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672 Ratings

Cold in July

Directed by Jim Mickle
United States, France, 2014
Drama, Thriller


How can a split-second decision change your life? When family man Richard Dane kills an intruder identified as Freddy Russell one balmy Texas night in 1989, he soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when the man’s ex-con father targets him for revenge.

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Cold in July Directed by Jim Mickle
Though the sudden shifts in tone were in Joe R. Lansdale’s original crime novel, it’s really the strength of Mickle and Damici’s script that makes Cold in July lean and consistently tense rather than verbose and confusing. (Richard Kelly’s disastrous 2006 film Southland Tales springs to mind as a classic example of what not to do when genre-bending.) Of course, this accomplishment is helped by fantastic performances from Hall, Shepard and Johnson.
June 27, 2014
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Pulpy and fierce, Cold in July manages to overcome its drastic tonal shifts and its female-unfriendly nature—the film’s one non-disposable woman, the protagonist’s wife (Vinessa Shaw), is underdeveloped and unconvincing. But the acting in the film is exquisite, and matched in caliber by the direction, cinematography (by regular Mickle DP Ryan Samul), and writing…
March 05, 2014
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Mickle borrows a lot, but he tends to borrow from the best, and he has a strong sense of when to stick to the expected genre conventions and when to gently subvert them. “Cold in July” is, like all of his work since his industrious, no-budget bio-terror debut, “Mulberry St.” (2006), a modest, unpretentious exercise in old-fashioned thrills and chills, made with a level of care and craft that elevates it well about the fray.
January 23, 2014
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