Actor Nicolas Cage and director David Gordon Green have individually frustrated audiences with their combination of highbrow talent and lowbrow taste. Here they collaborate on a sweltering slice of Southern gothic. Cage brilliantly plays the title character, an ex-con who oversees a rural landscaping crew. A boy named Gary (Tye Sheridan) approaches him for work, and Joe — impressed by Gary’s work ethic and troubled by his abusive home life — takes the kid under his wing. Together, they try to adhere to the goodness in their hearts rather than their angry impulses. You may guess how successful they are, but this is gripping cinema all the same. Actor Ronnie Gene Blevins appears at the 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, screening only. Rated R. 118 minutes. The Screen, Santa Fe. See review.
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