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‘Lawless (Yokubo no Virginia)’

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: John Hillcoat

Language: English

Set in Prohibition-era Virginia, “Lawless” is a hillbilly gangster flick following three bootlegger brothers who run home-brewed moonshine to big-city speakeasies. Tom Hardy plays the menacing eldest brother, while Jason Clark is his equally bad-ass sibling, leaving Shia LaBeouf as the feckless, all-talk youngest. With a script and soundtrack by Gothic-blues legend Nick Cave, “Lawless” is at times lyrical, but more often brutal and unforgiving.