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Dale Dickey
Not much to see in 'White Bird in a Blizzard'
Not much to see in 'White Bird in a Blizzard'

It's a bit of a shock that a filmmaker who's proved as bold and provocative as Gregg Araki ("Mysterious Skin," "Kaboom") could make a movie as flat and miscalculated as the coming-of-age mystery "White Bird in a Blizzard." Writer-director Araki's campy-clunky, crass-for-crass'-sake adaptation of the 1999 novel by Laura Kasischke needed a full rethink. The film is also a tumble backward for "Divergent" and "The Fault in Our Stars" actress Shailene Woodley. Here she plays Kat, a hormonal, disaffected 17-year-old whose unstable mother, Eve (Eva Green), one day simply disappears, leaving Kat alone with her wimpy father,...