‘Mud,’ ‘Pain and Gain’ and more new movies

Matthew McConaughey plays the title character in "Mud." (Jim Bridges/Roadside Attractions)

Matthew McConaughey takes another star turn as Southern culture gets a fresh, fair examination in "Mud," writes Post movie critic Ann Hornaday. See what else our critics had to say about this week's new movies.


"[In] Jeff Nichols’s richly observed coming-of-age fable, McConaughey injects a note of danger into a bayou noir story of youthful ad­ven­ture that manages to be lyrical and sobering at the same time." -- Ann Hornaday

"Pain and Gain"
"The whole thing is played for laughs that almost never come." -- Michael O'Sullivan

"The Big Wedding"
"Sadly, superior talent can propel a movie only so far. Bad scripts beget bad movies, even when four Academy Award winners are involved." -- Stephanie Merry

"Gimme the Loot"
"Filmed in a style that recalls the spontaneity and careful composition of Spike Lee and Martin Scorsese, 'Gimme the Loot' possesses every potential pitfall of a mannered, pseudo-tough urban crime flick. But [writer-director Adam] Leon subverts that expectation, making his lead characters less miscreants than mischief-makers, who mask their fears and continual failures of nerve behind profane bravado and unconvincing swagger." -- Ann Hornaday

"Arthur Newman"
"Despite the worthwhile questions it raises about how well we ever know ourselves or those we grow to care about, 'Arthur Newman' is a lot like its protagonist: admirable in a quiet way but not quite capable of living up to its lofty ambitions." -- Jen Chaney

"Blancanieves" 3 stars
"'Blancanieves' is a silent, black-and-white homage to the films of yesteryear. ...  Wordless performances can be risky, and not just because a modern-day silent film will inevitably draw comparisons to “The Artist.” (Rest assured, this movie feels like an entirely different entity, both darker and more dynamic than the 2011 Oscar winner." -- Stephanie Merry

"No Place on Earth"
"'No Place on Earth' stirs the emotions as we watch the survivors and their young descendants unearth and then rebury — almost literally — the memories they have kept hidden and the miracle that kept those memories alive." -- Michael O'Sullivan

"Hava Nagila: The Movie"
"Flawed, but not enough to undo its infectious joyfulness." -- Stephanie Merry

"The Angel's Share"
"The actors give off an unstudied quality, as many, including the tremendous [Paul] Brannigan, are first-time film stars. It works, right down to the characters’ thick brogues." -- Stephanie Merry

"Filly Brown"
"A routine music business cautionary tale, the film shuffles its decks ever so slightly by casting a Latino actress as its lead, but doesn’t do enough to shed the exasperating confines of the star-is-born genre." -- Sean O'Connell

Anne Kenderdine’s job is sharing what’s fun to do in D.C. She joined The Washington Post in 2000, and she’s been focused on local arts and entertainment for her whole career. As the Going Out Guide Deputy Editor, she edits the Going Out Gurus blog and stories for the Weekend section and she also shapes the Going Out Guide’s Web site, mobile site, i
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