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Film Review: 'Devil's Knot'

  • CineVue
★★☆☆☆Based on the previously well-documented true story of the West Memphis Three, Canadian director Atom Egoyan's Devil's Knot (2013) attempts to dramatise Mara Leveritt's novelisation of the same name. The result is a melodramatic, calculable and subsequently dull procedural that makes you baffled by its inertness. When three boys are found brutally murdered in an area ominously known as the "Devil's Den", locals - including one of the boys' mother's Pam Hobbs (Reese Witherspoon) - are left paralysed. Three teenagers, Damien (James Hamrick), Jessie (Kristopher Higgins) and Jason (Seth Meriwether), are soon charged as accused members of this sinister satanic cult.
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Devil's Knot Review

  • TheMovieBit
In 1993, the shocking murder of three young boys rocked the city of West Memphis, Arkansas. The murders were attributed to satanic worship, and three suspects, Damien Echolls, JessieMisskelly Jr., and Jason Baldwin, local teenage boys with an interest in the occult, were quickly tried and convicted. Dubbed the West Memphis Three, aspects of their trial were brought into question, with one of the boys confessions being taken under suspect circumstances, and several pieces of evidence being mishandled and not put forward in the trial at all. Several documentaries, namely the Paradise Lost trilogy and West of Memphis, have been made, declaring the boys innocence, and now Atom Egoyan (Chloe, The Sweet Hereafter) presents us with Devil's Knot, based on the book by Mara Leveritt, a dramatic, but sadly unengaging, retelling of those fateful events. Egoyan succeeds in capturing the horror of these events, and the injustice and controversy surrounding the trial,
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New DVD Blu-ray: 'Cosmos,' 'True Detective,' 'All That Heaven Allows'

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"True Detective: The Complete First Season"

What's It About? This creepy HBO series stars Woody Harrelson and

Matthew McConaughey as troubled detectives on the hunt for a killer in 1995, and as the possible subjects of an investigation in the present day. The crazy conspiracies and weird worldviews presented by writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto and the masterful direction by Cary Fukunaga make this a series to obsess over. Time overlaps as our antagonists and their associates are interviewed in the

Why We're In: The Internet exploded with theories about "True Detective," and although they didn't necessarily prove to be fruitful, there's still plenty to examine and re-examine in each episode. Plus, there are audio commentaries, deleted scenes, interviews, and other behind-the-scenes goodies.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"All That Heaven Allows" (Criterion)

What's It About? Jane Wyman stars as a rich widow named
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Devil’s Knot Review

Director: Atom Egoyan.

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Amy Ryan, Dane De Haan, Alessandro Nivola, Stephen Moyer, Rex Linn, Martin Henderson, Kevin Durand.

Certificate: 15.

Running Time: 114 minutes.

Synopsis: Atom Egoyan’s haunting true mystery about who killed three children in a small town. The police identify three teens, aka the West Memphis Three, as committing the murders during a satanic ritual but the truth may be scarier as a mother (Reese Witherspoon) and investigator (Colin Firth) suspect all is not as it appears.

Devil’S Knot is based on a true story from the early 1990s where a trio of children went missing from their neighbourhood in West Memphis, Arkansas. The three were found horrifically mutilated and bound in a local river the following day, and just a few weeks later, three teenagers were arrested and charged with their murders. Atom Egoyan’s film is a dramatisation of those events of May,
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Can Ryan Reynolds Pull Off a Matthew McConaughey-esque Reboot?

Watch out, Ryan Gosling. Ryan Reynolds might be sneaking up on your sensitive Canadian indie cred at Cannes this year.

First of all, check out these photos of the former Green Lantern sporting Serious Business glasses, a retro denim vest, and well-worn, brown work boots. It's like he got a makeover by way of artisanal moonshine brewers in the parts of Brooklyn no one can afford any more. Which is not a bad look for him, by the way! But that's not all.

