There's an allure to imperfection. With his latest drama Lawless director John Hillcoat taps directly into the side of human nature that draws us to it. Hillcoat finds it in Prohibition history a time when the regulations of alcohol consumption were subverted by most of the population; He finds it in the rural landscapes of Virginia: dingy raw and mesmerizing. And most importantly he finds it in his main character Jack Bondurant (Shia LaBeouf) the scrappy third brother of a moonshining family who is desperate to prove his worth. Jack forcefully injects himself into the family business only to discover there's an underbelly to the underbelly. Lawless is a beautiful film that's violent as hell striking in a way only unfiltered Americana could be.
Acting as the driver for his two outlaw brothers Forrest (Tom Hardy) and Howard (Jason Clarke) isn't enough for Jack. He's enticed by the power of the gangster figure and entranced by what moonshine money can buy. So like any fledgling entrepreneur Jack takes matters into his own hands. Recruiting crippled family friend/distillery mastermind Cricket (Dane DeHaan) the young whippersnapper sets out to brew his own batch sell it to top dog Floyd Banner and make the family rich. The plan works — but it puts the Bondurant boys in over their heads with a new threat: the corrupt law enforcers of Chicago.
Unlike many stories of crime life Lawless isn't about escalation. The movie drifts back and forth leisurely popping in moments like the beats of a great TV episode. One second the Bondurants could be talking shop with their female shopkeep Maggie Beauford (Jessica Chastain). The next Forrest is beating the bloody pulp out of a cop blackmailing their operation. The plot isn't thick; Hillcoat and screenwriter Nick Cave preferring to bask in the landscapes the quiet moments the haunting terror that comes with a life on the other side of the tracks. A feature film doesn't offer enough time for Lawless to build — it recalls cinema-level TV currently playing on outlets like HBO and AMC that have truly spoiled us — but what the duo accomplish is engrossing.
Accompanying the glowing visuals and Cave's knockout workout on the music side (a toe-tapping mix of spirituals bluegrass and the writer/musician's spine-tingling violin) are muted performances from some of Hollywood's rising stars. Despite LaBeouf's off-screen antics he lights up Lawless and nails the in-deep whippersnapper. His playful relationship with a local religious girl (Mia Wasikowska) solidifies him as a leading man but like everything in the movie you want more. Tom Hardy is one of the few performers who can "uurrr" and "mmmnerm" his way through a scene and come out on top. His greatest sparring partner isn't a hulking thug but Chastain who brings out the heart of the impenetrable beast. The real gem of Lawless is Guy Pearce as the Bondurant trio's biggest threat. Shaved eyebrows pristine city clothes and a temper like a rabid wolverine Pearce's Charlie Rakes is the most frightening villain of 2012. He viciously chews up every moment he's on screen. That's even before he starts drawing blood.
Lawless is the perfect movie for the late August haze — not quite the Oscary prestige picture or the summertime shoot-'em-up. It's drama that has its moonshine and swigs it too. Just don't drink too much.
Demi Moore's sister-in-law has made sensational claims the actress suffered a miscarriage in 2005.
Pregnancy rumors have dogged the Ghost star and husband Ashton Kutcher for the past 18 months, and now Lesley Guynes has come forward with what she insists is the truth.
Guynes, who is estranged from Moore's half-brother Morgan, claims the actress is helping her ex gain custody of their 6-year-old twins--because she is desperate for young children of her own.
Guynes, who is seeking full custody of sons, Cooper and Oliver, as part of a messy divorce battle with Morgan, tells tabloid Star she believes 44-year-old Moore, who has three teenage daughters, is contributing to her estranged husband's legal fees, so she can help him raise his kids in Los Angeles.
Lesley, who wants the twins to stay with her in Georgia, says, "I think Demi is getting too old to have kids of her own.
"Demi and Ashton have been trying (to have a child) for years. She had a miscarriage two years ago... Now she is trying to get her hands on my kids...
"I think there is some kind of codependency. Demi has been bankrolling Morgan so that she can stay involved with all his offspring and keep all of her little flock close. She's a piece of work."
Guynes' claims are part of a four-page exclusive in the new issue of Star, which features family photographs of Moore with her sons.
The actress' representatives have dismissed Guynes' argument that the actress is trying to make any claim on the boys.
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