Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Mississippi Grind. 2015. USA. Directed by Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck. 108 min.
A never better Ryan Reynolds (as Curtis) and the dependably low-rent Ben Mendelsohn (Gerry) anchor this gambling/buddy film from writer/directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Shot at casinos, racetracks, and bars along the titular river, Mississippi Grind is a road movie primarily interested in its two unique lead characters, with the plot (luck, habitual gambling debts) taking a backseat to these unique characters and memorable performances. Courtesy of A24 Films.