Ryan Reynolds is hitting la Croisette to promote his new film, "The Captive," which was co-written and directed by Canadian Oscar nominee Atom Egoyan. In "The Captive," Reynolds plays the tormented father of an abducted girl; he and his wife, played by Mireille Enos, are still clinging to hope despite the odds. A lead pops up that makes it seem their hope wasn't unfounded. A thriller set in Niagara Falls,
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Capsule Movie Reviews (May 7): 'Chef' and five more

Capsule Movie Reviews (May 7): 'Chef' and five more
Chef

R, 1 Hr., 55 Mins.

Jon Favreau spent most of the past decade directing the cinematic equivalent of two cheeseburgers (with extra cheese) in the form of the first two Iron Man blockbusters and one expensively overcooked turkey in the shape of Cowboys & Aliens. Now the former indie-scene hotshot (remember Swingers?) is attempting to prove he’s still capable of whipping up a character-driven comedy via the more modestly budgeted Chef.

In addition to directing and writing, Favreau plays Carl Casper, a Los Angeles chef with two chatty underlings (John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale), an ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), a lover (Scarlett Johansson
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Exclusive: Atom Egoyan Talks the Challenges and Rewards of Directing Devil's Knot

As the tagline from the latest Atom Egoyan film, Devil's Knot (review), states, “They say the crimes were satanic. The truth may be scarier.” Based on the convictions of the men accused of the "West Memphis Three" murders, it focuses on the families and legal aspects of the case.

We recently chatted with director Egoyan about how he became involved in the project, which describes how Jessie Misskelley, Jr., Jason Baldwin, and Damien Echols (aka the West Memphis Three) were exonerated and released after serving nearly 20 years in prison.

He also touched on why he chose to focus on some lesser known principals from the case, the challenges of bringing this story to the screen, what he learned about the U.S. justice system while making the film, and more.

Dread Central: So, how did you first become aware of the West Memphis Three story, and what was it about
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Exclusive: Jason Baldwin Talks Visiting the Set of Devil's Knot, the Film's Horror Appeal, and More

The men known as the West Memphis Three were convicted as teenagers in 1994 of the heinous murders of three little boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. Jason Baldwin, who’s interviewed here, was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Jessie Misskelley, Jr., received a sentence of life imprisonment plus two 20-year sentences, and the so-called ringleader, Damien Echols, was given the death penalty.

During the trial the prosecution declared that the children were slain as part of a Satanic ritual. A number of documentaries have been based on the case, and celebrities, filmmakers, and musicians have spoken out in the belief that they are innocent. Finally, in 2010, the trio were released after striking an unusual legal deal.

And now, there’s a Hollywood movie, Devil's Knot (review). It’s directed by Atom Egoyan and stars Academy Award winners Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon.

Dread Central: One wonders… as someone who lived the story,
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'Urban Legends: Final Cut' Deserves Another Chance, and Here’s Why...

  • FEARnet
'Urban Legends: Final Cut' Deserves Another Chance, and Here’s Why...
I’m not going to delude myself and think that we’re going to start a revolution, and that Urban Legends: Final Cut will somehow surpass Halloween as the better film. But just hear me out; it’s a much better film than people have ever given it credit to be.

I was surfing around Netflix and saw it had been added; I own the DVD but as is with our age of digital gratification I popped it on anyways. As the credits started I remembered back to when I first saw it. The year was 2000, and I was looking through the DVD selection at my local Ames; a chain long since extinct, and I spotted it. I didn’t even have internet at the time- (go ahead and judge), and had heard nothing about a sequel to Urban Legends. I bought it sight unseen after reading the description, for a modest $24.99. Yes,
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The Devil's Knot Fastened to This Image Gallery

Image Entertainment is bringing The Devil's Knot to us on May 9th, and right now we have several new images for you cats with a penchant for true crime cases. Guilty? Innocent? Give us your take on who committed these heinous crimes.

Synopsis:

From Academy Award nominated director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) and starring Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), comes the true story of a crime that would grip a nation for almost two decades and that continues to be one of the most high-profile trials of all time. Based on the bestseller by Mara Leveritt, Devil's Knot recounts the trial and conviction of teenagers Damien Echols; Jessie Misskelley, Jr.; and Jason Baldwin in the savage murder of three 8-year-old boys in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993.

