Watching Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof battle it out, in words and in a near wrestling match near the end of the film, is a supreme pleasure. Beatrice is a tough-talkin’ dame like Carole Lombard or Katharine Hepburn, and Benedick is an independent irritable guy, reminiscent of Cary Grant or William Powell …one of the best films of the year.

Our final feature for 2013… Mark Twain meets Sam Peckinpah in Jeff Nichols’s exhilarating coming-of-age movie   Jeff Nichols’s exhilarating third movie, Mud, concerns two 14-year-old boys growing up in a small town beside the Mississippi in the director’s native …

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