Cinema: Gray Skies RIVER'S EDGE

Directed by Tim Hunter Screenplay by Neal Jimenez

A high-spirited adolescent commits an act of mischief. He and his buddies comically conspire to keep it secret from the adult world. Ultimately, though, the secret will out, and everyone draws a little closer together in a heartwarming and chucklesome conclusion. That plot is one of the stupefying conventions of movies about teenagers.

But what if the adolescent is a sullen, inarticulate psychotic? And what if he commits murder, not mischief? And what if his crowd, which contains no Molly Ringwalds or Matthew Brodericks and is led by a perpetually jumped-up speed freak (daringly played by Crispin Glover), still attempts to...