Matthew McConaughey has undergone an impressive career shift over the last three or so years. It was looking like the Texas heartthrob would be resigned to a career of romantic comedies and action movies, but in 2011 he began taking on strong, independent films and the results have skyrocketed his value in a film. Sure, before McConaughey always livened up any movie he was in, but now he positively steals the spotlight. Just look at Bernie, Killer Joe, The Paperboy and Magic Mike for proof of that.
McConaughey has a few more high-profile films in his pipeline, including Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, but he'll next be seen in Mud, the latest from Jeff Nichols, the director of Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter. If you haven't seen the latter film, I highly, highly recommend it. It's a tightly edited, deeply compelling film about a man with apocalyptic visions featuring a pair of shattering performances from Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon.
Mud actually had its premiere at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, but it's been waiting on a release since then. It'll be at Sundance this weekend, but don't take that to mean it's going to languish on the film-festival circuit for much longer, as it'll hit theaters on April 26, 2013. In it McConaughey plays a drifter running from some kind of shadowy past who befriends two boys. The film costars Tye Sheridan, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Shannon and Sam Shepard.
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