Directors Siegel and McGehee have updated Henry James’s 1897 novel, setting “Maisie” in modern Manhattan, and the shift works. In the title role, the young Aprile is remarkably composed — her tender, intelligent performance carries us through the bleaker moments of this uncomfortable yet absorbing tale. Coogan is weak and contemptible as the cynical Beale; his rare attempts to make some connection with a daughter he barely knows feel pathetic. Meanwhile, Moore’s manic, erratic Susanna is a character study in narcissism and neurosis. In the end, “Maisie” is a devastating portrait, reflecting the damage selfish parents can inflict on a vulnerable, blameless little girl. This powerful, difficult, and heartbreaking film deserves to be seen and remembered.