Continuing Matthew McConaughey’s somewhat astonishing about face from the doldrums of rom-com purgatory in recent times, director Jeff Nichols follows up his impressive Taking Shelter (2011) with Mud. Here two 14-year-old boys growing up in a small town beside the Mississippi stumble across McConaughey, who claims to be on the run from brutal bounty hunters after killing a man in Texas. Throw in Reese Witherspoon and more than a few Huckleberry Finn references and the McConaughey doubters left out there are bound to be converted. Otherwise, if still resisting, perhaps they can wait until McConaughey appears alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street later this year.
Premieres 27 September