Jeff Nichols

Nichols is in full control of the emotional beats, the raising of the stakes, and the deepening investment by the audience.

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Out on Blu-ray and DVD now are two of the best movies of last year whose names you didn’t hear at the Oscars. Despite Michael Shannon’s powerhouse lead performance in the psychological suspense drama ‘Take Shelter,’ he was somehow left out of the Best Actor race. ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ is also anchored by an incredibly soulful performance not nominated for an Oscar.

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One of the best films of 2011, ‘Take Shelter’ features an impressive performance from Michael Shannon and is assured, exciting filmmaking.

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