By Chris Nashawaty
Updated December 11, 2012 at 05:00 AM EST
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Beasts of the Southern Wild

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  • Movie

Too many films that come out of Sundance traffic in small-scale preciousness and twee clichés. But Benh Zeitlin’s remarkable Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012, 1 hr., 33 mins., PG-13) is the kind of rare jewel that gives independent cinema a good name. The gut-wrenching story of a 6-year-old Louisiana ragamuffin named Hushpuppy (an astonishing Quvenzhané Wallis) whose dirt-poor bayou community is ripped apart by a storm of near-biblical wrath, Beasts is original, lyrical, and unforgettable. If you’re enchanted by Wallis (and you will be), stick around for snippets of her audition tape on the EXTRAS. A

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Beasts of the Southern Wild

type
  • Movie
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  • PG-13
runtime
  • 93 minutes

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