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Kill Your Darlings 

Directed by John Krokidas (eOne)

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A pre-Howl Allen Ginsberg attended Columbia University in 1944 where he met some like-minded, shit-disturbing young poets and writers, including Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs, who set about changing the world. But the key relationship here is between Ginsberg (convincingly essayed by former boy wizard Daniel Radcliffe) and the painfully closeted Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan, the most dangerous young actor in Hollywood right now) as they both struggle to actualize. Deep-bench support from Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elizabeth Olsen and Michael C. Hall help Kill Your Darlings overcome a few young-artist-movie clichés and the distraction of David Cross, who feels like he wandered in from some other movie as Ginsberg’s pop. Biggest surprise is Ben Foster, nailing Burroughs’ fey, nitrous-huffing weirdness and lifting scenes wholesale from the compelling leads.

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