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Of the three movies about the Beat Generation released in theaters this past year, the one worth seeing is Kill Your Darlings.

Darlings doesn’t steer into the dry world of the typical biopic, thanks to the script by Austin Bunn and director John Krokidas. We know the Beats aimed for freedom from convention in their work, and similar biopics (such as last year’s On the Road and this year’s Big Sur) take that to mean these movies should be rambling journeys where not much happens. If there has to be a story, it’s that Life is The Story. In theory, a cool philosophy, but one that makes for boring movies.

No, Darlings aims for a smaller story: the story of Allen as he falls into an emotionally abusive relationship.

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