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Video: Ryan Reynolds is a tortured dad in 'The Captive' trailer

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On a snowy day in Ontario, Matthew’s (Ryan Reynolds) daughter disappears. Eight years later, evidence of her existence begins to reappear. That’s the basic conceit of Atom Egoyan’s The Captive, which turns into a psychological thriller involving Matthew’s wife (Mireille Enos) and the two detectives on the case (Scott Speedman and Rosario Dawson).

If the film’s structure sounds vaguely familiar—that is, like many other prestige dramas—then you’re not wrong. The Captive premiered at Cannes earlier this year, to resounding boos and reviews that damned the film for its lack of innovation.

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'Devil's Knot': Dane DeHaan looks guilty in West Memphis 3 film -- EXCLUSIVE

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The true story of the West Memphis Three has been told many times in many different forms, notably the trio of documentaries from filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, who helped shed light on the miscarriage of justice that convicted three Arkansas teenagers for the ritual killing of three young boys in 1993.

On May 9, the haunting tale comes to theaters and digital home video with Devil’s Knot, Atom Egoyan’s star-studded feature with Reese Witherspoon as the mother of one of the murdered boys and Colin Firth as the investigator who senses that the truth had been lost in the town’s rush to judgement. Three troubled teenagers were convicted of committing the murders as part of a Satanic ritual that the prosecution and the media used to whip-up paranoia and speculation.

One of Hollywood’s biggest young stars, Dane DeHaan, who stars in the upcoming Spider-Man sequel, plays the minor role of Chris Morgan. While the police quickly targeted the three major suspects — Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr., and Jason Baldwin — Morgan was briefly questioned since he knew the victims, had a history of substance abuse, and had suspiciously left the state shortly after the crime.

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Toronto 2013: Do we need a West Memphis Three drama even if it's good?

Devil’s Knot, a docudrama about the tangled and still-loaded West Memphis Three case, directed by Atom Egoyan, is for the most part a tense and absorbing movie. It’s the intelligent, detail-jammed, well-executed version of what we used to call “a TV movie” — a phrase you can’t really use anymore, since it once connoted a certain second-rate, connect-the-dots Madame Tussauds biopic quality that’s become irrelevant in the age of HBO. (There was never a “TV movie” like Behind the Candelabra or Recount.) Yet that term also summoned up the basic, childlike voyeuristic appeal of seeing interesting actors inhabit the roles of tabloid figures — celebrities, criminals, or both — who get famous for unspeakable behavior. Be honest: Wouldn’t you like to see a down-and-dirty TV movie about the Casey Anthony case? (Actually, there was one, but it was awful. I say: Cast Emily Blunt now!) And the West Memphis Three case, though it’s been dealt with in the media for years as — rightly — a dead-serious episode of egregious injustice, remains, at its dark heart, a river of homicidal mystery boiling with undertows of evil. READ FULL STORY

First look at Colin Firth in 'Devil's Knot' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Oscar winner Colin Firth turns private detective in Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s new fact-based drama Devil’s Knot, which premieres at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 8. Firth stars with Reese Witherspoon, Amy Ryan, Dane DeHaan, Stephen Moyer, and Mireille Enos in the film, which is based on the notorious case of three heavy-metal-loving teenagers from West Memphis, Ark., who were convicted of the 1993 murder of three 8-year-old boys despite a lack of evidence. The so-called West Memphis Three became the subject of Paradise Lost, a series of three award-winning documentaries by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, as well as a Peter Jackson-produced doc called West of Memphis that won them the attention of a host of celebrity and criminal-justice advocates. In 2011, the trio was freed from prison under an Alford plea that allowed them to proclaim their innocence while technically upholding their murder convictions (and exempting the state from civil penalties). READ FULL STORY

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