JOE
2013, Roadside Attractions, 117 min, USA, Dir: David Gordon Green

Adapted from the acclaimed Larry Brown novel, this taut drama stars Nicolas Cage as Joe Ransom, an ex-con working for a lumber company, who is rarely far from trouble. But when he meets a teen (Tye Sheridan of MUD) who shoulders even heavier burdens, Joe sees an opportunity to be something greater in life and becomes the young man’s protector. Shot on location in Texas with nonprofessional actors rounding out the cast, JOE is among the grittiest and most powerful evocations of the blue-collar South ever filmed.


MUD
2013, Lionsgate, 130 min, USA, Dir: Jeff Nichols

Young friends Ellis and Neckbone (Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland) discover a man named Mud (Matthew McConaughey) hiding on a Mississippi island. Mud spins wild tales of his flight from bounty hunters and his hope to escape with his love Juniper (Reese Witherspoon). The boys are skeptical but agree to help, and sure enough, their little town is soon being turned upside down in the search for Mud. With Sam Shepard and Michael Shannon.


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