Reese Witherspoon & Sam Shepard
|6:00 & 8:30 each evening|
|1:00 & 3:30 matinees Sat & Sun|
Rated PG-13; 130 minutes
Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter (excerpted)
Matthew McConaughey stars in director Jeff Nichols' film about two Mississippi boys who forge a bond with a sympathetic fugitive. Mud is shot through with traditional qualities of American literature and drama. Jeff Nichols’ much-anticipated follow-up to his breakthrough second feature Take Shelter is a well carpentered piece of work marked by fine performances.
Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and his best pal Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) stumble into the grizzled, unkempt Mud (McConaughey), who’s hiding out in an old boat stuck up in a tree. Even though Mud soon admits that he’s killed a man in a dispute, the boys are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and, in exchange for the promise that they can have the boat once he’s done, they start ferrying food across to him in a launch.
Mud’s getaway plans require the boys to steal an outboard motor for him but he also asks Ellis to contact his ladylove Juniper (Reese Witherspoon), who’s laying low in town waiting for the green light to join Mud. Also hovering, however, is a squad of bounty hunters led by a hulking bad old boy (Joe Don Baker), whose son Mud killed.
Nichols readily admits the influence of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn on his story, in addition to those of other Southern writers. Such stories used to be staples of American writing and there’s enough dramatic and emotional meat on this one to suspect that audiences will easily engage with it.
In the House
|6:30 each evening|
|8:45 Fri, Sun - Thu
No 8:45 show Sat, 5/25
|1:30 & 4:00 matinees Sat & Sun|
Rated R; 105 minutes
In French w/subtitles
Guy Lodge, Empire Magazine (excerpted)
Creative writing tutors encouraging students to draw from personal experience may think twice after seeing François Ozon’s clever black comedy, in which a teenager (a superb Ernst Umhauer) lures his bored teacher (Fabrice Luchini) and his wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) into a moral mousetrap via his compositions.
For his literature assignment, lycée student Claude (Umhauer) writes long, fantastical accounts of weekends in the company of his friend's middle-class family. Gradually, his teacher Germain (Luchini) becomes mesmerised by his fictions and the two develop a strange bond.
An innocent ‘What I Did This Weekend’ assignment turns sinister as the lad preys for material on a gormless classmate — and his sexy mum. Reality is hard to disentangle from fiction in this ingenious narrative, itself a witty essay on the possibilities of storytelling. Ozon weaves another spellbinding tale that mingles the real and imaginery with terrific effect.