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2013 American Ballet Theatre Opening Night Spring Gala

Lisa Maria Falcone - 2013 American Ballet Theatre Opening Night Spring Gala - Arrivals - Manhattan, NY, United States - Monday 13th May 2013

Mud Review


Good

Writer-director Nichols continues to get inside the heads of his characters with this involving but overlong dramatic thriller. Like his previous film Take Shelter, this is another fable-like movie, this time harking back to Huck Finn with a boys' adventure story set on the waterways of rural Arkansas. It's impeccably shot and edited, with terrific performances even from side characters. But at over two hours, the long running-time tries our patience.

Our hero is Ellis (Sheridan), a shy but steely 14-year-old who dreams of one day escaping his backwoods community. For entertainment, he explores the rivers with his pal Neckbone (Lofland), and when they hear rumours of a boat stranded in a tree, they have to investigate. Sure enough, there it is, then inside it they discover the fugitive Mud (McConaughey). Even though he's wanted for murder, they decide to help free the boat so he can escape with his battered girlfriend Juniper (Witherspoon), who's hiding in a local motel. But Ellis and Neckbone need some help with this elaborate plan, so they turn to the scary old man (Shepard) who lives across the river.

Cinematographer Adam Stone beautifully captures both the evocative settings and the expressive faces of the actors, who all bring an introspective touch to their characters. Sheridan and Lofland are excellent in the lead roles, which are pretty demanding as these two teens have to grow up quickly. And McConaughey and Witherspoon dive fully into their much flashier roles, constantly surprising us with sparky details that take these people in unexpected directions. There's also a telling smaller role for Nichols' regular Shannon as Neckbone's haunted, sidelined guardian.

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'Mud' photocall during the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival

Lisa Maria Falcone, Matthew Mcconaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Green, Cannes Film Festival and Tye Sheridan - Tye Sheridan, Aaron Ryder, Lisa Maria Falcone, Sarah Green, Jeff Nichols, Reese Witherspoon, Matthew MCConaughey and Jacob Lofland Saturday 26th May 2012 'Mud' photocall during the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival

'Mud' photocall during the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival

Lisa Maria Falcone, Matthew Mcconaughey and Cannes Film Festival - Lisa Maria Falcone, Matthew McConaughey Saturday 26th May 2012 'Mud' photocall during the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival

Lisa Maria Falcone, Matthew Mcconaughey and Cannes Film Festival
Lisa Maria Falcone, Matthew Mcconaughey and Cannes Film Festival

Mother and Child Review


Good
An excellent ensemble makes the most of a multi-strand female-centred film that drifts very close to melodrama as it explores various aspects of motherhood.

Fortunately writer-director Garcia is very careful to avoid wallowing in sentimentality.

Elizabeth (Watts) is a shark-like lawyer who easily seduces her new boss Paul (Jackson). She's had a difficult emotional life, and prefers to keep things under control, managing her friendships and relationships with icy distance.

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Win Win Review


Excellent
As with The Station Agent and The Visitor, McCarthy creates a series of encounters for some astonishingly vivid characters, and the result is an entertaining film that challenges prejudice. It's also both funny and moving.

Mike (Giamatti) is a New Jersey lawyer struggling to make ends meet when he discovers he can earn a bit extra as the guardian of senile client Leo (Young).

But his wife Jackie (Ryan) only finds out when Leo's 16-year-old grandson Kyle (Shaffer) turns up needing a place to stay while his mother (Lynskey) goes through rehab. To keep him busy, Mike invites Kyle along to the wrestling practice he coaches with his friends (Tambor and Cannavale). Surprise: Kyle's a gifted wrestler who may help the team win for a change.

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