Cold in July

Rated R 109 minutes 2014

Hot Texas nights, the Dixie Mafia, and revenge ride the shotgun seat in this watchable actioner by sometime-horror-auteur Jim Mickle (We Are What We Are, Stake Land). Before it bogs down in the third quarter, bad guys Sam Shepard and Don Johnson have a high old time mercilessly tormenting ordinary guy Michael C. Hall – the poor man’s Matt Damon – after he shoots an invader in his home. Hall’s character, Richard Dane, doesn’t seem as if he could outfox a criminal; maybe that’s what’s supposed to make us cheer for him in Mickle and Nick Damici’s screenplay, adapted from Joe R. Lansdale’s novel. The humid atmosphere is stronger than the writing (109 min.).

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Official Site: www.ifcfilms.com/films/cold-in-july

Director: Jim Mickle

Producer: Linda Moran, Rene Bastian, Adam Folk, Marie Savare, Jean Babin, David Atlan-Jackson, Joel Thibout, Emilie Georges, Nicholas Shumaker, Manuel Chiche and Jack Turner

Cast: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw, Don Johnson, Nick Damici, Wyatt Russell, Brogan Hall and Lanny Flaherty

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