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David Edelstein of New York Magazine has a piece in this week's issue of the magazine about the Tribeca Film Festival.  In the piece, he identifies 12 films that are absolutely worth the $18 ticket price.  One of the films is Arkansan Jeff Nichols' film "Shotgun Stories.  Edelstein writes,

The Deep South: trailer homes, sprawling farms, tractors, and two sets of brothers, one abandoned by an alcoholic father, the other raised by the same man in a good Christian home. After the forsaken brothers make a scene at their father’s funeral, resentment escalates into tit-for-tat brutality that is increasingly lethal. It’s not the Hatfields versus the McCoys, but something far eerier: the Hayeses versus the Hayeses. The countrified-bass score detracts a bit from the brilliant, barbed dialogue. But Jeff Nichols’s film is a searing, then sobering exploration of primal injuries, with a truth that can’t be repeated too often: Violence is never cathartic.

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