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08.05.2013 | | Posted at 11:14 AM

Matthew McConaughey's Southern Gothic

By David Luhrssen
  Mud is a little bit Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer—a boy’s tale on a Southern river, a story of boys finding their way amidst the mysterious world of adults. The protagonists are a pair of 14-year-olds, the sensitive Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and the more cynical, Fugazi T-shirt-wearing Neckbone (Jacob Lofland). Exploring a wooded island in the stream, they discover a surreal sight, a...

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