Joe (2013)
First screened in August 2014
Director: David Gordon Green. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Brenda Isaacs Booth, Anna Niemtschk, Aaron Spivey-Sorrells, Aj Wilson McPhaul, Brian Mays, Adriene Mishler, Heather Kafka, Elbert Hill III, Milton Fountain, Roderick L. Polk, Elbert Hill Jr. Screenplay: Gary Hawkins (based on the novel by Larry Brown).

Twitter Capsule: Cage, Sheridan ground it well but film belabors portentous mood. Non-professionals can be a plus but on occasion feel awkward.

VOR:   Second, surer feint in Prince Avalanche's general direction, but still minor. Green will try anything, including curious blend of docu and drama, but career could use some shape?

Photo © 2013 Worldview Entertainment, © 2014 Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C+

Venice Film Festival: Marcello Mastroianni Award (Sheridan)

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