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Kill Your Darlings

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  • Daniel Radcliffe stars as Beat Generation icon Allen Ginsberg in this biopic set during the famed poet's early years at Columbia University, and centering on a murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr, and fellow Beat author William S. Burroughs. The year is 1944. Ginsberg (Radcliffe) is a young student at Columbia University when he falls hopelessly under the spell of charismatic classmate Carr (Dane DeHaan). Alongside Carr, Ginsberg manages to strike up friendships with aspiring writers William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) that would cast conformity to the wind, and serve as the foundation of the Beat movement. Meanwhile, an older outsider named David Kammerer falls deeply and madly in love with the impossibly cool Carr. Later, when Kammerer dies under mysterious circumstances, police arrest Kerouac, Burroughs, and Carr as potential suspects, paving the way for an investigation that would have a major impact on the lives of the three emerging artists. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kyra Sedgwick, David Cross, and Michael C. Hall co-star.
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  • Credits
    Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Michael, C. Hall, Jack Huston, Elizabeth Olsen
  • Critic Reviews
    "Director John Krokidas gets the Beats.....[The film] is well-shot, assuredly directed and sharply written by Krokidas and Austin Bunn."
    USA Today

    "John Krokidass debut feature, KILL YOUR DARLINGS is intent on studying these not-yet-Beats in their fledgling state, as they write the first drafts of their own legends."
    New York Times

    "For innovation, outrageousness and passion, few movements can beat the Beats. And KILL YOUR DARLINGS is the latest and the most compelling of the recent movies about Allen Ginsberg..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Krokidas and Bunn do a great job of portraying a world where literature is both sexy and dangerous."
    Washington Post

    4 stars out of 5 -- "Debut director Krokidas trounces recent Beat pics HOWL and ON THE ROAD for kinetic energy, shaking up a jazzy, poppy soundtrack to go with his druggy, dreamy, dirty images."
    Total Film

    4 stars out of 5 -- "A vibrant, insightful film about writers and writing, featuring Daniel Radcliffe's best post-Potter performance."
    Empire

    "An energetic debut feature from director John Krokidas, KILL YOUR DARLINGS is a hybrid biopic and crime drama based on actual events from the life of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg..."
    Film Comment

    "Radcliffe, in a superb performance, captures Ginsberg's playfully stern poetic passion..." -- Grade: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

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