11 March 2013 3:27 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Writer/director Jeff Nichols arrived on my radar in a major way back in 2011. His sophomore effort Take Shelter, starring Michael Shannon as a man experiencing apocalyptic visions and fearing that he.s losing his mind, was not just a brilliantly directed and scripted thriller, but one of my favorite movies of that year. As a result, walking into the Paramount Theatre to see Nichol.s latest film, Mud, at SXSW this afternoon my expectations couldn.t have been higher. Walking out I was anything but disappointed. Maintaining the working class motif while also presenting a complete tonal shift from his last effort, the new film is a coming of age story about a 14-year-old boy named Ellis (Tye Sheridan), along with his best friend Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), who strikes up a friendship with a mysterious-yet-friendly ex-con named Mud (Matthew McConaughey) who.s in hiding so that he can reunite »

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