Movie Review: “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Is Civilizing Cinema

Director Benh Zeitlin’s iconically independent “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” about a little girl’s search for identity, meaning and security in a remote section of the Louisiana Bayou referred to as the Bathtub, is a haunting splash of poetic reality. It is an endearing, intelligent and searing shard of sociology, artistically pungent with eye-opening truths.