Dubbed the so-called "West Memphis Three," the defendants,
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First trailer for West Memphis Three drama Devil's Knot

The first trailer for Image Entertainment’s Devil’s Knot has been release. Based upon the book Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three by author Mara Leveritt, the film tells the story of the three teenagers arrested for the brutal murders of three small boys in West Memphis. Check it out after the official synopsis...

“The police identify three teens, aka the West Memphis Three, as committing the murders during a satanic ritual but the truth may be scarier as a mother and investigator suspect all is not as it appears.”

The film is directed by Atom Egoyan (Chloe) and stars Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Colin Firth (The Railway Man), Bruce Greenwood (Flight), Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Mireille Enos (World War Z), Kevin Durand (Lost), Elias Koteas (Chicago Pd), Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone) and Stephen Moyer (True Blood).

Devil's Knot opens
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The New Trailer For Devil’s Knot May Help With True Detective Withdrawal

Devil’s Knot is the fifth film that’s been made about the true story of the West Memphis Three. What sets this story about the infamous 1993 murders apart, however, is its well-known cast, led by Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth. A dramatization of the true-crime book Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three by Mara Leveritt, the movie, from Canadian director Atom Egoyan (Chloe, The Sweet Hereafter), will focus on the three teens accused of brutally slaying three eight-year old boys in Memphis, Arkansas.

According to the official plot synopsis, Devil’s Knot will explore “the lives of deeply misunderstood outsiders, their families and communities, and their darkest fantasies.” The first trailer for the film arrived over the weekend, and you can check it out right here.

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Those suffering from True Detective withdrawal may find comfort in Devil’s Knot, a harrowing and compelling mystery
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Devil's Knot Trailer Has Reese Witherspoon And Colin Firth Seeking The Truth

If you caught the trailer that released for Atom Egoyan's Devil's Knot last Fall, a lot of the footage from the new one may seem familiar, however, this is most definitely a new cut and it includes almost half a minute of additional content, some of which focuses on how religion factors into the story, and some that focuses on Alessandro Nivola's character Terry Hobbs, the stepfather to one of the three child victims of the horrible murders in West Memphis Arkansas. Based on true events and the true crime book written by Mara Leveritt titled Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three, the film is set in 1993 when three eight-year-old boys were brutally murdered and three teens were blamed for the crime. Reese Witherspoon plays Pamela Hobbs, wife to Terry Hobbs and mother of Stevie Branch, one of the three victims. As the trailer indicates,
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"Devil's Knot" Trailer Examines the West Memphis Three Case

  • TooFab
This might be tough movie to watch. Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth star in the "Devil's Knot" based off of Mara Leveritt's book, by the same title, which follows the true story of the infamous West Memphis Three. In 1993, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. were convicted of killing three young boys in Arkansas as part of a satanic ritual.  The teens later became known as the West Memphis Three ... but were eventually released after being wrongly charged in 2011. In the flick, Reese stars as the grieving mother, Pam Hobbs, who's 8-year-old son was one of the mysteriously murdered boys. Firth plays the private investigator, Ron Lax, who's not convinced that teenagers were responsible for the brutal crimes. There's been a ton of controversy around the trial, and stars like Peter Jackson, Natalie Maines and Johnny Depp are just a few of the celebs who've involved themselves in the case,
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Devil's Knot Trailer: Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth at Center of Movie About the West Memphis Three

Devil's Knot Trailer: Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth at Center of Movie About the West Memphis Three
The new trailer for Devil's Knot has been released and, given the subject matter, it can definitely be difficult to watch. Based on Mara Leveritt's best-selling book of the same name, the film follows the true story of three teenagers—Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr.—who became known as the West Memphis Three after they were accused and convicted of killing three young boys in Arkansas in 1993. The movie, however, puts the spotlight on the grieving mother (played by Reese Witherspoon) of one of the murdered boys, as well as a private investigator (portrayed by Colin Firth) who is not convinced the convicted teens are guilty of the crime. In 2011, the Memphis Three...
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‘Devil’s Knot’ Trailer: Tragedy & Panic in West Memphis

Here are the facts as they are known: In May of 1993, three young boys were found murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas. Subsequently, three local teenagers were tried and convicted for the crime despite faulty and often presumptuous evidence. As they began life sentences, outside sources began to question the West Memphis Three’s guilt – eventually leading to their release from prison in 2011.

