14 year-old Ellis (Tye Sheridan) lives on a makeshift houseboat on the banks of a river in Arkansas with his parents, Mary Lee (Sarah Paulson) and Senior (Ray McKinnon). He sneaks out early one morning to meet his best friend, Neckbone (Jacob Lofland). Neckbone, also 14, lives with his uncle, Galen (Michael Shannon), who makes a hardscrabble living diving for oysters. The two boys set out to an island on the Mississippi River, where Neckbone has discovered an unusual sight-a boat, suspended high in the trees, a remnant of an extreme flood some time in the past. They climb the tree and into the boat only to find fresh bread and fresh footprints. When they reach the shore, they find the same footprint in their boat. And that's when they meet Mud (Matthew McConaughey).
Mud is a gritty, superstitious character; his clothes are dirty, his tooth is cracked, and he needs help. He tells the boys he will give them the treehouse boat, his current hideout, in exchange for food. Mud is more concerned about reuniting with his longtime love, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon). Ellis and Neckbone carry out bold schemes in an effort to protect Mud and relay messages to Juniper, who is holed up in a fleabag motel, under constant surveillance by Carver (Paul Sparks), a Texas bounty hunter.
Mary Corliss, Time: OUTSTANDING "...a classic coming-of-age story... a clear-eyed essay on the power of romance.... Glorious vision of youth and truth, love and loss, your name is Mud."
Mara Reinstein, Us Weekly: OUTSTANDING "...rich, Southern-fried... deftly explores adolescent fear, love and longing. And McConaughey? He gives the film a big heart..."
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly: EXCELLENT "Nichols has a sense of place that feels authentic. He never condescends.... if you allow yourself to settle into the movie's leisurely pace, it will reward you."
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: OUTSTANDING "Jeff Nichols is something rare in film right now: an original voice, a writer and director whose work richly rewards careful attention.... Matthew McConaughey is magnificent."
Claudia Puig, USA Today: VERY GOOD "...beautifully shot, deliberately paced.... Endearing and believable, the two actors playing Ellis and Neckbone are pitch-perfect."
Inspired by a true story, the dramatic comedy The Sapphires follows four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission as they learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell), Gail (Deborah Mailman), Julie (Jessica Mauboy) and Kay (Shari Sebbens) are discovered by Dave (Chris O'Dowd), a good-humored talent scout with a kind heart, very little rhythm but a great knowledge of soul music. As their manager, Dave books the sisters their first true gig, giving them their first taste of stardom, and brings them to Vietnam to sing. Adapted from Tony Briggs' original stage play and directed by Wayne Blair, The Sapphires is a triumphant celebration of self-discovery, family and music.
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