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FILM Issue 51 / 2013 Mud Jeff Nichols' follow-up to the excellent Take Shelter enjoys a lovingly crafted build-up before unleashing an explosive finale. MAY 10th That the Arkansas community in which it 's set should be so close to the Mississippi river is not the only trait of Mud 's to be reminiscent of Mark Twain . Ellis ( Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) are two adventure -loving best friends who temporarily flee their dour lives during a trip to a nearby island. There they discover enigmatic fugitive Mud (Matthew McConaughey). He doesn't give much away, but the fact that he lives in a boat lodged in a tree has their interest piqued. Eventually he does impar t his torrid histor y with his beautiful but promiscuous girlfriend Juniper (Reese Witherspoon), for whom he committed the crime he's tr ying so hard to leave behind. Mud takes his time building up a picture of the world in which Ellis and Neckbone are growing up. The former lives in a houseboat with his bickering parents , for whom the option of moving to the city is a constant source of tension . When Ellis is enlisted to help his father sell catfishes door to door, it is a melancholy depiction of a way of life that is slowly but surely fading. This all adds up to create a textured background for Mud 's fate to unfold, as underneath the af fectionate realisation of rural life lies a hint of menace. Mud is a wanted man , af ter all, and it isn't long before his young accomplices are forced to learn some harsh life lessons . And while McConaughey 's Mud is a striking creation , the film ultimately belongs to relative newcomers Sheridan and Lofland, who both bring a devastating sense of sincerity to their per formances . 15 7 Coming SooN The Iceman June 7th Michael Shannon stars as real-life contract killer Richard Kuklinski, whose arrest in 1986 was a surprise to his oblivious wife and daughters. The Last Exorcism Part II June 7th Logic-defeating title aside, this follow-up to the 2010 hit boasts a trump card in the form of Ashley Bell, whose spine-tingling performance was the highlight of the first film. Man of Steel June 14th Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a critical disaster like Sucker Punch, Zack Snyder's previous directorial foray? Stay tuned!

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