlines quality. It now plays like a ... more >