Behind these facts lies a story of paranoia, religious panic, knee-jerk judgment, and the unimaginable horror of losing a child. Based on the popular true crime book by Mara Leveritt, the new drama Devil’s Knot spins this tale from the points of view of a mother torn by grief and a private investigator out to uncover what truly happened in West Memphis.

Devil’s Knot stars Reese Witherspoon (Inherent Vice), Colin Firth (The Railway Man), Elias ...

Click to continue reading ‘Devil’s Knot’ Trailer: Tragedy & Panic in
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The Devil's Knot Untied in New Trailer

Image Entertainment is bringing The Devil's Knot to us on May 9th, and right now we have the full trailer for you cats with a penchant for true crime cases. Lord knows they rarely come as compelling as the story surrounding the West Memphis 3.

Synopsis:

From Academy Award nominated director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) and starring Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), comes the true story of a crime that would grip a nation for almost two decades and that continues to be one of the most high-profile trials of all time. Based on the bestseller by Mara Leveritt, Devil's Knot recounts the trial and conviction of teenagers Damien Echols; Jessie Misskelley, Jr.; and Jason Baldwin in the savage murder of three 8-year-old boys in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993.

Dubbed the so-called "West Memphis Three,
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West Memphis Three Thriller 'Devil's Knot' Gets New Trailer

West Memphis Three Thriller 'Devil's Knot' Gets New Trailer
Image Entertainment has released the second trailer for the upcoming true story adaptation Devil's Knot, following the trailer released in November by the film's Canadian distributor, Remstar Films. Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth star in this adaptation of Mara Leveritt's book which chronicles the true story of the infamous West Memphis Three murder case, where three young men - Damien Wayne Echols, Jessie Miskelly, and Jason Baldwin were wrongfully convicted of murdering three eight-year-old boys in Memphis, Arkansas. Dane DeHaan, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand and Amy Ryan co-star in director Atom Egoyan's adaptation, arriving in theaters May 9 from Image Entertainment.

Based on the true crime book, Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three by Mara Leveritt, Devil's Knot tells the compelling story of three teenagers accused of the brutal 1993 murder of three 8-year old boys in Memphis, Ark. - two of them sentenced to
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New Devil's Knot Trailer Online

New Devil's Knot Trailer Online
With one trailer already out there for Devil’s Knot, Atom Egoyan’s dramatized take on the West Memphis Three case, Apple is debuting a second, which features some new footage.The West Memphis Three are Jessie Misskelley (Kristopher Higgins), Damien Echols (James Hamrick) and Jason Baldwin (Seth Meriwether), who were accused of murdering three eight-year-old cub scouts in a satanic ritual in 1993. Subsequent investigations, not least in Joe Berlinger's Paradise Lost films, demolished the original "case", and the consensus now is that moral panic convicted them rather than anything in the way of evidence.While the three are now free, the Arkansas judge responsible stopped short of actually overturning their convictions, meaning that local law enforcement officials have not had to admit to or apologise for their egregious original work, and that Echols in particular is entitled to no compensation for his 17 years spent on Death Row.Scott Derrickson
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The Trailer for Atom Egoyan's West Memphis Three Tale, Devil's Knot

Image Entertainment has released the first trailer for Atom Egoyan's Devil's Knot , starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon. Check it out in the player below, courtesy of iTunes Movie Trailers . Based on the true crime book, "Devil.s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three" by Mara Leveritt, the film tells the compelling story of three teenagers accused of the brutal 1993 murder of three 8-year old boys in Memphis, Ark. - two of them sentenced to life imprisonment and one to death. The film explores the lives of deeply misunderstood outsiders, their families and communities, and their darkest fantasies. The conviction of the West Memphis Three - Damien Echols, Jesse Misskelley, Jr., and Jason Baldwin - riled the American justice system, shocked a tightly...
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