Rated R 106 minutes 2010

Another Hilary Swank crusade against injustice. She’s once again in familiar lower-middle-class territory as the sister of a man wrongfully convicted of murder (Sam Rockwell, in one of the film’s best perfs). So she spends eighteen years putting herself through law school and employing the then-new technology of DNA testing to get him out of prison. Swank and Minnie Driver, as a lawyer pal, do things we’ve seen them do often before – it’s only in the character parts (Jennifer Lewis, Melissa Leo, and Rockwell) that director Tony Goldwyn and screenwriter Pamela Gray manage to puncture the story’s bubble of boredom. Just because it’s a true story doesn’t mean we want to watch it. (107 min.)

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Director: Tony Goldwyn

Writer: Pamela Gray

Producer: Andrew Sugerman, Andrew S. Karsch, Tony Goldwyn, Hilary Swank, Markus Barmettler, Alwyn Kushner, James Smith, Anthony Callie and Myles Nestel

Cast: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo, Peter Gallagher, Ari Graynor, Loren Dean, Conor Donovan, Owen Campbell and Juliette Lewis


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