Movie Review: “Mud” at the Florida Film Festival

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The cinema’s leading purveyor of Southern Gothic, Jeff Nichols, hands Matthew McConaughey his latest tour de force turn in “Mud,” a down and dirty if entirely-too-long melodrama in the “Tobacco Road” tradition.
Nichols (“Shotgun Stories,” “Take Shelter”) has cooked up an exotic stew that includes obsessive love, a woman unworthy of it, a criminal on the run and coming of age tale set against a dying way of life in backwaters Arkansas.
Great performances by McConaughey, a Britney-trashy Reese Witherspoon, a couple of kids, Sam Shepard and Ray McKinnon mark this as one not to miss.

3half-star

Screening times: Floridafilmfestival.com

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