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Matt Bon­durant’s his­tor­i­cal novel, The WettestCoun­tyInTheWorld, re­counts the real-life ex­ploits of his grand­fa­ther, who was part of a moon­shin­ing op­er­a­tion in Vir­ginia dur­ing Pro­hi­bi­tion. Aus­tralian di­rec­tor John Hill­coat, work­ing from a screen­play by Nick Cave, has adapted the novel into a com­pelling gang­ster flick. In 1931, Jack (Shia LaBeouf) is in the shadow of his older brothers, the hulk­ing For­rest (Tom Hardy) and the heavy-drink­ing Howard (Ja­son Clarke). The three make rocket fuel in the moun­tains and ship it to buy­ers by paying off the cops. It’s a mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial ar­range­ment thrown out of whack by the ar­rival of spe­cial deputy Char­lie Rakes (Guy Pearce), who wants a piece of the ac­tion. The en­su­ing vi­o­lence is not for the faint-hearted. ★★★ Ex­tras: True story of the wettest coun­try in the world; Franklin County, VA: then and now; Mid­night Run Wil­lie Nel­son mu­sic video; fea­ture au­dio com­men­tary with di­rec­tor John Hill­coat and au­thor Matt Bon­durant. ★★★

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