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Matt McConaughey's name is Mud

Mud

Mud

Celebrated American indie director Jeff Nichols ("Take Shelter") revists the southern US setting of his debut "Shotgun Stories" with another gritty tale.

In "Mud", the title character is portrayed by go-to indie-movie leading man Matthew McConaughey, who continues to show his impressive range. He shed kilos to play a stick-figure of a fugitive who is hiding out in a boat caught in the treetops of an island on the Mississippi River. Discovered by two boys, Ellis and Neckbone, they agree to help him, unwittingly putting themselves and their town at risk.

The cast also features Nichols' regular Michael Shannon (who's also chewing up scenery as General Zod in "Man of Steel"). Reese Witherspoon, Ray McKinnon, Sam Shepard and Joe Don Baker also star.

"Mud" premiered in competition at last year's Cannes Film Festival, and critics have written glowingly about it, making comparisons to such masterpieces of American literature as "Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Sawyer".



Also opening



"Paradoxocracy" - Pen-ek Rattanaruang's controversial documentary on Thai politics opens on Monday and runs until July 10, with shows at 2 and 8 at Paragon and Esplanade Ratchada. Read more about it on 16B.



"World War Z" - Brad Pitt fights swarms of CGI zombies. Read more about it at left. It's in 2D and 3D.



"The Sapphires" - A singing group of four Aboriginal women are discovered by a drunken white guy. See the review below.



"Raanjhanaa" - Two-time Oscar winner AR Rahman composes the score to this sweeping Bollywood romance. It's in Hindi with English and Thai subtitles at Major Cineplex Sukhumvit and Rama III.



Also showing

Refugee Film Festival - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is screening four films for free until Sunday at Paragon Cineplex. The highlight is "War Witch", a 2012 drama about child soldiers in Africa. You can reserve tickets through www.UNHCR.or.th.



"L'Enfant d'en haut" ("Sister") - The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand is screening a 2012 coming-of-age drama about young siblings living on the edge at an Alpine ski resort. It won a Silver Bear at the Berlin film fest and was Switzerland's submission to the Academy Awards. Entry for non-members is 150 baht. It's 8pm on Monday. Find out more at www.FCCThai.com.



"Dance les cordes" ("On the Ropes") - The Alliance Francaise Bangkok screens free movies with English subtitles at 7.30pm every Wednesday. Next week's show is a drama about girl boxers - a boxing coach's daughter and his niece.



Sneak preview

"Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons" - Stephen Chow co-directs but does not star in this comic reworking of the ancient Chinese fantasy epic. It's in sneak previews this week with showtimes at around 8 nightly at SF Cinemas.



Take note

With just nine seats, the Friese-Greene Club is Bangkok's smallest cinema. And the private club started a month or so ago by filmmaker Paul Spurrier has proven popular among Bangkok's in-the-know movie buffs. The latest series is American Independents, featuring films by the likes of Vincent Gallo and Harmony Korine. A lot of interest has been shown, so the FCG has instituted a seat-reservation system. For more details, visit www.FGC.in.th.






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