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Struggling teen faces a rocky road in 'All the Wilderness'

Struggling teen faces a rocky road in 'All the Wilderness'

When we meet James Charm in "All the Wilderness," the sullen, isolated, insolent teen played so eloquently by Kodi Smit-McPhee is in an open field, focused on his journal, making notes and sketching a dead bird. A few minutes later, as he's making his way back home, James clashes with friends. The issue again is death. The kid is an enigma, and his mother, Abigail (Virginia Madsen), is clearly at wits' end. Why or what is causing the emotional churn is a mystery, but the disparate pieces are intriguing enough that you're inclined to want to puzzle it out. In this lyrical, if not quite perfectly synthesized tale, writer-director Michael Johnson has created not...

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