** ½ (out of 4)
In what looks to be the beginning of a trend, several well-known actors have recently decided to turn their energies to directing. At the start of October, for one, Bradley Cooper offered a messy, self-contradictory, and lazily nostalgic remake of A Star Is Born. Two weeks later, Jonah Hill recounted a familiarly “gritty” coming-of-age story in Mid90s. Now, IFC Films has released Paul Dano’s Wildlife, a film about a boy named Joe (Ed Oxenbould) who’s forced to witness the gradual dissolution of his parents’ (named Jeanette [Carey Mulligan] and Jerry [Jake Gyllenhaal]) marriage.