Depression-era bootlegging draws the attention of director John Hillcoat and musician/screenwriter Nick Cave, who last worked together of The Proposition. Based on Matt Bondurant’s novel, their film tracks the tale of Forrest (Tom Hardy) and Jack (Shia LaBeouf) Bondurant, outlaw bootleggers fighting off a new deputy (Guy Pearce) and a host of officials seeking illicit gain from the brothers’ illegal enterprise.
The arc of Lawless follows the gang’s progress from most wanted to aspirational folk heroes. Now in theaters. (R) Not screened for review