Movies often celebrate perseverance. We love underdogs, and unlikely heroes who pull themselves up by their bootstraps, enduring any number of roadblocks on the way to achieving a goal. Tony Goldwyn’s Conviction
-- the main character’s unflagging determination is built right into the title -- is all about this trait.
As children, Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) and her brother, Kenny (Sam Rockwell), survived bad parenting and poverty by leaning on each other for support. Kenny grows up to be something of a troublemaker, eventually being convicted for a murder he swears he didn’t commit. His sister believes him and, without even a high-school diploma...