Criterion: I Live In Fear (*****) has reason on all sides

Kurosawa, Shimura and Mifune by this point are in full swing. There is nothing in the world that matches their ability to relay a story.

Midnight Special (****) has a familiar shine

Nichols succeeds with this story, but not to the level of his previous work. The pace works, and the effects are in keeping with the rest of the story up until that big reveal. If you loved what Nichols has done before, you will like this one. That it's not the groundbreaking work one would hope for feels like a disappointment, and that's a little unfair. If you hadn't seen the previous work of the director with his number one actor, you'd think this film is more than fine.

Forgotten Gem: Shotgun Stories is a beautiful debut from the makers of Take Shelter

Shotgun Stories - 2008 Written and Directed by Jeff Nichols Starring Michael Shannon, Barlow Jacobs, Glenda Pannell, Douglas Ligon, Lynnsee Provence, Travis Smith, Natalie Canerday, G. Alan Wilkins, Michael Abbott Jr. Son (Shannon), Boy (Ligon) and Kid (Jacobs) Hayes are 3 grown men that had been raised by a single mother.  Their father (Cleaman), who left them when the men … Continue reading Forgotten Gem: Shotgun Stories is a beautiful debut from the makers of Take Shelter