Joe (Lionsgate, 2013)
Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage stars as Joe, a hard-living, hot-tempered ex-con trying to stay on the right path. He spends his days managing a group of workers poisoning trees for a lumber company, trying to keep his head down. “I don’t know who I am,” he says, “but I know what keeps me alive is restraint. It keeps me out of jail. It keeps me from hurting people.” He crosses paths with a homeless clan led by an abusive alcoholic and faces a growing feeling of responsibility for the man’s 15-year-old son. Unable to look away from injustice, Joe steps up to protect the boy.
Joe costars Tye Sheridan, the breakout star from the 2012 indie film, Mud. Sheridan is already picking up nominations and wins on the festival circuit for Joe and is definitely an actor to keep an eye on. He was also featured in indieWIRE’s “Top twenty-five Filmmaker and Actors” of 2011 when he was just 10 years old.
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