ARE THESE KIDS ALL RIGHT?
Yes, these tender-aged thespians are definitely all right. Check out the movies listed below for proof that you don’t have to be a veteran actor in order to deliver a nuanced, knockout performance.
Ezra Miller jolts his mom (Tilda Swinton) by committing mass murder in Lynne Ramsay's "We Need To Talk About Kevin."
Thomas Doret, a motherless Belgian lad, tries to phone his runaway dad in "The Kid With a Bike." Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's Grand Prix winner at Cannes opens in the U.S. on March 16.
DADDY’S BRITTLE GIRL
Judging by Amara Miller's seemingly insensitive response to the plight of her comatose mother and her apparent disdain for her clueless but decent father (George Clooney), the girl is a beastly brat. But before the end of "The Descendants," Alexander Payne's potent comedy-drama about the perils and occasional pleasures of family life, it becomes clear to Father Clooney and to us that this tough, vulnerable and gloriously resilient child-woman hides a lot more than she shows.
HUGO THE VICTOR
Asa Butterfield, as little orphan Hugo, a dreamer who inhabits a magical 1930s Parisian train station and tends the station's many clocks, can do almost anything. Especially when he's assisted by silent-film pioneer George Melies (Ben Kingsley) in Martin Scorsese's 3-D gem which, of course, is called "Hugo."