Friday, February 12, 2016

Berlin Review: With 'Midnight Special,' Jeff Nichols Offers Up a Very Special Sci-Fi Thriller

After the Huck Finn-like "Mud," a coming-of-age fable rooted on terra firma, Jeff Nichols returns to the supernatural portent of his earlier "Take Shelter," with all manner of bells on. Doffing its cap overtly to John Carpenter, less obviously to Spielberg, but with Nichols’ perennial preoccupations intact, this is a family drama, chase movie and science-fiction thriller rolled into one fascinating and immensely gripping package. With Nichols regular Michael Shannon bringing his usual intensity to the table, it’s likely to be one of the buzziest competition entries in this year’s Berlinale. In "Take Shelter" Shannon played a man obsessed with...

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