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Michael Shannon holds Jaeden Liberher in Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special.

‘Midnight Special’ is a perplexing but ambitious piece of sci-fi

Jeff Nichols has established himself as a disciplined, but old fashioned hard realist of a filmmaker whose work reflect that of modern american folktales. His first three films, Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter,  and  Mud, all take place in the south in contemporary times, but with a feel of the late ’80s. They are all rooted in complex moral issues, delivered with an element of mysticism and even spirituality. Still, they are very stripped down stories that feel like leftovers from a Flannery O’Connor collection. So it was a little surprising when the small time indie filmmaker announced that his next film was to be a studio produced work of science fiction. But such was the case with Midnight Special. Continue reading ‘Midnight Special’ is a perplexing but ambitious piece of sci-fi

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