Published August 15. 2013 4:00AM
This was a little-movie-that-could when it played local theaters, becoming a strong word-of-mouth success. If you didn't catch it then, here's your chance on DVD. Matthew McConaughey continues a string of strong performances with this one, as a man on the run from killers and hiding out on a deserted Arkansas island. The character, nicknamed Mud, befriends two boys who find him there, and they try to help him reconnect with the woman he loves - the woman who set the drama in motion. Tye Sheridan is wonderfully raw and believable as the 14-year-old who latches onto Mud as he tries to escape his own parents' fighting. As he did with "Take Shelter," writer-director Jeff Nichols creates a bleak world populated by rich, unusual characters. His contemplative pace takes some settling into, but give it a chance. "Mud" takes some unconvincing turns as the film approaches its conclusion, but it's a wonderful little indie regardless.
- KRISTINA DORSEY