Rated PG-13 130 minutes 2013

Matthew McConaughey and a pair of teenage actors help filmmaker Jeff Nichols’ “Southern” make the most of its timeless Mississippi River flavor, as fourteen-year-old Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) fall under the congenial spell of a fugitive drifter named Mud (McConaughey, channeling Paul Newman), who’s wanted for killing one of his ex-girlfriend’s (Reese Witherspoon) admirers. Writer-director Nichols (Take Shelter, Shotgun Stories) clearly loves the lowland Arkansas milieu. He populates Mud’s world with more scalawags and gun-toting neighbors (among them Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, and Joe Don Baker) than you can shake a stick at. But there’s an honesty of character at work here — even the smallest parts ring true. (130 min.)

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Director: Jeff Nichols

Producer: Glen Basner, Tom Heller, Michael Flynn, Gareth Smith, Lisa Falcone, Sarah Green and Aaron Ryder

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Shannon, Sarah Paulson, Sam Shepard, Ray McKinnon, Paul Sparks, Joe Baker, Stuart Greer, Michael Abbott Jr., Bonnie Sturdivant, Kristy Barrington and Clayton Carson


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