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Cold in July

How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of low-life burglar Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben, rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge.

Michael C. Hall brings a shell-shocked vulnerability to his portrayal of Dane that contrasts perfectly with the grizzled badasses portrayed by Sam Shepard and Don Johnson. Directed with an excellent eye for the visual poetry of noir, this pulpy, southern-fried mystery is a throwback to an older breed of action film, one where every punch and shotgun blast opens up both physical and spiritual wounds. Twists and turns accelerate as the film reaches its destination. Cold in July is as muggy, oppressive, and hard to shake as an east Texas summer. [based on the novel by Joe R Lansdale]

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Running time: 1 hr 49 mins

After the film, let's head to Flying Burrito for conversation.

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  • Joseph

    I wanted to see this film but it got transferred to Raleigh, so last night's final screening at 10:40, I trekked in North Raleigh with friends to see this. Predictably we were the only people in the movie theater. But what a film! It was not what it appeared from the beginning. The twists were unexpected (at least for me) but some are more convincing than others. A deconstructed road movie made more tense and involving by the hand-held camera, the generally good performances of the principal actors (although I thought Michael C. Hall and Vinessa Shaw lacked chemistry), the little plots that didn't get neat resolutions and that standout scene staged in the railroad tracks when Rich saved a life. Much as I admire the movie and it's guerilla aesthetics, I wished it dealt a little bit more on character exploration especially Russell and his son, less of the gunfight in the penultimate scene, and a few more scenes to highlight Rich crossing over to become that he became at film's end.

    1 · June 13, 2014

  • Shawna

    I enjoyed this film: a western noir with revenge/suspense and some dark humor thrown in (but mostly a dark film), an 80's period piece with fun set design and costuming. Film explores paternal relationships, effects of violence, and male camaraderie. Excellent casting, I liked the scenes with Dane, Russel, and Jim Bob.

    2 · June 2, 2014

  • Hilton F.

    Quirky movie with a few plot twists and a nice after meeting at the restaurant.

    2 · June 1, 2014

  • Carl_RTP

    Must drop out with regrets. A very large tree limb invaded my backyard during the night and demands my immediate attention. Was looking forward to the movie and dinner - sigh.

    1 · June 1, 2014

  • Cheryl No Longer in C.

    Can't make it. :( Just viewed the trailer to see what I was missing. Wow. Looks like a terrific film. And always fun to follow our "Made in NC" actors and actresses.

    June 1, 2014

  • Eunice

    Unfortunately I have a bad cold & won't make it today.

    June 1, 2014

  • Henry H.

    Once upon a time it really was cold in July. In 1815 Mt. Tambora on the Indonesian Island of Sumbawa(sp?) erupted-largest eruption since 200 AD. Volcanic ash,etc. in the atmosphere caused 1816 to be the "Year without a summer" in Europe and North America-frosts and snow in June-July caused livestock deaths, widespread crop failures, and the worst famine of the 19th century in those regions. Sounds like a good movie-hope I get to see it before it leaves.

    1 · May 30, 2014

  • Hilton F.

    I am actually working on Sunday and will be going directly from there - look for me at the Flying Burrito for dinner any time after 5:30.

    May 30, 2014

  • Shawna

    Trivia: Michael C. Hall was born in Raleigh. I just saw that on CT FB page, haha.

    May 28, 2014

    • Shawna

      CT is code for Carolina Theatre.

      May 28, 2014

    • Kevin

      Yes he grew up in Raleigh , went to school at Ravenscroft.

      May 28, 2014

  • Shawna

    The movie starts at 6:45 PM this Sunday. Meet in lobby at 6:30.

    May 28, 2014

  • Kevin

    It won't be the same without Masuzka. :)

    May 25, 2014

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